Walking is something we do almost every day. Some people even go on walking marathons to get some exercise. But what if I tell you that there is a way of walking that will not crease your shoes. Like me, many of you might not have thought of how we walk and how it affects the creasing of shoes. We usually walk in a manner like this “step” – “step”. And in doing so, we use our toes while lifting our heels off the ground. But, is there a way to walk which makes the life of the shoe wearer easier?
What Causes Shoes to Crease?
Perfectly creased shoes are a thing of the past. Crease-resistant materials have come to the rescue, but there are still some common mistakes you can make that will cause your shoes to crease.
1) The most common cause of creases is the break in the heel seam. This happens when someone puts on their loafers or sneakers, moves around for a couple of minutes, and then takes them off. The fabric is so weak that it splits at the stress point of the seam.
If you ever have loose stitching on your shoes, notice immediately if you slip them on — they will probably crease in one spot. That’s proof that your shoes have not been broken properly.
2) The Sorel bootie/pair of willow shoes that you’re wearing right now is an example of the first type of shoe creasing. These kinds of shoes typically don’t breathe well ,and they’re made from materials that don’t hold up to moisture well.
As a result, the rubber shell on these shoes starts to expand after prolonged wear and then contracts when you take them off. When this happens, the edges of the tongue start to fold over and create a crease in one of two places: between the toes or on top near the ankle.
3) The other kind of crease occurs when your feet start sweating because they’re too warm (or too cold) in the shoes. Water evaporates out through the soles of your shoes, which pushes them apart at certain spots (typically around your toes). This type of creasing is less pronounced than it was in older pairs, but it’s still a problem for people who like their shoes tight and snug.
Where do Shoes Crease?
The most common crease is at the toe, which results from your toe pushing against the front of the shoe. This often happens when a shoe is too small or too tight. The best way to avoid this is to choose a shoe that fits properly, so you don’t have any pressure points or pressure points anywhere on your foot. If you have any pain in your feet or if you walk with a slight limp, make sure your shoes fit properly.
The second type of crease occurs when your heel pushes against the back of the shoe or inside of the shoe and creates a ridge running down the back of your heel. This can happen when the length of your heel is not long enough, causing your foot to lift up in order for your heel to reach inside of the shoe.
How to Not Crease Shoes When Walking?
To avoid creases in your shoes while walking, there are a few important things you need to know:
1) Buy The Right Size
When you’re buying shoes, it’s important to have the right size. Consider your foot size, the length of your toes and heels, and the overall size of your feet. If you have a larger foot than average, shoes with a wide toe box are more likely to be too big. Shoes with a narrow toe box don’t allow much space for your toes.
If you have flat feet, some of your daily walking, hiking and running could be compromised by the discomfort caused by poorly fitting shoes. As a result, you may not only find yourself limping but also having to buy new pairs of shoes every few months. This can be a considerable expense over time.
The problem with paying a lot of money for shoes is that they often don’t “last” very long. Maybe they’re comfortable enough at first, but after a few months or so, the little imperfections start to show through and make them uncomfortable again.
It’s easy to tell when your shoes are about to fail because the creases in the leather become more pronounced. In fact, there are various ways to tell if you’re buying the right size for your feet. You can try sizing down: If that doesn’t work, you know your shoe is too small, and it’s time to go up one size. Or you can try sizing up: if that doesn’t work either, then it’s time for another try at getting the right fit for your feet.
2) Wear Shoes With a Rubber Sole
Wearing shoes with a rubber sole provides more cushioning than leather soles, which reduces the pressure on your feet and prevents heel-and-toe friction. This minimizes muscle fatigue and soreness, making walking less painful and more comfortable.
Rubber sole shoes can be found in many styles, from low-cut loafers to sporty sneakers. But make sure the style is appropriate for your foot type. For example, if you wear a size 12 shoe, it’s probably not a good idea to go for a pair of high-top basketball shoes (you’ll look like a total nerd). And make sure that the shoe has enough support for your arch — if it doesn’t have enough padding or a flexible elastic band, you’re likely to end up with blisters and other uncomfortable foot problems.
Rubber soles are naturally more flexible than leather, which allows them to stretch without stretching out. This helps prevent premature wear on the shoe. The rubber sole is sometimes treated with paraffin or beeswax to make it waterproof and give it some grip.
3) Don’t Wear Heels
Wearing heels can leave behind permanent creases in your shoes. This can happen if you’re not careful. When wearing heels, it’s important to take a few steps to test out the height of the heel before committing to putting them on your feet all day. You need to make sure you don’t ruin your shoes or cause unnecessary pain by walking around in them all day with the heel cranked down too far.
The best way to prevent creasing is to avoid walking around the house in heels. Wear flats when you want to wear heels, and make sure you treat them with care. Try not to wear heels right after you’ve been running around barefoot because that can create friction and encourage stretching.
Find out what kind of shoe fits your foot shape best. Pay attention to how the heel sits on your foot when you walk. It should be snug but not too tight – not so tight that it’s hard to walk or move around in them. Make sure it fits comfortably without rubbing against your skin or bunching up around the back of your ankle.
