With winter comes new boots, and with those come new-boot blisters. It's like a never-ending cycle of seasonal initiation where you're forced to relive the painful aftermath of splurging a little on some much-needed footwear. Thankfully, there are simple ways to avoid blisters that won't break the bank. Because you shouldn't be punished for looking great.
I have no idea why new shoes feel the need to punish me after I rescue them from their department store cages, but I vowed this year to never let it happen again. There's something so exciting about slipping on a new pair of shoes and a blistered, cut up heels doesn't need to ruin the excitement. To be completely honest, it's hard to find a shoe that won't initially give you blisters, since the shoes is trying to fit itself to your foot, but that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to prevent them.
Believe it or not, there are actually simple, drugstore products and simple (free!) tips to avoiding blisters. So you can stop thinking that your need new feet, because all you need is a few tricks and you'll be on your way to shoe-heaven. Check out these quick fixes, so you can have your new winter boots and wear them too!
1. Grab An Antiperspirant
According to Women's Health, most blisters occur from sweating feet, so an antiperspirant spray will stop the sweating and lessen the chance of you getting a blister.
2. Roll On Blister Defense
Band-aids can easily fall off your foot, leaving you exposed to the pain. Byrdie suggested rubbing on a blister defense to put a layer between you and the shoe and get rid of chafing.
3. Get The Right Stick-On
To really amp up the protection, get the right kind of band-aid. This water-proof, activewear design is designed specifically to protect from blisters.
4. Go All-Natural
Drying out the foot doesn't always mean buying fancy products, Style Caster suggested rubbing some corn starch on the back of your heel before wearing your shoe instead.
5. Break Them In
This one will still cause you a bit of pain, but breaking in your new shoes before you leave the house is way better then having to suffer through the pain while you're out.
6. Wear Boots That Fit
It can be simple to slip on a pair of boots and instantly think that they fit, but take your time with them because the better they fit, the less pain you'll be in.
7. Double Up Your Socks
This tip costs nothing except the price of a pair of socks. Since it's winter, you'll probably want to double-bundle anyways, so this one is a win-win!
Who knew avoiding blisters could be so simple?
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