Summer means we’re walking around a bit more often than we generally do during the winter or fall months. It also means different shoes! If we’re being really honest we have a soft spot for summer shoes-what’s not to love, though? The problem, of course, is that some of these shoes we love to wear during the summer months can be more prone to giving us blisters. Let’s face it…blisters are never fun, or cute! Avoiding summer blisters may seem like it’s an impossible thing to do, but we’ve discovered some tips that actually work to avoid those pesky foot issues leaving you free to continue enjoying your favorite shoes.
Add Pads Accordingly
It’s easy to get excited about wearing your favorite pair of shoes, until they give you blisters on your feet. One of the best steps you can take to avoiding blisters in your feet from your favorite pair of shoes is spending some time wearing them around your house and paying attention to the areas that feel like they’re rubbing or causing any discomfort. While of course wearing shoes that don’t provide any discomfort is the best option, sometimes the fit of different shoes can cause rubbing or friction in certain areas of the foot that can’t be avoided. Once you’ve established the areas that are rubbing or anything, add pads to the insides of the shoes that need it. This adds a cushion between the shoes and your foot so they won’t cause those blisters.
Test Drive New Shoes
When you’re purchasing shoes and trying them on you probably already spend a little time walking around in them during the try on process. This is an essential step in purchasing shoes, because you do need to know how they fit. The problem is most people don’t walk around enough when trying their shoes on. If you stay in the shoe area of a store when trying shoes on, you need to widen your horizon. The thing about those shoe stores and departments is the flooring is generally cushioned a bit more to provide a more comfortable trying on experience. This is a good thing, but it can give you a false expectation as to how the shoes actually feel when you wear them in your normal life-since the flooring isn’t mimicking the flooring you’re walking on most of your days. If the store doesn’t have a large area that allows you to walk around on flooring that’s different and truer to where you spend most of your time, simply make sure that you try them on when you get home to double check.
Stretch if Necessary
When trying shoes on, you may find that only certain areas of the shoes feel a bit tight. Unfortunately, if shoes are tight, adding a pad to that area like we mentioned above can just cause the shoe to feel even tighter. The best way to adjust the shoe is to invest in the assistance of a shoe stretcher and stretch those areas of the shoe that feel tight.