4) Use Shoes Trees
Do you have a pair of wooden shoe stretchers? If not, buy them right now. They are an amazing tool that will help you keep your shoe crease-free, shaped correctly and smelling nice.
When you’re done wearing your shoes, put a shoe tree in each one and let them dry out. This will ensure that they keep their shape and get rid of any bad smells lingering from your sweaty feet.
Don’t use them just when you’re finished wearing your shoes though, try to put a shoe tree in each one as soon as you remove them from your foot.
This will go a long way towards keeping your shoe crease-free, especially if you take special care with the toes of the trees, which should be placed at the very front of the toe area to keep it from bending down or becoming misshapen.
5) Try to Use a Shoehorn
Walking around in your shoes is always going to be the best way to break them in. However, you can take a few steps to prevent creases from forming during the break-in process.
Use a shoehorn to put on your new shoes. This will help to preserve their shape and prevent creasing. A shoehorn is a great way to slip your feet easily into your shoes without damaging the back. It’s a great tool for preventing creases in your shoes and keeping them looking new.
If you don’t want to buy a shoehorn, you can create one out of plastic or card stock. You can also use other household objects like a spatula or ruler as a substitute for a regular shoehorn.
Try not to walk too far in new shoes. If you do have to go on longer journeys, alternate between your old and new shoes every half hour or so. This will help distribute the wear between both pairs of shoes and prevent creasing from forming in one particular area.
Walk on grassy areas or soft surfaces when you can. Concrete and tarmac are hard surfaces that can cause more creasing than walking on grass or a soft surface such as sand or gravel.
6) Make Sure Your Shoelaces Are Tightened Up Properly
Before wearing your shoes, make sure they’re tightened up properly and laced tightly. This will keep the leather from bending so much around your ankle where it creases.
When you put on your shoes, lace them up evenly — with the same tightness on both sides. Putting a lot of pressure on one side or not lacing them up evenly can cause your shoes to crease more on one side than the other.
Don’t wear your shoes for too long without taking them off and letting them rest. Even if you’re wearing a pair of dress shoes to work, try to give them time to “breathe” (and rest) at some point during the day.
If you have a long commute by foot or train, consider bringing an extra pair of dress shoes with you to work just in case. You can change into them when you arrive at the office and let your “commute” shoes rest until you go back home again later that day or the next morning.
7) Wear Socks to Protect the Leather
Wear socks that fit properly with your shoes. Socks protect the shoe from sweat and oils from your feet and add an extra layer of protection between your foot and the shoe, so it does not rub against it directly.
Socks also provide additional comfort for your feet and cushioning for impact when walking. Wear clean socks daily and change them regularly to keep them fresh smelling, and free of dirt or debris that could damage the shoe’s material.
Walk with a relaxed stride which will help prevent you from placing too much pressure on a single point along your foot while in motion. Wear insoles if necessary to ensure you have adequate padding underfoot, so you do not put excess pressure on specific areas while walking.
Why Do Shoes Crease?
Shoe creases because we walk. This process is known as flexing, and it’s completely natural. A crease forms where the upper – the part above the sole – folds around the foot.
Let’s take a closer look at this. Each time you take a step, your foot flexes slightly to absorb the impact of your heel striking the ground. This creates a pressure point on the outside of your shoe, where your foot bends. The upper material then flexes to accommodate this movement. It’s unavoidable – even if you have rigid soles, your shoes will still crease because you walk with a natural gait.
1) Use an Iron to Fix the Creases
While the heat from a hair dryer is useful for drying and cleaning shoes, it’s not enough to help work out creases. A better option is to use an iron.
With an iron, you can adjust the temperature to a level that’s just right for your shoes. To prevent yourself from making a mistake, read the instructions on the label of your shoes so that you don’t ruin them.
You can also apply heat and pressure to the top of the shoe with a damp cloth and an iron instead of using heat directly on the shoe.
2) Condition Them
Most men’s dress shoes are made of leather. A good pair of leather shoes can last a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Leather shoes need to be conditioned every now and then to keep them from drying out and cracking. If you don’t, you’ll notice that your shoes will lose their shine, and the leather will start looking dull and brittle.
Use a horsehair brush on your shoes as often as possible. Horse hair is softer than boar bristles, so it’s gentler on the leather. You can find these brushes at any shoe repair store or high-end department store. Brush away dirt and debris before you put your shoes on in the morning, and brush away the dust before you put them away at night.
Apply shoe polish when necessary. Shoe polish is what gives your leather shoes that nice shine, but it also conditions the leather and helps prevent cracking. Do not use too much polish — a little goes a long way! Rub it gently with a soft cloth, let it dry for about five minutes, then brush away the excess with some soft water-resistant paste wax.
Congratulations! At last, you have learned how to walk without creasing your shoes. With practice, you should be able to do this with ease in a matter of minutes. Although it may seem difficult and awkward at first, you will soon find that walking without creasing your shoes is an incredibly simple process. In fact, walking with neatly ironed pants is easier than it looks. Have fun and enjoy these skills!