This is the one thing that will stop your summer sandals giving you blisters

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The Great British Summer just keeps on giving this year, and although we're glad we won't be packing away our sandals and slides anytime soon (fingers crossed), there is that one small issue that we all come across when we treat ourselves to a new pair of shoes. That's right, cuts and blisters are particularly prevalent during hot weather – but luckily, there's one hack you can try that will help reduce swelling and lessen the chance of blisters. And, you can bag it for under a tenner.

Westlab Epsom Salt Resealable Stand Up Pouch, £4.93, Amazon

What is it, we hear you cry? You may even already have a packet in your bathroom cabinet – Epsom salts. Often used as a purgative to soothe muscle pain or stiffness, they also work to reduce inflammation, meaning your shoes should fit that little bit easier after a short soak.

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Podiatrist Bobby Pourziaee told Who What Wear: "Use an Epsom salt soak to reduce swelling of your feet which will reduce excessive pressure points within the shoe. Those pressure points will contribute to blisters. Soaking will also reduce the dead skin cells on the feet which contribute to blister formation." Winning.

Fion leather studded flat sandals, £25.00, ASOS

Afterwards, make sure you moisturise your feet well, too, since dry skin is more prone to scraping and tearing in the shoe. "Having skin that is supple and moist will reduce friction and blister formation," Bobby told the publication.

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And, if all else fails, remember to try before you buy – and don't forget to take into account the fact that your feet change throughout the day, and depending on the temperature. "Always shop for shoes at the end of the day when your foot is bigger," Bobby adds. "Never shop for shoes first thing in the morning as your foot will have time to be affected by gravity at the end of the day. This will ensure a proper fit and not have areas of the foot rub on shoes that are too tight."

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