3 Tips to Keep Your Boots Blister-Free

Try these tricks so cute boots like these won't kill your feet!Houston might as well be known as boot town—between our city’s love of all things Rodeo and fashion-forward sensibilities, this favorite form of footwear is seen everywhere around here.

But when you factor in the hot, humid weather, and the difficulty involved in finding that perfectly-fitting boot, these foot favorites can leave you with some awfully un-fun blisters, corns and/or calluses. Want to beat the rub? Try some of these great tips I saw on Bustle. Go Texan!

  1. Plan ahead: If you know your boots rub you in certain spots (ideally you’d toss them, but realistically you won’t, so instead…) cover those areas with band-aids or other padding before pulling your kicks on for the day. Choose a strip with some staying power, like Band Aid Tough Strips, or the fix will peel right off and leave you unprotected.
  2. Start sprinkling: Part of the reason we get blisters more often in Texas is the humidity: the moisture created by our sweat creates more friction between our feet and shoes. Try sprinkling some cornstarch in your shoes and socks to suck up the moisture and stop the rubbing before problems arise.
  3. Stretch!: If your boots are rubbing because they are too tight, you can make them bigger. Take them to a pro for some hard-core stretching, or DIY at home by blow-drying some socks, putting them on and then wearing your boots. The heat will from the socks will help expand the leather of the boots (be careful not to get burned on this one!)
Fit should come before fashion when you pick out your boots or other shoes, but I know that’s not always the case. If your favorite footwear has left your feet in agony, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider so you can find some relief.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.