We’ve all had the experience of seeing a pair of shoes in the window and downright falling in love ~ the style is everything we’ve ever wanted and will redefine our entire wardrobes. We’ll try them on, slide that plastic, take them home and then, the very next night, heartbrokenly discover that they are far from comfortable.
Perhaps they rub and cause blisters, or pinch your toes senseless. Before you decide to toss your beloved pumps or give them away, try some of the following tips to stretch out your shoes for maximum comfort.
If your feet fit awkwardly into your stilettos, you can try insoles that are designed specifically for high heels. There are several different styles that serve different functions for the foot. For example, you can look for inserts that serve to provide extra cushioning for the ball of the foot and the heel ~ this is especially helpful for those heels that angle your foot in such a way that you place a great amount of pressure on the ball of your foot.
If you have a structural setback with your feet, such as flat feet or plantar fasciitis, you can find orthotics for extra arch support that will fit into your heels.
When you do find the right insoles for your feet, you want to be sure that they stay in the shoe securely without sliding around, especially if you have a pair of open-toed, strappy heels. Many high heel insoles come with some sort of adhesive that will prevent them from moving around inside the shoe and potentially causing injury.
To break in snug stilettos, wear them around the house with thick socks to stretch them out. Another stretching out method is to fill two plastic bags with water, and place them inside your shoes for wide fit shoes. Following this, place the footwear with the bags in the freezer overnight. As the water freezes, it will expand inside your shoes to stretch them.
For shoes that are too big, you can cut up a pair of nylon stockings and stuff them into the toe of the shoe. The material of the stocking will be soft enough that it will be comfortable against your toes.
If your feet slide around in your shoes the combination of the friction between the skin and shoe, weight from standing and the accumulation of sweat can cause some nasty blisters on the bottoms of your feet. If you find this to be the case in your favorite pumps, a preventative measure you can take is to apply deodorant or body glide (an anti-chafe bar that looks like deodorant, and is used by athletes and runners) to the bottoms of your feet before wearing the shoes, and be sure to reapply as needed.
Of course, there is no substitute for a properly fitting shoe. If you are going to be sporting heels that are just not made for your feet, use these tips to keep discomfort at bay while wearing them, but be sure to rest your feet when you need to and rotate your shoes regularly.
Article written by Amanda Giorno