How to Loosen Tight Shoes With Talcum Powder

Kevin Ott
businesswoman putting on a pair of heels

If your tightfitting shoes are crushing your feet every time you walk or try to put them on, it might be time for an easy remedy: talcum powder. There are two primary ways to apply the powder, and you can try one or a combination of both to see what works best.

1. Sprinkle in Shoes

The first step is to sprinkle a moderate amount of talcum powder directly into your shoes before slipping them on.

However, if you want a little more control with where you're applying the powder, consider this alternative to the shake-and-sprinkle method:

  1. Unscrew the cap of the bottle so that you have direct access to powder.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the powder.
  3. Carefully pour the powder in the areas of the shoe where your feet are experiencing the most tightness or where they need the most help when you're trying to slide the shoes on.

2. Sprinkle on Feet

For some reason, this approach is easily overlooked. Instead of dumping it into the shoes, try applying the powder directly onto your feet instead. This ensures the powder is getting all over the foot, and the method is especially handy for helping your feet squeeze into tight shoes when you first put them on.

Talcum Powder for the Win

Besides making it easier to slip your feet into your shoes without ripping the flesh off your bone, talcum powder has some other nice benefits. It reduces sweatiness, which in turn, reduces odor. If you go to the beach, talcum powder also makes it easier to get the sand off before you slip your shoes back on. Even Lindsay Lohan has discovered the wonders of talcum powder in the shoes. The bottom-line: talcum powder is a win-win for your feet and your shoes. Look for talcum powder in your grocery store or you can also find baby powder with talc in it, in the baby supply aisle.

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How to Loosen Tight Shoes With Talcum Powder