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The How-To Lounge: Breaking in your New Shoes

Slipping on a new pair of shoes can make you feel like a princess, that is if they fit correctly! There is nothing worse than walking in shoes that you can't wait to take off, or as Oprah calls them, sitting shoes, so here are some easy tips to help you break in your new kicks.

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  • When shopping, be sure to hit the shoe department last. Our feet swell throughout the day so you want to be sure to try new shoes when your feet are their true size
  • Before purchasing, spend some time in the shoes. Make sure they feel good on the floor as well as the carpet (most stores will allow you to walk around the store) and if you are between sizes, always opt for the larger of the two
  • Before wearing them outside, walk around your house in your shoes with a pair of socks to prevent blisters
  • If you feel your foot slip, insert a pad in the toe of the shoe. Not only will this tighten up any gaping, but also it will provide extra cushion that your toes will thank you for later
  • Wear your new shoes for at least an hour everyday if they are uncomfortable at first. This will allow your shoe to give a little, even mold to your foot without too much pain before you wear them all day at work or for a big night on the town
  • Some shoes are obviously more comfortable than others; so once you find a designer that fits your foot well, stick with what you know
  • Whether you are buying a fierce pair of high heels or a new pair of running shoes, a good fit from the get go is imperative. Breaking in leather can be more difficult than other materials so be sure to carry band aids with you for the first couple of wears. Good luck!


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gossipqueen gossipqueen 10 years
WIDE FEET... I have that problem too...and not everybody knows that shoes come in different widths... If you're an 8 try 8 W....or even M for medium width. I love it cause with regular width flats my feet look horrendous...but with W flats my feet look proportion with the shoe. ;)
Ambush Ambush 10 years
I used to work in a shoe store for many years... and I always used to advise our customers if the shoes were tight, to wear them at home with some thick socks you have first drenched in water. As soon as the socks are getting dry, your shoes will fit perfectly!
Saaralynne Saaralynne 10 years
My mom taught me a great trick. For leather shoes (and some synthetic) you can put vasaline inside them before putting them on. Then put them on, sit down, and let the leather warm up. Once you've sat for about 20 minutes, walk around for a bit inside. Shoes aren't returnable, but the vasaline softens up the warm leather, and the shoes conform to your feet a lot quicker and a lot better. If you do it on the inside, it doesn't even show outside!
sharilynne17 sharilynne17 10 years
Everyone needs to purchase the Band-Aid blister rolls on like a deoderant (not the same consistency though) and you won't even feel your feet by the end of the day. I'm a teacher and on my feet all day and generally can't wear cute shoes to work, but sandal season has already been great for me! I'm serious- try it!
pinknfluffy pinknfluffy 10 years
hehe flip flops are great in theory, but rarely actually look good! My feet look especially hideous in them, I have long skinny toes and the V-strap thing gives me alien feet!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I have tried all of the suggestions- and I still get blisters! It doesn't matter what kind of shoe it is- even sneakers-all cause me pain at first. I love shoes, but they seem to hate me. I wish flip-flops were banned, though. So damn ugly.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I love myself some flip flops, but they're not always appropriate for some of my clothing, or for work.
katie225 katie225 10 years
i must be the only female in the world who hates shoes. i would much rather wear flip flops all day long. but this is great advice for when i have to buy nice shoes for work and stuff.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Very good advise DearSugar. All brides need to read this and do the same thing before the big day. Also bring a pair of cute backup shoes to wear when you just can't stand it anymore. I actually made a friend cute flip flops decorated (bought from Target) in white lace, pearls and tiny roses to match her colors to wear in case her shoes gave out.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I just got like 8 pairs of new shoes and am wearing one for the first time today. They are killing my feet, but I do look super tall :)
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
any suggestions for someone with wide but small feet? i really like how pointy heels make me look, but because my feet are wide, i end up getting shoes that are like 2 sizes bigger than normal.
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
i put baby powder on my feet before wearing new shoes, it prevents blisters by keeping your feet dry
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