Do shoes worn bare foot ALWAYS hurt you?

(105 Posts)
LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:07:26

Or is it just me? I bought some loafers to wear sans socks and am busy wearing them in. Mate look askance! She never has this. Now I do have skinny long chicken feet so getting shoes that are slim enough is a big deal.

So here I am, wearing them with socks around the house as they pinch on my heels.

AM I alone?

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:07:51

These are leather qualidee shoes not any old shit

meditrina Mon 22-Apr-13 18:10:37

It happens to me all the time, and many a set of ripped heels or pinch-points near and on the toes have I suffered.

And now tend to wear fit flops year round (flip flops or boots, depending on temperature), with Converse (with socks) as alternate. Perhaps I'll surrender to crocs in places other than route to beach on holidays (whilst wearing purple).

VenusRising Mon 22-Apr-13 18:11:45

Sorry I never have this either, and I have narrow feet.

I buy in Ecco and Clarks, so only quallidee shoes and sandals here too.
Sometimes, I use powder in my shoes, but mostly not.

Maybe you have freakishly soft and dainty feet! ;)

VenusRising Mon 22-Apr-13 18:13:08

Will you use a stick to make music on the railings whilst wearing purple meditrina?

VenusRising Mon 22-Apr-13 18:14:54

Or am I barking up the wrong poem?

Somethingtothinkabout Mon 22-Apr-13 18:16:23

I always get sore heels, sometimes toes too sad But I have little clammy feet which probably doesn't help.

There is a Compeed stick you can buy that you rub on your feet on the pressure points and it provides a lot of relief I find, but generally, I need pop socks. <sobs>

FrugalFashionista Mon 22-Apr-13 18:20:27

It's easier to break them in with socks first, then start wearing them on bare feet (take blister plasters along). I also tend to buy 1/2 size too big and slip in washable cotton-coconut fiber insoles (I wear loafers frequently) - loafers and other closed shoes on bare feet can get really grotty. Oh and people in hot countries use talcum powder to dust feet. Stick deodorant can help too.

Lizzylou Mon 22-Apr-13 18:23:24

No, never have a problem.
I do have huge wide sashquat feet though.

meditrina Mon 22-Apr-13 18:27:34

Venusrising - shall we share the brandy?

bigTillyMint Mon 22-Apr-13 18:30:06

Shoes/trainers without socks/tights are grim. And I hate talcum powder!

Only sandals with out socks here.

yellowhousewithareddoor Mon 22-Apr-13 18:30:27

I can't find shoes I can wear bare foot. They rub or get sticky. Or just feel uncomfortable. Not great for summer dresses. . .

yellowhousewithareddoor Mon 22-Apr-13 18:30:52

I'm going to buy some walking Sandal types this year.

PlumSykes Mon 22-Apr-13 18:31:25

Yes, almost always. Is a bugger, isn't it?

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:32:14

Tilly. You lummock. You never wear bare feet with. Shoes?

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:32:43

Thanks for compeed tip

treaclesoda Mon 22-Apr-13 18:34:36

I get this too. I have paper thin skin the tops of my feet and my feet are covered in scars from where my feet have blistered, and it doesn't have to be barefoot either because I can even get blisters with socks and trainers. My podiatrist mentioned it, said she could see the scar tissue all over my feet. It can be agony - sightseeing in a hot country, for example, is a nightmare. Anti friction balm helps a bit but it feels horrible and clammy.

treaclesoda Mon 22-Apr-13 18:36:28

That post is barely readable. Sorry. Phone is being difficult, finding it hard to edit.

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:36:40

I wonder if its linked to skinny dry skin lizard feet

bigTillyMint Mon 22-Apr-13 18:37:08

No bare feet with shoes. Too painful.

But no socks with sandals. Yet.

And only no knickers with long dresses wink

JamEyelid Mon 22-Apr-13 18:38:03

I wore my new Clarks loafers to town the other day. I didn't want to wear my new DM's as they aren't broken in yet. I though I would be safe wearing them.

