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21 Helpful Hacks That'll Make Your Shoes More Comfortable

Saving your feet one step at a time.

Because no one wants to look like this:

1. Cover your flip flops straps in fabric. / Via

Take the "rub" out of rubber flip flops.

2. Sandpaper the soles of unworn shoes for better traction. / Via

And much less falling down.

3. Tape your third and fourth toe together to hack high heels. / Via

Sounds weird? Using medical tape relieves strain on the nerve between toes three and four, preventing pain in the ball of your foot.

4. Quiet squeaking shoes with baby powder. / Via

Squeaking is usually caused by parts of the shoe rubbing against each other. Just lift the inner sole of the shoe and sprinkle baby powder underneath.

5. Banish your blisters with clear gel deodorant. / Via

Decrease friction and increase your ability to dance all night.

6. Stretch your shoes the professional way. / Via

Cut out the cobbler with your very own shoe stretcher. Plus, it's super weird looking.

7. Widen the shafts of boots with leather stretch spray and newspaper.

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Bonus hack: Use rubbing alcohol for a cheaper alternative to store-bought stretch spray.

8. Fix worn-down heels with instant heel caps. / Via

Goodbye, rolled ankles.

9. Stop the slip with DIY Innersoles . / Via

Be sure to pick a thicker, non-silky fabric for extra grip.

10. Make life better for both toes and nose with unused tea bags. / Via

Smelly feet, smelly feet, it's not your fault.

11. Shorten heels for extra relief. / Via

Up to an inch can be taken off of most heels without ruining the shoe. For best results, leave the shortening to the professionals.

12. Un-cramp toe boxes in the freezer. / Via

Water + baggie + freezer = finally putting middle school science to good use.

13. Use moleskin to cushion tight shoe straps. / Via

For longer-lasting results, stick moleskin to the shoe rather than to your skin.

14. Prevent slippage with heel grips. / Via

Because there's enough scar tissue on the back of your heels.

15. Combine wooly socks and a blowdryer for painless breaking in.

Bonus points for warm feet while shoe-hacking.

16. Repair torn and ragged heel linings with denim. / Via

Attach patches with glue, or sew them in for extra hold.

17. Save your soles with gel arch inserts.

No pain, all gain.

18. Make your sneakers extra comfy with this shoelace pattern.

19. Keep feet dry by waterproofing cloth shoes. / Via

Because wet shoes should be none of your beeswax.

20. To hack before you even buy, try on shoes in the afternoon or evening.

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Feet can swell up to a half size bigger by the end of the day.

21. But if preventative measures are too late, soak blistered feet in tea. / Via

The anti-inflammatories in green tea will soothe both blisters and tired feet. #Science.