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How to Break in Your Prom Heels


So after days of searching, endless trying on, and a million pictures sent to friends for approval, you finally found the perfect shoes for prom. They are totally you, and go perfectly with your prom dress. Now, as the big night approaches, you are worried about your shoes (no matter how fabulous) not being very kind to your feet. The key to making your shoes dance floor ready is breaking them in. Being shoe enthusiasts, here at Faviana we looked into some ways you can make your heels more comfortable for prom night.

Here are our very best tips for How to Break in Your Prom Heels!

1. Wear Them

Sarah Jessica Parker Wearing Shoes in her Boutique
Credit: @sarahjessicaparker on Instagram

The most obvious way to break in shoes is to wear them! Try to wear them around the house whenever you think of it. Even wear them for a night out, but be sure you don’t scuff them up while out on the town. When wearing them in the house, put on a pair of big fuzzy socks to try to stretch them out that way.

2. Freeze Them

Freezer Hack to break in your shoes for Prom
Credit: @samswhurld on Instagram

This is an old school hack for stretching out shoes, but there is usually wisdom in old tricks! Layer two plastic bags and fill them with water, be sure to test them for any holes before putting them in your shoes. Once you are sure that they will not leak, put the bags in each shoe, and place them in the freezer. As water expands when it freezes, this will stretch your shoes equally throughout, without damaging your shoes. When removing them from the freezer, be sure to place them in a room temperature space so they did not warm up to quickly.

3. Heat Them Up

Using a hairdryer to stretch out and break in your shoes
Credit: @dysonhair on Instagram

The opposite of the above tip works well also, heat them up! Use a blow dryer to heat up your shoes for a few minutes, as this will make the material more pliable, and use your hands to stretch or bend the shoes a few times. You can even heat them up then put them on to use your foot to stretch, just be sure it is not too hot. If you are wearing a plastic or rubber based shoe, make sure to only heat on a medium setting as to not damage the material.

4. Padding

Shoe Padding to Break In Your Prom Shoes
Credit: on Instagram

This is a great trick for last minute breaking in. When you go to wear your prom shoes see where the shoe might rub on your foot, and do some preventative padding. Use a material like moleskin or even padded bandaids, this will stop blisters before they happen. Also look into using a gel stick on patch under the heel, or inside the toe to add comfort to super high heels.

5. Have a Back Up Plan

Hot Pink Heels and Nike Dunks Aesthetic for Prom
Credit: @georgia.mayyy on Instagram

If all else fails, and you know your shoes are going to still be uncomfortable but are still dying to wear them, here are a few tips for preventing discomfort the day of. Pack your clutch with a few prom night essentials for shoe comfort, like bandaids or tape. Before putting your shoes on, try dabbing vasaline on spots that might be rubbed by the shoe, this will also help for getting shoes on easily.

Another trick is to tape your middle toes together, usually the 3rd and 4th toe works best, as this will help your toes from getting squeezed. If all else fails, pack a pair of flats in your bag for prom night. Take all your photos in the heels, and then slip into something a little more comfortable for dinner and dancing.


Us girls know the struggle of battling pain for beauty,  but they are some ways to help make your prom night a little more comfortable. You do not want to be worrying about how your feet feel on the big night!

Do you have a fool-proof shoe hack? What tricks are you planning to use on prom night? Let us know by commenting below or by tagging us on Instagram @Faviana_NY & Twitter @FavianaNY.


Faviana Team

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