Do your kids wear shoes without socks? Put antiperspirant on their feet to prevent blisters

Sharon’s hack comes just in time for the switch to warm weather shoes:

My 4 year-old daughter likes to wear shoes without socks, which often causes blisters. I spray a little antiperspirant on the area likely to blister…then when she wears her favorite flip flops, sandals, or ballet flats, she can walk all day with NO BLISTERING! I don’t know if it is the lack of moisture that does it…or if it just makes the rubbing less irritating…but it works (for parents too!).

My guess would be that perspiration increases friction between the feet and the shoes, causing blisters. I wonder if baby powder or corn starch would have the same effect? Or a swipe of gel or solid antiperspirant? (Slightly messier, but no aerosol cans or yucky mist to be inhaled.)

Thoughts? On a related note, does anyone have favorite blister cures?

Related: Save grungy socks for indoor playgrounds


  1. Sarah says

    Nylons under socks in hiking boots work well to prevent blisters. The boot rubs on the nylon and not on the foot. Not as practical for sandals …

  2. Bev says

    I read this tip quite a few years ago before a Florida holiday and was a bit skeptical but it worked a treat. I’ve only ever tried aerosol deodorants but have never got a blister when I’ve used it.

  3. sucellus says

    I wear shoes without sox and put baby powder in my shoes. Keeps my feet dry and my shoes don’t smell as bad over time.

  4. Amy in Michigan says

    Yikes! Remember that Antiperspirants contain aluminum as the key active ingredient — which has been linked in some studies to Alzheimer’s. The research is not yet conclusive, and findings have been mixed, but why take a chance by exposing your child to excess aluminum needlessly?

    Better safe than sorry –stick with talcum, corn starch or sandals that can be work with socks.

    Some references:

  5. alicia says

    Ok, I appreciate the comments about being careful and trying to prevent Alzheimer’s. But how much deodorant in reality are you spraying on your child? And over time, your child is going to develope a callous in that area, and not need it anyway. Everything we use as humans now days is going to harm us, or our children.

  6. Carol says

    Band-Aid now makes a “Friction Block Stick” that works like a charm for our family. I have a feeling that it’s probably the aforementioned Body Glide in a smaller stick, but it’s great!

  7. says

    Kudos to Amy… a little here.. a little there really adds up! there are some aluminum free deodorants now you could also try. I’d stick to baby powder in the shoes.

  8. Adriana says

    Trader Joe’s makes a very inexpensive aluminum & paraben free stick deodorant…better safe that sorry! Why expose kids to these chemicals so early?

  9. nil zed says

    yes, but the anti-persperant effect is the trick needed, a deoderant won’t work.

    if you get home to discover blisters begining, treat it just like a burn. Soak the feet in cool water, not icy, but do replace with fresh cool water if it gets room tempish. This should lower the built up friction heat & minimize the blister.

  10. Chris says

    I agree with Candy; BodyGlide is the way to go! I get mine from The Running Room. It’s probably available at any running enthusiast store.

  11. says

    I have actually done this one myself but not to prevent blisters, just to keep my feet from smelling. My kids skip the socks a lot. I had never thought about the not sweating = not getting blisters. Love this idea!

  12. says

    That sounds like a great idea except if there is an open sore. Putting deodorant/anti-perspirant on an open sore will cause the chemicals to go straight into the bloodstream and that is not a good idea. Sorry to be a downer.