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Ah, yes. That age-old question: How in the world do you break in new shoes without damaging your feet?

Alright, here’s how to go about breaking in shoes:

It depends on which kind of shoes you are talking about. If you are referring to something along the lines of Sperry’s or TOMS, where the material in fairly supple, the breaking-in phase should be fairly quick and relatively painless. However, if you are talking about a leather shoe, or even a pair of heels, that is a different story.

When it comes to personal experience, I myself like to get the breaking-in over with as soon as possible. That is, I will slap those new shoes right on and wear them all day for a day or two. Uncomfortable? Yes, but I’ve found that its the fastest way of getting shoes worn in. This method also decreases the risk of pain in the future, which means you only have endure such discomfort for a day, two at the max. After that, you’re home free!

The other option is to take it slow. Got a new pair of heels you’re desperate to take for a spin? Slip them on for a couple sit-down dinner dates, or another occasion where you would otherwise spend most of your time sitting. This ensures that your foot gets in there and stretches out the shoe, but you do not have to deal with the pain of standing for hours in brand spankin’ new stilettos. Keep in mind, however, that this process takes significantly longer than the one above. It is still just as effective, but it will be a few weeks before you can wear your new pair of shoes whenever, wherever.

Lastly, there is, of course, the tried-and-true method of wearing your new beauties around the house 24/7. I have never utilized the strategy, as I’m a barefoot girl at heart and like to slip my shoes off at the door. However, if this sounds good to you, feel free to go this route. If anything, it does ensure that no matter how raw those new shoes make your feet, only you will be around to see them. (Hey, dignity, right?)

I hope that you found this helpful! Now get to breaking in those gorgeous shoes!