Sat here now with 6 blister plasters on.

awkwardsis Mon 22-Apr-13 18:38:23

Only after they've been broken in. You are straying dangerously close to old lady pop sock territory you know...

awkwardsis Mon 22-Apr-13 18:39:03

Before they've been broken in rather. Am clearly ahead of you in the senility stakes

KansasCityOctopus Mon 22-Apr-13 18:43:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Startail Mon 22-Apr-13 18:43:38

Sandals, boots or trainers with socks. All other shoes, with or without out socks hurt!

Every time I see someone in ballet pumps I'm envy when it's my own 12y DD I'm very jealous indeed.

awkwardsis Mon 22-Apr-13 18:44:07

I don't sweat, I glow

greenhill Mon 22-Apr-13 18:45:22

I am a delicate flower and always wear socks with my shoes. I will make an exception for sandals with bare feet in the summer, if I have broken them in over several months. Otherwise I could walk from the front door to our drive and come out in blisters.

I have skinny feet and have tried the bare feet balm, but it just makes my feet slide out of my sandals...

Chandon Mon 22-Apr-13 18:46:00

Use a bit of talcum powder daily, keeps them smelling fesh, and dry so less rubbing.

It should not be necessary to break shoes in, good shoes should not be hard or have painful edges. Good shoes are hard to find. Made in Italy usually means better fitting shoes, imo.

And the lining has to be leather or fabric, faux leather inside means sweat and rub and paon.

LivesInLegoland Mon 22-Apr-13 18:46:37

Couple of odd tips which might help ! Try rubbing the inside of the shoe where it hurts with the back of a teaspoon or rub Vaseline on the inside of the shoe. Both seem to soften up the shoe so it doesn't pinch.

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:55:39

mine are the clarks ones - tassel

look nice with me primark jeans

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:55:51

or is it tassle?

no puter says no

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 18:56:56

you lot seem to ooze body fluids from every orifice.
I dont gush vaginal fluid out at the gym into my capris OR sweat of hoof unless its over 25 degrees

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 19:00:47

SHould have read reviews - loads of folk complaining about them rubbing

I am a dullard, buy in haste....

badguider Mon 22-Apr-13 19:02:00

yes, always. the skin on my feet is very soft - i guess because i wear 'comfortable' shoes most of the time and don't often wear slip-ons. also i do walk a lot - at least a few miles a day minimum.

i have only found one or two pairs of sandals i can wear to walk around all day long on a very hot day and they are relatively ugly to be honest.
Even things like birkenstocks i can only wear on a day i'm not walking as much as usual.

This summer (pregnant) i'm going to try converse with little low-top cotton socks.

JamEyelid Mon 22-Apr-13 19:03:31

The Angelica Slice?

I'm going to pay more attention to what things are called in future as they are definitely slicing into me!

vitaminC Mon 22-Apr-13 19:08:21

I always wear new shoes in first by wearing them with socks around the house for at least a week before I venture out with them sockless...

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 19:09:29

ditto slice

yellowhousewithareddoor Mon 22-Apr-13 19:11:00

I've got converse. Only good with jeans or trousers though aren't they? What do you do with skirts and dresses. . .

ZolaBuddleia Mon 22-Apr-13 19:14:17

All these descriptions of feet are making me feel queasy.

bulletproofgerbil Mon 22-Apr-13 19:42:38

I've never found any shoes/trainers/pumps that I find don't rub or feel unpleasant without socks/tights. Sandals I can usually get sorted after a huge search for something that doesn't rub somewhere.

badguider Mon 22-Apr-13 21:45:03

I think you can wear converse with leggings under a skirt or dress. Am pregnant so got no skirts right now, but some dresses that will go with leggings.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 22-Apr-13 22:56:03

All the time. Cut my feet only yesterday on some pink Nine Wests. Had to stop at Sainsbos for plasters and literally hobbled to the pharmacy bit.

VenusRising Tue 23-Apr-13 10:58:26

Brandy sounds great meditrina! Cheers!

If your feet sweat, you can always spray em with deodorant/ antiperspirant, or rub a pit rock on them.
Soaking them in alum (get it in the chemist, it's what pit rock is made from) is also very good for getting rid of sweatiness, and it toughens up the skin a bit too.

