In today’s world of fast fashion, it’s a very common problem: we buy a new pair of shoes to go with a new dress, put them on, and spend the rest of the day in agony, limping along with a newly formed blister.
This problem is especially common with women’s shoes worn with bare feet. Thankfully, Simply Feet have put together a guide to help you avoid this painful condition.
What Are Blisters?
You are probably painfully aware what blisters are, but understanding how they are formed will help you avoid them. Blisters are created when friction begins to cause damage to the tissue under the skin. The body produces fluid to create a barrier to limit injury, thereby forming a blister. As you also probably know, you should avoid popping blisters because this can cause infection.
Once you have a blister, it’s time to use a blister plaster and put on socks and comfortable shoes, which is hardly the thing to go with a new dress! Compeed blister plasters seal the wound of a blister, keeping out everything from dirt and bacteria to water, while allowing the skin to heal.
Avoiding Blisters in the First Place
There are several important things you can do to eliminate friction and avoid blisters. First, always choose a shoe that fits well. If possible, opt for shoes that can be worn with socks. If you really do need to go barefoot in your shoes, you’ll need to up the ante in preventing friction.
The first tool in your arsenal against blisters should be a good foot antiperspirant. Sweat is moisture, which causes skin to stick to leather and other materials, and this skin will get rubbed and damaged. If you can eliminate foot sweat, healthy foot skin has a better chance of gliding against the shoe.
Your next step should be to ensure the shoe is soft and supple. We often talk about wearing a shoe in, but with new shoes, this sometimes isn’t possible. Look for a lubricant or specialised shoe gel that will penetrate the leather without damaging the shoe. Rub this into the inside of the shoe where blisters form to soften the shoe.
If you want to be really certain, you can insert pads. Specialised shoe pads really are the best solution to beat the new-shoe rub. Keep some handy for when you need them, because prevention is always better than the cure! Shop the full blister treatment range here.