The Guide: How to Avoid Shoe Blisters

Damn, how many times has this happened to you? How many times have you ended up with blisters the first time you wore your new shoes out? Yeah, for many of us, this skin ripping has become all too familiar, like a rite of passage even to really owning your newly bought kicks. I, for one, cannot accept this; I'm here to say no more. I'm tired of tending to small dots of skin and having scars on my ankles. I'm tired of wearing band-aids before my shoes.

That's why in this post, I'll give you all simple tips on how to avoid these painful nuisances. Admittedly (as I'm writing, I do have a band-aid over my left ankle), they are not foolproof. For the most part, though, they've helped make my first wearing of my new shoes quite the enjoyable experience. Yup, no more awkward hobbling, grimacing looks, or painful alcohol treatments ever again!

First things first, make sure that you got the right size of shoe. Often times, blisters are caused by the shoes being too tight. A small size increases the friction between the shoe fabric and your foot and it's this friction which rips the skin right off. If the blisters persist despite the correct size, then it's best you apply something to lessen the friction. My lubricant of choice (I can't believe I just typed that) is baby oil. Apply a bit on the areas of contact on your foot and a little on the shoe, but don't go overboard though. A little is all you need to make sure you can enjoy your new shoes to the absolute fullest!

Ouch! These boo-boos need to end!


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