August 01, 2017 | 6 minute read
Published in Keep Going
There are very few footwear-related complaints that can compare to the pain (and blisters) caused by shoes cutting into the back of your ankles, known as the Achilles.
Pain at the back of the ankle is caused by shoes being too tight or too rigid and can cause painful blisters if not addressed quickly enough.
As leaders in the customizable footwear industry, we spend tons of time talking about, thinking about and researching the comfort aspect of shoes. In our experience, apart from having your feet correctly measured and buying the correct size shoe, these are some hacks that are tried and tested to provide some relief for this annoying problem.
Good for more than just making you feel confident in public, rubbing a dry-stick deodorant on the back of the heel before wearing tends to prevent slippage and chafing which is what actually causes a blister to form.
Wear a pair of thick socks, squeeze your feet into the shoes and use your hairdryer on a medium speed and heat setting. Warm the shoe until it’s malleable. Keep flexing your feet, trying various foot positions to get the leather soft in the places that hurt. Allow the shoe to cool with your foot in it.
No, not that kind :-) Take a metal spoon and furiously rub the area that pinches until it’s smoother and softer than it was. This is effective in softening the parts of the heel that are too hard. It’s labour intensive so keep this one for the shoes that are the least offensive.
Ballet dancers are most certainly the in the know when it comes to blister-prevention, take a leaf out of their books and use a small piece of duct tape to cover your skin at the back of your heel when wearing in your shoes, it might not soften the shoe material but it will save your skin- literally.
KY Lubricant is perfect for softening the inside linings- rub a bit over the offending areas, leave it on overnight, preferably somewhere warm. Wipe it off the next morning and you’re good to go. Petroleum jelly, coconut and castor oil can also be used, but it can stain leathers so use it with caution.
Try wearing insoles
Wiivv sells custom insoles that are measured to your exact feet in a few minutes using an app on your smartphone. Wiivv insoles have a deep shock absorbing heel cup and custom arch support that will provide comfort in your favorite pair of shoes.
Full disclosure - you're on the Wiivv website so we're kind of biased but it's genuinely a great option.
Visit the Cobbler
Your corner-store cobbler will be able to professionally stretch out the shoe somewhat and that will provide a bit more comfort, it takes around 2 to 3 days to stretch and works particularly well with leather shoes.
Unless you’re buying performance footwear, chances are, your next shoe purchase is bound to pinch, need some wearing in or frankly, be thrown out as a bad choice. Having your feet measured is always a good idea and could be the answer to your #myfeetarekillingme problems.
For some more general tips, check out our guide to making your shoes more comfortable.