You bought the perfect shoes that match your perfect outfit just perfectly. Although they may appear perfect, they are new and your foot and those shoes have not had the chance to develop a loving relationship. Your feet and perfect new shoes just might have a difficult time getting along at first. Take the time to introduce your new shoes to your feet if you want a happy union.
There are many methods available to you to break in your new shoes. No matter what method, I certainly recommend you break them in a bit first to decrease the misery of painful feet, legs, or heels. Here are a few ways you can do just that.
Leather shoes and boots:
Quality leather shoes are stiff due to the processing of the leather and sealers that are applied by manufacturers. To soften them up, apply leather softener to the exterior and interior leather of your shoes. While still wet, apply heat with a standard hair dryer. The softener and heat will break down that stiff sealer and soften the leather. With them still warm and the softener appearing to be absorbed into the shoes, wear them around the house with medium cotton socks. The movement from your feet against the softened leather will help mold them to your foot for comfortable wear.
Heels, no matter the height, should be worn down a bit before being shown off to the world. If they are uncomfortable to wear, do not wear them in public for the chance of falling in a dramatic manner. Your shoes will not be memorable if you face plant in public. With a wet washcloth, lightly moisten the inside of your shoes. Put them on and strut around your home for as long as you can while admiring your fabulous shoes. It will take a few home sessions before I recommend introducing you and your shoes to the world. After at least thirty minutes of wear, store your new shoes in a cool, dry place. Once you have followed this routine five or six times, your shoes will have stretched and molded to your foot and fit much better.
Tennis shoes can be a bit tricky. The old method was to wear an extra thick pair of socks for a few days to stretch them out. This does work but can stretch your shoes too much. I recommend wearing socks you would normally wear. For a few weeks, wear your new tennis shoes on quick trips around town. Do not make the mistake of wearing them to the local theme park for 18 hours. You will never wear them again. Instead, spend a few weeks getting use to them with normal, yet minimal, wear. Keep your old regular wear shoes handy so you can switch out if the new ones become too uncomfortable or painful.
Key tips to remember:
Shoes are made in standard sizes. Although they are for feet, they are not manufactured with every foot of every person in mind. They are built to suit a standard size. Unless your foot is made from wood like a mannequin, try having your foot sized.
There are insoles, heel protectors, and different socks you can try. Insoles and protectors can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort, adding cushion to the needed areas of your feet.
Finally, try on your shoes before you purchase them. Walk around the shoe department. Take time to feel the shoes rather than just look at them. If you purchase them and they do not feel decent or simply do not fit, you will be stuck with a purchase you regret. Ensure you are not just buying a closet filler. Instead, invest in how fabulous you are.