Look a bunch of flowers flowers because its spring x

VenusRising Tue 23-Apr-13 10:58:57

Ha ha Zola LOL

spaghettina Tue 23-Apr-13 11:49:23

I have the same problem- my feet aren't particularly sweaty, I think the problem is very thin, soft skin and weird knobbly heel bones.

I tend to wear boots whenever I can get away with it. New shoes are always agony, even with socks, and even those Made in Italy i.e. most of the shoes I own - not to mention sandals!
As for Converse - they're mostly comfortable but only with thick enough socks.

Plathism Tue 23-Apr-13 12:33:45

ALL shoes worn with bare feet (even flip flops) give me instant blisters. Except French Sole Harriets, but that's probably because they are so tiny and low cut there's not much leather there to rub you. I have small, narrow, weakling feet.

freddiefrog Tue 23-Apr-13 12:43:39

Occasionally, the ones that are causing me the most grief at the moment are a pair of Clarkes brogues.

They've given me a couple of blisters but they're still quite new so I'm persevering with them whilst carrying plasters around with me

YoniOno Tue 23-Apr-13 12:58:26

I wouldn't wear brogues or similar with bare feet. But ballerinas, always, most of them don't hurt as long as I buy decent ones that aren't too small and are leather.

They do stink by halfway through the summer though, will def try talcum (I can use the baby powder Mil insisted I needed that's gathering dust)

fedupofnamechanging Tue 23-Apr-13 13:05:03

I buy insoles for my ballerinas and just change them regularly to stop the shoes from going manky.

My shoes always hurt - even expensive ones. Have some lovely Dune open toe ones to break in. They look gorgeous but are so bloody uncomfortable I can barely hobble around the house in them. Still, I won't give up!

ComeAlongPond Tue 23-Apr-13 13:12:12

Have you tried Toms? They look so flimsy but they are dead comfy and don't feel thin on the soles at all. They're so soft on the shoe part though and don't rub. I think they're bringing out some ballet pump style ones too which might be a bit daintier?

I've had mine for about a year and I've worn them almost every day. Including on two impromptu hikes, about six miles over hills and fields each way - I wore them both times and they held up and are still going strong.

Not uber-glamorous, but better than some options!

InSync Tue 23-Apr-13 13:26:53

Yes! I thought it was only me with super sensitive feet.

April-June I have blistering weeping sores all over my feet, look like I have foot rot

July - September usually have hardened up, with scabs and calluses.

Doesn't matter what shoes I wear even super comfy birkenstocks do it.

FWIW I have short wide feet and they aren't sweaty, in fact they're usually cold but not lizardy.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 13:54:02

I'm another with super duper sensitive feet. I envy people who can flit around sockless in their flats without having massively sweaty and blistered feet.

I might try the soaking them in alum tip that was mentioned earlier but blisterwise I think I just have delicate crappy skin.

Mrsrobertduvall Tue 23-Apr-13 13:58:15

Oh I struggle with shoes..long narrow feet here.
Wore brand new ones yesterday, uber expensive, and they rubbed my heel. And I was in the car.

I have started looking longingly at JosefnSeibel type sandals and thinking how comfy they look.

woozlebear Tue 23-Apr-13 15:54:11

Oh fellow sufferers!! The ONLY thing I can wear without socks for any kind of actual walking is Birkenstocks, and even with them my 5th pair, purchased last summer, torments me and gives me blisters on the SOLE of my foot. angry. Flip flops are agony for anything other than poolside shuffling. Even some fugly hiking sandals (of which I have many, and I don't care) with oodles of soft padded fabric lining bits give me blisters in really hot weather! I love winter. Boots and thick socks nearly always work. My feet are ridiculous hysterical prima donnas. I hate them. For 6 months of the year I have to carry emergency socks and plasters with me at all times. It's ludicrous. Pop socks are no help whatsoever with a shoe determined to hurt me.

There are a few very very very very soft ballet pumps with fabric trim and suede inners that I can wear bare footed but I mostly keep them for inside the office as they're so precious I dread wearing them out. Last year Accessorize started doing some like that, but until then I used to buy them in Spain every year. (Btw, Spanish shoes beat Italian hands down for people like us).

