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  1. Makeup Morsels
    June 30, 2013

    So this won’t help with the elastic (I just use apply a product like bandaid friction stick or even deodorant on areas that rub against the shoe) but it should make the toe area a little more comfy. I always use the blowdryer trick hahaha…so basically I put on my fluffiest pair of socks (or you could do two pairs if you can manage it) and squeeze into my shoes. Then I blast them with a blowdryer for a few minutes on each foot and then walk around in them until they cool. Works like a charm!
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hmm that hairdryer trick is new to me. I shall have to try it the next time shoes start to bite! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Jennifer
    June 30, 2013

    I love the Ferragamo and Tory Burch flats that you have, pity the Tory Burch bites! I used to own flats with those elastics but boy, they were a feet nibbler. Since I have large feet, sometimes I am only able to find a snug size 8 which felt, well, snug at the store. But once home or on the street for a casual stroll…my feet were yelping for help. Haha, I have this perception that expensive shoes must be comfortable. Sadly no…I recently got a pair of leather heels and the stockings helped to break in somewhat by reducing the friction and rubbing. But all else, I usually live in pain and blister till my shoes begin to soften :)

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Yes! I suppose I wanted to see what the hype was about the Tory Burch shoes and they are comfy, just that that elastic bit at the back is just meh. I did try their shoes without the elastic band at the back and they felt much more comfortable so if you want to try it, go for those, not for the Reva :P As for the Ferragamo, I shouldn’t have put it there coz its amazing! No biting, no pinching, and I could walk for miles in it the first day I wore it! :D Also, you’re absolutely right. Just coz its an expensive shoe doesn’t make it comfortable. In fact, many expensive shoes are freaking hard on your feet!

  3. Sammy
    June 30, 2013

    I always prepare myself with heel paddings from watsons or guardian. They are these gel like paddings that you can stick at the back of your shoes. I’ll superglue them in if it doesn’t stick too well, works every time! You ‘ll have no problems with new shoes. Hope this helps! Sad to hear the Tory Burch flats aren’t too comfortable, was contemplating on getting it.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hmm good idea Sammy. It looks like I’ll have to pick up a pair of heel pads. I tried them once many years ago but I hate how they run all over and mark the back of my shoe with glue! :P As for the Revas, I’d suggest you try them in persons but do be warned that the elastic at the back pushes your feet forward as you walk and if you get them in a size that’s too big, it’ll chafe, and if you get them in a size that’s too small, it’ll chafe too :P

  4. Tracy
    June 30, 2013

    My Tory Burches were the only flats I haven’t had a problem with-but they are a bit big on me. I find with flats I do have to go up a size otherwise I’m in too much pain.
    I’m horrible-I get blisters ALL THE TIME no matter what I try. :) So I guess I am no help at all to you hahaha!
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      You’re right Tracy! I do tend to size up with flats too except with the Ferragamo ones. Those were fine being in my regular size! Weird right? :P

  5. Vivien
    June 30, 2013

    Thing of buying shoes extender and bottle of leather conditioner to soften and slightly enlarge leather shoe…

    Anyone know where to buy shoe extender gadget ,only saw in lowyat website got ppl selling like rm70
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hmm not sure about shoe extenders but I think you’d have to get them from proper shoe accessory shops. I don’t know how well those work to be honest. I had a pair of shoes extended once (professionally done) but it still didn’t cut it and still felt uncomfortable except now it was wider and I couldn’t wear it anymore.

  6. Tine @ Beautyholics Anonymous
    June 30, 2013

    I wear my fluffiest socks (usually the ones I wear to bed) and wear them with the shoes I need to break in. I did that to my Ferragamos. Since I haven’t worn them out of the house yet, the soles are still clean so I wear them in the house with the socks on. Unfortunately I bought a half size or a size too small so even after breaking them in, they still pinched my feet. But I’ve done this to other flats of mine and it works a treat :-)

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      I haven’t tried that socks trick, but thanks for sharing it Tine! My Ferras are the only shoes I’ve never really had to break in. So comfy right off the bat even though it feels a bit small because its patent leather. I tried a pair in soft calf leather and that felt more comfy so I’m going for calf leather next!

