We've all been there. You get new shoes and you're way too excited to wear them out then end up regretting all your life choices. Here's our tips to make your brand new shoes ready for all day wear.
Here's a list of what you'll need:
- Nail file or sandpaper
- Sticky back moleskin sheets
- Fluffy socks
- Gel heel cushion
The first thing to do when you get brand new shoes, if nothing else, is to wear them around the house! This helps you to gauge what parts are going to rub, if they fit correctly, and where you need to make adjustments. Once you have an idea on what you need to alter, here's the steps to make sure your new shoes are ready to wear:
1. Scuff up the bottom.
This is a trick used by celebrity stylists and personal shoppers so you know it's one of the best. If your shoes don't have any traction on the bottom, grab a nail file or sandpaper and scuff up the sole underneath the ball of the foot. Spray on some hairspray for extra traction and you'll be able to dance the night away without slipping.
2. Prevent those blisters.
If you're an avid heel wearer, then you can guess the spot the heels will rub. If not, after wearing them around the house for an hour, you'll feel all the spots that could cause discomfort. Clean the inside of the shoe to ensure the moleskin will stick properly then cut strips to size. Stick them to the parts of the shoes that rub and you can prevent all those Band-Aids before you need them.
3. Break in the leather.
Put on those fluffy socks, slip on your new heels, grab your blow-dryer and a glass of wine. Treat yourself to a night in and blow-dry your shoes on full blast to stretch out the leather. This will break down the stiffness and make your heels much more wearable.
4. Add some cushion.
Stock up on gel cushions for the ball of your foot. You'll thank yourself later, we promise!
Don't let your heels be a one-time wear. If you prep your shoes before you wear them, you'll be able to wear them time after time.