My feet aren't especially sweaty when treated properly, but anything with synthetic inners will make them very sweaty indeed and cause instant blisterage. I don't think they're especially narrow...

greenhill Tue 23-Apr-13 19:57:44

I wear Josef Ziebel comfort shoes too. I wore their tan leather brogues today. It is getting warmer though and I knew that I'll have to transfer to sandals soon. Sob.

I have never worn flip flops and anything with a thong between the toes would have my feet raw and bleeding in moments.

Chandon Wed 24-Apr-13 17:15:15

Agree about Spanish shoes, pikolinos are good.

woozle, i have same feet as you sad

Yep I have v sensitive feet. I have to wear my feet in for flip flops every year.

Yes I know I could just not wear them, but that would be sensible wink

MinnesotaNice Wed 24-Apr-13 17:27:14

Can't you just wear shoe liners? In most cases, even with ballet shoes, you can't see them and it looks like you are barefoot. Just in case though, I buy them in nude. I find it keeps the blisters at bay.
YY to Toms though. Sooo comfortable. Don't even need shoe liners with those.

Tbh I'm so used to having a plaster somewhere on my feet most of the time that I forget

Pop socks etc wouldn't make a difference for me

CeeceeBloomingdale Wed 24-Apr-13 17:52:44

All shoes leave me in agony until the moment they look ugly and start falling apart then they become ultracomfy. I buy good quality shoes, always leather. My friend wears cheap, plastic stilettos constantly but doesn't suffer. S'not fair

BitOutOfPractice Wed 24-Apr-13 17:59:25

You lot are wimps. It's only pain <hardcore>

Yep - backs of heels get enormous blisters. Little toes are usually covered in blisters too.

Rocket dog and other "pumps" (or whatever they're called) make my feet really, really sweaty (not even sweaty. Wet) and really sore. I've yet to have any shoes of that style which don't smell like I've got a dead mouse in the shoe as well as my feet. <overshares>

Dr Martens were always the worst - I used to say that your feet had to break into the shoes. I bought some gorgeous high heel ones a few years ago and wore them for a day trip to London. By the end of the day I was seriously considering just walking through London barefoot. They came off on the train and nearly went out of the window.

MinnesotaNice Wed 24-Apr-13 18:00:28

it's not about sweaty feet for me, though, it happens with leather sandals too

i'm just a pathetic weed

FrugalFashionista Wed 24-Apr-13 18:32:02

Re: shoe liners, I can't tell how many of them I've seen in the past few days. They, um, are not invisibile - other people will always see parts of them peeking out. I think they and nude nylon popsocks and beige underwear will kill your sex life grin.

I think there is no good middle ground here - bite the bullet and go barefoot or find tights or socks that look good on you.

yellowhousewithareddoor Wed 24-Apr-13 18:53:14

But what do you end up wearing with skirts? Or in summer in general? I've just looked in Clarks and lots of ballet pumps and lovely shoes that would look silly with socks.

libertychick Wed 24-Apr-13 22:41:15

Another sensitive foot person here - all shoes hurt me. Takes weeks to break them in and I wince at the thought of wearing closed shoes without socks or tights. I keep fabric plasters in my handbag at all times.

I have never found shoe liners that don't stick out. I wear tights or popsocks and grin at frugal saying popsocks ruin your sex life - the trick is to make them the last thing you put on and the first you take off and never, ever wear them with a skirt!

snoworneahva Thu 25-Apr-13 06:07:02

Would normally add my feet to this list, i get blisters even from shoes and sandals i have previously broken in but I have discovered the holy grail of sandals - Saltwater - they are the only sandals never to blister my feet from new. They say in the blurb on the box - in the unlikely event these sandals rub your feet and cause sore spots, get them wet and allow them to dry on you feet - sort of the 501 equivalent of sandals - I didn't even need to do that. I love them so much I've ordered a second pair!

AgathaF Thu 25-Apr-13 08:42:52

Oh, so I'm not the only one then????

