How To Stop Your Shoes Rubbing The Back Of Your Heels

There is arguably nothing worse than the short-lived excitement of wearing a new pair of shoes. We’ve all been there. Meetings, social events, dates, can all be ruined by a new pair of shoes causing nothing but pain, blisters, and grief.

Shoes Rubbing

While breaking in new shoes can be a painful affair. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can do to help stop your new shoes wreaking havoc on your feet.

Get Insoles

Insoles provide a slight lift to your foot, which decreases the surface area that comes into contact with the back of your foot. Insoles also lower the chances of blisters forming because they reduce movement of the foot. Overall, insoles provide support and comfort which is always a bonus.

You can invest in some orthopedic insoles for extra comfort or you can even get custom made insoles if you want extra comfort.

Rub Vaseline

It’s cheap, quick, and it works. You probably already have a tub of Vaseline somewhere in your house. Rub some Vaseline on the back of your heel and any other areas of your feet that are prone to blistering. Vaseline softens the area and makes it more slippery. This is great when wearing new shoes as it reduces friction.

In order to reduce friction, moisture is key. Petroleum jelly works wonders for this.


Moleskin is a heavy cotton fabric that is very durable. The adhesive fabric is a good option for protecting your feet from blisters and high friction areas.

Moleskin is thicker than traditional bandages. It tends to stay in place more providing better support and cushioning.

Visit A Cobbler

If you would rather hand over your shoes to a professional then visiting a cobbler or a shoe repair shop is your best bet. They can stretch out your shoes without causing any damage. For leather shoes, this works best.

Apply Heat

If you have already forked out an arm and a leg for some shoes, then you probably don’t want to spend any more money.

So, there is a way you can stretch out your shoes in the comfort of your own home. You will need a thick pair of socks and a hairdryer.

Put on a thick pair of socks along with the shoes you want to stretch out. Then, using your hairdryer, apply heat to the back of your shoes – keep it on medium heat so you don’t burn yourself and your shoes!

Applying heat makes the shoes more malleable. Walking around after you have applied heat will allow the shoe to mold to your feet better.

This works best with cloth, suede, and leather shoes.

The Ice Bag

If for whatever reason applying heat didn’t work, then you can go from one extreme to the next, freeze them.

Grab two freezer bags, fill them with water, and place them in the toe of each shoe. Leave the shoes in the freezer overnight. The ice expands and stretches out the shoe.

On the plus side, wearing ice-cold shoes is great for those hot summer days.

Figure Out The Hot Spots

Although the heels are the most common place where blisters form, they aren’t the only place. Blisters can form on the side and top of your toes as well.

Figuring out the “hot spots” is a good idea before stepping out in your shoes.

To do this, walk around your house in your shoes for about an hour. That way you will get a feel for where the “hot spots” might be.

Once you have an idea, you can apply some Vaseline or moleskin on the “hot spots” this will prevent any moles from forming.

Final Thoughts

Although breaking in your new shoes can seem time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. It is definitely worth it.

Breaking in your shoes properly can truly make the biggest difference.

Knowing how to stretch out your shoes or identifying the “hot spots” to prevent blisters from forming means that your new shoes will no longer wreak havoc on your feet.

By breaking in your new shoes, they will no longer have the power to break you. Whatever the occasion may be, you can finally strut your stuff pain and blister-free!

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