How to Break in Heels Fast

by Melissa King

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Items you will need

  • Coarse sandpaper or no-slip pads
  • Socks
  • Moleskin
  • Hair dryer
  • Shoe stretcher


  • If you don't own a shoe stretcher, try using a large potato to stretch your heels instead. Peel the potato before inserting it into your shoe. When inserted, the potato should cause the shoe to bulge. If it doesn't, use a bigger potato.
  • You can also take your heels to a shoe store and ask a worker to stretch the shoes for you. This typically takes just a few minutes, so it's a better option if you're in a hurry to wear the heels.


  • If you develop a blister or cut on your foot from the shoes, don't wear heels again until the wound has healed completely.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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