How to Break in Heels Fast

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High heels, with their sleek curves, add a feminine touch to your outfit. If you've purchased a pair of brand-new heels, you'll need to break them in before wearing them to get the most comfortable fit. Wearing your new heels for about an hour each day will eventually break them in, but if you're in a hurry, you can help speed up the process.

Step 1

Scuff up the soles of your high-heeled shoes by rubbing them with coarse sandpaper. This will make them less slippery, so you'll have an easier time walking and breaking them in. If you'd rather not scuff up the soles, apply no-slip pads to the bottoms of your shoes.

Step 2

Wear socks with your high heels to help stretch out the sides and toe areas. Don't use very thin socks, because they won't stretch out the shoes enough. Dampen your socks very slightly with water first, if you wish.

Step 3

Apply moleskin bandages to your feet before wearing the heels. Put the moleskin on the parts of your feet that get chafed and blistered by the shoes. For extra cushioning, soak your feet in lukewarm water to make the moleskin expand. Dry your feet off well before putting on the heels.

Step 4

Soften up your heels with heated air from a hair dryer for about three minutes. While the shoes still feel warm, bend their sides out.

Step 5

Insert a shoe stretcher into each heel. Shoe stretchers are designed to fit most high heels, and they'll stretch out the sides and toe areas. After inserting the shoe stretchers, leave them in overnight.