New Shoe Accessory! Shoe Filler Inserts “Make em Fit” for Making Large Shoes Fit! If you read my shoe blog on a regular basis, you’ll notice that I get giddy when new gadgets, gizmos, and shoe accessories emerge to help shoes feel and fit better.
So imagine my delight when I learned that Shoolex, a Toronto-based company, had developed a shoe filler to aid us shoe lovers in our quest to discover how to make shoes smaller.
1. Shoolex Shoe Inserts
Shoolex’s “Make em Fit” campaign was inspired by the company’s founder, who is the sweetest father ever. Okay, I don’t know for sure, but the story behind it is pretty cute! His daughter was having difficulty finding shoes that fit, and he wanted to assist her. After doing some research, he discovered that many people have the same ‘finding the right shoe size’ problem for a variety of reasons.
Fortunately for me, Shoolex sent me a pair of “Make em fit” to test drive before they were available for purchase on eBay and Amazon (where they are now sold).
I’ve already written about another shoe insert for large shoes here, but this one is a little different: it’s for men or women, and it’s made of memory foam, which is malleable and easily conforms to the areas where it’s inserted.
Because they are larger in shape and size, they can really help fill those empty areas in the front portion of your shoes, known as the toe box. I consider these more shoe fillers to make big shoes fit rather than simple shoe inserts.
- Because the product is gender-neutral, men and women alike can use it!
- These shoe fillers come in three sizes, but you can cut each one with regular scissors to fill your shoes to the desired level.
- Work well in sneakers, boots, and dress shoes that are a size or two too large.
- Simple to clean: just a little soap, water, and air drying!
- “Make em Fit” helps to keep the shape of the front portion of your shoes so they don’t bend out of shape.
- They stay in your shoes as you walk because of their rubbery nature.
- This item is free of latex.
- They have a pleasant odor (yes, I went there; no, don’t judge!)
- Large fits best in shoes that are a full size too large. If the shoe is a half size or larger, the smaller size works best.
- The product performs better in flats than in high heels.
- More of a funny observation than a ‘con,’ but these look a little like those ‘chicken cutlets’ you can stuff into bras, which could be awkward if they fall out of your bag. That being said, since you’ll be wearing them in your shoes rather than carrying them around, that shouldn’t be an issue for most LOL. Fortunately, they’ve updated their design, and these shoe fillers are now colorful!
2. Cushioned Heel Inserts by Comfowner
These butterfly-shaped heel liners are sold in packs of six, with three black and three beige liners included. They have a padded fabric construction and a self-adhesive backing to easily stick to the inside of shoes.
Pros: Their unique shape allows them to better mold to the heel of the shoe, and grip dots provide additional security to ensure they stay in place. The perforated fabric is breathable, reducing sweat and rubbing, which can lead to blisters.
Cons: They will most likely only fit shoes that are up to a half-size too big.
3. Cushioned Toe and Heel Inserts Yhslmh
Six toe fillers and six heel pads are included in each order. Toe fillers are made of shock-absorbing EVA foam to reduce foot fatigue, and heel inserts are also highly cushioned with self-adhesive pads.
Pros: You can make the shoe significantly smaller by using both of these products, or you can make minor adjustments by using only one. The heel liners are also shaped like a butterfly for a more ergonomic fit inside shoes.
Cons: Take your time inserting them so they stay in place.
4. Fumarst Shoe and Heel Inserts
These inserts are available in three sizes to fit women’s shoe sizes 4.5 to 11.5. They include a footbed liner and a built-in heel protector, both of which are generously padded with soft sponge for maximum comfort.
Pros: The plush padding takes up even more space inside shoes if they’re extra large, while providing arch and ball of foot support. Meanwhile, the fabric cover should be comfortable against the skin.
Cons: You may need to cut it to fit properly in your shoes.