Want to make your shoes more comfortable? Discover the best tricks to say goodbye to sore feet.
Shoes that hurt? Many (not to say all) know what we’re talking about. Women certainly know this drama better, especially when it comes to high heels. But what if we told you that there is a way to make the most comfortable shoes?
Who hasn’t had the terrible experience of spending a day wearing shoes that hurt their feet? Or who doesn’t know the disappointment of having beautiful shoes that you can’t wear, as they are a real foot-crushing nightmare?
Yes, it’s really true. There are little tricks that, when put into practice, allow shoes not to be uncomfortable, and stop hurting us. And may our feet happily endure another day with our favorite shoes. Come meet them and be surprised.
Make your shoes more comfortable: the 7 foolproof tips
Thick socks are your best allies (and so is the dryer)
Bought some new shoes and don’t want to go through the ordeal of having to endure a whole day with foot pain because the shoes are too tight? So before using them try to extend them a little at home. Just wear them (at home) with a pair of thick socks to make them stretch.
For more extreme cases, you can, with your socks on, use your hair dryer to heat your shoes with jets of hot air. The truth is that this will help the material of the shoes to expand, expand and become more malleable.
Water bags to stretch shoes
To make your shoes bigger, there’s another trick you can try: fill water bags, put them inside your shoes, and then put them in the freezer. Leave it overnight and then remove it the next day. You will see that the shoes will be more dilated and, consequently, more comfortable. Say goodbye to tight feet!
Moisturizing cream or talcum powder to make shoes softer
If you want to make your shoes more comfortable, what you can also do is “grease” the inside of the shoes (especially the most critical areas, such as the toe or heel area) with cream (it can be a body moisturizer, a fat cream or even Vaseline, for example) or talcum powder.
This way you will soften the material of the shoe and reduce the friction between the shoe and the foot, making the shoes more comfortable and preventing painful blisters. You must repeat this process until you feel that the shoe is comfortable enough. This tip is very useful especially for closed shoes.
Use silicone/foam insoles or pads
When wearing high shoes, it is common to feel pain in the soles of the feet, especially after many hours with them on. To prevent this from happening and ensure that you feel more comfortable, use silicone/foam insoles or pads, which not only help relieve pain in that area of the foot, but also help prevent the foot from slipping or sweating so much.
These are very easy to find in shoe stores, pharmacies or supermarkets, and they make a big difference when it comes to making shoes more comfortable.
Use sandpaper to prevent shoes from slipping
There’s nothing worse than spending the day slipping and feeling that at any moment you could crash on the floor (or even fall), because the soles of your shoes are slippery.
To prevent this from happening (and if you don’t want to go to the shoe repair shop to put on a non-slipper), you can use sandpaper to rub the soles and create greater friction with the shoes, thus preventing them from slipping. If you’ve never tried it, get to work. You will really notice the difference, believe me.
Put wax on fabric shoes
We all have espadrilles or flat shoes in fabric that we are afraid of ruining, especially on rainy days, right? Now, a good trick to keep them impeccable is to wax them with beeswax and then dry them with the dryer at high temperature, so that the wax melts and becomes transparent. In fact, this is a kind of homemade waterproofing that really works. If you want, as a substitute for wax you can use paraffin.
Use gauze to prevent foot pain
A good tip for you to be able to wear heels without any force is putting a small square of gauze to hold the third and fourth toes together. It may seem strange, but the truth is that there is a nerve between the two fingers and, by joining them with the gauze, the pressure on it will decrease. Consequently, it will make you have less pain and feel more comfortable, even with heels.
With these precious tips, the nightmare of uncomfortable shoes is over. After putting them into practice you will see that you will never complain of foot pain again.
However, it is important that, when choosing shoes, always choose the right size and malleable and comfortable materials that leave your foot at ease. After all, the comfort of our feet is essential for us to feel good and beautiful throughout the day, right?
Article originally published in April 2021. Updated September 2022.