Reader Request: Making Uncomfortable Shoes Wearable


Reader Sue asked:

… what tips or routine treatments you may employ to “help” some shoes which may be adorable and perfectly compliment any given outfit, but do not feel like warm buttered slippers on the feet all day? I’ve noted your mention of the use of moleskin, but how exactly can this be used? I understand there is a certain amount of breaking in to be expected with a new pair, but when do you resign yourself to the fact that a particular pair may require “this” or “that” throughout their life in order to keep them as good shoe citizens?

Such fabulous questions, don’t you agree? Now, some shoes are just inherently comfier than others, so I can’t promise to offer solutions that will make six-inch stilettos feel like Uggs. But I can share the tips I use to keep my feet as happy as possible, and share what I’ve learned about breaking in your footwear safely and smartly.

WHY BUY?
First and foremost, do some careful thinking if you try on a pair of shoes, love them to pieces, yet realize that they’re not immediately comfortable.

  • Ask yourself how much you love the shoes and whether you will continue to love them if they cause you painful blisters for several wearings.
  • Determine if they’re uncomfortable because of some stretching or flexibility-related issue, or because of shoddy construction or overall shape.
  • Gauge how much you’re willing to change your preferences and behaviors: If you’re just beginning to explore heels and wedges, are you willing to deal with calf soreness and foot aches to accustom yourself to this new shoe style?

And, finally, be sure that they’re worth your hard-earned cash if they’re not perfect right out of the box. There might be a different, equally awesome pair out there that feels marvelous from day one. What is motivating you to consider these particular shoes?

BREAKING IN SHOES
Some shoes hurt because they aren’t meant for your particular pair of feet, but some shoes truly do need a bit of wear to fit properly. When I bought my patent leather combat boots, they were about as supple as poured concrete. The salesclerk told me it would take about eight hours of wear to break them in and it was all I could do to keep from laughing in his face. I mean, it’s possible that after eight hours of solid, vigorous walking they’d begin conforming to my specific foot shape … but there was no way I’d wear sparkling new patent boots on an eight-hour hike. Even eight hours of normal wear – with breaks for sitting and whatnot – will not a comfy, broken-in pair of shoes make. Especially not a pair made from something as inflexible as patent leather!

In my experience, most dress shoes are completely broken in after about ten wearings. As in, once they’ve been to the office for ten full working days, they fit like they were made from molds of my feetsies. The first five wearings do most of the work, and the last five add refinements to fit. I vastly prefer to be patient and let shoes break in gradually than to artificially accelerate the process by wearing new pairs on long walks and grinning through the blisters.

But that’s just me. Some of you may want to chuck a pair if they don’t quit rubbing after four wearings. Some of you may do everything in your power to force slightly-uncomfy shoes to become comfier as soon as humanly possible. Some of you may think that all shoes should fit and be comfy right out of the box, period. All valid philosophies.

Let’s assume you’ve ended up purchasing an imperfect pair for whatever reason, and need some tips on how to make the breaking-in process less arduous. Here’s my roundup of techniques:

WORKAROUNDS
Area-specific rubbing: Band-aids slide around and blister block does nothing to improve long-term fit, so I prefer moleskin. Once you’ve determined which area is going to get rubbed raw, cut a piece of this stuff from a sheet, remove the backing, and apply the adhesive side to your foot. Like a band-aid it will shield your foot from the painful portion of the shoe, but since the moleskin itself is fairly thick, it will also begin to train the shoe away from that part of your foot. The moleskin helps stretch the shoe more quickly and effectively than just wearing and blistering.

Length tightness: Now, if a shoe is so tight it causes your toes to curl or your foot to feel truly and uncomfortably cramped, TAKE IT BACK. Or donate it or whatever. Just don’t subject your poor tootsies to that exquisite torture. If a shoe is slightly snug in the length, you can attempt to stretch it yourself … but I’d recommend taking it to your friendly neighborhood cobbler. Stretching doesn’t typically cost more than $10, and the cobbler can give you an expert opinion on whether or not stretching will even help.

Width tightness: Again, checking with the cobbler is never a bad plan. But if a pair of shoes feels just a wee bit snug in the width, I will sometimes go the cheap route instead. I put on my thickest pair of fluffy socks and smash my feet into the shoes for a trot around the house. This is not fun, not comfortable, and not recommended for long periods of time. But if you do the thick-sock trick for an hour a few times a week, you’ll definitely notice a difference.

