12 Common Shoe Problems and How to Fix Them

There are lots of reasons for shoes to cause problems. A lot of them occur within the first week of wearing a new pair.

Foot Callus

Shoe problems range from blisters/calluses, ankle cuts, squeaking, arch pain and much more.

That’s why in this article I want to get to the bottom of things.

I’m going to explain some of the most common shoe problems and how to fix them, quickly and easily.


1. Shoes too Big

Shoes being too big is a HUGE problem.

This can cause all sorts of issues including: blisters, calluses, bunions, and most especially make us to walk in a dysfunctional way.

Basically in plain English, all sorts of foot problems.

The best fix is to throw those shoes out for good, although there are some ways to make the shoe fit.

It is not recommended but it’s possible to wear the shoes for a short period of time with these simple tips.

2. Shoes too Small

Another big shoe problem is being too tight, or too small.

This is another reason for many problems to arise, such as: toe deformities, corns, bunions, and other deformities that may require surgery to correct.

How to fix?

The easiest fix is to stretch the shoe.

Although this is a hit or miss approach and will lower the performance and quality, I only recommend stretching the shoe if your feet require 1/2 to 1 full size.

Otherwise you should hand them to someone else and get something that fits better.

3. Shoes are Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable shoes suck!

There are many reasons for uncomfortable shoes, including: not using them for the right activity, too small, too big, etc.

Before we can fix the issue we need to determine WHY your shoes are uncomfortable.

I break down in this article why your shoes are uncomfortable and some quick fixes.

4. Shoes are Hurting Your Feet

A common complaint for new shoes is that they are hurting your feet.

Discomfort is one thing that can give your day grief, but shoes that actually hurt are one of the worst feelings.

I wore boots that absolutely killed my ankles, but I had to use them for my job and couldn’t get new ones because I could not afford any at the time (they were a hand-me-down).

And although I wasn’t in that job for long, I experienced some of the most ankle pain I have ever felt, and I don’t wish that upon anyone.

Here’s 8 reasons your shoes may be hurting your feet.

5. Shoes are Squeaky

Squeaky shoes can happen in brand new shoes and it may occur years down the line, nearing their end days.

Some people make a huge deal out of squeaky shoes like it’s the worst thing in the world.

And others (like me) have squeaky shoes and don’t find them to be too annoying or a nuisance.

But whatever the reason, there are people that absolutely hate it and if that’s you, here’s how to fix it.

6. Shoes Causing Blisters

There’s only one main reason why your shoes may be causing blisters.

And that is due to constant rubbing.

Basically, as you walk your feet will constantly rub on an area of the shoe over and over again, breaking the skin.

Your body provides an extra layer of skin to protect the wound, and that is what we call a blister.

Fortunately we can prevent blisters from happening in the first place!

7. Shoes Causing Calluses

For those who don’t know, calluses is a build-up of hard skin which is caused by an uneven distribution of weight.

Calluses generally form around the heel area or bottom of the forefoot.

Calluses are actually normal but some shoes can cause more calluses than others.

If you find calluses anywhere other than the forefoot and heel, your shoes are causing more hardened skin than it needs.

Do not cut the calluses or try to remove it with a sharp object.

The best fix is a pumice stone after a shower or a foot file at the end of the day to keep it under control.

8. Shoes Need Breaking In

Generally, shoes do not need breaking in if they are the right fit.

However, in some instances the shoe will fit but can take a few days to break in.

This is where problems can occur such as painful blisters and calluses.

This guide teaches you how to properly break in a new pair of shoes while preventing blisters and calluses.

9. Shoes Completely Wet

Wet shoes is not a bad problem but will be when you don’t know how to dry them properly.

Drying shoes is a fine-tuned process and not just a matter of placing them in the sun, which will only cause them to shrink or warp.

Or throwing them in the dryer without knowing the correct procedure.

This can damage them permanently.

Here’s how to properly dry shoes.

10. Shoes Causing Ankle Cuts

A common shoe problem is ankle cuts, and let me tell you that they are extremely painful.

I’ve never experienced ankle cuts but I have heard stories.

And I want you to avoid them as much as possible.

These are mostly caused by new shoes that need breaking in or too-big shoes which cause the foot to move around as you walk.

There are lots of reasons for this but prevention tips will help ease the pain.

11. Shoes Causing Feet to Sweat

It’s common for your feet to sweat inside your shoe.

Those who workout a lot, stand all day, are on their feet all day or perform daily walking/running exercises will also know what I’m talking about.

The best and easiest ways to eliminate this is to opt for some lightweight and more breathable shoes, along with moisture-wicking socks.

Also if possible, try not to wear the same pair of shoes for 2 consecutive days, allowing lots of time for your shoes to completely dry out before wearing them again.

12. Shoes Causing Arch Pain

Arch pain happens when there is not enough arch support.

Foot arch is categorized into 3 main groups: High, medium, and low.

Very rarely people have flat feet but there are some who suffer from this and find it difficult to find shoes for them.

On the other hand, those with a high arch can experience arch pain too if their shoes don’t offer enough cushioning.

As a rule of thumb, the higher the arch, the more cushion it needs to make a comfortable fit.


Well that concludes the 12 common shoe problems.

Most of these happen in new shoes which is why I have linked to some prevention tips to help you avoid them as much as possible.

I hope you learned a lot and you can apply this knowledge the next time you feel some type of discomfort or pain.

Well thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

What’s the worst shoe problem you’ve experienced? Let me know in the comments below.

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