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I do usually tend to wear shoes with comfort in mind, however I do have a few pairs of shoes which rub on the back of my heel and occasionally I do wear them, although I do try to avoid! As I'm sure most people do I tend to wear plaster to try and stop this problem, however, no matter how I try, whether the plaster's on my foot or on my shoe they tend to help for a bit then lose stickiness and come off.
I'd seen Scholl Party Feet products around quite a lot, usually by the shoe section of high street shops but I decided to buy mine from Boots. Scholl Party Feet Heel Shields cost me just under £4 for one pair; however they were on buy one product get the second half price so in effect I got them for about £3 a pair.
Heel Shields are designed to stop shoes rubbing, I always find it particularly painful when my shoes rub on the backs of my heels and as the plaster option never works an alternative is always welcome. The shields also stop shoes which are slightly too big from slipping off your feet, which also causes rubbing. I don't tend to have this problem usually but on the odd occasion which I do have a pair of shoes slightly too big it is annoying and painful.
The Heel Shields are a strip of transparent silicone gel which are about 4 inches long, they're wider at either end and slightly thinner in the middle, I have no idea why they're like this, my only gel is that it's meant to make the shields stick better. The strips are very soft and mouldable meaning that when you pop them into your shoes they fit to any shape. The back of the shields are covered in glue which means you can easily apply them to your shoe.
When I first popped my feet into my shoes I felt instantly relieved by the heel shields, they were very soft against my heels making my shoes very comfortable to wear. Although the layer of gel is only quite thin the shields seemed to mould onto my foot, again for optimum comfort. After a short while though, about twenty minutes or half an hour I noticed that the shields were starting to move a little bit and beginning to curl up. I didn't think this was going to be a problem and when I nipped to the toilet I smoothed the shield back onto my shoe. Almost instantly though the gel shield pinged off again and my shoes soon starting rubbing, in the end I had to throw the strips away as they were annoying me and on a night out what else was I meant to do with them?
Although initially I had a positive experience with Party Feet, in practice they were disappointing. The shields not sticking properly is a big problem and renders the product useless. The price isn't too bad, as the shields are meant to be used more than once but again, as they don't work it isn't worth any money at all.
I've used Scholl Party Feet Heel Shields for years now, I first discovered them in my late teens, when clubbing and high heels became part of my life. As I've got older the high heels have been shoved to the back of the cupboard, if I can get away with flats then I will, but occasionally I still like to dress up and head out with the girls and unless I am wearing Party Feet, you can guarantee my heels will be kicked off at around 10.30 - exposing them to dirt, glass and other nasties!
The Party Feet Shields work by offering your heel an added cushion of protection within your high heel. The shields are clear (so you won't notice them in your shoe) and they're designed to slot into your heel.
You can buy Party Feet in most chemists and supermarkets and they range in price, they are usually on sale for between £3.99 and £5.00. You might think that's a lot to spend, but you can reuse these party feet and wash them in soapy water if they get a bit grubby.
The Party Feet Shield Heels fit nicely into the heel of your shoe and they do provide a cushion for your foot - they also make it easier for you to dance and walk in your heels. Plus, I've found that they help to stop my shoes rubbing my feet, which is an added bonus!
If you're somebody that struggles with high heels that I recommend that you invest in some Party Feet Heel Shields - they make wearing heels a little bit more enjoyable and a little less painful. Five stars!
I'm the kind of girl that dresses for comfort rather than style - I can most usually be found wearing my boyfriends baggy jogging bottoms, one of his huge t-shirts, and my trainers . In fact, I wear my boyfriends clothes so often you'd be forgiven for thinking I don't own any of my own .
Every so often though, occasion demands that I reveal to the world I am in fact female - friends force me on nights out clad in a dress that (shock! horror!) reveals a bit of leg - and such dresses require that I wear heels with them .
Now, we all know that a night dancing in heels can kill your feet, leaving you limping home barefoot at two in the morning, and blistered and sore the next day . I've certainly had that experience a fair few times, and it was this that tempted me to buy this product, Scholls Part Feet Invisible Gel Heel Cushions. Knowing that I also suffer on the balls of my feet, I also got some ball pads too .
These simply stick on to the heel of the shoe, and are made a of a clear silicone gel, that is quite squishy. They have a little grippy texture to them, and they also go at the back of your heel to prevent the rubbing that can come from shoes. They are ideal for closed back shoes according to the packaging, and I would certainly say this is the case as with slingbacks or backless shoes they would be slightly visible .
When wearing them, I found they were certainly more comfortable than wearing shoes alone . Not only this, but my shoes seemed to fit a little more securely, so that I wasn't living in fear of them falling off when I was dancing . I'm very ungainly in heels usually, due to discomfort, but wearing these my feet were comfortable all night and I felt able to walk a lot more gracefully .
The one downside of these is that it was a hot night, and my feet were sweating a little bit. These don't absorb moisture so my feet felt a little wet and manky, but this is a minor downside.
