My feet HURT!
For those of us who have a "love/hate relationship" with our sexy shoes, there is good news! Other sisters have heeded our cries and found solutions. Have you heard of these products?
Orthopedic foam - Some designers have already built in orthopedic foam in their shoes. I personally have Calleen Cordero (works of art!) and some pumps from Jeffrey Campbell that I can wear for hours because of the specially constructed soles. Ask for these types of soles in your favorite shoe stores.
Foot Petals - Gone are the days when you have to settle for Dr. Scholl's insoles! An enterprising lady took orthopedic insoles to a new level by designing stylish foot cushions to wear with her own stilettos. She did her research and found the perfect material - a high performance urethane called Poron that NEVER goes flat, guaranteed for the lifetime of your shoes! It is also lightweight, breathable and inhibits growth of bacteria for the utmost comfort and hygiene. The cushions also come in limited edition fun prints that can dress up even the plainest looking pumps. Some of their best sellers are:
Killer Kushionz - Self-adhesive 3/4 soles that provide ulitmate support. Wear with boots, pumps, sandals, flip flops... invisible even with open toe shoes.
Tip Toes - Ball-of-foot cushions that prevent "toe scrunch" and prevent feet from sliding forward
Heavenly Heelz - Back-of-heel cushions that help keep heels from sliding in and out of shoes. Use also to tighten the fit of shoes where needed.
Amazing Arches - Arch cushions that creat instant arch support to help reduce foot fatigue
Sole Stopperz - Non-slip pads for protecting outer soles from wear and tear. Great for protecting those famous designer painted soles!
Sexy Soles - Ultra-slim, full length customizable insoles for support & comfort with flats and boots. Non-adhesive for use with your other pairs of boots.
Sporty Soles - Technologically advanced replacement insoles that provide ultimate protection from moisture, shock and odor
SoleMates - There are some things we thought we never needed until we found them. Did you ever think we would need shoes... for our shoes? The SoleMates High Heelers are cute little things that attach to your heel tips so that you CAN stand on grass, NOT sprain your ankles tripping on subway grates, NOT scratch hardwood floors... and NOT ruin your red Louboutin heels in a garden wedding! 1/2011 Update: SoleMates are now available in 3 sizes - Narrow (for 1/4" stilettos), Classic/Small (3/8") and Vintage/Medium (1/2") for all the heels in your wardrobe.
Portable Flats - At the end of a night of dancing, a 2-hour walk around a museum or just a full day of running around the office, don't you just want to trade in your high heels for a pair of flats? Yes, you can if you carry around some portable flats. Spare Soles and Footzy Rolls offer stylish rollable ballet shoes and foldable flip flops for instant relief. These sets also include a tote to carry your other pair of shoes.
So don't fret, sisters... Stay well heeled!
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