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Style for Style: Blister Prevention!

So, remember when I told you about my new Chanel shoes? Well, to my dismay, even after breaking them in with my thick socks, they managed to give me a blister on one of my little toes. Frustrating, no? I was complaining to a pal of mine and she shared with me a brilliant solution - and one that ballet dancers are no strangers to.

To see the ultimate solution to blisters,

Toe tape, like this Bunheads Toe Tape, $3, can be found at any drugstore. It is wonderful because it literally acts as a barrier between your shoe and your skin. Now, before I wear my Chanels, I wrap up my little toe that normally gets blisters, and I'm good to go! The only downside is that if you've never worn a particular shoe, you have to stick the tape anywhere you think you may get blisters. Your whole foot may end up being all taped up, but hey, at least you'll be pain-free!


aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I'll need this for an upcoming wedding, my bridesmaids shoes are very painful!
fab4 fab4 10 years
I would sacrifice my comfort for a fabulous pair of shoes in a heartbeat. I have no problem with blisters on my feet...but now I can help prevent them!
divapupgirl divapupgirl 10 years
for my shoes, i use mens' shoe trees. men usually have wider feet, making my shoes perfectly comfy. they work on heels, too, as long as the front is like a peep-toe wedge that wont allow the shoe tree to fall out and give it some tension.
zc zc 10 years
i need to get hold of some of would save me a lot of pain
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 10 years
i tried the blister block stick and deodorant (a suggestion from a previous post), and neither worked! i ended up covering my feet in band aids and i still am dealing with some nasty blisters from my slingbacks. i heard you can get pads that strap into sling backs, but target, the supermarket and drugstore all didn't have them. suggestions?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
hmmm never thought of toe tape. and it's cheaper than purchasing dr. scholl's products, like i had been doing. nice!
steen steen 10 years
They make all sorts of tape and adhesives to go with virtually any kind of shoe. The best part is, they attach to your shoes so you don't have to keep putting tape on your foot. They even have adhesives to ankle straps! It's crazy!
tiabia tiabia 10 years
Bellatrix and meglin1022, I am so glad I'm not the only one. Doesn't matter the shoe...I will undoubtedly get a blister...heck, it could even be slippers, LOL.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I've been doing this for years and especially in summer do it all the time, seriously it works wonders. If I know I'm going to be wearing shoes that may give me a blister I put the tape in my bag.
mlen mlen 10 years
gosh i haven't had to tape my toes in years- since i stopped dancing pointe! it does work- though its not always comfy. i'm definitely interested in trying one of those blister sticks you all are talking about, cause like you Bellatrix, i get blisters the first time i wear any shoe! from boots to flip flops, to heels.
Bellatrix2 Bellatrix2 10 years
Toe tape really does wonders. Take it from me and I have a ballet past. As for those who say they'd never wear shoes that give blisters : every person is different. I have never worn ANY pair of shoes without having at least one blister on each foot the first time. No, from stilettos to Birkenstocks : my skin is just very reactive.
mairay mairay 10 years
Nice tip but will it come off after a few hours? I don't wear the shoes anymore if they give me horrid blisters. But there's an old wives tales in Asia, where you bite gently (literally) at the back of the shoe while saying "I'll bite you before you bite me back". And the harder the shoe the harder I bite. It seems so silly but it does work.
davie-k davie-k 10 years
Wow.. that's great.. I'm gonna need to get some before my brother's wedding!
Lakita Lakita 10 years
This might help as well: Hansaplast Blasen-Schutz Gel. For more information --> It's in german - so just put it into your translator.
Mikemartlet Mikemartlet 10 years
Either put talcum powder in your shoes or wear stockings or tights (panty-hose). However, American shoes tend to be made tighter for the same size equivalency than British or European shoes; this appears to be a cultural thing as you Americans wear your shoes tighter, - no wonder you are always complaining about your feet.
KandiQTC KandiQTC 10 years
Having studied ballet for 8-9 years, and having been on point(wearing point shoes), and gone through the process of wrapping my toes so that I wouldn't be bleeding by the end of the day, that stuff REALLY does help! ^_^*
helenette helenette 10 years
how about the band aid stick?
girlboy girlboy 10 years
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girlboy girlboy 10 years
ticklezmepink ticklezmepink 10 years
hmm.. interesting.. cheaper than the band-aid blister block...
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 10 years
I usually put bandaids on my pinky toes and the side of both my big toes, places that are prone to blisters.. and keep extra bandaids with.. but I think I'll invest in this from now on! A preventative measure is a preventative measure, lol :P
phnee phnee 10 years
I also love Foot Petals, sold at Nordstrom's and I also saw some at Bath and Body Works. These are nice because they go on the shoe not the foot, making it a permanent solution.
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 10 years
Nice tip!
tiabia tiabia 10 years
This is a great idea. I don't know why, but I ALWAYS get blisters with new never fails. I attempted to by larger...still got a blister, went smaller...blister, until I just realized that that's one of the pains of getting new shoes for me...but this sounds like an excellent idea!!!
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 10 years
Thats such a great idea! I need to go buy this. I'm currently dealing with blisters from my cute summery flats. =(
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