How to break in new shoes

How to break in new shoes

New shoe breaking-in doesn’t have to be an unpleasant procedure. You may break in new shoes in a number of ways without hurting your feet. We’ve all experienced sore toes and burned ankles. It’s kind of the worst, but your new shoes don’t have to make your day miserable. Instead, let nature spread them out. It should not be a curse to have new shoes.

No matter what your shoe is made of, the material is pliable enough to form to your foot. Even the toughest of leathers can mould to fit your feet. The best part is that you can do all of these hacks from home.

Take it slow and steady

Don’t try to break in your new shoes by wearing them for an entire day. Wearing the new shoes in short spurts will break in the shoe without causing you loads of pain.

Reduce the friction

The first step is to reduce the friction that’s occurring between your shoes and your feet. Try these hacks:

  • Wear socks. They can act as a cushion between your foot and the shoe.
  • Use toe protectors or toe caps. They can cushion toes from the shoe and prevent friction.
  • Insert shoe pads or insoles. These can help prevent abrasion in areas such as your heels.
  • Apply paper tape. In a study,  ultramarathon runners found paper tape to be an effective blister prevention measure. Try applying a smooth, single layer of mildly adhesive paper tape, also called surgical tape, over the blistered or painful area.

Make your shoes more comfortable

Amp up the heat

If your shoes are tight in certain spots, then blast them with a hairdryer on low heat. The heat will help expand the shoe.

Stretch them

 Use a wooden or plastic shoe shaper overnight to gently stretch the problem shoes.

Oil them

 Massage oil, such as neatsfoot oil, mink oil, coconut oil,, or olive oil, into the edges of leather shoes that are hurting your feet. After a few days, the shoes should be softer and less abrasive. If you’re concerned about the effects of certain oils on the colour or durability of the shoe, consider using a leather conditioner instead of oil.

Mould them

This method works well for strappy sandals. Put on your sandals and dunk your feet into a bucket of water. Towel them off — but leave them damp — and then walk around in them for a couple of hours. Before you fully dunk the sandals, you might want to test a small area with water first.

Consider using an antiperspirant stick to reduce sweating. 

The sweat and moisture created by chafing can cause or worsen blisters. An antiperspirant reduces the moisture, which may reduce blistering.

Home remedies for relief and healing

Here are some home remedies for treating a blister or sore spot from a shoe bite:

  • Dab some honey on the affected area, honey has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area, aloe has healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Gently rub some petroleum jelly on the affected area, petroleum jelly has barrier repair and antimicrobial properties.


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