If you didn’t know, avoiding the blistering and rubbing of new shoes is an actual life skill.
And if you’re in heels? We all know that hell hath no fury like the pain of new high heels. It is the dilemma you’re inevitably faced with when buying new shoes for a special event – they look nice, but how will you last the night?
We’ve all been there before: in a panic, you’ve ordered a fresh pair of pumps online for an occasion three days before you have to wear them, decide you’ll just suck it up when the time comes, and then complain (while sitting down) the whole night and swear you’ll never, ever, do this to yourself again. Repeat.
But wearing new shoes for the first time doesn’t actually have to be a painful process. We’ve put a list together of the tricks of the trade – tried and tested by the Mamamia team – that actually work.
Here are six hacks on how to break in your next pair of shoes, that will stop you from taking them off three hours in and/or ending the night with a bloody toe.
Use a hairdryer
The materials of all shoes are pliable enough to mould to your unique foot shape. This trick can literally be done 20 minutes before you leave the house, and will assure a much comfier night.
If you’re shoes are tight in particular areas, put some thick socks on and turn on a hairdryer on low heat – ensuring to distribute the heat evenly enough to not melt the material. The heat will allow the material to expand, stretching the shoes to the shape of your foot.
Freeze the pain away
Another trick is using ice – this one takes a little longer than the hairdryer hack, but is just as efficient!
Fill two freezer bags with water, put them at the toe-end of each shoe and then place them in the freezer for around six hours (or overnight). Like the hairdryer, the temperature will cause the material to expand. Once they’re ready, bring them out of the freezer and allow them to defrost, take the bags out and there you have it: well-fitting shoes!
(This technique may, however, need a little trial and error because you need to be careful to not overstretch the material).
Protect those dry spots
Dry spots are most prone to rubbing, so, making sure the hot spots are well moisturised is a simple and quick way to lessen the blister-inducing process. Your heels and tops-of-toes are some of the most common areas for blisters to form (not that you needed reminding), so moisturising them before you put on your shoes is a great way to protect the skin.