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16 May 2007

Sandal advice, please! Summertime, and the chafiní is easy.... [More:]

I just bought my first pair of thong sandals. Does anyone have advice on how best to accustom myself to the leather thong thatís violating the tender crevice between my toes?
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posted by eamondaly 16 May | 15:02
Yeah, if that's irritating you, you might want to switch to some non-thongs. Huaraches are good.

I have a buddy in Japan that sent me the sox you wear with split-toed zorii workboots, so if I ever get thong sandals, I'm set. Are you okay with sox under sandals? Know anybody in J-land?
posted by PaxDigita 16 May | 15:24
Well, after all these years resisting the lure of the thong sandal, I'm keen to give it try for once. Though the idea of the split-toed Japanese socks has an indefinable charm, I think perhaps they're not for me.

At worst, I can use a piece of moleskin between my toes or abandon the shoes, but I thought perhaps there was some breaking-in trick known to the thong-wearing throngs but not to me. Ah, well. Worth a try!
posted by Elsa 16 May | 15:33
Your toes do get used to it. I know that's not very comforting though.
posted by gaspode 16 May | 15:37
I pretty much wear thong sandals all summer, every summer (I'm wearing some right now!) - and every time I get a new pair, I think "Oh, god, I'm never going to be able to wear these". But my method pretty much always works: first, wear them only around the house, and take them off when they become too annoying. After a day or two of this, go ahead and wear them out, but only for doing things close by, in case they start to hurt. After this, I pretty much find myself slipping them on without thinking about it, going about my business, and realizing, "oh, hey - they feel fine!".

'Course, I have educated feet - they've been doing this for many, many years; it may be a bit more difficult for virgin toesies. :)
posted by taz 16 May | 15:38
gaspode and taz, that's good to hear! I knew it in my brain, but not in my toes, y'know?
posted by Elsa 16 May | 15:44
(and I do what taz does as well. She's just a lot more helpful than me, by actually giving you advice!)
posted by gaspode 16 May | 15:51
I wish I could wear thong sandals. My feet are weird tho', they walk off the inside of the sandal. I have to have something around my ankle to keep my foot where it belongs.
posted by deborah 16 May | 16:29
Yeah, taz's procedure is my SOP for breaking in shoes. I'm not clear what I hoped --- maybe that someone had a secret toe incantation.
posted by Elsa 16 May | 16:31
I can't wear thongs, I end up with claw toes trying to keep them on.
posted by essexjan 16 May | 16:33
1. Thong sandals with any kind of heel or even the slightest slope to them will really dig. (the weight of your foot/entire body presses against the thong.) If you avoid heeled/sloping thongs it's a lot better.

2. My feet walk off the inside of some sandals too. Other ones they don't. Deborah's sandals may just not be tight enough or shaped the right way.

The best thongs are shaped to fit your feet so you are comfortable and can keep them on, but have no slope.
posted by serena 17 May | 13:03
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