New shoes are awesome, but not until after the first painful period of breaking them in. Here are the best tips for breaking in your new shoes with the minimum of gross blisters and hobbling.
Pre-emptive blister prevention
The worst thing about new shoes is probably the accompanying blisters, caused by rubbing between your shoes and your skin. To reduce blisters, you can rub petroleum jelly or antiperspirant on the problem areas before you wear your shoes, or tape up with bandaids or paper surgical tape (aka Micropore) first. If you’re not sure where the worst spots are going to be, wear the shoes around the house for an hour and you’ll find out.
Don’t make the mistake of leaving the house for a full action-packed day of running around in your brand new shiny shoes. You’ll thank me when you hit Hour 5 and your shoe isn’t filled with blister ooze and a dark maelstrom of regret. Break them in at home or at work (making sure you bring an alternative pair of shoes), where you can give up at any time.
Stretch them out
If tightness is the problem, you can try stretching your shoes out by sticking something bigger than your feet in them. Wearing your shoes with chunky socks is a classic (you can also try heating them gently with a hairdryer to get them to soften more)….