You rush home with your shopping bag, eagerly grab the box, rip out the shopping bags, and carefully slip your new shoes onto your feet. There is nothing quite like those first few moments with a new pair of beautiful shoes! They make old outfits seems totally new, infusing life and excitement into your boring old wardrobe. Sometimes we buy them for occasions-short deadlines.
Then you wear your new shoes and the pinch happens! Blisters, can’t walk in your new shoes, they are slipping left, right and centre!
You have to break them in! Take your shoes as your baby, those moments before you go all out in feeding them with the family meal. You have to introduce them to the new life gradually!
Here is how:
1. Start Small!
Wear your new shoes around the house, and on short outings several times before taking them on a long trek, in the office where you don’t walk much-as back up shoes, of course.
Wear thin socks, if possible, for extra foot protection! Wear your shoes for a half hour to an hour every day. Take them off as soon they start to hurt.
After a few days, you should feel more comfortable in your new shoes.
2. Wear your shoes with socks.
For guys, this is pretty obvious! Tell us you wear your shoes with slippers(unless they are sandals). For ladies, it may not be a fashion flop, but you can sneak in socks at your desk or when you’re schlepping around the house.
Damp socks can work too — the water stretches out the material just slightly, speeding up the process. Hint: Don’t do this with leather-it may harden your shoes.
Do this for a few days and you’ll notice that you are blister-free and your shoes are broken in and have molded to the shape of your foot as well!
3. Blow Dry!
This is magic, so let’s do it slowly- You can use your blow dryer, blast them for a couple of minutes! The heat helps the material expand and your stretching maximizes its effect. This is how you do it:
- Put on socks and slip on your shoes.
- Aim the hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for maximum benefit).
- Keep the shoes on while they cool.
- Remove the socks and test out shoes.
- It should be stretched out, but if you need more room, then repeat the process.
New shoes slide! Either the sole is too smooth, or, you, know-you haven’t learned how to walk in them. To keep from sliding, use a bit of sandpaper and “rough up” the soles. This is especially important in the area under the toes.
5. Prevention is Better.
Be sure to buy the correct size. If you get a size too small, it will really hurt your feet. If you get a size too big, you could injure your feet as well. So, get the correct size, and avoid some of this stress.