“ Brand: Love your Shoes / Type: Foot Gel / Suitable for: Foot „
I am always trying to make myself more lady like and force myself to wear high heels, but the problem is they just hurt my feet so much, there really is no way round it! I have tried only buying wide shoes, or soft leather shoes, or different shaped heels, but it always comes back to the same thing-they hurt! In the end I sucummed to the advertisments and bought these of amazon, for little under £4 with free postage. It was a last resort try to see if I could last one night in pretty shoes.
The gel cushions come in a resealable plastic case, which is quite handy to carry them around in. Small and compact. It reminds me of the packet the coldsore patches come in.
The gel cushions themselves are oval / round in shape, the same shape as the ball of your feet. They are about half a centimeter thick, clear pastic and soft and squidgy. The bottom side is sticky, so it sticks to your shoes. The top side has slight grip marks on them so your feet don't just slip off them.
The patches really did make the balls of my toes much less sore, but they still didn't make me able to last a night in nightmare shoes, I think in softness they got about 80% of the way there. Making me able to wear heels would be a miracle cure, so maybe I was hoping too much but they did make it easier in that respect.
They did have a downside which I didn't envisage though. They added size to my foot and took away shoe space so they actually made my shoes feel narrower and tighter.
Seriously- i am just not meant to wear heels!
P.S. Have since found out you can get two packs of these in Primark for only 65p. Bargain!
Being quite little, I like to wear my boots to make me that little bit taller even though sometimes I am walking around in complete agony with the balls of my feet because of the pressure the heels put on my feet. Any woman will tell you that wearing heels for a long period of time can play havoc with your feet in many ways, but I've only recently started having serious problems, so much so that I've had to resort to flatter shoes (shock horror!) when the pain gets too much as I just can't bear my boots when my feet are that bad. I went to several shops looking for a solution but I was shocked at the prices of things to help. I found these in Tesco on a clearance offer and decided they were worth a punt for the few pounds they would cost me!
Love Your Shoes is the company that produces this particular product. The product I purchased are the "Ball of Foot Gel Cushions", but LYS (Love Your Shoes) actually do 3 other different foot aids including heel cushions, heel guards and gel spots. They all come in the same packaging, only in a differing colour according to which of the products that you buy. The Ball of Feet cushions come with a black label on the front, a picture of 3 styles of shoes, and then the back is covered in information about how to use these cushions although you could manage without it.
The thing I like about these particular cushions is the fact they are washable and reusable, so theoretically you can keep these for quite a while. They are a clear gel cushion which is tapered at one end, and flat at the other. To use these, you have to peel back the clear film on the base of each cushion and then stick it into the base of your shoes. You have to place it so that the flat top is by the toes, with the pointed end pointing towards your heel. This is so that the entire ball area of your foot is on top of the cushion, rather than just the small pointed bit.
I was putting the cushions into a pair of boots so it was slightly harder to do than if I was putting them into a pair of sandals or court shoes. However, I just pushed it into the boot as far as it would go, knowing roughly where the ball of my foot is when I'm wearing my boots. I pushed them down hard and they stuck quite well. I did have to reposition the left one slightly as I didn't put it far enough into my boot, but it peeled up relatively easily and stuck down perfectly again afterwards.
I was quite curious to wear my boots again to see how they would fare and whether or not they would make the slightest bit of difference to my poor feet. At first, it felt a bit odd because I could feel the edge of the cushion under my feet and I felt I had to keep moving my feet around to get comfortable. Eventually though, I started to ignore it and instead focused on how comfortable my boots felt! I still felt pressure from the angle of my foot because of the heel height, but it wasn't painful anymore. It just felt soft and much more gentle of my foot, and I was thrilled.
I walked around for a good while in them because obviously it is prolonged wear of my boots that makes the pain worse, but I was pleasantly surprised... there was no burning pain in the balls of my feet at all. I was worried that they would make my feet sweat but they didn't at all, and were just thoroughly comfortable for the few hours. After a while, I didn't notice them at all, and I was so pleased I had bought them, and just wish I had bought them before. Apparently, you can remove them, wash them and then replace them so I will look forward to trying that to see if the adhesive underneath still works. However, I have to say that while they worked for around an hour's walking, anything longer than that and they don't seem to do anything for me. While the burning pain is relieved for a short time, the pain returned after a few hours and then they did absolutely nothing for me which was such a shame.
I must say if you get sore feet from wearing heels, be it boots, sandals or court shoes, then it is worth trying these but bear in mind they are not a miracle cure. The RRP is around £9 which is quite dear but if it saves your feet and they are reusable, why not?! I paid around £2.50 for mine in Tesco as they were on offer but I've found them online for around £3.99 a pair which isn't too bad. For short walks they seem to work okay but for anything that is going to have you on your feet for long periods of time, I don't think these are going to do much for you. I wore these to work for 6 hours this weekend, and I had to go and change shoes in the end because they just weren't doing anything for me. I'll keep trying them as they do help a bit but just not enough for me.
Thank you for reading.