Skinny, long, thin-skinned feet here too. In summer, if I'm going to be walking further that say, a cm, I take a big bag and 2 spare pairs of flip-flops to rotate the pain areas. Also, these are fairly super too, although not perfect by a long way - here.

I don't think comfortable footwear exists really. Well, my walking boots are comfy with very thick socks on, but that's about it, and they just don't look right with dresses.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 25-Apr-13 08:44:02

I have just googled saltwater sandals!! I need eye bleach! Are you actually legally allowed to wear them over the age of 3?!?!

badguider Thu 25-Apr-13 08:59:22

actully in brown, white or black, i think they look very italian/spanish and quite classic.

and if you look the women's are definitely 'finer' with thinner leather and soles than the children's.

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 10:11:27

I have the most sensitive heels ever. Summer is a pain for me because of my shoe dilemma, at least in the Winter I can just wear my ankle boots and wedge trainers. I just can't wear anything with a back. I end up hobbling around the place within the hour with bleeding and blistered heels no matter how cheap or expensive the shoes. I wore my Converse the other day for the school run and had an enormous blister on my heels by the time I got home an hour later, and that was with thick socks!! I have tried Geox loafers, Ecco pumps, Rockport deck shoes, oh so many different brands and styles! This summer I will accept the fact that I must wear open backed sandals. I have a pair of Fly sandals with an open back and these are comfy but a bit high. I wouldn't be power walking in them, that's for sure..I did see a pair of gladiator sandals in Clarks yesterday, they look super comfy so may consider these.

squoosh Thu 25-Apr-13 10:42:44

Awwww I quite like saltwater sandals.

I think this pair are gorgeous

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 10:48:58

Oh they are cute!! And that's how I'd wear them too! Dare I try a pair!!

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 10:57:19

Would they look daft on size 8 trotters??

snoworneahva Thu 25-Apr-13 11:03:40

I thought the Saltwater sandals they looked a bit geeky from pics, i think alexa chung is a fan but they are cut beautifully, the ankle strap is high and reminds me slightly of a gladiator sandal. I have gold and I love them so much. I want to buy a pair for dd too, she has requested pink. It's great to be wearing sandals that actually buckle up rather than slip on.

squoosh Thu 25-Apr-13 11:08:11

AndTwoBits you should definitely get a pair, I know I'm going to!

Yonihadtoask Thu 25-Apr-13 11:08:49

I like the look of the Saltwater sandals. I bet they are narrow fitting?
I have chunky feet. Sturdy some may say grin

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 11:12:16

The red are adorable and would go with most of my wardrobe.. Oh the temptation..And the dream of comfort..

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 11:32:27

Right I've only gone and done it. They better feel like slippers on my poor feet!!

yellowhousewithareddoor Thu 25-Apr-13 12:03:19

I'm tempted. Any real shops sell them that I can try them on? Or its walking sandals for me . . .

AgathaF Thu 25-Apr-13 13:53:09

Hmm, they look nice in that picture, but I bet she has dainty size 5s.

I always feel so clompy on holiday, plodding around in my varried assortment of padded-style flip flops, whilst the local elegant women trot about on dainty, strappy heels.

yellowhousewithareddoor Thu 25-Apr-13 15:32:17

I can't do flip flops - can't keep them on at the back and can't stand anything in between my toes.... they hurt sad

yellowhousewithareddoor Thu 25-Apr-13 15:51:13

I'm thinking about these -

Not sure about taupe or pink for fun. They'd be mainly with jeans but I guess would pass with a dress...

LadyMountbatten Thu 25-Apr-13 15:52:09



LadyMountbatten Thu 25-Apr-13 15:52:33

Stop infecting my thread grin

woozlebear Thu 25-Apr-13 16:04:08

I've been desperately trying to involve what a wardrobe would contain that would mean those red Saltwater sandals would go with everything in it....I just can't. Surely you'd have to actually be Alexa Chung or Taylor Swift to carry them off?

(I say this as someone who possesses not one iota of funk, and cannot carry anything like that off without looking like a scary child from a horror film).

woozlebear Thu 25-Apr-13 16:12:48

If you're hankering after hiking sandals, I highly recommend taking up hiking and going on nothing but hiking holidays. Excellent method of being able to look truly frightful but be disgracefully comfy, yet not elicit any judgy looks. I also want a dog, mainly for this reason, You can wear all kinds of nonsense and as long as you have a dog in tow, all is forgiven.

