Break In New Shoes With This Ingenious Hack

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The glory of stepping out in a shiny new pair of kicks lasts about as long as it takes for that first miserable blister to form on your poor, unfortunate foot. Maybe your feet swelled throughout the day, and the shoes you originally thought were perfectly snug are now waging a chafing war against your lower extremities. Or maybe your feet are slightly mismatched, and your left foot is just a tad too big to fit comfortably in its shoe.

Whatever the reason you find yourself limping all the way home, determined to toss your to-die-for new shoes into the back of your closet for eternity, you should know that there’s an easy fix for your predicament—and it only requires items you likely already have at home.

You’ll need a hairdryer, one regular pair of socks, and one pair of the thickest socks you can find. (If you don’t own any extra-thick socks, two pairs of regular socks should do the trick). Don your multiple pairs of socks, and then, as Lifehacker says, “shove your feet into those shoes.” If your feet feel almost unbearably squished, you’re doing it right.

After that, turn your hair dryer on its hottest setting and pass it over the tightest parts of your shoes. Once you feel the shoe loosening up, switch off the dryer, walk around while your shoes cool down, and then take them off. Try them on again without the extra socks to see if they’re sufficiently stretched out—if not, repeat the process.

Image consultant and style expert Aaron Marino demonstrates the trick in the YouTube video below, and he also mentions an important bit of advice: The dryer’s heat could melt certain fibers, so don’t try this hack if your shoes are made from plastic or any other synthetic materials.

And, after you’re done tearing up the dance floor in your newly painless pair of boots, kick back with this list of incredible (and possibly painful) shoe styles from history.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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