Roomy toe box: I read recently that lambswool, which ballerinas use in the tips of their toe shoes, can work just as well for slightly large shoes that you find yourself sliiiiding into. As in, you’ve got a pair of heels that fit great when your ankle is back against the heel of the shoe, but when you slip down the slope, your toes get crunched up in the box. Lambswool specific to this purpose can be purchased here. Ball of foot pads like these can also be helpful

Slippery: See this post for my ideas, and some fabulous ones shared by readers!

Finally, a few general words about uncomfortable footwear:

  • I adore the leg-lengthening properties of heels and wedges, but make a point of varying my footwear. And so should you. DO NOT wear tall heels every single day, friends. Give your body a break and strap on a flat shoe every so often. Otherwise, your joints will rebel.
  • It is possible to learn to walk in extremely tall, extremely skinny heels. But not everyone can do it and it’s not a skill necessary to every lifestyle. There are alternatives.
  • Before you choose your shoes in the morning, think long and hard about the day ahead. Too many of us have ended up limping because we wore sitting-down-shoes on a day that involved long walks.

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  • Corrine/Frock And Roll

    I love these suggestions! Before, I used to go to GREAT length to make the relationship work with an uncomfortable shoe: I'd wear band-aids anywhere that I thought it might cause rubbing (to prevent the pain!), I'd wear stockings so that it was easier for my foot to fit in it, I'd try those gel-ball-insole-y things (I've personally never had much luck with them!), but now, I can't really be bothered with the games: I'd much rather find something that was comfortable to wear, OR I'll wear my fancy/uncomfortable shoes for a little bit, but bring some ballet flats/more comfortable shoes to wear when they become too unbearable.

  • Casey

    I'm loving this post! I have the worst time with shoe fit; mostly because I have a wide foot that isn't quite wide enough for the "wide" sizes, but too wide for medium width. lol. So often times I am left with some suffering for the sake of wearing the shoes. I really need to get myself a sheet of moleskin!

    I love the lambswool idea… I *ahem* use the Kleenex thing a lot. rofl.

    Thanks for the tips, Sal!

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

  • sara

    Hi Sal!

    I have a suggestion for staying blister-free in uncomfortable footwear. Last month, I trekked all over the south of France in kitten heels– and didn't get a single blister. I used BandAid Friction Block Stick– it looks like a deodorant that glides on over any hot spots and makes a friction barrier– it works like a CHARM!

    I love your blog and what it stands for. You can check out mine at http://www.grandsamours.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day!
    Sara

  • EvaNadine

    speaking as a dancer who flirted briefly with dancing en pointe, lambs wool is a decent option, but IMHO must be changed out fairly frequently, as it will mash down much like the kleenex (though not as quickly).
    based on the pointe accessory site you linked, i would be interested to try the "ouch pouch" items.
    gel never worked for my friends an i, as the gel itself would simply redistribute around the toes, leaving the point unprotected. but since when walking in heels, you arent walking en pointe, mayhaps the gel would work also…

  • La Historiadora de Moda

    These are great tips! I'm also a fan of inserts for some of my higher heels. They just add a little bit more cushion for redistributing impact and making the shoe wearing experience more comfortable. I actually tend to get blisters even in normally-comfy shoes when it's humid, but I've found that if I just apply a little bit of body glide to my feet that helps a lot. You can get it at any store that caters to runners.

  • Fer

    Sally, I think this video will help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf5mJ7aR2t8 I've tried it with two pairs of shoes already (one of them I had already given up on), and it WORKS! you may have to do this process twice, but I guarantee you it will work wonders!

  • Tina Z

    Yes! BandAid friction block works wonders! Swipe it on your heel, your toes, everywhere, and your shoes won't give you blisters. Promise.

    Heel grippers are great for looser shoes, allowing you to buy up 1/2 size for more comfort everywhere else. I read a few months ago (not sure where) that women typically wear shoes 1- 1 1/2 sizes too small. I have wider feet and I started buying up a 1/2 size, adding heel grippers, and experience MUCH less pain than before.

    • Melanie

      That sounds too good to be true but I’ll take your word for it, where can I get the BandAid friction block and heel grippers from??

      • Both are typically at drug stores, but also on Amazon!

  • Sarah

    A combination of cobbler shoe-stretching, blister block, heel pads/grips (more to prevent blisters than to keep my shoes on), and insoles usually does it for me. I really try now, though, not to buy any shoes that I can't say, with a straight face at the time of buying, are comfortable.

