If you’ve purchased a pair of Dansko clogs and noticed that they hurt the top of your feet, you are not alone.
Danskos hurt the top of the feet of many women with high arches because although the shoe actually fits, the throat is relatively narrow due to the vamp being too low.
For some people, taking the time to break them in might work, however, this may take weeks and some women have even said it never gets better. Constantly working through the pain will not only lead to extreme discomfort, but you could develop permanent or long-term damage.
Furthermore, most of the home remedies you find online are hit or miss, and they’re usually a miss for Danskos with this problem. The following 4 approaches are the most reliable ones you can take if you want real results:
1. Return or Exchange
The first thing you can do is return the shoes and request a different style or brand. Going one size up may not address the problem and it may even just transfer the discomfort to a different part of the shoe so it’s just better to switch the shoe entirely if you can. This is a known problem faced by many women.
Below are alternatives to Dansko shoes that may work out better for you:
2. Take it to a shoe repairman
Shoe repairmen do more than just fix busted shoes. They can also help you adjust your brand new shoes to create a more comfortable fit.
If you don’t know any shoe repairmen, just google “shoe repair near me”. In fact, just click here and you’ll be taken to the results page.
3. DIY Shoe StretcherThere’s a gadget for everything nowadays and this is no different. A shoe stretcher is a small tool that can be used to free up the vamp (or another part) of your Danskos so you don’t have to go through weeks of pain, hoping that it will loosen up.
With a shoe stretcher, all you have to do is place the device in the shoe, turn the knob until the stretcher is snug; make another turn or two and then leave it in place for 12 to 24 hours.
4. Shoe Stretching LiquidShoe stretching liquid is an underpublicized, inexpensive life hack for loosening shoes without having to go through the break-in process.
It can be used on a long list of materials including leather, and one bottle can easily last several uses so you can share with family members or apply to those shoes that are a little tight, but bearable. The spray works by loosening the fibers in the material, making it much more susceptible to stretching.
All you have to do is spray the upper and underside of the vamp of your Danskos with the shoe stretching liquid before walking around with them and the vamp will quickly adjust, loosening the pressure on the top of your foot. Some people only need to do the process once, however, depending on how tight the shoes are to begin with, you may need to do it more than once.
If you don’t want to walk around in the clogs to loosen then, you can use the shoe stretcher overnight.
Have you, or will you be trying any of these?
Let us know in the comments below! We’re excited to hear your results!