  7. electronicfly
    June 30, 2013

    I use the plaster method too, and I find that Guardian brand’s clear plaster rocks! Doesn’t get unstuck, no pain when removing and leaves no residue =D

    Wax doesn’t work for me unfortunately =(

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Ooh thanks for the tip about Guardian plasters! Cheaper too I bet!

  8. Esther Neo
    June 30, 2013

    I use the oilest body lotion (bodyshop has very oily ones) on my feet n brims of the shoes to reduce fiction n it will stop blister from forming.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      That’s intriguing, Esther. Does it make your feet slip as you walk though? I’m not so sure about marking my nicer shoes with oily marks but this is an interesting tip!

      • Esther Neo
        July 5, 2013

        Err…it sort of form a barrier so ur feet slipped through and not cause abrasion. My shoes are mostly black so I have no issue with the staining but you are right….you wouldn’t want blotchy marks on ur expensive shoes.

      • Paris B
        July 10, 2013

        Good point! I might hold off on trying it on a light coloured shoe but black makes sense! ;)

  9. Cecilia Lukban Wong
    June 30, 2013

    Try rubbing good ole vaseline on the parts affected. Works a treat for me.

    • SH
      July 2, 2013

      I wanna say I bought a tub of Vaseline today and tried your tip, works like a charm!
      thanks for sharing.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hmm… that’s interesting! I’ve got a tub of vaseline around and may try that ;)

  10. Rin
    June 30, 2013

    Hello Paris~

    Nice flats you have there :) I do the plaster trick too. Like you, usually I just endure until the shoes are comfortable. Haven’t tried any other tricks LOL

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hi Rin, thanks and boo to shoes that bite us! Some of my shoes still bite me even a year or two later!

  11. Firn
    June 30, 2013

    Ooh where do you buy your Bloch flats? I take adult ballet classes so I am currently using the actual ballet shoes. :)

    I encountered the same problem with a lot of my flats and one of the worst times was when I was walking around London in a new pair (worst idea ever!). The best and most foolproof solution (which is the cheapest as well) is to buy heel inserts.

    These will raise your heel off the base of the shoe and position the tight rubby bit over the heel bone (which is covered with tougher skin) instead of the fleshy Achilles tendon. Lots of these inserts can be reused so you can just swop them out with your different flats. Get a good set (from Scholl) and it’s invisible too. :)
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Wow you do ballet! :D I did it for a little while as a kid but I wasn’t coordinated/graceful/bothered enough to continue. Never went past the basics! Haha… I got my Bloch flats off Net-a-porter.com They have sales on them occasionally which is why I bought mine and I’m thinking of another pair. Its a bit flat since its based on a ballet shoe after all, but it does feel comfy to walk about in. I like the idea of heel inserts. I might try those!

  12. Firn
    June 30, 2013

    Plus I find that a lot of flats out there have insufficient heel cushioning (which is murder on the back) so the insert solves 2 problems.
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Yes, that’s very true of flats. I’m flat-footed so wearing flats usually plays merry murder with my back!

      • Firn
        July 5, 2013

        Yea, I’m flat-footed too but I find ballet and walking in heels have strengthened my instep a lot. Ballet is the best workout ever! Even if you aren’t super elegant and graceful, you will sweat like a pig and get toned legs and core! :Db

        I also put in arch supports in some of my shoes to relieve some of the ache in my arches.

      • Paris B
        July 10, 2013

        Can’t honestly imagine me doing ballet to be honest haha! It’ll be like watching an uncoordinated hippo :P Its good to know that it strengthens the instep though. I get terrible cramps in my foot when I try to point it and hold it for too long. But good tip about the arch supports! I’ll get those :D

  13. LeGeeque
    June 30, 2013

    There’s an old wives tale where you bite the shoe (literally) before it bites you. So you take the shoe and bite into it. Never personally tried it before. Try it and tell me what you think? :-P

    I would just wear the flats with tights and dresses until they’re broken in. The tights protect my feet and provides a little slip as well so nothing gets chafed.