  • Tina Z

    Oh, and Dr.Scholl's For Her gel inserts work well for shoes that make your feet ache after awhile. Heels, boots, whatever.

  • Stephanie

    Before my kids I would insist that I was a 10 nevermind that my long bit toes were always cramped. Sometimes I'd even try a 9.5. Now days I rarely put anything smaller then an 11 on my feet unless I've already tried the 11 and its too big. I just can't handle being that uncomfortable. I do buy cheap dress shoes in the right size bc I rarely have them on for more then an hour or two so lack of support isn't so much of an issue. I tend to invest in one or two good pairs of casual shoes a season and wear them with everything.

  • Vanessa

    This is a really awesome post. I'm pretty broke right now, but once I get back to work I think I'll get some of the lambs wool you linked to. I have a pair of shoes that definitely need it.

  • Kristen

    Funny you bring up ballerinas. As a prior dancer, moleskin has been my friend for many years — and I usually keep extra stashed at work and in my purse — just in case. 🙂

  • Shannon

    I broke in my insulated riding boots by putting a plastic bag of water in the toe box and popping them in the freezer. Water expands as it freezes. The leather stretched out without the usual damage to my feet the "big sock" routine causes. I still had to "break them in" to get my footprints in there, but it was a lot easier with that little bit of extra room the ice bought me.

  • elnajay

    I guess I normally wear shoes with stockings/tights, which helps the friction a lot. But come summer, that's not as practical. The lambswool idea would also be interesting, especially for a couple of pairs of shoes I have that are just a bit too long…I think I even have some leftover from the brief period that I did dance on pointe!

    And this is a timely topic for me, as I appear to have made a slightly poor shoe decision this morning…put on some bandaids stashed in a drawer, but haven't tried the great friction block/moleskin ideas. Thanks!

  • LPC

    I avoid discomfort by buying them big, then putting a pad in the toe box. I like my toes. I want to treat them well:).

  • LPC

    And, not to belabor the point, but I really hate the part of fashion that has made women's shoes uncomfortable and not men's. So unjust…

  • FashionTheorist

    If a shoe's a tiny bit tight somewhere, I'll either rub a bit of Vaseline or spray a 50/50 alcohol/water mix on the inside before putting it on to encourage the leather to ease.

    I also look for specific things while shoe shopping: a "breasted" heel (one with a bit of extension underneath/forward to support the transversal arch just in front of the heel; significant support for the longitudinal arches; padding in both the ball of the foot and the heel; and a degree of flex in the sole (except in wedges, natch). I also make sure that the shoes sit even: a slight irregularity in the cant of the shoe can lead to a huge amount of discomfort and imbalance.

    I take my leather-soled shoes in to the cobbler right after I buy them to have a Vibram slick put on the sole. Not only does this extend the life of the shoe (it's easier to replace the Vibram than the sole), it adds a tiny bit of cushioning and a lot of traction.

  • Jenniferocious

    My issues with shoes usually revolve around arch support. I have "bad feet" to begin with (at only 25! eep!) and arch support is 100% necessary. But since when can you find cute heels or ballet flats with arch support? Now think of how many you can find for someone with a job that only earns her ~$50/week. Yea, not many.

    I'm 100% all about the Dr. Scholl's gel shoe insoles. Especially the half length ones, that are made to support your heel/arch. These give the support I need, without making the shoe too tight. However, because of the way your foot is shaped in a heel, they only help a LITTLE bit with non-flat shoes. (don't even get me started on the ones designed for women's shoes – all they do is give you 1/4 inch of cushion).

    So I resign myself to only wearing heels when I know I'm not going to be walking around or on my feet a lot. And heels wouldn't really be practical for my job anyway, since I work with little kids.

    I do have a pair of flats that are waaay too big (even if I double up on socks)… I ordered them online and the site said they ran small, so I ordered up a size. Mistake! I've tried tissue to no avail, but now I'll definitely try wool at some point!

    FYI: Old Navy flips are insanely comfy for giving your feet a break after a rough day. They take some breaking in, but once you do the thick foam-like stuff the soles are made of completely molds itself to your foot. And at $2.50 a pop, you can't beat them!

  • K.Line

    You and Orchids in Buttonholes are TOTALLY on the same blog wavelength this week. She too wrote a great post on shoe fixers.

