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Flats hurt!


Fall is just around the corner and I love the look of flats but they seem to always wreak havoc on my heels. I think maybe my arch is too high because I don't normally have the same issue with heels. I was hoping that you ladies could share your tips or secrets so that I can try to wear these things without getting blisters or cuts!
Aug 27, 2013 @ 07:55 pm

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Ohh, flats.

I love flats too, but come across the same problem quite often, especially when "breaking in" new ones. It really depends on what they're made of I guess...if they're leather and just need to be broken in, I recommend getting them wet, putting on a pair of socks, then blow drying them while you're wearing them. The leather will soften and reshape to your foot. I've done this before and it works!

If they're not leather though, the best advice it "wear them often and for a short period of time". So when you're around the house put them on for 15 minutes while you walk around, and once they start to hurt take them off. This way you stretch them little by little. You can also wear a pair of socks while you do this to stretch them out further and give your feet a little protection.

I've also heard that if you take a plastic bag, fill it with water, place it inside your shoe then put the shoe in the freezer, it will stretch (the water in the baggie will freeze and stretch the shoe without damaging it), but i've never tried this so can't defend its effectiveness.

The best product to use for flats though, in my opinion, is Bandaid Friction Block Stick (http://www.drugstore.com/band-aid-active-friction-block-stick/qxp163404) which looks like a mini-deodorant for your feet...you just roll it on your heels / around your toes and it creates a barrier between your feet and your shoes, so you don't get blisters! Works so well :)
Aug 28, 2013 @ 02:01 pm


I bought some lovely gel heel inserts from Walmart. They were close to the shoes, but I don't remember the brand. They worked so well. I would try some inserts. They cost about $7-10 and they'll save you a lot of pain.
Aug 30, 2013 @ 05:59 am

thank you!

I have a pair of leather flats that I will try the trick that involves getting them wet.
I've tried cushions before but they weren't gel types. Perhaps that would work better!
Thanks for the advice ladies!
Aug 30, 2013 @ 07:04 pm


Flats are bad for your feet lol
Sep 03, 2013 @ 07:07 pm

heels vs. flats debate

I read somewhere that all the time we spend in heels is damaging the tendons in our legs and that the reason flats hurt is because we aren't accustom to walking flat anymore. I guess it takes some getting used to, but having the right shoes help too, good luck finding them!
Sep 05, 2013 @ 06:21 am


Why don't you try a pair of incerts in them,in the heel part,just to give your shoes a little lift in the heel,or maybe your flats are too small or tight on your feet.Why don't you try getting your feet fitted properly the next time you're in the mood to go shoe shopping.Maybe the sales clerk might have some ideas.I hope this helps you.
Sep 15, 2013 @ 12:24 pm


I used to HATE flats because they hurt my feet so much! Now, I wear them all the time! Invest in some gel heal inserts and/or a pair of super low Liner Socks... There are a ton of different brands for both, they are all good in my opinion and they will be wonders for your achy feet! I am now in LOVE with my flats and always searching for cute new pairs!
Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

agree with wearing them and breaking them in....

When I get ANY new pair of dress shoes, I wear a thin pair of socks with them and do housework (dusting, sweeping) in them. That way, I take my foot through the full range of motion and I am simulating practically every move I would make during a "regular" day.

I also look for shoes that fit properly-and it took me a lot of time to find brands that work for me.

Good luck with your flats!
Sep 16, 2013 @ 03:58 pm


Thanks ladies! I think I'm going to try gel inserts, they seem to be more popular than the fabric ones (which have failed me!). I'm definitely going to try each of your suggestions.
Sep 16, 2013 @ 07:32 pm


Glad you will try some inserts, flats are cute but can give you long term foot, ankle and back pain. You may have to try a variety of inserts or invest in orthopedic dress shoe inserts but it will definitely save you problems in the future.
Nov 04, 2013 @ 08:58 pm

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