We can probably all agree that the only downside to buying new shoes is needing to break them in. Whether they’re stilettos or ballet flats, every new pair of shoes that joins our closets needs to be worn for a few weeks before they’re completely comfortable. The worst part of breaking new shoes in is the inevitable blisters that come along with that, but we’re determined to prevent blisters — and to help you prevent them, too. Read the tips below to have the least pain possible when you’re wearing new shoes!
Break in your shoes:
New shoes are the biggest cause of blisters, and especially if they’re shoes that aren’t meant to be worn with socks. If your new shoes are a little bit too tight, try this trick: Blow dry a pair of socks for about two minutes before you put them on. Once they’re hot, put on the socks, then put on your shoes and walk around your house for a bit. The heat will help to warm up the shoes and break them in a bit, and walking around with the socks will prevent your feet from getting blisters. This usually works best for flats or pumps.
Use clear deodorant or Vaseline:
If you have a pair of shoes that you know always gives you blisters in a particular spot (the back of your ankles or your toes), apply clear deodorant or Vaseline to that spot before slipping into the shoes. You’ll create a barrier and reduce friction, that way you won’t rub your skin with the shoes, which is what causes the blisters.
Check where the sock seam is:
Some socks have a seam along the toes, while others have a seam along the heels. Depending on how they’re made, the seam may be what’s rubbing against your foot in a certain shoe, not the shoe itself. If you consistently get blisters in a certain spot where that seam is, try wearing socks that are manufactured differently.
Dry your feet:
Wet skin rubbing against shoes or socks can cause major friction and therefore, blisters. Sprinkle corn starch on your feet and in your shoes to absorb any excess moisture, keeping your feet dry and blister-free.
Stay consistent with pedicures:
From eliminating calluses to trimming your nails, keep consistent with your pedicures. Longer nails can rub against your shoe or against other toes, creating unwanted friction. Regular pedicures will help your feet to feel — and look — their best!
React to how you feel:
The moment you start to feel any friction or a blister coming on, take a minute to stop and put on a bandage. Getting to the source of the friction before it becomes a problem is prevention that can save your feet down the road.
If you do get a blister… Do not rub or pick at your skin. Let it heal on its own, wearing comfortable shoes that won’t rub that area until it’s healing. Keep the area clean and dry to prevent any infection from happening.