New shoes are really exciting but they can be both a blessing and a curse. I’m sure most of us have experienced the blisters and foot pain associated with wearing a new pair of shoes. But I’ve got great news! With just a few tricks, you can now break in your new shoes without any of those associated discomfort. Amazing right?
- WEAR YOUR NEW SHOES AROUND THE HOUSE.
This is the safest and most trusted method for easily breaking in your new shoes especially if they are dress shoes or made from light leather and other delicate materials that you wouldn’t like to see altered or scuffed. Before you wear your shoes out, try walking up the stairs, standing around doing chores, sitting down, or even running with them. The point is to wear the shoes on several short outings before taking them on a long trek. This way, it makes the breaking in process a lot less painful.
2. FREEZE YOUR SHOES.
This is another method for freeing up your shoes before the first wear. Fill two plastic bags with water and place them in your shoes. Make sure the bags are big enough to put pressure on the shoe when they expand in the freezer. Remove any air from inside the bag, seal it up and place the shoes in the freezer for an extended period of time.
Note: Your shoes may get wet using this method so you should first make sure the shoes are not irreplaceable or susceptible to water damage.
3. BLOW DRY YOUR SHOES
If you thought blow dryers were for your hair alone, think again! You can now break in your new shoes in a matter of minutes using the blow dryer. How? Just put on a pair of thick socks (like winter socks) and shove your feet into the shoes. It may feel really tight but that’s okay. Then turn a hair dryer on low heat and run over the tight parts of your shoe (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for maximum benefit) until they start to feel a bit better. Continue till you have the flexibility you want. Then turn the dryer off, walk around in the shoes for a bit and keep them on until they are completely cool. Take the heavy socks off and see how well they feel. If they still need just a bit more stretch, repeat the process again.
And there you have it! Easy DIY tricks for breaking in your new shoes. Bye-Bye blisters! What are some of the other methods that you know? Sound off in the comments!