    • Jyoan
      June 30, 2013

      I always do that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      I’ve come across that old wives tale too! :P I tried it once but maybe I didn’t bite it hard enough because it bit me anyway :P I didn’t quite relish leaving my teeth marks all over the shoe haha! I have found that if I wear tights then the problem is pretty much non existent but since I rarely wear tights or stockings here… darn! Maybe I should :P

  14. Stephanie/Yukaeshi
    June 30, 2013

    Bodyglide! Though I still don’t see it sold in Malaysia so the nearest place you can get it is in Singapore. I swear by it and have a small bottle of it in my bag whenever I am wearing any new shoes. My husband used to bring in some stocks to sell but not anymore- they’re snapped up like hotcakes all the time!

    I used to think that shoes with a soft back or made out of generally soft material won’t bite but boy was I wrong! My Sacoor Brothers loafers were butter soft but bit like hell :( And yes, I am also under the mindset that the more you wear it, the less it’ll bite :P Another trick I use it footsie socks- socks that are pretty much like ballerina shoes so they don’t show unlike ankle or normal socks. You can wear them with ballerina flats and loafers.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Alamak… I should have seen this when I was in Singapore last >.< I’ll keep a look out for it the next time I’m down. And yes, I too thought soft backs will be more comfy but wrong wrong wrong! Good idea about the footsie socks too. I used them once but they kept falling off my feet!

  15. Carina
    June 30, 2013

    It depends on how much the bite bites! I once had shoes that I had to walk in (we were at a fair) and my feet hurt so badly, one of my TOENAILS fell off D: Sorry, that’s a bit TMI, but suffice to say I never wore those shoes again. I am usually quite patient, though.
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      OUCH!!! Ok, you win Carina! :P

  16. Jyoan
    June 30, 2013

    Oh my gosh! You really took all the words out of my mouth! I always get bitten on the heels, and if I use a plaster on my heels, I get bitten on my toes. And yes, I never know which toe. =((( Sometimes, it’s the big toe, sometimes it’s the 4th or 5th one. And it never happens on both sides. Sometimes it’s left, sometimes it’s right. ARGH! GRR.

    You know what, I tape plaster to my shoes. I don’t want to waste too many plasters. So I figured if I tape plasters to my shoes, I get a cushioned inside that really lasts! I will buy those transparent Hansaplast brand ones (other brands don’t work), and paste them on tight spots on the inside of my shoes.

    I have this Charles and Keith flats that I have worn forever, and about to throw away, but it still bites me like crazy. Especially when the weather gets hot, and the material dries up so much, the shoe shrinks, and it wears like a new shoes all over again.

    I think you can ask the shoe shop to help you widen your new shoes. I have seen it before, they have this funny feet shape wooden thing that they can expand by turning some screw. So they put that wooden leg in and expand it on the spot. That will make a new shoes feel as though they have been worn in for months.

    I think it works. But I am wary of letting them use that wooden leg thing because I feel that they sometimes overdo the expansion, and that can make the shoe too loose and unfitting. This will in turn make the shoe knock, and still cut my feet.

    I have tried all sorts of other things including wearing unsightly little socks to protect my feet while expanding the shoes. I have also used all sorts of moisture cream/balm/etc, even the Monistat Chaffing Cream. But they all don’t work once the cream wears away.

    The wax thing completely does not work on me.
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Oh boy, you totally know what I go through then Jyoan! Sometimes, its not even the sides of the toe, its the top of the toes! I tell you, its mind boggling. Good idea on taping the plaster to the shoe instead of to the feet! Definitely save money haha! I did get a pair of shoes widened once but it was so weird coz after I got it back, it was wide but still pinched! I couldn’t wear it anymore so I’m very wary about widening shoes these days. I’d rather just bear with it or buy one that fits better :P

  17. lili
    June 30, 2013

    I just take plasters with me, just in case. When I feel it’s starting to hurt, I use them.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Good idea! We never know when they might bite and it pays to be prepared!

