Boots are a must have item in any wardrobe, but until you start to break them in, they can be painful to wear. Whether you bought your boots for urban outings, hiking, work, or otherwise, you will still want to ensure they fit and feel perfect. Nothing feels as good as a great pair of worn in boots. In order to avoid any irritating blisters, you will need to break in your boots bit by bit. Here are some of the best ways you can do so.
Start Off Slowly
At the beginning, the easiest way to avoid getting any blisters is by wearing your boots for short periods of time. If you rush into wearing your new pair for hours on end, you will probably end up hating your boots because of your sore feet. To get your feet used to your new shoes, try wearing them around the house for a few hours at a time.
Once you are ready for a day out with your new boots, start wearing these in the morning. This is when your feet will feel most rested. Once it hits noon, your feet will get hotter and possibly begin to sweat or swell, which is the main cause behind friction and blisters. If you can, change over to a pair of shoes that you are already comfortable in and repeat the process the following day.
Protect Your Feet
If you need to wear a pair of first responders boots for work and you haven’t broken into them yet, don’t despair, there are still some ways to prevent any pain with brand new boots. If you know you will be wearing you boots for a long time and you are afraid that this could cause some serious blisters, you can mitigate the risk by investing in some high-quality cotton socks. Stay away from wooly and loose socks. You will want a pair of socks that are tight and extra cushioned around the ankles.
Another way you can prevent blisters from occurring is by sprinkling some cornstarch into the inside of your boots. This is especially useful in the hotter months of spring and summer, as your feet will be more likely to sweat and therefore cause friction against the shoe. Cornstarch or talcum powder will help prevent any rubbing and abrasion.
Finally, if you do feel a hefty blister coming along, you can rub some petroleum jelly on the area before it appears. Similarly, you can invest in some blister pads and wear them on any areas in which you think your feet rub against your new boots.
Whatever you do, don’t try to heat your boots with a hairdryer as this could cause the glue to melt. Another tip to stay away from is putting your shoes in the freezer with bags of water inside, as this could cause them to split. The best way to break in a new pair of boots is by taking your time and being cautious.