7 Hacks to Make Your New Heels Less Painful for Prom
Killer heels don’t have to literally kill you.
The problem with buying new heels just for prom is that since you bought them just for prom, you don’t want to get them dirty before the big night, so you never properly wear them in. Heels already do a number on your feet, but if you wear them to prom right out of the box, you risk getting blisters and cramps and having to ditch them way before the night is through because of how badly they hurt your feet.
Don’t let your shoes stop you from jamming out on the dance floor. Try these genius hacks to make your new prom heels far more bearable.
1. Prevent slipping with sandpaper.
Your feet are going to have to do a lot more work if you’re constantly slipping around because your new shoes don’t have any traction yet. Take some sandpaper and rub it against the bottom of your heels until they’re noticeably rougher. This will create more friction between your shoe and the floor, and prevent you from taking an embarrassing tumble on the dance floor.
2. Stretch your heels with ice.
Since water expands when it’s frozen, you can use ice to stretch your shoes. All you have to do is fill two freezer bags with water, making sure to remove all the air from them before sealing. Place the bags in your shoes, then put them in the freezer. Leave them in there for 4 to 8 hours. Once the water has properly frozen, take your shoes out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature until the ice thaws to a point where you can slip the bags out of your shoes. Voila! Your shoes should be nice and stretched for more comfy wearing.
3. Break in your shoes with a hair dryer.
You can use heat to soften the material of your new shoes. Using a blow dryer, blast your shoes with air (make sure to move the blow dryer around to evenly distribute the air and avoid melting the material). Once the material is warmed up and more pliable, gently twist and bend the shoes in the center to break them in. Don’t go overboard and bend them so far that they don’t return to their natural shape, or so hard that they break.
4. Stretch your heels with socks.
An even simpler hack to stretch your new shoes is to walk around in them while wearing thick socks.
5. Tape your toes.
There’s a nerve that splits between your third and fourth toes that causes pain when pressure is put on it. To relieve some of that stress on your poor little toes, tape your third and fourth toes together (your big toe is #1) with some medical tape or a band aid. Obviously, this trick only works with closed-toed shoes where your third and fourth toes aren’t exposed.
6. Prevent blisters with deodorant.
Rub clear gel deodorant on the blister points of your feet (the joints of your toes, the back of your heels, the top of your foot where the back edge of the shoe can rub) and let it dry before slipping on your shoes. This will create an invisible barrier between your feet and your shoes and prevent friction — AKA fewer blisters.
7. Prevent rubbing with moleskin.
To avoid the uncomfortable feeling of your heels’ straps rubbing and digging into your skin (not to mention blisters!), cut straps of moleskin to the size of your straps and affix to the back of them. The moleskin will serve as comfortable padding between the straps and your skin.