37 Shoe Hacks To Make Your Shoes More Comfortable
When it comes to shoes, comfort is essential. Walking is SO unpleasant when your shoes don’t fit right. It’s always best to start out by buying comfortable shoes, but sometimes there’s just no other option. The good news is, you can still make those other shoes way comfier. Here are 40 shoe hacks that will definitely make your feet happy.
1. Cover Flip Flop Straps
The toe strap in flip-flops can be so uncomfortable. It is always digging in between your big and second toes. To soften the blow, cover the straps in fabric.
2. Sandpaper Your Soles
If your new shoes don’t have enough grip, use sandpaper. Sand down the soles for better traction. Hopefully, you won’t trip as often!
3. Combat Smelly Shoes With Vinegar
You probably know that vinegar is an effective household product if you want to get rid of odors because of their potent acidity. Does vinegar, however, work for smelly shoes? Turns out it works really well. If you have a pair of smelly shoes that you need de-odorized, try soaking the shoes in a vinegar solution (two cups of vinegar, two gallons of water). Then, dip your shoes in the solution and place something heavy on top of your shoes to keep them fully submerged. In a couple hours, the odor should almost be completely gone!
4. Silence Squeaky Shoes
No one likes hearing squeaky shoes all the way down the hall. If your shoes are squeaky, lift the inner sole and sprinkle baby powder underneath. The two parts of your shoe should stick instead of rubbing against each other.
5. Apply Deodorant
We all want to dance the night away, but none of us want to wake up in the morning with a huge blister. Stop the problem before it even starts. Rub clear gel deodorant on the inside of the heel.
6. Stretch Your Shoes
You can actually stretch your shoes yourself. Now you can always have the perfect size. Or you could always take your tight pair to the cobbler.
7. Widen Boot Shafts
If the shafts of your boots are too tight, you will not enjoy yourself. Widen the shafts by stuffing newspapers into them. Leave them there until you are ready to wear the boots again.
8. Apply Instant Heel Caps
When your heel breaks, it is just a sad moment. Luckily, you don’t have to part ways with the shoes. An instant heel cap will fix everything.
9. DIY Innersoles
Use a thick fabric so you get a good grip. Cut it to the size of the shoe, and slip it into the sole. Much better.
10. Use Tea Bags
No one likes the smell of disgusting shoes. If your shoes stink, put tea bags in them. The bags will soak up any unpleasant odor.
11. Shorten Your Heels
Did you know you could get your heels shortened? Yes, you could simply start out by buying shorter heels. But sometimes plans change, and our shoes need to change with them.
12. Freeze Your Shoes
If the toe area of your shoes is too tight, you can loosen it overnight. Place a ziplock bag full of water in the toe area of each shoe, and stick your shoes in the freezer. As the water freezes and expands, it will widen the toe of your shoe as well.
13. Use Moleskin
Tight shoe straps can be miserable, but they don’t have to be. Cushion the straps by sticking moleskin onto them. Your feet will thank you.
14. Try Heel Grips
Don’t slip around in your heels all night. Instead, insert heel grips to protect your feet. Now you can really move.
15. Repair Heel Linings
Denim makes the perfect patch material for shoes. Sew the fabric onto the torn heel lining. No one will ever know the difference.
16. Add Inserts
If the arches of your feet give you trouble, you should consider placing inserts into your shoes. There are plenty of arch support products on the market. Of course if you have more serious arch problems, you should consult a physician about your shoe strategy.
17. New Shoelace Pattern
Think outside the box. You don’t need to keep your tennis shoes laced the same way they were when you bought them. Take out some of the criss-crosses for a little extra room.
18. Waterproof Cloth Shoes
Use beeswax to waterproof your cloth shoes. Now no matter what you are wearing, you can walk around without getting your feet wet. The best part is you won’t see any difference in the appearance of your shoes.
19. Try Shoes On In The Evening
Feet swell throughout the day. In fact, the more you sit in a traditional chair, the more your feet will swell. When you try shoes on at the end of the day, you will find a size that will actually be comfortable all day.
20. Blow Dry The Shoes
Breaking in new shoes is THE WORST. To make this painful process a little easier, put on your thickest pair of socks. Then put the shoes on and blow dry the tight spots. They should loosen up pretty quickly.
21. Try Panty Liners
Having sweaty feet is not a good thing. It can be uncomfortable, and it will lead to smelly shoes. Put panty liners in the soles of your shoes to absorb the sweat.
22. Prevent Chafing
Do your feet chafe in tennis shoes? That definitely isn’t comfortable. Prevent this unpleasantness by coating your heels in K-Y Jelly.
