Bending your shoes to help break them in
Vans shoes are designed to withstand the fast-paced life you live, with our sturdily designed vulcanised rubber soles providing long term durability and support. This said, if your shoes need a bit more help to break them in, don’t be afraid to soften them using a little tough love.
Take the toe of the shoe in your left hand and the heel in your right and hold firmly.
Slowly bend the shoe inwards pressing the two ends towards each other until you feel resistance - this will help the soles adapt to the arches of your feet.
Repeat steps with the opposite shoe.
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Using a hairdryer to help break your shoes in
Particularly good for our leather styles, turning the heat up can help mould the shoes to your feet for that perfect fit.
Using a hairdryer, heat the backs of your shoes, and any other area causing discomfort, with medium heat until warm and soft.
Wearing a pair of thick socks to protect your feet from the heat, put your Vans on and walk around inside until your shoes are cool - this helps soften the backs to the shape of your foot for a more comfortable fit.
Repeat on the opposite shoe and feel free to repeat this method again. The longer you wear your Vans, the better!
How to stop your shoes rubbing
Nothing can banish a good mood better than a blister. Use this method to prevent rubbing once you start wearing your Vans shoes out and about.
Take a small amount of petroleum jelly - a little goes a long way!
Rub the jelly into the back of your heel where the shoe is most likely to cause discomfort. This will usually be just above your sock line.
Alternatively, you can wear socks that cover the point at which the heel may be rubbing - remember, you’ll need a longer pair for our Sk8-Hi styles.