Is there a way to avoid getting blisters when wearing newly bought high-heeled shoes?
Because I just have the feeling I’m doing something wrong, I always get the most evil blisters from any sort of footwear. Except trainers, but well… That would be even more pathetic than my situation already is.
This is actually a problem you can run into with any new shoes, as the blisters are caused by the shoes rubbing against your foot, rather than by the size of the heel: it happens to me most often in flats and running shoes, which seem to quite literally rub me up the wrong way!
The answer to this (other than making sure your shoes fit perfectly, of course, and even that isn’t a great solution, because even shoes that seem to fit perfectly in the store, and during the first hour or so of wear can start to hurt once you’ve been walking around in them for a while) is to wear your shoes in before letting them loose in public. Wearing brand new shoes for the first time, when you’re going to have to wear them for hours, is pretty much a recipe for blisters, I find, so when I buy shoes I’ll normally wear them around the house first, to soften up the leather (if that’s what they’re made from) a little, and to get an idea of whether they’re likely to rub, and where. Once you know a shoe’s likely to rub in a certain place, you can either apply a blister patch or band-aid before putting them on or try using something like wax or even Vaseline to soften up the leather in that place.
Some other tips for you:
- Wear socks or tights if you can
- Talcum powder or foot spray will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters from forming
- If the worst comes to the worst, Compeed blister plasters – they’ll help the blister heal and cushion it against further chafing. You can also use these as a preventative measure – apply them in the places you know your shoes will rub.
- Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Sore Spots. Again, apply these to the places your shoes are likely to start hurting and they’ll prevent blisters from forming.
Anyone else got any anti-blister tips?[image source]