  18. Vera Soo
    June 30, 2013

    Sometimes I wear thick socks (mens socks usually B.U.M) & wear those flats a few times at home just to get them comfty. My dad uses wax & massage pressed all his shoes.

    I hv seen some shoe specialist using a small hammer wrapper with cloth and cushion to knock on those hard parts before. They then add extra paddings (sold separately) for the heel & toe parts.

    I notice certain shoes eg Lewre hv those inner paddings tht is oh so comfty.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Good tip on the socks! I shall try that next time. I think it helps to stretch it out a little and make it more comfy. I used to wear a lot of Lewre shoes! But I also realised they fell apart on me more quickly, especially basic pumps that I wear a lot :(

  19. Meghann
    June 30, 2013

    I usually put some facial moisturiser all around on the lining of the shoes the night before I am wearing it. The next day the lining will be softened and I have no problem with them.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      That’s an interesting concept Meghann! I can see how it’d work, thanks for the idea :)

  20. cchivy
    June 30, 2013

    Literally bite (yes, with teeth!) on your new pairs right before you wear them for the first time. Worked for me many times, but don’t ask me why/how….it’s a myth! :-P

    Good luck.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Haha I’ve read that too! I tried it a few times and it worked once but that was about it.

  21. Sofia
    July 2, 2013

    The plaster method! Apart from that when a shoe really hurts me, I won’t wear it. Mind you, this usually happens with my summer shoes with strappy bits on top. Then each year I’ll wear it for one day, reminding myself why I never wear them…
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    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Hahaha I know exactly what you mean, Sofia! I’m sure we all have that one pair of shoes that we hardly wear because its so uncomfortable yet we keep in the hope that we can wear it :P I haven’t worn strappy sandals or shoes in a while. Every one feels uncomfortable to me so now I just wear pumps :)

  22. Shleesy
    July 2, 2013

    You can try hydro colloid (blister) plaster from local pharmacy.

    I apply it on heel area and just go out as usual (i walk a lot) in my new shoes. It works well, with the exception to Ferragamo’s patent leather which I started to wear 2 years ago, it still bite so every time I wear it, I will need to apply the hydro colloid.

    Some say rubbing alcohol on such area helps but I have yet to test it out.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Ooh thanks for the tip! I’ll look for that the next time I’m at the pharmacies :)

  23. Jess
    July 2, 2013

    My friend recommended Foot Glide, she read about it from Tyra Banks! And I swear it works!!! Got them from Watson in Singapore at $17.90.

    • Paris B
      July 5, 2013

      Thanks for the heads up Jess! I’ll have to check it the next time I’m in Singapore or look for it here :)

  24. Janis
    July 5, 2013

    I use th band aid method as well. Problem is they always rub off. I found that a cheaper and more effective way would be to use surgical tape instead. It sticks like mad so it basically acts like second skin and unlike plasters it doesnt have that rough gauzy in the middle which I suspect even causes my blisters sometime. Its also pretty easy to remove.

    • Paris B
      July 10, 2013

      Ooh! Good idea on the surgical tape, Janis! It’ll be much cheaper too because I can buy a whole roll! :P

  25. Ting
    July 17, 2013

    Ouch…!! I cannot stand blisters on heels! A few years ago I saw this tutorial on Michelle Phan youtube channel. It’s about expanding your shoes if it’s one size too small. She used those ziplock sandwich bags, filled with water and put one bag in the shoes. THEN you put them in freezer. As water becomes ice, the volume expands therefore expanding your shoes.

    I am not sure if this helps, as you are trying to break in the shoes, not expand it… oh well. The hair-dryer trick seems fascinating. At least it’s more hygienic than putting a pair of shoes in freezer. hahaha

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