So you spent four blissful spring and summer months wearing nothing but sandals. (That is, when you wore shoes at all.) But now fall has arrived--and so have the blisters. Here, seven ways to troubleshoot the pain from adjusting back to boots and flats.

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BLISTER-PROOF YOUR FEET

Ah, the annual Achilles' heel gash. To prevent your flats from digging into your skin, take a stick of clear deodorant and rub over any problem areas where you think you might feel a pinch later. The deodorant provides a barrier between you and the leather.

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STRETCH YOUR BOOTS

Need a little more room in the calf? Spritz leather-stretching spay on the inside of the boot shaft. Then roll up newspapers and stuff them inside until it’s tight. Give the spray a couple of days to dry. In the process, the leather should loosen while the newspaper helps keep the boot’s shape.

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TAPE YOUR TOES

Remember this tip from our lesson on pumps? The same applies to closed-toe booties. Simply tape your third and fourth toes together with medical tape. Turns out, there’s a nerve located directly between these two toes (science!) and wrapping them helps minimize any strain.

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SAND YOUR SOLES

Those new Mary Janes are adorable, but sliding down a flight of stairs is…not. Grab a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and gently scuff up the bottoms before wearing them in public.

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INVEST IN HEEL CAPS

For the weeks (fine, months) when you just can’t make it to the cobbler, this genius invention will save you. Simply pop a cap on the end of worn-down heels and--voilà! No more rolled ankles.

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PICK UP SOME PADDING

Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus is a miracle product (not to mention, available at any drugstore). The next time you feel your shoes start to rub, cut a piece of the cotton flannel padding to your desired size--say, enough to protect your big toe in those new Oxfords--and stick it patchwork-style onto the shoe anywhere it rubs.

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DON’T FORGET ABOUT INSOLES

Somehow flats still hurt. A pair of super-slim cushions won’t take up much room but will work wonders on that stiff pair of Converse. (Unless, of course, you bought those spanking new joints with Nike soles.)

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TREAT WITH TEA

And if, despite your best efforts, you still find yourself home with painful blister-covered feet, rest assured, there is a cure: Fill a pot with cooled green tea and soak your swollen feet. Its anti-inflammatory properties will work wonders on tender areas that are achy and inflamed.

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