How To Break In New Shoes (in 5 Minutes!)

A foolproof tip for breaking in those new (highly uncomfortable) kicks!

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

If we had a dollar for every sandal or stiletto-induced blister we’ve hobbled through, we could shod a small army in Louboutins. But pain doesn’t pay, so now we use this trick to break in new footwear fast. Slip into the too-tight pair while wearing extra thick socks. Use your hairdryer to heat them for a few minutes, then allow them to cool. Repeat the process several times. You’ll feel the shoes relax immediately—so that you can too!

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