These can be left in the shoes after use for the next time you want to wear your heels, although I can't comment on how long lasting they are as I don't really wear heels that often, although I suspect you could have a fair few nights out with these .
These cost me 3.99 for a pair in my local chemist - and one size fits all .
I am always a bit dubious about this sort of thing: I find that some of them work and some of them don't. However, I found them in the sale at Boots for about £2 (they're normally pretty expensive, around £5) and couldn't resist.
As it happened, I bought some lovely new going-out shoes. They only had a little heel, and were slip-ons. I do have a bit of a nightmare finding shoes that A) fit and B) look good and these fitted the bill!
I found, however, that they were ever so slightly too big and my feet kept coming out of them. The smaller size was too small, so I decided to use these heel shields instead.
You remove the plastic backing and apply the heel shield sticky side down onto the heel. Now these are supposed to be reusable, but I wouldn't risk it myself - once they're stuck on, DON'T take them off or they will probably lose their stickiness.
I found that my shoes stayed on perfectly after using these! I've worn them out a few times now and they show no sign of coming off. They are also comfortable, which is very important when you're dancing the night away!
I would definitely recommend these if you have a pair of shoes you're slipping out of, or which rub on your heel. They are lifesavers!
The cushions are supposed to cushion the heel (or even sole) of your shoe to make them comfier to wear, for longer. But they weren't the luxery I thought they would be. They made very little different to my comfort to the point where I don't believe they did anything. Instead I've come to use these for padding out my shoes instead. Quite expensive for insoles, but they're great as they can be used in just the right small areas of your shoes to make them just the perfect fit. They're especially great for this reason for the backs of your heels, if they're just a little too big and your foot is sliding out.
They may not be quite invisible but they certainly don't stand out from the shoe and you certainly can't see them once you're wearing the shoes.
The main problem I've found with this product (in kind of conjuction with the price) is that you can't reuse them in different shoes. They actually stick into your shoe on application (either front or back) and you're hard pressed to be removed.
In terms of price I obviously don't believe this product is worth it or great value for money. At the top of the page it states that they can be obtained from amazon for £3.99 but you'll be paying between £5 and £6 for them coveniently in supermarkets. I'm not sure what alternatives are out there, but I firmly believe you should shop around and maybe look for another product to do the job of making heels comfier.
Well I would imagine most of you know what these are and what they are for, but for those of you thinking "what the..?" these are gel pads that are long and thin, and designed to be worn on the heel of the shoe or shoes that rub your heel and cause you blisters or embarrassingly red blotches/dried skin on your heels.
The pads are about 10cm long and slightly narrower along the middle, lightly wider at each end, which I think helps them to stay in place. They are made from a sort of gel/silicon and are plastic coated. They are soft and squidgy and washable and restickable.
The pads come in a pack which looks very similar to all the other Party Feet insets by Scholl, in a purple cardboard wallet with an image of a shoe on the front. These cost around £4.50 depending on where you go. I bought mine in Tescos but they are also sold by places like Boots, Superdrug, Sainsburys, Amazon...I even saw a pack going on Ebay!
I bought these for a pair of shoes where the backs were causing me blisters. Already with the blisters, I had tried plasters, which had just rubbed- or should I say, peeled straight off, leaving me with a gooey, bloody and disgusting mess on my heels! But having bought my shoes in the sales for £50 marked down from £150, I was not going to give up so easily! (I now recognise I should have just said no, put them back on the shelf, and walked calmly away. What can I say, I have done a lot of growing up in this past year!)
On my walk home, seeing these I bought them instead of another attempt at some plasters. They come as a pair, inside the wallet and stuck onto transparent plastic. Reassuringly thicker then any plaster, very flexible and sticky, I placed them inside the heel of each shoe and walked off home.
The comfort was immediate. I felt much better, but not for long unfortunate. You see the problem I had with these were that they would keep curling up- I think they are just too thin in the middle and once curled, will stick to themselves and continue rolling up and not doing their job. The pain returned and the inserts needed to be uncurled and restuck. -I then found out how essential it is to wash them- they just will not stick if you do not wash them first. But even then, it was only a matter of time before they were all curled up again.
I don't think it helps that if your feet rub, these really just do not have the power to combat any movement- they are simply not strong enough to stop the movement like other sorts of Party Feet inserts do, which is a shame. These could really work otherwise.
I wont be buying these again. I mean, they could be good for someone out there, if your feet do not rub maybe- but then, you would have no need for these. They will not make your shoes fit any tighter as they are made to squidge into all sorts of shapes to cushion your heel, but not to make it fit the shoe. So all in all, I can't really see how these would work for me. Unless I stuck them down with superglue?
Good luck if your thinking of trying them out- but personally I would advise you either put back the shoes or go for the "sore spots" by Party Feet/Scholl.
Clear Gel, ultra slim and discreet / Shields stay firmly in place for long lasting cushioning & protection /