23. Spray Your Feet
Hairspray isn’t just for hair. Before you go out for the night, give your feet a good spray. This will stop them from slipping and sliding.
24. Absorb Moisture From Boots
It’s the rainy season, and you are pretty likely to get a little moisture in your boots. Absorb it up by stuffing newspaper into them. If you don’t have any laying around, you can always try paper towels.
25. Keep Your Feet Warm
Having cold feet isn’t fun – literally or figuratively. This hack won’t help you calm your anxiety, but it will raise the temperature of your toes. Insert wool fabric into your shoes whenever it’s cold outside.
26. Use Cornmeal On Suede To Remove Stains
The next time your suede shoes get ruined with a stain, don’t panic. Instead, buy some cornmeal from your local supermarket and rub it onto the shoe. The cornmeal will absorb the oil from the stain, leaving your shoe as if the stain was never there in the first place!
27. Use Petroleum Jelly On Patent Leather Shoes For An Amazing Shine
The great thing about buying a pair of patent leather shoes is that they’re usually very easy to take care of. If you’re looking to give your patent leather shoes a bit of shine without using a commercial cleaner, however, try rubbing some petroleum jelly on your shoes — it can even remove scuff marks!
28. Tape Your Toes
This one seems weird, but bear with me. Wearing heels places strain on the nerve between the second and third toes. By gently taping them together, you can relieve the tension. Just be sure not to cut off your circulation.
29. Use A Nail File To Remove Scratches And Stains
No one likes wearing shoes with scratches or stains on them. Did you know, however, that you can remove scratches and stains from suede shoes using a nail file? First, try to remove as much of the stain as possible using a soft cloth. Then if the stain still exists, try gently rubbing the area with a nail file (or sandpaper). You’ll find that the stained area with slowly decrease in size. You can do the same thing for scratches too!
30. Keep Shoes Fresh Using Baking Soda
There’s no better way to keep a pair of shoes feeling new than making sure they smell good. That means getting rid of any odors that might be coming from your shoe. What’s the best way to get rid of odors from your shoe? Baking soda! Try putting some baking soda into your shoes and let it sit overnight. You’ll find that the unique properties of baking soda will effectively remove any smelly odors.
31. Remove Stains From Leather Shoes Using Rubbing Alcohol
Getting rid of stains on leather shoes can be tough, but did you ever try using isopropyl, or rubbing alcohol. Try dipping a q-tip or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently applying it to the affected area. Let the alcohol sit on the stain for around 30 minutes and you’ll find it gone!
32. Whiten Your Shoes With Toothpaste
Although white shoes look incredible, keeping them clean can be a real pain in the neck. The next time you’re trying to make your white shoes white again, try using toothpaste. Put some toothpaste on an old toothbrush and scrub vigorously into the dirty spots. If you’re using toothpaste on the fabric and not the rubber, make sure you let the toothpaste sit for a couple minutes before wiping off with a wet towel.
33. Alleviate Foot Pain Using A Tea Soak
If you walk around a lot during the day, your feet are probably extremely sore by the end. If you’re trying to alleviate foot and heel pain, have you ever tried a tea soak before? Grab a bucket to dip your feet in and fill it with warm water. Then add a black or green tea bag and feel the anti-inflammatory properties of tea go to work!
34. Use Beeswax To Waterproof Your Shoes
No one likes walking around in wet shoes. That’s why if you decide to wear canvas shoes, you should definitely make sure to waterproof them. Grab some beeswax from a hardware store and cover the entire shoe with it. Then, use a blowdryer to make sure the wax melts onto the shoe — make sure you don’t miss a spot!
35. Prevent Blisters By Using Gel Deodorant
Getting a blister while wearing is no fun at all, especially if you’re not done using your shoes. The next time you think you’ll be getting blisters from a new pair of shoes, try rubbing gel deodorant on the areas where you think blisters are most likely to occur. The gel deodorant will serve as a lubricant and will prevent blisters!
36. Add Grip With Sandpaper
If you bought a new pair of shoes, but you seem to be slipping everywhere you go, try adding some grip to your shoes by rubbing the soles with sandpaper. This textured sole will give you a whole lot more traction as you go about your day!
37. Stretch Shoes With A Hairdryer
This shoe stretch hack will work with any type of shoes whether they be boots, flats, or heels! First, wear thick warm sock and then place your feet in your new shoes. Then, use a blow dryer to apply heat to your shoes to effectively break your shoes in. Say goodbye to uncomfortable feet with new shoes.
38 Shoe Hacks To Make Them More Comfortable
Shoes are important. After all, we wear them every day. If your shoes aren’t fitting quite right, give these hacks a try. Your feet will be much more comfortable.
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