  • Bridget

    I'm a big fan of liquid bandage—on a day I am either walking a lot or using new shoes, I put on my shoes, note the places they'll be rubbing, remove the shoes and "paint on" my skin (there's a nail-polish-like wand included). It does smell a bit, and it does take a bit to dry, but it is so worth being able to walk around forever (in my worn flip flops if it's 95º out and humid) or in new shoes. It works for me!

  • Linda

    My mother used to have a product called someting like "Magic Shoe Stretch." I can't find it, but this looks similar: http://www.amazon.com/FootFitter-Shoe-Stretcher-Spray/dp/B000POJHFA You spray it on shoes, and it makes the leather more amenable to stretching and conforming to your feet as you walk around.

    Also, any kind of solid stick deodorant can sub for the friction-block stuff. I think that stuff is just made out of whatever ingredient allows the deodorant to apply smoothly.

    Also Superfeet insoles! You can't really fit them into pumps or sandals or anything dainty, but they're great in boots.

  • Future Lint

    Somehow I have lucked out and only have maybe 3 pairs of shoes that consistently give me problems… but now I have some ideas on how to fix them… definitely need to throw some of that moleskin stuff in my work bag and purse though!

  • Erin

    I figure skate and do ballet, and for pointe (and awkward fitting skates) lambswool is a godsend.
    Of course, after being serious about both sports for 10 years now my feet are about as sensitive as hooves so I can wear just about any heels without a problem.

  • La Belette Rouge

    I am wondering if anyone has tried those Dr. Scholl pads that supposedly make high heels more comfortable.

  • Angeline

    Dr. Scholl's For Her Insoles (the ones made specifically for heels). They provide good arch support, making the whole shoe more comfortable. They even help prevent the slide down (I guess because your foot is supported more in its normal position?).

  • Velma Vex

    Funny! Right this moment I am breaking in a pair of Born wedge sandals that are slightly too narrow. I know they will stretch, because I have the same style in a different color, but this pair is still new and too snug around the ball of the foot. I put a bit of rubbing alcohol and water on a cotton ball and swabbed the inside of the sandal, and I am sitting here wearing them with a pair of thick Smartwool socks. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    here's another moleskin method. cut the moleskin in a 'donut' shape, with the inner hole the shape and size of your blister. then, apply the moleskin in a circle around the blister. sometimes i slash through the circle for easier application.

    this method keeps pressure off of your blister and really makes a huge comfort difference for me. many times i'll use two layers of moleskin circles to keep the pressure off a raging blister. you can add another layer of moleskin on top of the whole shebang for further protection.

    great tips everybody!! steph

  • Cupcakes and Cashmere

    such great suggestions! i just recently discovered moleskins (and for a competitive soccer player, that's still kind of nuts to me). they've saved me from many a night having to walk barefoot after my events.

  • gina

    Great tips! I adore moleskin.

    I second the suggestion of using lambswool around the toes. I had lambswool pads sitting around but I hadn't danced en pointe in years. I finally just trimmed the pads up last fall to wear inside some newer shoes.

  • Susan

    OOOOh this is great ! When I first submitted this question I had just started trying some new and different shoes after basically wearing the same ones for over a year. Every. day.
    Thank you – these are some wonderful suggestions. I have accrued about a half dozen new pairs in the last 6 months, so I no longer wear the same pair two days in a row, but there is a learning curve—these tips are helping with some of that- Also, I’ve learned that I really do need to try them on before buying, so no more online shoe shopping for me:(
    Thanks Sally for featuring my question, and everyone for their tips and suggestions
    Sue

  • Amanda

    I love you style my blog is about fashion too!

    http://thickthighfashion.blogspot.com/

  • lisa

    Great suggestions! I put thin insoles into flats to make them cushier, and sometimes if I have problems with shoes slipping off my narrow heels, I'll use adhesive heel cushions in the back. Needless to say, Dr. Scholl's gets a lot of my hard-earned money lol. My biggest problem is blisters caused by my feet sweating in shoes (gross, I know), which can be solved by wearing my shoes with tights or thin socks on, or applying anti-perspirant to my feet if I'm going barefoot. I bought a blister stick from Dr. Scholl's which looks like a glue stick/anti-perspirant stick and it does the trick pretty well.

  • Faith J.

