Wondering how you can break in that new pair of heels or those new shoes quickly without damaging them? Don’t worry we have your back girl.
We’ve all been there before: You see the cutest pair of heels that you just have to have. You’re so excited to put them on for the very first time, only to discover just how painful and uncomfortable they actually are because you’ve been keeping them pristine in their box in preparation for that special night out.
Chances are you’ve lived this dreaded tale far too many times.
That’s where things can easily go wrong. Not properly breaking in your heels can seriously do a number on your feet. If you don’t wear in your new heels ahead of time, you can find yourself with painful blisters and cramping feet which can really put a damper on your night. You might even end up switching out to flats or sandals if the pain is that bad… and who wants to do that?! Especially when you’ve spent time and money finding the perfect pair of heels for your outfit.
To avoid any major mishaps and protect your feet, here are FOUR simple yet effective tips to help you break in your new pair of heels (the right way!)
Wear Your Heels With Socks (but just to break them in)
Wearing socks with your heels is a great way to break them in. The socks wear out the leather and help the heels take the shape of your foot without compromising the integrity of the material. It helps the heels get accustomed to the shape of your foot while at the same time, protecting you from any damage to your feet.
This tip will help stretch the sides of the heels as well as the arch. The socks will cover any hot spots that are prone to blisters from uncomfortable heels and you’ll find them easier to wear over time. Make sure that the socks aren’t too thick or too thin so that they stretch out the heels to the proper size. If your socks are thick, you’ll end up over-stretching them and that could cause another set of problems for you that will be just as uncomfortable as what you started with.
The best part is that you can simply just walk around your home in them or sit and just scroll through Instagram while wearing them. Either way, they’ll get broken in and you won’t have to worry about blistering.
2. Use a Hairdryer
Another great tip is using a hairdryer. It may sound a little bit crazy to fire up the old hairdryer and point the heat at your brand-spankin’ new shoes, but believe me — it works!
Carefully use your hairdryer to apply a bit of heat for one to two minutes at a time. You definitely don’t want to put heat on your heels for too long because it can damage your heels. If your shoes are plastic or any material that does not do well under heat, be sure to be very careful with your hairdryer so that the shoes don’t end up melting.
A few minutes of heat at a time is a safe amount of time and once the heels are warmed up, just bend them a little on each side and then apply gentle pressure to the arch of the shoe to help it take form. You can also twist around the shoes as well. Either way, you’ll end up with a pair of not-so-snug heels that will be perfect for any look.
3. Freeze A Bag of Water Inside Your Shoes
You can also stretch out your shoes using a bag of water. Water expands, so an awesome tip is to fill up a plastic sandwich bag with water and put it inside your heels and then freeze them. The bag filled with water will take up every inch of the inside of your heels and then expand when it freezes.
This will help stretch of the sides and also give you more room in the toebox so it doesn’t feel so tight. It’s a win-win situation! One important thing to remember with this trick is not to overfill the shoes because if the bag expands too much, it can tear the shoes, depending on what material they are made out of.
You should be able to have your shoes sat a comfortable fit after a couple of days. Freeze the water overnight and in the morning, take the bag out and check to see if the heels have stretched out enough for you.
Still a little too tight? Break up the ice and refreeze the bag for another night and check on them again in the morning. You can keep doing this until you achieve the optimal level of stretch and comfort for your heels.
4. Use A Shoe Stretcher
If all else fails, it’s time to call in reinforcements and use an actual shoe stretcher. It’s actually a pretty good investment if you find yourself always needing to break in or stretch out not just heels, but any new shoes that you buy.
A shoe stretcher is a tool that has the shape of a foot and has several buttons you can use to expand the shape. You can put it inside the heels and it will stretch them for you in different areas depending on your needs. You can expand just the front part of the shoe, the sides, the arch, or all three. A good shoe-stretching tool can retail for around $20 and that’s a pretty good investment for something that can keep you looking amazing and comfortable at the same time!
So, next time you decide to pull the trigger on a new pair of fancy heels, don’t let pain and discomfort from tight heels hold you back. Breaking in your heels can be done and it’s the perfect solution to looking good and enjoying comfortable shoes at the same time. That way, you can walk, stand, and dance for as long as you’d like!