The holidays are here and it's time to get out those dress shoes. Here are 10 life changing shoe hacks to prevent uncomfortable feet this holiday season and for the rest of the year.
1. Clear Gel Deodorant
Help decrease blister causing friction from your shoes. Rub clear deodorant on areas of your feet that tend to get blisters when wearing dress shoes.
2. Tape Your 3rd and 4th Toes Together
Use medical tape to tape your 3rd and 4th toes together (count from the big toe as number 1 and so on). Taping these toes together while wearing narrow dress shoes, will decrease the pressure on the nerve between between the 3rd and 4th toes preventing ball of foot pain (this is called a neuroma). This is fine to do once in awhile, but not everyday. If you do have continued pain, numbness or tingling see your podiatrist.
3. Foot Powder
An excellent trick is to take baby powder or foot powder of your choice, and sprinkle underneath the insole. This can help prevent squeaking noises secondary to one part of the shoe rubbing against the other
4. Bees Wax
Have you ever been upset because your shoes were ruined from the snow or rain? Use Bees wax by rubbing them on your shoes before going out in bad weather and your feet or socks will stay dry.
5. Mole Skin
Mole skin is a soft felt like padding. Some people will stick this material onto spots that become painful in shoewear. I recommend you using the felt on your shoes instead. Take a piece of mole skin and wrap around uncomfortable or tight straps to prevent rubbing.
6. Try on Shoes After 3pm
Towards the end of the day your feet tend to swell a bit. If you plan on buying new shoes this is the best time to go to make sure you feel comfortable even when your feet are bloated!
7. Frozen ACE Bandages
This is my personal favorite! If you want to prevent swollen calves making it difficult to put on boots or you forgot to do tip number 6, this tip is perfect for you. In the morning take two ACE bangages and dip them in water. Place them in the freezer. When you come home after a long day on your feet, wrap the bandages around your feet and legs starting just behind the toes to below your knees. Keep on for 30 minutes while getting ready. Voila!
8. Unused Tea Bags
Don't throw away those smelly shoes! Use unused, dry black tea bags in your shoes overnight and by the morning the odor will be significantly diminished.
9. Zip Lock Bags + Water + Freezer = Comfy Shoes!
Take two zip lock bags and fill with water half way. Slide them into the front of your shoes and place them in the freezer. Once the bags are fully frozen, remove from your freezer and let the bags thaw until they are easily removed from your shoes. Your shoes should stretch about 1/2 a size and or widen a bit. If done in leather shoes this should stay permanently.
10. Sandpaper Your Soles
Keep your soles on the ground by using sandpaper to roughen up the bottoms to prevent slippage.