7 Pain-Free Ways To Break In New Shoes

by Emily McClure

Breaking in new shoes doesn't have to be a painful process. There are several ways to break in new shoes without damaging your feet. We've all suffered from blistered ankles, and aching toes. It's kind of the worst, but you don't have to let your new shoes ruin your day. Instead stretch them out naturally. New shoes should be a blessing, not a curse.

No matter what your shoe is made of, the material is pliable enough to form to your foot. Even the toughest of leathers can mold to fit your feet. The best part is that you can do all of these hacks from home. No need to take your new shoes to a shoe repairmen. Spend your money on something else (like guacamole or even more new shoes). Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can have your new shoes fit perfectly within 24 hours. Don't believe me? Try a few of these hacks out for yourself. Trust me, your ankles will thank you later. So, don't let your new shoes catch dust, because you're afraid to break them in. Just get a bit crafty in your approach. Here are a few simple ways to break in your new shoes without harming your feet or your bank account.

1. Take It Slow And Steady

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According to the Wall Street Journal, start off slow. Don’t try to break in your new shoes by wearing them for an entire day. Wearing the new shoes in short spurts will break in the shoe without causing you loads of pain.

2. Soak It In

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Spray rubbing alcohol and water on the inside of your new leather shoes. Immediately after spritzing the shoes, wear them for about 20 minutes. According to Stylecaster, after you repeat this method a few times, your shoes will mold to your foot size.

Vi-Jon ISO Alcohol Pint , $6, Amazon

3. Remember: Ice, Ice Baby

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If you need to stretch out your shoes overnight, WhoWhatWear suggests the tactic of filling two plastic bags with water, and then placing each bag into one of your shoes. From here, place the shoes into the freezer, and leave overnight. The water will harden into ice, and expand your shoe.

4. Fake It

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Have a shoe shaper handy? Layer a few socks over each shaper, and insert into your shoe. Leave these placed in the shoes overnight, and wake up to perfectly fitting shoes, according to Stylecaster.

Woodlore Unisex Boot Shaper , $49, Amazon

5. Fight Off Blisters

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If your new shoes are causing major blisters, then don’t turn to typical bandages. Use Compeed blister cushions instead. This will ward off blisters for a long period of time, making your feet much happier.

Compeed , $9, Amazon

6. Creature Comfort

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According to Lucky, double up on thick socks, and wear your new shoes while doing household tasks. These added layers will help to stretch out your shoes.

7. Amp Up The Heat

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In the same article, the author mentions that if your shoes are tight in certain spots, then blast them with a hairdryer on low heat. The heat will help expand the shoe.

See? Now new shoes can be as glorious and painless as they're intended to be.