How to Make Pump Shoes Fit

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If it was the last one, on sale and no returns, you may be able to make the shoe your size with some at home tweaking.
If it was the last one, on sale and no returns, you may be able to make the shoe your size with some at home tweaking. (Image: Emma Innocenti/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Pump shoes are sexy, classy and the perfect feminine touch to any outfit. They are attached to usually high heels and provide a closed toe look. There are times that you may buy these shoes but realize they are a little too big or a little too small. If your shoe is too big, insert toe cushions, heel cushions, or padding that adheres to the inside of the shoe... or wear socks with them. For making a shoe bigger, socks may come in handy too.

Things You'll Need

  • Socks, 4 to 6 pairs
  • Pot or bowl
  • Plastic or protective gloves
  • 2 plastic lunch bags
  • Pumps

How to Loosen Your Pumps With Heat

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and put it in the microwave until it is boiling. You can also heat water on a stove in a pot and wait until it boils.

Stick four pairs of socks into the hot water in the bowl or pot.

Allow the socks to soak up the hot water.

Remove the socks after one or two minutes with protective gloves, so your hands do not get burned by the water.

Wring out the socks until they are hot and just damp, then shove two pairs into the toe part of each pump. Allow them to remain there, preferably in a warm place until they completely dry. Remove the socks and try on the pump; repeat if needed.

How to Loosen Your Pumps With Ice

Fill two plastic lunch bags with water and tie them tightly so the water cannot escape.

Stick the water filled bags into the front of the pumps.

Place your shoes into the freezer overnight. As the water in the bags becomes solid, they will begin to stretch out the pump, suggests "Fashion-Style."

Remove the shoes from the freezer and the bags from inside the pumps.

Try on shoes and repeat if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Socks absorb moisture, which is why they are made for feet which are usually hot and sweaty. They also have the ability to expand, because they need to be universal to most foot sizes. If you are concerned about water ruining your pump, there are socks that can be microwaved. They are supposed to absorb enough heat to last 20 minutes. This may be a great alternative to using boiling water to heat the socks.
  • Always protect your hands when removing something from hot water, like the socks. If you see your shoe glue is becoming loose due to water damage, immediately remove the socks from the shoe. This holds true for the cold from the freezer method as well.

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