The shoe is the number 2 most hacked wardrobe item after the bra. This makes sense: these are the two places we are the most conscious of our physical comfort or discomfort. Also, a good bra and a good pair of shoes merit extra effort to save. The following are just a small selection of ways to trick out shoes so that they’re comfortable, wearable, and not likely to make walking down the office hallway an exercise in torture.
I first learned about foot liners as something for more than trying on shoes at a Payless in New York City. I had purchased a pair of ballet flats, and while I get the stinky feet the same as most human beings, if I could skip it just to preserve my shoes longer I would. The sales people were suggesting an add-on to our orders of these to anyone who bought ballet flats – and while I usually ignore add-ons, this one made sense. I’ve even purchased more of these liners since that first time.
Foot petals, or cushions, or any other brand variation let you find the spot in your shoe where your feet hurt the most after a long walk – and pad it. This is great especially for sandals where an insole insert just won’t do.
Strappy strips or cushion tape let you cover the spot on your foot that always gets the blister – before you get the blister. It’s great for when you know you’re doing a ton of walking and you’re breaking in new shoes. I used Dr. Scholl’s padding tape during a trip to Las Vegas and my sister-in-law was quite relieved she avoided a hobbling by the end of the day.
There’s so much more out there for shoes – inserts and arches and stretchers and more.
- Did You Know Your Shoes Could Cost You Dearly? (fullfigureplus.com)
- 4 Ways to Keep Your Feet Blister-Free This Summer (bellasugar.com)
- Top 10 Foot Care Tips (joyofspa.com)
- Tory Burch Ballet Flats With Arch Support (tinasds020.typepad.com)