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How to Stop Sandals and Shoes From Giving You Blisters

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Oftentimes, summer shoes, especially new ones, end up rubbing our feet in the wrong way. Normally, we wear them with either thin socks or without them, which creates excess friction that leads to the appearance of calluses.

5-Minute Crafts wants to share 5 ways to prevent blisters on your feet when wearing summer shoes or sandals. The bonus part will tell you how to prevent these issues by choosing the right shoes and while in the process of using them.

1. How to prevent blisters with pointed-toe shoes

  1. In order to prevent heel rubbing, you can use a regular daily hygienic pad.
  2. Open it up and cut off the top third.
  3. Remove the protective paper layer and stick the third of the pad, that you just cut off, inside, at the back part of the shoe. Stick the rest to the front part of the insole.
  4. Now your feet won’t slide in the shoes and the back part won’t rub your feet.

2. How to prevent blisters in open-toe shoes

  • Take a couple of socks and make toe slots in them.
  • Put on the socks.
  • Now the open-toe shoes won’t rub your feet and the socks will stay unnoticeable.

3. How to prevent blisters in pointed-toe summer shoes

  • Take nylon socks and pull them over your toes.
  • Wrap the rest of the socks under the ball of your foot.
  • Put on the summer shoes with pointed toes.
  • Now they won’t rub your toes and the socks will stay invisible.

4. How to prevent blisters in closed-toe and closed-heel summer shoes

  • It is difficult to find socks or no-show socks that will not peek out of the instep area when it comes to closed-toe and closed-heel summer shoes.
  • In order to solve this issue, you can try modifying standard no-show socks. To do this, fold them in half and cut off the left and right corners at the top.
  • Spread out the no-show socks.
  • Put them on your feet.
  • Make sure the back part of the socks fits snugly against the heels.
  • Put on your summer shoes. Now they won’t rub your feet and the socks will stay invisible.

5. How to prevent blisters in sandals

  • Take nylon socks and put them on your toes. Cut the toe part off like shown in the picture above.
  • Make sure the sock fragments fit right under your toes.
  • Put on the sandals.
  • Now they won’t rub your feet.

Bonus: What to do to prevent shoes from rubbing your feet

  • Make sure you choose the right size when buying new shoes. If they are too big, it will result in your feet constantly sliding back and forth. This will create excess friction and cause the appearance of calluses. On the other hand, if the shoes are too small, they will press on your feet and cause discomfort, which will result in the rubbing of your feet from both sides.
  • Make sure the shoes and socks are dry. Excess moisture can soften the skin and make it more vulnerable to rubbing.
  • Opt for the right insoles. If your insoles are thin and small, it will be difficult for your feet to maintain steadiness when walking. When too much space is left inside shoes, it contributes to the appearance of friction. Correctly chosen insoles, in their turn, slightly lift the feet and contribute to the tighter fit of the shoe.
  • Make an overlay. If the back part of your shoes is too rough and keeps rubbing your heel, consider getting an inside overlay made from a softer fabric. Cut out a small patch and attach it to the inside part of your shoes.
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