    Best topic award! I have been wrestling with shoe comfort lately. I may have to try the Dr. Scholl's gel inserts that readers have been commenting about. I'd like to try Insolia's high heel inserts that Corporette was blogging about a while back, but they sound too good to be true.

    I will generally hang onto shoes and do anything I can to make them comfortable. However some shoes (esp. Nine West) are beyond fixing so away they go!

  • Anonymous

    I swear by various Dr. Scholls insoles/ball of foot pads for making shoes fit better. I have narrow feet but not narrow enough, so I would rather pad my shoes out than suffer through uncomfortable wearings. The ball-of-foot pads work great for heels and flats where the toe box is just a teeny bit wide. They also help prevent slippage. I do find that the padding gets mashed down over time and I have to replace them, but I'd much rather replace a $5 set of pads than a $50 pair of shoes!

  • AsianCajuns (Lar)

    Perfect timing as always, Sal! I was starting to feel lazy with my quest for good-lookin', good-fittin' shoes (hence the recent AC post on flats).

    Cath and I danced for many years en pointe and used lambs wool for the first couple of years (most dancers now use a pre-made foam pocket and skip the lambswool). If you do go with lambswool, switch it out every so often. We would use a little bunch for a week and then switch because it gets mated together after a while and no longer works. You can probably go longer in heels as your toes aren't actually being supported by the lambswool as in pointe shoes 😉 I swear to god that most of my pointe shoes (60+ pairs) were more comfortable than most of my heels 😉

  • Clare

    Hah! I guess great minds think alike!

    I definitely need to invest in some moleskin, because my bandaids just don't cut it to ward off the blisters. Great post!

  • a cat of impossible colour

    This is such good advice! Thank you! Yay. I have the worst time with uncomfortable shoes – there's nothing I hate more than having sore feet and not being able to run for a bus if necessary.

  • Lorena

    Great tips.
    I use moist newspaper and stuff my shoes that need to be broken into… let them be for about 2 days and that's it. You can feel the difference.
    I have shoes in my closet that have been staring back at me for over 3 years… unworn as they are real killers.

  • vespabelle

    There's good information on stretching shoes Dr Shoe. The blog covers a lot of athletic shoes, but covers a range of foot problems and solutions!

  • Lisa

    My best trick for shoes that are too tight in a particular spot is to cover that part of the shoe with a thin towel and then put it on a hard, solid surface (i.e., if it's the back of the shoe, put that part of the shoe over a doorknob or the arm of a chair) and then hammer the spot that is tight about 20-30 times. The towel protects the leather from being damaged. The pounding with the hammer seems to loosen the leather up a bit in that spot.

  • Bethany

    I rub rubbing alcohol to the inside of leather shoes that are just a little too tight, wear them around the house for half an hour, and they always fit perfectly after that!!

  • Sara

    Blister Block (now called Friction Block) is still my bestest friend, but in a pinch, you know what works? Chapstick. The original, black label kind!

  • Charlotte

    I bought a wooden shoe stretcher on eBay, and I use that in the left shoe of every pair I own before wearing, because that foot has a bunion. It makes a huge difference–the wood feels no pain, unlike my poor foot, and the shoe doesn't know whether it's being stretched by Woodfoot or by me, so it's win-win, all around.

  • Alex

    *delurks!* Such great suggestions! I'll have to try the lambs wool thing.

    I was thinking about asking a similar question about shoes, but I sort of answered it myself. I just picked up some cotton "shoe liners"-type socks from Target, in black, to wear with my pumps in the summer.

    My shoes are comfortable enough, but my problem is I have sweaty feet; I can't wear closed shoes without socks, no matter what the weather (even in the winter–sweat! Gross, I know!). I also HATE tights. I've tried nylon liners, but they aren't particularly comfortable and don't help very much with the sweatiness. So I hope these cotton ones work; they will be good for flats, too. The only problem is, they aren't completely hidden by my shoes, so I picked black so at least they will match!

    But the other part of my question is, how do folks feel about socks with pumps? I felt like I could wear leggings + thigh-high or over-the-knee socks + boots in the winter, but what about the spring? Is there any way to do knee-high or shorter socks without looking schoolgirl-ish? Probably not, but I thought I would ask anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Great topic! I wish I'd read this post before I (stupidly) wore new, high-wedge canvas slingbacks one day and new-to-me vintage Fluevogs the next. I'm on a strict flip-flop regimen for the next few days. Does anyone have any suggestions for making the slingback part of slingbacks rub less?

