Post # 1
Ok, so I have never really liked wearing shoes to begin with. Whenever I see cute heels all I see is pain. At some point very soon, I will have to get a real job which will require real shoes. No flip flops are allowed in court. But, I can never find a pair that I can stand for more than an hour or so! I walk 5 feet and I’ve got 3 blisters. I got some REALLY super cute cushiony bottom ones last nite (picture below) because I needed some summer work shoes. But today, they hurt. Do you Bees have any good tips for breaking in shoes/making them more comfortable to wear. I have tried some of those Dr. Scholl’s or however you spell them inserts and they have worked okay sometimes. Do I have to just suck it up for a little while until my feet get tougher? I’m not good at foot pain. 🙁
Post # 3
I wear my brand new heels around the house with thick socks every chance I can get. If you’re buying real leather shoes I always find that it helps. Generally I suck up the pain for a nice pair of pumps and after about 2-3 wears they start to feel comfortable. Gel inserts are also a life saver!
You should also be careful of the height of the heel. A kitten heel is obviously more comfortable on your arch and over all support than a 4″ one. Also, if you find shoes that are a wedge you will get more support. You can also cheat for height with a platform bottom pump. They take away about a 1/2″-1″ off the height of the actual heel without loosing the over all shoe height 🙂
Post # 4
Ok so I know this sounds kind of old ladyish. Have you tried aerosoles?
I wear heels every day and just deal with the foot pain, however I actually bought a pair of really cute aerosoles that were a very good price at TJMaxx or Marshalls. These are the most comfortable pair of heels I have ever purchased. I will buying more as long as I can find fashionable one’s.
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Do you get blisters from flat shoes too? I dont wear heels much but there are lots of nice flat shoes that are comfortable too
Post # 7
Get your FI to go for a walk in them and stretch them out for you 😉
All kidding aside, if your pharmacy has moleskin patches, those used to work wonders for me.
Post # 8
Ugh. I can totally relate – I have such shoe issues and get really fed up if I’m in pain. A couple of things that have helped for me:
1) fit – it took me a long time to realize I was a size 6.5 wide not a size 7. It took me even longer to realize that the reason I couldn’t walk in heels wasn’t the heel, but the open top. My arch is so high that I’m not actually wearing the shoe and it could pop off me at any time. Once I realized that I realized that anything with a strap is much, much easier to walk in. If you can go to a comfort-focused shoe store (like one that sells old lady and old man shoes) and get measured to find out what your true size is and also figure out what else might be causing fit problems, it’s really helpful. obviously it’s probably not the same weird arch issue as I have, but if there’s something about the shape of your foot that makes some types of shoes better or worse suited for you, figuring it out can make a huge difference.
2) rubbing. Ugh breaking in shoes sucks. There’s no way I can wear them around the house until they’re comfy. I’ve found that wearing peds or knee-high stockings when shoes aren’t totally soft and broken in yet helps immeasurably with preventing rubbing and blisters.
Post # 9
This is all good advice, thank you! i guess fitting shoes is like fitting bras, there are tons of sizes and we never get truely sized to figure out what is correct! lol. @Entangled: I have really high arches too, maybe that is part of the problem.
@mwitter80: I wear my old lady shoes with pride!! haha, I have some Merrells and I think a pair of naturalizers but they don’t make anything that’s really appropriate for a suit without looking REALLY grandma-like.
@west.coast.blonde: I typically never wear heels because they hurt the balls of my feet. Those ones in the picture are actually wedges. 🙂 I just wish I could wear a sexy, tall pump…but I can’t, sigh.
@PrncssDva: I’ve never seen those, thanks!
@bells: Yes, I get blisters with anything that has a back on it. But sometimes you gotta have a back on your shoe…
@linguo42: Good idea!!!! haha, except his feet stink. 🙂
Post # 10
I don’t want to sound snobbishly but in my experience most inexpensive shoes hurt after a while. That doesn’t mean that expensive shoes are always comfortable, but they are often made of leather instead of synthetics and the seams are softer and do not fret, because they are manufactured more carefully. Soles are also softer because of better materials. Good brands invest in research to improve their products, cheap brands do not care.
I have to walk around in pumps ( flat shoes are not allowed) all day in my job, sometimes 14 hours or more, some days i don’t have one single minute to sit down and rest. So I really need comfortable shoes and i have tried so many different brands. Based on my experience it makes sense to spend a bit more money and buy shoes of a better quality. It definately makes a difference.
Post # 11
Here are some tricks from the lady who has Fred Flintstone feet. Yabba Dabba Doo!
1. Get leather on shoes soaking wet and wear them around the house. They will dry in the shape of your feet and be more comfortable to you.
2. Fill Ziplock bags with water and place them inside of your shoes – every nook and cranny. Put shoes with bags inside your freezer. When the water freezes it expands and that will stretch your shoes.
3. Wedges are more comfortable especially when you’re on your feet a lot. Make sure there is cushion in the wedge. Cork wedges are even more comfortable.
4. Only buy leather and fabric shoes because they stretch. Manmade materials do not have any give.
5. And… since you get blisters with anything that has a back on it, try slingbacks. They should not rub the back of your foot. You can adjust the strap or the stretchy stuff in the slingback will stretch just the right amount. It should stay put and not cause blisters.
Post # 12
@2ndtime: Oh wow that is such a good idea about freezing the water bags!
I recently bought a pair of flats by Adrienne Vittadini and the inner heel was lined all the way up. So even though the rest of the foot opening had a rim, the back of the heel that always rubs did not have a rim but rather this really soft leather. They’re super comfy — no blisters! I’d try them on if you can.
Post # 13
I second @Usuki: in the purchasing better quality shoes. I find that the shoes with the poorer quality materials are usually the ones that are the most uncomfortable. Know your feet (that sounds terrible). I have very high arches so I know that when I’m trying on a pair of shoes they need to have a certain amount of cushion in order for me to even attempt to wear them.
They are expensive but try B.O.R.N brand or sofft shoes. They are both really comfortable. Sofft shoes are more high end and have more high heals and work appropriate shoes.
Post # 14
Not sure how fashionable you need to be, but I’ve got to be able to stand 12+ hours a day. I recommend Danskos if you’re looking for a shoe like that. I also hear Clarks are good, but more for walking for long periods of time.