You probably have a few pairs of shoes that you love but rarely wear because you know that—eventhough they're your size—they are going to hurt. The good news is that it is not necessary to abandon them, and with a few simple tricks you can make them fit like a glove and feel comfortable.
How to soften shoes
Thick socks + hairdryer! When you are at home, put on a pair of very thick socks and wear the shoe. Walk a little with them and blow hot air with the hairdryer—the heat will cause the fabric of the shoe to widen slightly and become more manageable.
Deodorant on the feet! Before leaving the house, put some deodorant on your feet. Put some mainly on your heel, bones, and toes. These areas suffer the most from the friction of the shoes that hurt. The deodorant will help relieve the tightness.
Talculm! Similar to deodorant, the powder will help relieve the friction of the skin with the fabric of the shoe. Rub it throughout the foot and spread well immediately before putting on the shoes.
Band-Aid! If the shoe you use often leaves your feet with blisters, it is best to prevent the problem: before you put it on, put band-aids in the areas that are most injured— usually heels and toes.
Adhesive fabric! If the shoe is too open and the band-aids become apparent, the trick is to stick adhesive fabrics inside the shoe. This product can be found in gift shops, decorations, and stationery stores and you can cut it into pieces and stick it to the shoe straps that usually tighten the foot.
Silicone strips! Found in pharmacies and orthopedic stores, silicone strips should be glued inside the shoe, usually on the sole and on the sides. They leave the softer footwear inside.
Tip: Do not wear your shoe with wet feet
Besides the fact that it's uncomfortable and causes fungus and bacteria, the humidity worsens the friction between the foot and the shoe, since it makes sliding difficult. Before you put it on, make sure the skin is dry.
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