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Break them in before they break you down!

Break them in before they break you down!

Break them in before they break you down!

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I remember getting my first pair of platform heels. I was beyond excited. Long legs (or at least the illusion of) would be mine at last! Sexy, sexy, sexy shoes!!!

My beloveds after a home glittering job. I found glitter in odd spots around my house for weeks.
Next time I’m getting real-for-sure Glitter Heels from Tiffany Hayden! 😀

I put them on, danced for a bit … and took them right back off in a near-panic. Across the instep strap, where toe met instep, the shoes felt like tiny toe guillotines. Suddenly my sexy toe drag walk felt awful. In fact, everything felt awful. Was I destined to dance barefoot?
As it turned out, all was not lost! I ended up dancing in those shoes quite comfortably for years, until they literally fell apart at the seams. I just needed to break them in a bit. Funny that after years of breaking in Frye boots, it never even occurred to me that my platforms might benefit from the same.

In the interest of saving your feet from tiny plastic toe guillotines, here are a few tips for breaking in new platform shoes:

  1. Take a hair dryer to them. That’s right, a hair dryer — while wearing them. It can help soften the plastic so it molds better to your foot. Don’t take the shoes back off until they’re completely cool, and be careful not to melt the plastic!
  2. Shoe halters. They’re little pads that stick onto the footbed, right where the ball of the foot sits. Shoe halters can help provide additional padding if you need it, plus they do a lot to stave off the dreaded “raptor toes” that sometimes rear their heads in platforms. 
  3. Socks! Wearing socks with new shoes can help SO MUCH until your shoes stretch out a bit and mold to your foot. You can even wear socks while taking the hair dryer to the shoes. One note: the sueded footbed of many platform shoes can make getting your stockinged feet into the shoe a little challenging…and your toes can feel like they don’t have any room inside the sock once the shoes are on. I usually wrestle my feet into the shoes, then pinch a tiny bit of sock and pulllllll until I get enough stretch that my toes don’t feel all cramped and uncomfy.  🙂
  4. Blister bandaids (also known as hydrocolloidal bandaids) or athletic tape. I cannot tell you how often these things have saved me. If you don’t like socks, or just can’t get your shoes on while wearing socks, blister bandaids or athletic tape can provide valuable protection at key rub points. Moleskin can also help, but it adds some padding and if you’re already short on room that extra bit of padding can be a real problem.
I also found that my brand new shoes were a little too grippy on the bottoms. I solved that by putting strips of tape on the treads so that I had about half the tread showing. Win!
Hopefully these will help the next time you buy a pair of platforms that don’t quite fit like gloves. 

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