    For women who get blisters from sweaty feet slipping around in shoes: try soaking your feet in tea. Put 5-10 of the cheapest teabags you can find in some warm water, and soak your feet for 10-20 minutes a night for a few weeks. It makes them sweat less, and it's soothing, too.

    My problem area is always my baby toes. My feet are broadest there, and any shoe that fits in the heel and the length just tears my little toe. I always put off going to the cobbler to have them stretched. I need to try the ice trick, and the alcohol trick, and the hammer trick …

  • Sal

    Alex: Yay for de-lurking! Kristin at LeProust Vintage does socks with heels constantly. Her look is a little on the sassy/edgy side, but maybe it'll give you some ideas. I love this look, but have the world's saddest sock collection so I'm yet to try it out myself.

    Anonymous (3): I should've posted these links hours ago, but Sara at Orchids in Buttonholes has ALSO been posting on shoe care and maintenance this week, and recommends a product for making strappy shoes less painful. Strappy Strips!

    Sara's first post
    Sara's second post

  • Alex

    Thanks so much, Sal! *adds to reader*

  • Leah Harrison

    This post was SO helpful, thank you!! I just recently returned a pair of super cute, cheap ($15!) cage heels to Target because they were simply intolerable. I'm just not trying to get myself to wear more heels and after an evening of wear, my feet wanted to kill me.

    Maybe I should've given them a few more tries? I just couldn't do it at the time. They were making me cross my ankles all weird and it hurt.

  • hiking in stilettos

    Great post! I love these suggestions and follow quite a few of them myself! I actually do use the lambswool. I wear a 5.5 and usually have to buy a 6 since most retailers either don't make 5.5 or only make a few. As a former ballerina, I definitely suggest it! It works well! You do need to replace it after a while, but it will last quite some time before that.

    Glad I found your blog. Happy blogging!

  • Anonymous

    With shoes that are a little bit too tight, I also use the thick sock method. But beforehand I rub a little bit of leather softener onto the inside of the shoe – it really does speed up the process!

  • orchidsinbuttonholes

    Great minds think alike, Sal! I love that we both wrote shoe posts this week!

    This is fantastic advice. I agree with the idea that, when in doubt, bring it to a cobbler for advice or bring it back to the store and find a pair that work. There are always ways to tweak the fit of a pair of shoes, there are fantastic products on the market to alter the fit for each of our unique pairs of feet. But if a pair of shoes really aren't working, are instantly painful, are way too big or too small, they likely won't ever work. And the prettiest shoes are not pretty at all if they spend their life in a shoebox because of fit issues.

  • Glassychick

    After years of figure skating (talk about a break-in process that hurts!) and high heels, I ended up with neuromas in both feet. And after having a baby (9 yrs ago) my feet got a bit wider. I've had to admit to myself that I have wide feet. And now I am more about comfort than style, though thankfully they make some really comfy AND good looking shoes. I buy wide shoes and complain about the limited selection.

    But if I try on a pair of shoes and it doesn't feel JUST RIGHT the moment I try them on, I know they will never be truly comfortable. Even a little foot pain just isn't worth it anymore.

  • Eyeliah

    uhoh, I fit into they should fit right out of the box category! 🙂 Very helpful post, I’ve got the moleskin but haven’t used it in a while, it’ll be good to revisit these tips as needed.

  • Missa

    Just today I finally found a great pair of vintage 70's platform slip on leather clogs at the thriftstore. They fit perfect lengthwise but are a bit wide for my narrow feet. While slippage is definitely not a good thing with clogs that your feet can slip right out of, I got them anyway because they were only $4 and such a rare find. Perhaps I can find some sort of insert to stick in them that will give my foot better grip and more snug fit. Thanks for this wonderful post Sal, I also have a few pairs of shoes that rub my feet, will definitely try some moleskin!

    p.s. I've been getting caught up on your blog and just wanted to say that I'm so glad all is well healthwise 🙂

  • Laikabear

    Thank you so much for this useful post. 🙂

  • All Women Stalker

    Oh you don't know how much I needed these. I have shoes I have not worn because I do not like the thought of breaking them in. So far, I have had less than stellar luck with band aids, altogether.

  • Ashe Mischief

    Such great advice! It's because of too many ill-fitting shoes that my shoe wardrobe has significantly decreased over the last year. But I feel SO much better about having a closet with shoes that are comfortable and I love!

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