Now that winter is finally over in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re breaking out all of the flats, sandals and stilettos that the snow has prevented us from wearing for the last six months. But along with a new shoe wardrobe comes the possibility—nay, the likelihood—of blisters.
We don’t know about you, but we’d rather never get another blister for as long as we live—and we’re actively working on it. Here are our very best tips for blister-proofing your feet this spring.
The best way to protect your feet from blisters is not to get them in the first place—and the best way to do that is to make sure that your shoe game comes correct right out of the gate. To that end, always make sure that you buy shoes in the right size and width; never wear shoes that are too big or too small. Stick to shoes made of leather or other natural materials if you can. Take the time to break in new shoes slowly by wearing them a little bit each day, rather than walking six miles in them straight out of the box. And if possible, make sure that your spring flats have a soft and flexible back; this really cuts down on the chances of rubbing, and therefore blister-related pain.
2. Block Friction.
Blisters are caused by friction; so it stands to reason that if you reduce the friction, you reduce the possibility of blisters. That’s where Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick ($5.99) comes in: just rub this deodorant-like stick over the places where you’d normally get blisters, and the lubricating formula ensures that your feet will remain blister-free. The formula is clear, and we can personally attest to the fact that it doesn’t stain or discolor shoes (even suede ones). If this sounds like a miracle, that’s because it is; this is a warm weather essential in our purse.
A few caveats: this will only protect against friction blisters, not the cuts caused by too-small shoes. It also can’t stop a blister once it’s started forming, so if you feel one developing, it’s probably too late to use the Friction Block Stick. Just some tips from us to you.
3. A Ballet Secret.
If you get blisters on your toes (or if you have bunions), consider Ouch Pouches ($24). Beloved by ballerinas the world over, these small gel-filled demi-socks fit over your toes and the ball of your foot, adding extra protection where it really counts. Invisible while wearing most flats, they don’t add bulk to your feet (so your shoes will still fit the same) and are guaranteed not to slide around and rub your feet while you walk. The best part? They’re infinitely reusable, and a single pair will last for years; just handwash with soap and warm water, then leave them to air-dry.
4. Use The Best Band-aids.
If you do get a blister, it’s imperative that you keep it covered while it heals—but if you use regular bandaids, you run the risk of them peeling off, re-adhering to your sore spots and making an already terrible situation worse.
That’s why you need to use Band-Aid Tough Strips ($6.99), which really live up to their name. No other bandage in the world stays put as well as these do, even under the most trying circumstances: showers, workouts, stilettos. These are the only bandaids we trust to cover blisters on our little toes and the soles of our feet, while the Extra-Large Tough Strips ($3.49) are perfect for covering blisters or cuts on our heels. Pro tip: we prefer the classic fabric strips over the waterproof, though, as they stick better and stay put for far longer.
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