15 Helpful Hacks To Make Your Shoes More Comfortable

You'll be strutting effortlessly like Beyonce in no time.

Carlie Dobkin
Created by Carlie Dobkin
On May 18, 2015
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Instead of looking like this:

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Use these hacks to look like this:

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1. Prevent blisters:

Before putting on a pair of new shoes, rub clear deodorant gel, baby powder, or petroleum jelly on the heel and sides of your feet to prevent blisters. The deodorant acts as a barrier, protecting your skin from friction.

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2. Lace up for comfort:

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3. Sandpaper the soles of unworn shoes:

This will create better traction.

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4. A simple trick to reduce pain:

Tape your third and fourth toes (counting from the big toe) together to alleviate pain from wearing high heels. Sound crazy? Well, there's scientific proof: there is a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put on it (like when you wear heels). The tape helps to remove strain on the nerve.

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5. Break in your new pair:

Wool socks + heat = comfy new pair of shoes in 2 minutes.

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6. Learn to tell if your heels will hurt BEFORE you buy them:

1. Pay attention to the heel cup: Manufacturers put a stiffening agent in the heel area. The stiff nature of the counter makes it a prime spot for friction and blisters. Opt for shoes made of real leather or suede, because it’s more pliable than synthetic materials.

2. Do the thumb test: Your shoes will hurt if they're too small. There should be a thumb’s width from the front of the inside of your shoe to the end of your longest toe. Leaving this bit of space is crucial for your foot to have a some wiggle room when walking.

3. Look for the more comfortable styles: Platform, wedges, chunky heels, low heels, and heels with straps or buckles offer more support and are easier to walk in.

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7. Walk properly:

When wearing heels, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. This will make your walk look more natural.

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8. Widen the shafts of boots with leather stretch spray and newspaper.

Instructions here: http://bit.ly/1DNNxjM

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9. Fix worn-down heels with instant heel caps:

And say goodbye to rolled ankles.

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10. Prevent slippage with heel grips:

Buy them here: http://amzn.to/1B72YTK

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11. Replace old insoles:

Learn how here: http://bit.ly/1AfIKvZ

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12. Buy shoes in the evening:

Your feet swell during the day - up to a half size bigger - so you should buy new shoes later in the day, when your feet are at their biggest.

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13. Waterproof your shoes:

No more wet, soggy feet.

Learn the DIY waterproofing here: http://go.brit.co/1o1nsdb

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14. Fix slippery heels:

Use a DIY cloth insert and some spray adhesive to make walking in heels way less slippery.

Directions here: http://bit.ly/1cKCB03

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15. If all methods fail, soak your feet in tea to relieve pain:

Soothe blisters and tired feet by soaking them in green tea. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which will tremendously reduce swelling.