Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Breaking in Flats - Unbearable to Wearable

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The idea floating around that flats are inherently so much more comfortable than heels is a myth, and I know I'm not the only one who has fallen for it. So many times I have convinced myself to take home a pair after deciding that a 2 minute walk around the store totally matches up with my day to day wear. 

Digging, rubbing, blistering, bleeding, limping. Torture. But they're just so darn cute! What's a girl to do?

1. Before setting foot outside your door in the little devils, take a couple of days to wear them around the house with some sexy thick wool socks. This will help soften up the material and stretch them out a bit to give you some extra room. If you're impatient try using a hair dryer to speed up the process. 

2. For their debut into society, try pairing your pesky flats with some tights to cut down on the friction with your bare skin. Don't go for a 10 K walk the first time you head out, keep it short like a trip to the corner store or a desk day at the office. Baby steps.

3. If your problem is toe rubbing, try gel toe pillows/pads. These are used by ballet dancers to stop their feet from getting destroyed by pointe shoes. If you were never the dancing type you can find these at dance specialty shops or online from a ton of retailers for under $10. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so find some that work for your needs. If it's your heels that feel the pain, add a gel cushion to the heel of your shoe. You can find them almost anywhere these days.

4. Once you've worked up the courage to go commando, it never hurts to err on the side of caution. New Skin is a liquid bandage that creates a barrier for your skin without looking or feeling terrible. Toss it into your purse in case of emergencies and you'll be good to go. I've heard of Vaseline working much the same way, but I just don't really like the idea it rubbing off onto the material of my new shoes!

After a few weeks of testing out all of the above, I am glad to say I can comfortably make it through the work day without having to wince back to my car. It might take some time, but if you've made the investment in a nice pair of flats, why leave them to sit in the closet?

Have you ever found a pair of truly comfortable flats?
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