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One blister, the product of friction that rubs skin back and forth in a concentrated area, can mar an otherwise wonderful hiking trip.
No matter what boot or shoe you’re wearing, we all know that they become more comfortable after you’ve worn them in with your own foot. Until you’ve worn them in a few times, they may cause some discomfort in the first days – but don’t worry, they are just softening and adjusting to your feet. If you are not used to wearing boots, your feet will need to adjust as well, so give them some time.
It is very useful to wear your new footwear at home before taking on the outdoors - this will reduce the chance of blisters later on. Break in your footwear while wearing walking socks, and make sure they are firmly laced up. A lot of simple, short walks will get the job done and prepare your feet and footwear for the things to come.
It is best to prevent blisters before they even appear. If you feel that a sock has slipped or you have a stone in your shoe – stop and take care of it. If your boot is rubbing your foot, try taping the affected area. Be sure your feet are dry, get the spot covered and smooth out any bumps or ridges. If you are hiking with a new pair of shoes, consider bringing along a blister kit for unexpected friction.