7 Tips for Breaking in New Shoes Before the Wedding

by | May 8, 2015 | Blog, DIY

Let’s face it: splurging on new shoes for wedding season can feel like a must. But a good thing can soon take a nasty turn when the shoes you’ve bought are stiff and difficult to break in. What’s the point in buying beautiful shoes when you can’t wear them without limping? I’ve gathered some tips on how to break in new shoes in as quick and painless a way as possible, so you can breeze past the painful part of shoe shopping. Get ready for all those compliments you’re bound to receive on your new pair.

7 Tips for Breaking in New Shoes Before the Wedding

7 Tips for Breaking in New Shoes Before the Wedding

Tip 1: Bundle up! Wear your new shoes around the house with thick socks. This allows for the shoes to stretch without causing blisters or cuts on your skin.

Tip 2: Ease into it! Try wearing your new shoes in short bursts around the home or office, but as soon as they begin to hurt, switch into an older, more comfortable pair.

Tip 3: Be prepared! Carry band-aids with you at all times to make sure that if you do get a blister or a cut, you can nip it in the bud.

Tip 4: Bring in a professional! If you have a particularly stiff pair, have your shoes professionally stretched by a cobbler. Make sure to do your homework and find a trusted cobbler before you bring them in – remember, shoes can’t be unstretched!

Tip 5: Heat up! For leather shoes, you can use your hairdryer on shoes to help stretch them. Try this when you’re wearing thick socks under your shoes. Don’t get to close to the shoes if they’re plastic. After a few minutes, leave shoes on until they cool.

Tip 6: Freeze it! Fill the toes of your new shoes with Ziploc bags of water and put them in the freezer. The water will freeze and expand, and will widen the shoe from the inside out.

Tip 7: Get a stretcher! You may want to invest in a shoe stretcher, which does some of this work for you. Also, shoe stretchers often come with special spray that helps pre-soften the shoe’s leather.

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