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 are talking about. Women certainly know this drama better, especially when it comes to high-heeled shoes. But what if we told you that there is a way to make the most comfortable shoes?
Who has never had the terrible experience of spending a day in shoes that hurt your feet? Or who doesn’t know how disappointing it is to have beautiful shoes that you can’t wear, since they are a real foot-killing nightmare?
Yes, it’s really true. There are small tricks that, when put into practice, allow shoes not to be uncomfortable, no longer hurting us. And may our feet endure, happily, another day with our favorite shoes. Come meet them and be surprised.
Make your shoes more comfortable: the 7 infallible tips
Thick socks are your best allies (and the dryer too)
Have you bought new shoes and don’t want to go through the ordeal of having to endure a whole day with sore feet because the shoes are too tight? So before using them try to stretch them a little bit at home. All you have to do is wear them (at home) with a pair of thick socks to make them stretch.
For more extreme cases, with your socks on, use a hair dryer to heat your shoes with jets of hot air. The truth is that this will help the material of the shoes to swell, stretch and become more malleable.
Water bags to stretch shoes
Still to stretch your shoes, there is another trick you can try: fill bags with water, put them inside your shoes and then put them in the freezer. Leave it overnight and the next day remove it. 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 “smear” the inside of your shoes (mainly the most critical areas, such as the toes or heels) with cream (it can be body moisturizing cream, 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 avoiding 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 wearing them for many hours. To prevent this from happening and make sure 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 your foot from slipping or sweating so much.
These are very easy to find in shoe stores, pharmacies or supermarkets, and make a lot of difference when it comes to making your shoes more comfortable.
Use sandpaper to prevent shoes from slipping
There’s nothing worse than spending the day slipping and feeling like you could hit the ground (or even fall) at any moment, because the soles of your shoes are slippery.
To prevent this from happening (and if you don’t want to go to the shoemaker to put on an anti-slip pad), 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 fabric espadrilles or ballet flats that we’re afraid to ruin, especially on rainy days, right? Now, a good trick to keep them impeccable is to wax them with beeswax and then dry them with a hairdryer 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, you can use paraffin as a substitute for wax.
Use gauze to prevent foot pain
A good tip for you to be able to wear heels without any force is to place 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, you will have less pain and feel more comfortable, even with heels.
With these precious tips, the nightmare of uncomfortable shoes is over. Once you put them into practice, you’ll see that you’ll never complain of foot pain again.
However, it is important that, when choosing shoes, you always opt for the right size and for 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 in January 2023.