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Tips & Tricks: How to prevent blisters

Today marks the beginning of meteorological summer. Yay! It’s time for breezy outfits, bare feet and…blisters?

Yup, blisters. Yikes! As much as I hate them, they’re just as much summer to me as ice-cream and my wonderful Serengeti sunglasses. From strappy sandals to a pair of (canvas) trainers, summer footwear equals sore feet.

Over the years I’ve learnt that it’s really important to thoroughly break in a new pair of shoes before they’re comfortable enough to actually wear a whole day. And while I probably just have to accept that I simply have rather sensitive feet, I did gather quite a few tried-and-true tricks that I’d like to share with you.

Operation no more blisters: it’s on!

Step by step

I never wear my new shoes for a full day straight in the beginning. I simply start by wearing them for an hour or so, literally breaking them in step by step. Just wear them around the house at first, maybe even do some household chores in them.

Wear them in the morning

As your feet tend to swell a bit during the day (especially when it’s hot out) it’s best to wear your new shoes in the morning. Bring an extra pair of shoes to work and switch during lunchtime, for example.

Talcum powder

Summer footwear is often worn best without socks. Still, wearing socks has some advantages. It prevents your feet from rubbing against the fabric of the shoes too much, which often causes sore feet. Since wearing socks is simply not always an option, you might want to try adding a bit of talcum powder on your feet. It keeps your them fresh and prevents friction.

Opt for natural fabrics

I recently wrote a post about comfortable summer fabrics, in which I told you guys that I usually prefer wearing natural fabrics over synthetics. This goes for footwear as well. Leather shoes for example will adjust to the form of your feet and are breathable, which makes them more comfortable to wear than most man-made materials.

Do you guys often get blisters? What do you do to prevent it?

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