5 Signs It’s Fall In New England…And A Fix For Too-Tight Shoes!
1. People are FREAKING OUT about pumpkin-flavored everything being back at Dunkin Donuts.
2. You leave the house in the morning and immediately regret not having a jacket but think you’ll be ok just for today because you’re too lazy to go back at this point and it kinda feels like quitting.
3. Your cat, whom you had assumed was pulling the night shift at the tuna factory all summer, suddenly makes her presence known by trying to get under the covers every morning about thirty minutes before your alarm goes off.
4. The T is full of students who talk really loud and don’t know how to hold on yet.
5. You’re hobbling a bit from forcing your carefree summer sandal feet back into stiff and pinchy flats that you knew didn’t fit quite right when you bought them.
Let’s address that last one. Last week, I was window shopping after work before meeting Conor and a friend for a couple of drinks when one of my sandals completely broke. I knew they were on their last legs but didn’t expect one to completely separate at the toe, leaving me with just an ankle strap. After attempting to make it to the T and getting wacky looks from passerby as I shuffled and flapped along at a snail’s pace, I called Conor to come pick me up. Long story short, I ended up grabbing a cheap pair of flats from Target so I’d still be able to get a cocktail (no shirt, no shoes, no service, you know?).
I hate spending money on stuff that I don’t love and is guaranteed to fall apart in a matter of weeks but I didn’t really have a choice. As an added bonus, I got blisters walking from the car to the bar because they were too tight in the toes and dug into my ankles. Dammit.
Not ready to call it a wash on these shoes, I decided to test out one of those wacky Pinterest tricks for stretching out shoes that are too tight. Observe:
Put on your thickest pair of socks (why are they always the ugliest ones?) and then your shoes. This will be uncomfortable. Turn your hairdryer on high and direct the heat at your shoes, concentrating on the spots that rub. It will only take a minute or two to warm up your shoes. Turn the hair dryer off and keep the shoes on your feet until they are completely cooled. I took them off too soon on my first attempt and it didn’t work. Remove your socks and your shoes should be stretched enough that they don’t rub uncomfortably.