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Style for Style: Breaking in New Shoes

I recently purchased my first pair of Chanel flats and wore them for the first time yesterday! I promised myself I'd sport them every single day for a year, so as to make every penny I paid for them worth it. Well, after only wearing them once, my little toes got red blisters on them and I had to break my promise...temporarily! I went out and bought some ped socks, but it was too late. Plus, the Chanels don't look as pretty with those ugly not-socks sticking out from the sides!


Want to know how I solved my problem?, then

Last night I was pondering about how I am going to keep my promise to wear my Chanels every day for a year without them thrashing my toes. A little light bulb went off in my head and I decided to stick Spa Socks, $13, like these, in the front of my shoes. I let them stay overnight, and by the time I got up for work, they had stretched out enough so as not to stick to my toes! So the next time you get new flats and they are tight in the toe area, just stick some thick socks in them for a day and they'll be ready to grace your feet without killing them.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I don't even like flats but these are cute
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 10 years
I did something similar with my boyfriends skate shoes...they were rubbing the side of his foot right below his little toes and it stuffed them with tennis balls...that would stretch my shoes too much but is perfect for men!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
I love this tip and I love these flats!!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
my mom told me "put them newspaper with alcohol and let them rest" and my BIG BIG FEET WITH BIG BIG FINGERS thanks her... but "news paper with alcohol???"
blackjade78 blackjade78 10 years
The shoe stretchers are great for breaking in shoes. I have wide feet and have tried pretty much everything. Also, the new Band-Aid treatment to prevent blisters is a life-saver. And you can carry it with you.
missalibeth missalibeth 10 years
I'm also a huge fan of wooden shoe stretchers (http://www.improvementscatalog.com/home/improvements/82042-shoe-stretcher-shoe-stretch-spray.html) with thick socks over them. It always makes my flats comfy.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
This trick also works for stretching out boots. Whenever I get new cowboy boots I stuff them full with newspaper to stretch out a little before wearing.
go4it go4it 10 years
love your flats! i always break in my flats/heels before i wear them by wearing them with a pair of thick socks around the house. it works like a charm!
kh312 kh312 10 years
those are some classy shoes.im gonna get them!
brneyez brneyez 10 years
Great idea! Thanx. Ill try it out.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
Another great way to break in shoes (any type) is to wear them around the house with 2 pairs of socks on... the socks protect your feet from blisters, and wearing 2 pairs stretches out the shoes in just the right places. I always break in new heels this way.
joey-beans joey-beans 10 years
i have the chanel ligne cambon flats and they hurt my toes for a little while after i got them, but you'll break 'em in ;) how exciting !! i practically skipped for two days after i got mine haha.
fluffypuff fluffypuff 10 years
I got some Dior flats almost a month ago and they are still killing me. I will definitely try this!
socialitebabe socialitebabe 10 years
They're so pretty! But on my little college student salary it would take me a year to buy them. lol
nati nati 10 years
I love those flats! great idea!
cocca cocca 10 years
those flats are awesome!!!
KCS0919 KCS0919 10 years
Band aid makes this little stick that easily fits into your purse. You rub it on when you feel rubbing occur and it stop it immediately....its my new life saver.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
I don't know if I will really wear them every single day, but I had to tell myself that to justify my purchase :) I will wear them more than often though! xo
rgrl rgrl 10 years
Cool, but will you really wear them everyday for a year??? Even in the snow?
Fashion Fashion 10 years
This trick mainly works for closed-toe shoes (flats or pumps). I think it will also work for peep-toes. xo
Patty2586 Patty2586 10 years
I use newspaper rolled up like a ball for harder shoes. Socks work for softer shoes but for harder shoes you need something harder.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
that's a great idea! will this trick only work for flats or will they work for any shoes?
clairepetrol clairepetrol 10 years
I totally second ash-marisa. Go to a running shop and get "foot glide" or "body glide" and rub it along your feet wherever you get bumps/blisters. It essentially feels like a layer of lip balm - its the same stuff that some company just launched as a tiny 'blister stick" that looks like a lip balm, the one at the running store is the size of a dove deodorant(once you start, you'll use it all the time!). I've been using it now that all my summer shoes are out and each rubbing on the foot in their own unique way. Narry a blister or bump in sight (oh and it leaves no residue of any kind of shoes either). Nice chanels darling....
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
You can also buy some anti-friction balm at any fitness/ running store. You just swipe it on your feet where rubbing occurs. If it helps out marathon runners with blisters, it will definitely help your problem! I keep it in my purse.
sandra-werner sandra-werner 10 years
See, great little fashionista minds think a like!!!!!!!! :kool:
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