I don’t wear heels very often, so when I do, it pretty much kills my feet. And depending on what kind of heels, and how high they are, that pain can come almost immediately, it seems. There’s also the added issue of your feet sliding around sometimes in your heels because the insole is too slick, or your feet get sweaty (we all sweat, it happens) when you have all of the pressure on the ball of your foot. So, when I saw an ad for the Scholl Party Feet gel cushions, I thought I would give them a try and see how they worked for me. I have to say, I was pretty pleased with the results.
The Scholl Party Feet Gel Cushions are clear silicone (I think though they just say “gel”) pad that gives the ball of your foot a little bit of cushion so that you can wear heels without pain. The gel cushion has a bit of sticky on one side that you put towards the insole to keep the pad in place, while the side that goes towards your foot has little thin bumps to help keep your foot from slipping. The pads are pretty thin, so it isn’t ever going to be as cushiony as wearing a pair of trainers. However, it is just enough cushion to keep your foot more comfortable. Where I think the real benefit comes from, at least for me, is that it keeps your foot from sliding forward putting additional pressure on your toes and the areas of your foot that definitely weren’t meant for cushioning. They are super grippy if you are using them when you are not wearing tights or hose, but they also work remarkably well with them, which is great because you don’t have to worry about your foot sliding around all night just because you wanted to have something covering your legs.
The little bit of added volume in your shoe, could make your shoe uncomfortably tight across the top, so it really does depend on the type of shoe. Also, I think if you have a very high arch you might get the same problem. I have a pretty high arch and I have found that these work really well in strappy sandal type of heels but can be a bit too tight with heels that are more closed across the top. So, it is a bit of a trial period for any shoe/foot combination, I think. The latest ones are 17% slimmer than the previous version though, so they have improved the slimness so that you have that little bit more space for your feet. This also might mean that if you have tried these in the past, you might want to give them another shot.
The gel cushions are meant to be reusable, meaning that you can take them out of one pair of shoes and pop them in another. However, I would caution about is that the sticky substance that keeps the cushion in place, is something you shouldn’t leave for a long time in your shoe if you plan on removing it. You need to remove it within a day or you might end up damaging the insole of your shoe when you remove it. I’ve never had this problem because I remove them right after I take my shoes off, but I’ve read a couple of reviews that mention this as a problem. Alternatively, you can just keep the cushions in your shoes permanently. No matter if you keep them in a single pair of shoes, or move them about, you’ll probably be happy to hear that they are totally washable, as well. Also, since the cushions are clear, when you have them in strappy type heels they are pretty invisible and really blend in well with the insole of your shoes.
You can buy these at a lot of different retailers, like Boots or Superdrug, or Amazon. I got mine from Amazon for £4.19, which is the same price as Superdrug. Both of which are a bit cheaper than the £4.99 they cost at Boots. I think the price seems quite good because these are going to last quite a while, I would imagine. Plus, at that price you could definitely afford to buy a couple of pairs and consider just leaving them in a pair of heels permanently. If your problem isn’t really cushioning for the ball of your foot, you might want to check out some of the other products that they have in the Scholl Party Feet lineup. They pretty much have cushioning for all of the problem areas of your feet.