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What is the Best Blister Tape?

What is the Best Blister Tape? - SPORTTAPE

If you're always developing blisters on your runs or hikes, you can use ZINC OXIDE TAPE or KINESIOLOGY TAPE as a shield to prevent blisters from forming.

Both tapes work by preventing your shoe or sock from rubbing directly against the skin. Zinc Oxide Tape is softer to the touch, so is more comfortable to wear. However, it's not waterproof and will only last 1 day.

For longer-lasting results, use K Tape over the top of your Zinc Oxide Tape application in order to waterproof it. As we've mentioned, Zinc Oxide Tape will only last a day, whereas K Tape is waterproof and can last 3+ days on the foot and ankle, if applied correctly. 

 

BLISTER TAPING TIPS

1. TAPE DIRECTLY ON TO THE SKIN

Rip a few small strips of Zinc Oxide. Preferably SPORTTAPE's Zinc Oxide Tan Tape. Then stick them directly onto your skin where your blisters normally form. You want to cover as much skin as needed to prevent any sort of friction.

Because Zinc Oxide Tape is non-elastic, using too much of it will restrict movement, so only use short strips.

From here, cover your Zinc with a short strip of K TAPE. As well as being water resistant, K Tape uses a stronger glue than even the stickiest Zinc Oxide Tapes. Give it 30 minutes to set, and you’re good to go!

 

2. TAPE YOUR INSOLE

It would be an understatement to say that the insoles in running shoes and walking boots don’t have particularly soft edges, especially on the inside arch.

Insoles are the most common cause of blisters, and can cause real irritation when wearing them for long stretches of time. Especially when your feet are sweating, or getting soaked from wading through streams!

Use SPORTTAPE's K Tape or Zinc Oxide Tape to prevent blisters caused by insole friction.

Fold one strip of your chosen blister tape carefully around the inside edge of your insole. This creates a softer and more forgiving surface that your feet will thank you for.

Blister tapes won’t solve the problem, but they may help in preventing the development of a blister.

 

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