“So Kates are the devil.” were my thoughts just about a week ago. My first designer shoe investment (a gift from my boyfriend for my 30th birthday) and I couldn’t even enjoy them. I was distraught! The pain of wearing them was unreal. I am a high-heel PRO! I can wear them in my sleep, I can run in them…there’s not anything that I can’t do while wearing a pair of 5″ stilettos. I don’t even own a heel that’s lower than 4.5″. But these So Kate pumps? I couldn’t take five steps without crying out in pain. Unbelievable.
The issue with the So Kate pumps are that they are single-sole shoes, with a 5″ heel that forces your foot forward into a very narrow toe box and causes extreme pressure on your toes. And for that reason, the sales associate suggested that I go a full size up for comfort. For those that have never worn these before, I can easily describe the fact that your pinky toe, fourth toe and maybe even your middle toe are all jammed together and sitting on top of one another. Making it almost impossible to walk comfortably!
I Googled methods on how to make them more comfortable. So many blow dryer and sock methods that just didn’t work or wasn’t worth the hassle. I know plenty of Christian Louboutin “experts” that told me “it’s just nothing you can do about it, you just have to deal with the pain”. All I could think about was for this amount of money, these shoes just shouldn’t hurt this bad!
After the pain (almost in tears) that I endured after only wearing them twice…I was convinced that it wasn’t worth the grief/damage to my feet and I was two seconds away from selling them on eBay. The only thing that stopped me is the fact that these are the sexiest shoes that I’ve ever met and I just couldn’t see myself parting with them. After posting my thoughts on Instagram and with the outpour of my followers that were experiencing the same problem, it sparked my interest to find a solution. I had to find a cure and figure out a way to be able to wear them semi-comfortably!
I contacted Nick, the Neiman Marcus associate that helped me with my purchase. I explained to him my dilemma and he’d heard it so many times before and knew exactly what I needed to do. He told me to bring the shoes in and allow them to stretch-out the toe box on a “shoe stretching machine” that they have for these type of issues. He suggested that I leave them for a few hours because “the longer they are stretched, the better this method will work.” Well, I decided to leave these suckas overnight lol! Picked up my shoes the next day, placed them on my feet and I felt like Cinderella! I couldn’t believe it!
Just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I walked around my house, washed dishes, washed clothes and walked up and down the stairs. I can even wiggle my toes and adjust them better in my shoes for more comfort. I’m currently sitting in my pajamas wearing them right now, just to convince myself as I write this post that I can sit in them without my toes going numb.
If you can’t make it to a shoe specialist or major department store, the “stretching” method can also be done at home as well…
Kiwi Shoe Stretcher @ Target $7.99
The sales associate also suggested that I purchase cedar shoe trees to keep inside of my shoes and keep the stretch intact. Upon searching for my shoe trees, I stumbled across this shoe stretcher. Very easy to use and so far effective!
Another added gem are these Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Ball of Foot Cushions. They take a bit of the edge off from the ball of your foot rubbing against the inside of the shoe so hard, due to the high arch.
I believe that this method will work on any tight narrow-toe shoe. Kinda makes me regret the fact that I sold my black Zara stilettos because of this issue. Now I want them back! I am not at all stating that I now feel like I’m walking on a cloud, but I can definitely deal with wearing my So Kate pumps for more than 5 minutes now. I will be purchasing the black pair now and following these same exact steps!
Please comment and let me know if you have any success with this method. I hope this ‘How To Make Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ Comfortable’ tutorial works out for everyone!