How To Break Into New Shoes Without Killing Your Feet

I'm currently nursing a ton of blisters on my feet right now. I screwed up. I haven't bought new shoes for a while now and forgot how painful it was to wear them in. It's at this time that I'm reminded of some tried and tested methods of breaking into new shoes quickly and with less pain involved.

It can take up to two weeks to get comfortable with new shoes as they stretch out and mould to the shape of your feet. The process is often fraught with agony and I'm sure we've all endured new shoe blisters before.

The video by Lisa Pullano provides simple tips on how to break your new shoes in with some thick socks and a hair dryer. Yes, she is demonstrating her methods on women's shoes but there's no reason why they wouldn't work on men's footwear as well.

[Via Lisa Pullano YouTube channel]


    I've never understood this. Why don't people just not buy uncomfortable shoes?

      From personal experience, shoes that feel fine when you try them on in store will often kill your feet after you wear them for an hour or so. As much as I want to buy a pair of comfortable shoes on the get go, I haven't had much luck :/

      Ah, where do I begin!?

      Different shoes for different purposes is the main reason.

      Not all shoes need to be comfortable all the time, some really are more just to look nice, match an outfit, adjust your height or just to make you feel like you look good. So in those cases it can be beneficial to try and make uncomfortable shoes more comfortable as they don't need to be 'on your feet 8 hours a day running marathons' comfortable, just wearable for a few hours.

      The other issue is that a lot of 'comfortable' shoes are ugly. Thick soles, boxy clunky shapes, old outdated styles that look more suited for a nursing home. For someone with big feet, you also don't want your feet to look even bigger, which a lot of those aforementioned shoes will do.

      Some comfortable shoes also look too casual/unprofessional/sloppy. They can also be very very expensive, around $200 a pair STANDARD. I'd rather invest in some bandaids, vaseline and insoles and pay $50 for a pair of shoes that looks awesome than $200 on some clunky grandma shoes that I'm going to be too embarrassed to wear or will only really walk on for 20 minutes.

      There's also not a lot of variety or updates with comfortable shoes, they tend to either be very basic or come in very bright colours and have similar looks/styles to other comfortable shoes. So they won't keep up with the latest fashion or trends and would be hard to match to outfits.

    Some of us have funny shaped feet and have to wear in every pair we get.

    If you're having this issue on a regular basis, I'd recommend shopping around other brands a bit more. We have a very healthy shoe industry in Australia with a great range of options available, ranging from pure high fashion to pure comfort and everything in between.

    Different brands put different amounts of effort/money into different aspects of their shoes and there's sure to be a brand out there that will be the right combination for you.

      If only it were that simple!

      Having grown up in the US, I find that shoes in Australia generally tend to be overpriced/expensive. Some brands are worse than others, a clear example for me is witchery, they sell shoes with thin soles, thin bits if any of leather that are about the same quality as something you'd get from target or ruby but for $80.

      And that's just one brand, other brands have varying levels of quality among their stock, some make crappy flats but good heels, others fall apart after 6 months of non-daily use.

      Then on top of that some styles of shoes are more uncomfortable for some people than for others, it really depends on the shape of your feet and how soft/callused they are. I could have a pair of shoes at the end of summer that fit me just fine, cause no blisters, but if I put them away and try them back on at the end of winter (when my feet get soft from wearing socks and closed shoes) then it can be blister city.

      The point is that there's a lot of factors, the shape of the shoe, the materials used, the overall design, the shape of someone's foot, how callused they are, whether or not they swell under certain conditions, that determine whether or not a certain shoe will be comfortable, it's not as easy as saying just have a look and find a brand that you like since there's so many.

    The only shoes I has to break in were. Leather shoes in my early school days. Turns out they were actually never a good fit at all, hence deformed pinky toes now in adult life. Since buying correctly fitting shoes and boots I've never broken a pair in and that's been for over 20 years now and I've gone through a lot of shoes with for a male odd shaped feet (long and thin soles as opposed to traditional wider foot for men).

    Didn't know this was such a tribulation for some people.
    I simply buy a pair of Hush Puppies, and stick a band aid on the back of my Achilles for week, or simply wear some decent wool socks.
    Guess I'm one of the lucky ones..

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