Blister Survival Guide: Tips To Break In New Shoes

A blister is the scourge of the new shoe wearer. But what if your new pair of shoes is the culprit?

What could go wrong with your new pair of shoes? A lot. For anyone who has ever spent a day in a new pair of sandals could explain: Strappy silhouettes and stiff new leather, foreign to the winter months, will introduce several new spots of friction to your gait, causing painful blisters. But a few preventive tips can save you from the torture chamber; keep reading to find out more about the blister survival guide.

Always wear socks

Wearing socks alone can help prevent blisters. If your feet tend to be sweaty, you are probably more prone to blisters. You should wear socks that can wick moisture away from your skin, especially during athletic activities where you are likely to sweat more.

Blister cushions are your best friends.

Additional armour to your toes can come through Band-Aids. Just prepare your toes by putting a Band-Aid on the spots prone to blisters in advance. Keep packs of blister cushions handy when breaking in new shoes. It is always preferable to slipping on a skin-tone pad to spotting a drop of blood on light-coloured sling-backs.

Moisturizer is your saviour.

As per dermatologists, daily moisturization can make your skin firmer, implying that you can better stave off your feet dry and cracked areas. Instead of having the back of your heel pumiced or shaved off during your pedicure session, regular application of a moisturizer with a 20 to 40 per cent urea concentration will offer a smoother surface all year round.

Damage control is critical.

You can try taking a sterile needle for a closed blister and releasing the fluid without removing the skin. Next, you need to apply an antibiotic ointment to stave off infection and cover the wounded area with a Band-Aid to keep further pressure away until the skin completely heals. Finally, you should remove the bandage at night to allow the skin to breathe.

Break in your new shoes ahead of time.

Break in your new shoes before you use them for events that need acceleration, running, jumping, quick stopping, or other athletic moves. It is advisable to break in them slowly before wearing them for long periods. If your shoes are rubbing, apply petroleum jelly or use an adhesive bandage on the spot where the friction occurs.

Don’t let your blisters ruin your fun and be an obstacle in your tracks anymore! But do head to a doctor if the blister gets more uncomfortable.


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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