Nowadays it becomes more and more common for us to shop online. Perhaps you get a pair of shoes that you really, really like, but they end up a bit big for you. And the other size aren’t available any more, but you really want to keep it. Or perhaps you find a pair of vintage shoes that might be only pair available in the whole world, and you wouldn’t want to part it, even it doesn’t fit you perfectly. Don’t worry, try some of those shoes fixes, perhaps that helps rescue another pair of your favorites!
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Shoes too Long and Pointed
Q: My shoes are too long, what can I do?
Q: My shoes are too pointed, which gives me much discomfort but they look so pretty, is there any way to make it better?
A: Take one pair of old hosiery/tights, preferably thinner one which is half see-through, cut half of one leg and roll it together, insert into the front part of the shoes. If it feels too much, reduce the fabric more until it fits. Problem solved!
Note: This trick only works when other parts of the shoes fit, of course!
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Shoes too Big
Q: My feet are too skinny, and they can’t seem to fill into the shoes, how to solve that problem?
A: Grab a pair of cloth soles and insert them in. If your shoes are still big, then add the “ball of the foot” liners or heel liners. That usually helps filling the space in your shoes.
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Shoes Scratch Your Skin
Q: The inside part of the heel made so much friction and it almost kills me when I walk. Any fix?
A: Try some of those heel liners! Or perhaps try breaking them in home for a week. (See HOW TO BREAK IN YOUR NEW SHOES.)
Q: The sides of my shoes scratches my skin and they become red and painful, what to do?
A: Try mole skin, cut it to line inside of your shoes. If you don’t have it you can also substitute it with band-aid.
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High Heel Problems
Q: I would like to try some high heels, but every time it gives me such a pain in the ball of the foot. It’s so frustrating! Am I made to be high-heel-shoes-unfriendly?
A: I heard your pain haha! As someone who recently joined the heeled shoes club, I can definitely resonate with you.
First of all, you might consider the high heeled shoes with cushion lined in . I recently got a pair of Clarks which has that, and surprisingly once I step in, it doesn’t feel awkward any more.
Otherwise try some of those silicone or cloth “ball of the foot” liners. They are not magical, but they do relieve some of the pain you will have, especially when the soles are thin and hard. Although if your shoes are already small or just fits you, those liners might make it crowded for your feet. It works best with shoes which are half size bigger than the shoes which just fits you.
Although high heels are beautiful and feminine, it’s more or less designed for the look, not for the function. Try to minimize the time you wear them, such as bring a pair of flats to the party where you will be wearing high-heel shoes, then change them soon after party is over. You can also choose big and square heels which might give you some more support than the ones with thinner heels. Start with lower heels, such as 2.5 cm or 3 cm tall.
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Blisters on Feet
Q: OMG, my favorite shoes gave me such blisters, what to do with them?
A: Blisters are usually caused by friction. You might check and analyze what parts are causing you problems, and try some fixes mentioned and see if that gets better.
For your blisters, consider get some gel pads which you can get from pharmacy or online. They help protect and heel your blisters incredibly well. I would suggest that you carry some when you travel because it might not be available where you are going. Also, it would be best that you stop wearing the shoes with problems during the time your feet heel. Try some less fancy sneakers instead.
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Do you experience problems with shoes and have clever solutions? Please share!