10 Tricks to Prevent Blisters from Steel Toe Boots

Ouch! That’s the word that comes out first whenever we get a blister, right guys?

Blisters are real painful!

And you are sure to get them with your brand new steel toe boots sooner or later. 

Thank Jesus there are ways out to prevent those horrendous blisters from occurring.

How to prevent blisters from steel toe boots

You can prevent work boots causing blisters by wearing thick socks, by applying band aids on the hot spots, by wearing moisture wicking socks, by conditioning the boots to make them soft, by wearing blister bandages that come with pads and gels, etc.

Why wait? Today in this article I am going to tell you all about how to prevent blisters from steel toe boots just by following some easy tricks. Let’s get started.

10 Ways to Prevent Blisters from Steel Toe Work Boots

1. Start by Breaking in Your New Boots First

Boots that are not broken-in are more likely to cause blisters as they are hard and have not fitted to the shape of your feet properly. So, just don’t go out in your boots before they are broken in. B

reaking in new boots isn’t any hard task if you know the exact processes check out the guide on How to break in new work boots.

2. Precaution is Better than Cure

Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Tough-Strips, Extra Large (1.75-Inch Wide), 10-Count Bandages (Pack of 6)

If blistering is an issue for you, you might have to plan things at the earliest. Try using a band aid in the part of your feet where you tend to get more blisters before putting in your feet inside the new boots. This will protect the part from getting rubbed against the steel toes and thus prevent blisters.

In a detailed study I found a great advice from a famous beauty writer Alle Connell of Xovain who wrote: 

“Not all BAND AIDS are created equal, and they don’t all work on feet, which move a lot and get sweaty. The best BAND-AIDS for feet are the Band-Aid brand Tough Strips. Not the waterproof ones-just the regular fabric kind. They aren’t cute, but they work brilliantly, and they come in a bunch of useful sizes. Go with a hardcore adhesive, and your feet will be safe.”

3. How about Stretching out the Boots?

Boots cause you blisters because they are fitted too to your feet and your feet don’t have any room to adjust in it. Here is when a boot stretcher would come to your rescue!

Yes, when you stretch your boots with a boot stretcher, it will tend to get a bit larger so that your feet gets the desired the space inside comfortably.

4. Try wearing thick heated socks with your boots during the break-in period

thick heated socks

In the words of Augusta Falletta at StyleCaster:

“The heat will help to warm up the shoes and break them in a bit, and walking around with the socks will prevent your feet from getting blisters.”

Obviously we are not asking you to wear heated socks to your work. You can try the trick by wearing them at home for a walk in your garden.

5. Try using Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense:

This is in fact the best way to prevent blisters which will give you 100% result. This is a medicated product to prevent blisters which works by keeping the blister-prone spots dry and your feet pain free. Just apply them in the areas where you tend to get blisters before wearing your boots.

On Amazon, the Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense are available at an excellent value.

6. How about a home remedy with our very familiar cornstarch?

sprinkling some cornstarch inside the boots

Cornstarch when sprinkled in a wet area, takes away all the moisture while making the area dry. The main cause of blisters is friction created due to rubbing of feet against the wall of boots when your feet are sweating.

Try sprinkling some cornstarch inside the boots, especially the areas where friction occurs and then slip your feet inside the boots.

7. Wear moisture wicking socks:

Moisture wicking socks will help to control sweat and thus prevent blisters because they allow your feet to breathe and soak up the sweat of your feet as well.

8. Treat the hotspots as soon as you feel them:

The moment you feel that a certain area of your feet is getting heated up due to constant friction, wear your boots off and apply some cooling gel on the hot spots. This will definitely blisters from occurring. It is more like nip the vice in the bud!

9. Try wearing liner socks:

Liner socks act as a barrier between the skin the normal socks and thus prevent the direct rubbing of the skin that results in blisters.

10. Make sure that the boots fit you right:

This is in fact, the most important thing to keep in mind because improper fitted boots are the first reason of developing blisters. Too loose or too tight boots are both the causes of blisters.

Therefore, choose boots that give you a snug fit so that your toes and heel fit right inside the boots without being to cramped or too sloppy.

Causes of Blisters

1.) Blisters are caused due to improper fitted boots; either when they are too tight or too loose.

2.) Blisters are caused due to friction created by the rubbing of sweaty feet against the inside walls of the boots.

3.) Blisters are caused more in new boots which are not broken-in yet.

4.) They are caused from extreme sweat.

5.) They are caused because sometimes it is inevitable for them to happen. LOL!

How do I stop my boots from giving me blisters?

Your boots will give you blisters if they don’t fit right to your feet. Also, the constant rubbing of the feet creates friction resulting in hot spots and hence blisters. 

Therefore, in order to stop your boots from giving you blisters, you have to undertake the following steps:

1.) Wear your brand new boots in the morning hours for few days before they break-in and you start wearing them at work

2.) Wear them with thick socks in the beginning just to loosen them fast so that they don’t cause blister

3.) Condition your boots to make the leather softer. Soft boots won’t hurt the heels or toes and won’t cause blisters

4.) Choose boots that offer you a snug fitting. Too loose or too tight boots will give you blisters

5.) Choose boots that are breathable because sweaty feet will cause more blisters

How to prevent blisters on heels from boots?

You will develop blisters on the heels when your heels rub against the walls of the boots and that usually happens with improper fitted boots (mostly when the boots are loose).

So, in order to prevent blisters on heels from boots, you should:

→ Choose boots that fit right without creating much movement of the heels inside the boots

Wear your boots with thick socks until the heel area loosens a bit

→ Wear heel pads

→ Apply Vaseline before wearing the boots. This will prevent direct contact of the skin with the boots and thus prevent blisters

→ Wear band aids on your heels for few days until the boots break-in

Do tight or loose shoes cause blisters?

Yes, both tight and loose boots cause blisters badly!

The reason is that…

Tight boots make your feet cramped inside the boots and generate heat which ultimately leads your feet to sweat profusely. The sweat and the cramped feet create hotspots and thus blisters.

Loose boots make your feet rub against the walls of the boots too much which creates friction and thus results in blisters.

Does putting Vaseline on your feet prevent blisters?

Yes, putting Vaseline on your feet will help to prevent blisters to a great extent!

It is in fact, a great remedy in preventing blisters because the layer of Vaseline on the feet creates a barrier between the feet and the material of the boots thus preventing friction. 

How do you prevent toe blisters?

To prevent blisters on toes all you need to do is just wear good moisture wicking socks because blisters are caused when sweat is trapped inside the toe areas.

Also, you can tie band aids on the longest and the little fingers on both ends of the feet because these are the two toes that get rubbed against the walls of the boots the most.

Before we say Good Bye:

As we always say: “Prevention is better than cure.

It is always wise to try to prevent blisters from happening than finding ways of treating them afterwards.

Os, these were some very easy ways to keep away blisters caused from steel toe work boots. Hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as did in doing the detailed study to reach out the ways to you.

That’s all guys for today. Hope you all are keeping well.

We will be right back with a new piece of writing. Till then take care and…

Keep walking!

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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