How Not to Get Blisters From Shoes

Picture this: It’s finally warm enough to retire those salt-stained winter boots for new spring shoes, but the back of your heel gets a blister before you make it to the front door. You persevere because you long to feel the sun on your self-tanned ankles. So you start walking on your tiptoes, and your entire foot squishes into the front half of the shoe. And then, what’s that? A blister ON YOUR TOES?! Now you are stranded and cranky and vow to never leave the house again.

Well, I just learned a day-saving trick: If you dab some chapstick on the back of your heels (or wherever you usually get blisters from shoes), it forms a shield, reducing friction altogether. There’s a Foot Anti-Blister Balm available, but I’ve found that a tube of Burt’s Bees works wonders and lasts for hours. Have you ever tried it? (I’m definitely taking some on my next trip, too.)

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(Photo by Everlane via Instagram. Shirt by Everlane, similar jeans here.)