4 Summer Shoe Problems [Solved]

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Keep your feet happy this summer with four easy fixes!The summer is the best time to lay aside those painful three-inch heels in favor of cute and supportive seasonal footwear. In short, it should be a great time for you to free your feet—so long as these top summer foot troubles don’t drag you down. Read on for our top 4 summer foot bummers (and how to solve them!)

1. Blisters: Sweaty feet and lots of non-leather shoes can add up to major shoe rubbing—and blisters! To avoid, apply stick deodorant to danger spots like the backs of your heels and the outsides of your big toes, before putting on your shoes. The deodorant will act as a barrier against friction.

2. Stinky Shoes: Sweaty feet not only cause blisters, they also smell! If you want to avoid this pitfall of summer, spraying a bit of dry shampoo in your shoes before wearing them will help soak up some of the odor-causing moisture from your feet. What it won’t do, however, is kill bacteria, so if athlete’s foot is a concern for you (and it should be) you may want to invest in an anti-fungal spray for your shoes as well.

3. Too-Tight Sandal Straps: Thong and sandal straps have a tendency to cut into skin when not well-fitted—here’s an awesome hack from Glamour mag that battles this little problem: fill a plastic bag with water, seal it, and pop it into your shoes. Leave them in the freezer over night, and voilà! Your shoes have been stretched. Of course, once you stretch your shoes, you can't "un-stretch" them, so make sure it really needs doing before you try this plan out.

4. Slippery Sandals: Flip-flops and other pool shoes have almost no traction (yet another reason why they should never be long-term footwear) so slipping beside the pool while wearing them is a very real risk. To help avoid this pitfall, rub the soles of your new shoes lightly with sandpaper or, even easier, score the soles in an X pattern with a pair of scissors.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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