Try the custom AI to help you find products that Reddit loves.
Ouch. Let yourself heal up and maybe try something like this and see if it helps while you break them in:
BodyGlide Foot Anti Blister Balm, 0.80 oz (USA Sale Only) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00115UN9Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_X1HEGSNVVZRAX60GMZFH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Are they too small? You could get a shoe stretcher (they're like $30 on amazon), and try that. Can usually stretch both length and width.
Also try anti-chafe balm - meant for sports, but should work for anything that's chafing. I use it for distance running and it's great!
Yep! I think those who’ve never been aren’t aware of just how much walking they’ll do there. Especially since they’re the ones who are most likely to want to go everywhere and do as much as possible during their first visit.
I’d even go as far as recommending an anti-blister balm. I always bring one with me anytime I’m traveling to places where I think I’ll be doing a lot of walking. Nothing will ruin a vacation more than foot blister.
Woo hoo! She didn’t realize at first that the buckles have a few different holes to adjust them, so that’s something to point out.
She also swears by using this stuff for any points where there’s friction that might cause a blister. For her, that was on the back of her ankle.
BodyGlide Foot Anti Blister Balm, 0.80 oz (USA Sale Only) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00115UN9Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VM3ZG9TCZPR9168ZEDWY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Like others have said, with practice and time you will become more comfortable in them.
I used to get awful calluses and sores on my feet from wearing uncomfortable heels. I highly recommend applying Foot Glide (an anti-blister balm) all of your feet before wearing heels. It makes my feet feel much much better.
These loafers are my go-to comfy dressy-cazh shoe. Took a sec to break in (the ankle rubbed a little, nothing a bit of footglide couldn't fix), but they are so buttery soft and look great with everything.
Edit: Foot Glide! I love this stuff. Great for breaking in shoes and applying to rub spots. Band-Aid used to make a similar product, but they discontinued it.
I had the same issue, running socks and body glide for feet worked wonders
BodyGlide Foot Anti Blister Balm, 0.80 oz (USA Sale Only) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00115UN9Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_R87fFb5YK3PAW
She likes Smartwool socks. They are mix of wool and synthetic fibers. Good at wicking moisture from your feet making them less prone to blistering. If you experience blistering may also want to look at bodyglide. It's an anti-chafe bar to prevent blisters forming on areas that you're prone to get hotspots on feet. Another strategy to prevent blisters taking an extra pair of socks along. If the pair you're wearing get wet (from water or being to sweaty) you can change to the dry pair.
Cotton is a comfortable fabric for casual and short-term activities. But hikers learn to avoid wearing cotton when possible. You may hear hikers and backpackers use the saying "Cotton kills". What they mean is wet cotton close to your body leads to heat loss and may ultimately contribute to hypothermia. That's kind of an extreme example for someone just starting out. So for you, functionally you want fabric that will wick humidity away from your body. Especially from your feet. Moist feet are prone to hotspots that leads to skin blistering. Blisters require recovery time to heal meaning you'll walk less frequently. Here's an article explaining in more detail: https://sectionhiker.com/why-does-cotton-kill/#:~:text=If%20the%20air%20is%20colder,if%20you%20become%20too%20chilled.
You could also pick up something like this (or honestly just give straight up anti perspirant a try in the area where they rub)
That may discolor a suede shoe though
I love this stuff for breaking in shoes and rub spots!
I use this and haven't had a problem with foot blisters nearly as often