I am sure every woman out there has had an encounter with stiff shoes. You see a pair of shoes that looks absolutely adorable and you cannot resist not buying it. But after you end up purchasing that pair and try it on, it hurts like hell and you just cannot wait to take them off! Or you hobble in it to your chair in office and take it off and refuse to put it on till you go home because you rather walk around barefoot or in your socks than suffer the brutality of those stiff shoes! Well, like I said it happens to all of us. Whenever I purchase a pair of shoes that I know is going to rub against my skin and make it bleed, here are some tips I use to ‘break’ those shoes down –
Stretch your shoes – Those stiff shoes cut your skin because they are a tad too tight. Try to stretch them with hand or wear them around the house couple of days to stretch them so that they get comfortable. There are different ways of stretching the shoes. The one I use is I wear a thick pair of socks and wear the shoes. I then heat up the shoes gently using hairdryer for couple of minutes. The heat stretches the shoes. Remember not to heat up the seams in case they are glued together. I then take away the hairdryer and wear the shoes with regular socks. I have also seen women fill ziplocks with water, stick them into the shoes and stick them into freezer. As water turns into ice, it expands thus stretching the shoes out.
Wear with socks – To prevent your shoes from making you uncomfortable, wear them with thick wool socks for initial few days around the house till you are comfortable with the shoes.
Apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly – I often rub the areas of skin with Vaseline or any kind of petroleum jelly where the shoes are likely to rub against and cause blisters. This helps when the shoes run against the skin and reduce the blisters. Though you may have to rub the jelly more often as you go through the day. I also stick bandaids over the likely areas to avoid any blisters. Raw skin is more susceptible to blisters so keep the skin moisturized as well.
Wear often and for short periods of time – By wearing the shoes often and for short periods of time initially, it aids in stretching the shoes while keeping the blisters away. This helps you to break in those shoes as well.
I bet every woman has her way of breaking into her new pair of shoes. Next time, try these tips as well to see if they make a difference.