PRODUCTS PROMISE TO SAVE YOUR SOLE
By RAAKHEE MIRCHANDANI
May 3, 2007 -- FROM cuts and bruises to heels that could sand furniture, our tired old feet need a little bit of help - especially if you're going to try tottering around in YSL's 51/2-inch heels. We tried some of the products that promise to prevent blisters, soften callouses and cushion the pain. Perhaps you don't need to suffer as much for fashion:
Foot Petals Tip Toes, $7
I stuck these adorable animal-print pads into my most painful shoes and hit Fifth Avenue for an afternoon of window shopping. Normally, I last between two and three hours in them. This time, the medium-size fabric pads helped me last five hours before I changed to flip-flops.
Hue Slip Resistant Sole Gripz, $6
For the outside of your shoe, to make sure you don't slip and twist your ankle. Does the job for cheap shoes; for more expensive ones, see a cobbler.
Foot Petals Strappy Strips, $7
The directions are simple enough - stick these gel strips to the inside of slingbacks to prevent them from slicing into your feet. It's too bad they didn't work; they fell off and were so thin they didn't help. Plus, very expensive shoes are now sticky.
Pro Foot Slick Stick Miracle Anti-Blister Block, $5
Slik Stik is billed as a "miracle" blister prophylactic. After trying it on boots-battered feet, we cannot agree more. Forget ugly Band-Aids that always bunch up and rub off, and slather this virtually odorless salve with botanical extracts on any chafe-prone area of the foot - you will not be sorry.
Dr. Scholl's for Her Foot Serum, $10
I have tried everything to soften my sandpaper-like heels - Vaseline and Saran Wrap, moisturizing gel socks at night and even olive-oil foot massages. Then I slathered some on, threw on some socks, and a few hours later my feet were noticeably softer. Heaven.