12 Fabulous Tricks to Keep Your Shoes from Hurting

In order to make your shoes a bit bigger and prevent them from chafing, you can apply alcohol, or even stick them in the freezer with a bag of water where your foot goes.
12 Fabulous Tricks to Keep Your Shoes from Hurting

Last update: 11 June, 2022

Most people have experienced some sort of pain caused by shoes they love, but which are too uncomfortable. The material they were made with, their design, and their accessories generally determine how comfortable or uncomfortable they are to wear, and it can be hard to keep your shoes from hurting.

The issue is that you can’t always identify what’s causing the problem, because they don’t always cause problems when you first put them on.

That’s why it’s good to know a few tricks for molding your shoes to your feet, even if that means changing their size or shape.

Today, we’re going to tell you the 12 most simple ways to keep your shoes from hurting, so you never have think of tossing them out again.

Let’s take a look!

1. Wear two socks: a great way to keep your shoes from hurting

use two socks

When your shoes are just a little too tight, and they feel uncomfortable to use, the solution is to put on two pairs of thick socks while wearing your shoes for a few minutes a day.

Put your feet in the tight shoes, walk for a few minutes, and after a few days they’ll be wider and more comfortable.

2. Ice bag

using an ice bag to keep your shoes from hurting

The ice bag trick has become very popular because it can make shoes that are too small bigger Fill a bag with water and stick it inside your shoe. Then stick it in the freezer for a day or two.

Once the water freezes, the shoes will expand and they’ll be easier to use.

3. Spray them with hairspray

spray hairspray onto shoes
To prevent your feet from slipping around in a sweaty shoe, take a bit of hairspray and spray it inside the shoe, without getting it too wet.

We recommend this for high heels that are too high or have an open toe.

4. Insert two insoles

two insoles

The classic trick for shoes that stretch out, or fit you too big for whatever reason, is to use two insoles. These are easy to come by at stores and can also be made at home out of cardboard or ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), among other things.

In fact, if it’s an emergency and you don’t have insoles with you, you can even use sanitary pads. That might sound strange, but the glue in them sticks to shoes well, which makes them more comfortable.

5. Use a deodorant stick to keep your shoes from hurting

deodorant shoe

If one of your shoes is hurting or chafing, rub deodorant on the affected areas. This will keep your skin where it should be, preventing blisters.

6. Using a hairdryer

hair dryer on shoes

The heat from a blow dryer cansoften shoes, which can help you mold them perfectly to your feet. Put on a new pair of thick socks, stick your foot in your shoe, and turn on the blow dryer for five or ten minutes.

7. Get adhesive cushions

place adhesive cushions

Cushion strips or adhesive tape are a great way to prevent shoe straps from rubbing or causing blisters. Stick them to the edges of your shoes and make sure they’re well-stuck so that they don’t affect your feet or ankles.

8. Sand the soles of your shoes

sand soles

A simple piece of sandpaper for wood can help prevent uncomfortable slips caused by smooth soles. Vigorously rub the sandpaper on the soles of your shoes to create the perfect texture for a more solid hold on the ground.

9. Cover the straps with cotton

cover with cotton

The synthetic straps on some sandals can cause blisters and injuries to the backs of the feet. To prevent this and give them a more comfortable feel, get a few pieces of cotton fabric and cover the straps with them.

10. Buy silicon protectors

foot protector

There are currently silicon protectors available at stores that can prevent rubbing and painful blisters.

11. Put alcohol-soaked newspaper inside them

alcohol and newspapaer

To soften shoes and to prevent them from being painful, shape pieces of newspaper into balls and soak them in alcohol. Then stick them inside your shoes. Wait a few days for them to dry, and your shoes will be bigger and better shaped to your feet.

12. Apply Vaseline

shoe vaseline

This is the last tip we have to keep your shoes from hurting. Applying just a bit of Vaseline to your feet helps keep them moisturized and prevents injuries caused by rubbing.

Are you ready to make your shoes more comfortable?  Follow these recommendations and give those shoes you love another chance.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.