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 17:04:34

Well they will hopefully go with my navy skinny jeans, which I wear all year with red/grey/navy/cream/black t shirts. That's pretty much my wardrobe! I hope to buy a few maxi dresses with short sleeves this year too to add to the mix but that's another thread..I'm taller than Alexa and a sixe 12 so a good bit bigger than her but I hope I can carry them off!

AndTwoBits Thu 25-Apr-13 17:05:04

Size 12 that is..

AgathaF Thu 25-Apr-13 17:19:16

That's very true woozle, apart from when you bump into droves of fellow dog walkers in their bloody Hunter wellies grin. That makes my teeth grind.

herbaceous Thu 25-Apr-13 18:54:51

Gah. Stepped out today in shoes with no hose for the first time this year, and was doing well for a few hours. But limped home with red-raw balls of my feet. What's that about? The rest of my feet were fine. The shoes were leather-lined, and everything. Surely it can't be time for popsocks?

snoworneahva Thu 25-Apr-13 19:00:57

I have a pair of wedged camper sandals I love, I paid £80 for them and I can't wear them for longer than 5mins. sad

BitOutOfPractice Thu 25-Apr-13 19:46:07

THank god the OP came back and talked sense. They are VILE.

Sorry I'm not really

valiumredhead Fri 26-Apr-13 08:29:43

Foot Silk spray is what you need and use Vaseline for any bits that rub.

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 26-Apr-13 11:44:42

I have boots on again today.
Problem solved.

AndTwoBits Mon 29-Apr-13 16:39:45

Well my Saltwater sandals arrived this avo and they are gorgeous! I got the red originals. They go lovely with indigo skinny jeans rolled up and if I get some maxi dresses this year they should go with them too. I have pottered round the house in them for a few hrs now and no rubbing or sore bits but I have been lulled into a false sense of security this way before but I am hopeful these will be my every day of summer shoes now! Fingers crossed..

snoworneahva Mon 29-Apr-13 16:44:20

So pleased! Mine were very snug and I was convinced the blisters would appear and packed plasters just in case but all was fine. I love my red ones, love my gold ones

poozlepants Mon 29-Apr-13 16:54:35

I was going to buy a lovely pair of tan loafers but was worried about the whole blister thing. Saw a cheap copy in Deichmann which weren't so beautiful but were so soft.
After this thread I'm off to buy the cheapo ones that won't blister me aching feet.
I have a very ugly pair of hiking sandals which I wear every summer- they are so comfy and no blisters. They also balance out my ginormous calves.

EuroShaggleton Mon 29-Apr-13 16:59:31

I have the same problem, OP. But my feet are broad so a different shape to yours. They are just so delicate! Everything rubs. Usually it is my 4th toe that gets most battered, but flip flops rub on the bar as it heads towards my instep and between my toes!

AndTwoBits Mon 29-Apr-13 17:01:35

Ooh gold ya say?! I am hankering after silver ones too! I shall make do with this pair for now to be sure they are indeed pain free and then I might just have to take another look at the website!! 4 days from ordering from the UK to Ireland is pretty good service too.

ItsintheBag Mon 29-Apr-13 17:29:14

I have the same, my wide size 7 which to look at are anything but dainty,
blister in everything.
I only wear clarkes/hush puppies due to blistering/pinching.I feel your pain.
My sister could wear broken glass shoes and not have a problem envy

Jenijena Mon 29-Apr-13 21:23:57

Size 8s, which, since pregnancy, seem to have changed shape even more. My feet hurt so much if I don't wear socks. I also Don't Do Sandals as I hate toes (anyone's, not just mine). I'm still nursing sore fourth toes from my traditional pair of 'comfy work shoes for summer' which I wore on Thursday.

Does anyone else get the inner sole wrinkle, where the soles end up giving you mahoosive blisters? The slightest wrinkle of an inner sole and that's it, they have to go.

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