The worst part about blisters is they don't just magically heal minutes after you take your killer high heels off. They're stuck with you for days, and there's no magic bullet to dodge the pain. And, let's be real, who could forgo shoes as cute as lace up heeled boots for fall?
Bustle has already tackled ways to get used to heels fast, tips for wearing heels all day long, and how to walk better in heels in general. Alas, it's time to talk blisters and how to prevent the bane of high heel-wearing existence!
The strategies below are meant to work for a wide variety of shoes, but try a few to figure out which works best with your specific pair of heels.
1. Slicking Balm
Generally speaking, mixing shoes with something slick does not sound like a good idea. But in this instance, it's the key to blister prevention! Women's Health recommends wearing your heels around the house with very thin socks before you intend to wear them out, determining the places that rub. Once you know which part of your feet are most likely to get blisters, coat them in slicking balm like the one from Dr. Scholls. It creates a barrier between your skin and the heel, helping stop blisters from ever forming.
More of a night-of fix, Style Caster suggests using deodorant just as you would slicking balm! The concept is the same, as deodorant would also create a barrier between you and those beautiful but brutal heels.
Moist feet are more prone to causing blisters, so Style Caster also suggests sprinkling corn starch on your feet before sliding into your heels to help keep them dry! Baby powder would work, too.
4. Foot Petals
Band-aids work in a pinch, but foot petals are far more discreet and come in a ton of different shapes and sizes to work with whatever shoe you're wearing. Key here is to put them on before, not after, you feel blisters forming.
5. Wear Shoes That Fit
This might seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes when you fall in love with a shoe and it's either a little too big or small, you just tell yourself you'll break it in and buy it anyway. DON'T DO IT! If your shoes aren't comfortable at the time of purchase, they sure as heck won't feel good after an hour in a club.