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Crescita posted 5/29/2013 10:40 AM

I seem to do this before every vacation, I decide I need new shoes within a week of leaving and then try to break them in in time.

So they are mostly leather, to be worn without socks. I acquired them Monday and got blisters within an hour of wearing with socks. I leave Friday but I haven't given up yet.

I keep reading I can soak them and wear dry but I don't want to ruin them. Is there hope with moleskin and continued wear? Any other ideas for a quicker fix?

Amazonia posted 5/29/2013 10:43 AM

Are they stiff? tight? rough? What's causing the blisters?

If the shoes just need to stretch to fit your feet, I say plaster on moleskin and wear them constantly.

If your feet have to get used to the shoe (i.e. build a callous where a certain point rubs)... that's harder.

Crescita posted 5/29/2013 10:56 AM

I think mostly just stiff. These are the shoes

[This message edited by Crescita at 10:57 AM, May 29th (Wednesday)]

wifehad5 posted 5/29/2013 12:13 PM

I recently bought a pair of shoes like that (but manlier). The first few days they were uncomfortable, ie blisters, etc. After a few days of wearing them they've adjusted and are very comfortable.

MissesJai posted 5/29/2013 13:02 PM

re: blisters - try Monistat anti chafing gel. Rub it all over your feet, particularly in the areas that are most affected. It will help keep the blisters away and will provide a barrier between the fabric & the skin.

Crescita posted 5/29/2013 13:33 PM

wh5, glad to hear they get comfy quickly. I've been eyeing these shoes for almost a year, and when I saw the gold I couldn't resist.

MissesJai, I just looked that up and people also use it as a make-up primer! Will definitely have to pick some up and try it.

lynnm1947 posted 5/29/2013 14:41 PM

Are they too small?

MissesJai posted 5/29/2013 15:02 PM

yes'm - and it's a damn good primer too! Much cheaper and just as good as those high end primers.

yewtree posted 5/29/2013 15:21 PM

You can also dab the parts of the shoe that need to stretch with some rubbing alcohol, then put the shoe on, and it will stretch just right.

BrokenRoad posted 5/30/2013 20:40 PM

but manlier

That struck me as funny.

nowiknow23 posted 5/30/2013 21:11 PM

I have had success with putting the shoes on WITH socks, and then heating the shoes up (on your feet) with a blow dryer. Let the shoes cool down (still on your feet).

Good luck, Crescita.

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