How to (Correctly) Break in Heels!

What is the one problem that every female who wears heels has? (No, it’s not what the next pair she should buy is!) It’s how to make them wearable! It is the most tragic of tales… girl sees shoe, falls in love with shoe, wears shoe once, gets horrible blisters, and the shoe sits in the closet never to be worn again.

Written by: the Stiletto Surgi6e6on

Annoyed by this cycle one too many times I determined that for my brand new, over expensive Christian Louboutin heels this would NOT be the case. I also decided that I would not be in pain and that I would correctly break in my heels so they would be ready for me to wear, whenever I wanted.

When I began to break in my heels I did what anyone would do- I went to Google for help. I found a couple of sites that gave me tips, but there did not seem to be a step-by-step process for breaking heels in. I decided to make my own step-by-step process and hope you find it helpful… Let me know if you have any other secrets that should be here!

Step 1: Wear Your Heels With Socks Whenever Possible.

Wear your heels with socks against blistersI wore my heels with socks for 3 days and it was incredibly helpful. The socks help break in the leather (yes – always buy leather heels) and get the shoes accustomed to your foot’s shape while preventing painful blisters from forming. Make sure you are wearing cotton socks that are not too thick or too thin. Too thick of socks will stretch out your heels too much, and too thin of socks will do nothing.

It is important to spend time walking around in your sock/heel ensemble, but it is ok to sit in them as well. Sitting helps your foot get used to the arch and helps stretch the sides of the shoes out.

Rough it up
To make walking in your heels easier “rough up” the bottom of the toe box. You can use sandpaper to do this, or you can buy non slip pads that stick to your heel. I used stickies because I couldn’t bear to hurt my red soles.

Non-slip pads to make walking easier
I took this step a step further (haha) and decided to walk on an inside track with my heels. I walked 1/2 mile in my heels and socks and attribute the readiness of my heels to this process. The track was rubber and made walking easier which helped me get used to walking in the heels-meanwhile breaking them in hardcore.

Walking in your heels this much WILL hurt but it DOES help! Basically the more you wear your heels, the better they will be broken in. (I know we’ve heard it before but it is the best advice.) Wear your heels with socks as much as possible to make the experience less painful.

Step 2: Stretch Your Shoes Out.

stretch your heelsI have this as Step 2 and not Step 1 because I think it is important for you to know where your shoes are painful before you stretch them out with a tool. (It would be awful to do it first and overstretch your shoes!)

For this step I purchased my own stretcher, but you can always get your shoes stretched at the store you bought them from. I used the stretcher to stretch out the sides and toe box of my heels. I left the stretcher in each heel overnight and felt a significant difference the next day. Make sure the stretcher is pushed all the way into the toe box!

Step 3: Wear Your Heels With Moleskin.

moleskin against blistersIt is time to take off the socks! After stretching your heels and walking in them with socks the heels should be pretty well stretched out. Wearing the heels with moleskin helps get your bare foot used to the heel while preventing blisters in the spots that continue to rub.

What is moleskin?
Moleskin is very similar to a bandaid, however it comes in large sheets and you can cut it in whatever shape you like. There is a sticky side that you stick to your skin and it stays incredibly well. (Do NOT stick it to your shoe as a “permanent” solution… it WILL rub off and leave a sticky mess on your shoe. Trust me, I’ve done it.) Here is a picture of what moleskin looks like in the store. In the Netherlands moleskin isn’t as available as in the US. Therefore Heels’R Us is selling it, yeah!

Below are pictures of the moleskin on my feet and then how they look in the heels. If you are not concerned about how it looks, you can continue to wear the moleskin to protect your feet when you are wearing your heels normally. This prevents blisters and makes heels so much more comfortable. (Secret- I do this ALL the time. Shhhh!)

Step 4: Wear Your Heels!

Your heels should now be good-to-go for day-to-day wear! If you are still feeling them pinch repeat the steps focusing on whichever step seemed to work the best for you.

Bonus tip:
Using a hair dryer to heat up the tightest areas during strechting could make a huge difference!

Happy Walking!

Original piece written by: The Stiletto Surgeon