Looking to invest in those sexy pair of SS17 shoes without the pain of breaking into them?
Although we all agree that a shoe needs to be almost immediately comfortable, we have to face reality that this is almost certainly not always the case. While we love those gorgeous sky highs the brands have showcased on the SS17 runways (utter love for the YSL logo heel), they won’t always be comfortable the moment you slip your feet in. And shoe comfort doesn’t just apply to heels- loafers and ballerinas would sometimes give us that uncomfortable feeling of rubbing and blistering.
Fret not ladies as there are ways it can be done without the unwanted blisters and scars of breaking into a new pair of shoes. Read on for Marie Claire’s top tips:
Take them out slowly, one step at a time
Fight the temptation to don your new babies the moment you lay your hands on them and ignore the impulsive sensation you get to introduce them to the outside world (trust us, its worth the wait). Instead, put on a pair of thick socks and wear your shoes lightly around the house first. This initiates the breaking-in process.
The hairdryer works magic not only on your hair, but your shoes too
Hold a hairdryer up to the parts of the shoe that are tightest whilst moving your feet in those new shoes. But make sure you have on socks as this helps to protect your feet from the heat whilst helping to break into those new shoes faster. Don’t forget to let the shoes cool down with your feet still in them, so that the shoe adjusts to the shape of your feet.
Try the ‘spooning’ effect…we mean by using a spoon to the back of the heel
Using the back of a tablespoon, rub the spoon into the heel or any part where a pair of shoes are rubbing. This basically mimicks the effect of your foot rubbing against the shoe, helping to soften up those tighter places before wearing them.
For flats, we would suggest that you invest in shoe stretchers
Trust me, you will need them in the future as we ladies can never have enough flats. From loafers, ballerinas, slip-ons..the list goes on. Plus the shoe stretcher won’t do much for heels. Stretch those flats using metal or wooden stretchers. Simply put the stretchers into your shoes and let them sit tight for a while…the waiting process begins.