A word of warning–rigid back shoes, like many womenâ€™s heels or menâ€™s dress shoes, wonâ€™t get much, if any stretch in this area. Thatâ€™s to say: donâ€™t tough it out! If a shoe is cutting into your heel add some paddingor moleskin to protect your feet. Youâ€™ll feel way better, and itâ€™ll save you from limping in flip-flops a week later.
Shoes with softer heel cups will loosen with warmth and movement. Use your hands to kneed them out, or try the rubbing alcohol tip mentioned in Part 1.