Product Type: Scholl Leg & Foot Care
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Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Sore Spots
Member Name: pink_glitter
Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Sore Spots
Advantages: They do work to some extent
Disadvantages: They're pricey for what they are, they don't cure the problem completely
Usually when women have problems walking in shoes, high heels are usually the problem. With me, however, I actually find flat shoes more uncomfortable, as I always seem to get rubbing just beneath my big toe on my left foot. I'm worried about bunions developing, so in the summer, I have to wear strappy sandals or trainers. I would love to be able to wear little ballet pumps, but they are the most painful shoes for me and I find I can't wear them for long periods of time.
When I spotted Scholl's Invisible Gel Sore Spots, I felt that they could be the answer I had been looking for. These are small oval shaped pads of gel which you stick to the inside of your shoe in the place it normally rubs. The idea is that the gel will offer you comfort and protection from rubbing. They are from the party feet range, but whilst perhaps designed with heels in mind they can be used in almost any type of shoe, the exception perhaps, being anything strappy as presumably they will be visible.
The Sore Spots come in a cardboard packet, which opens to reveal a sheet of six oval shaped gel pads. These are simply peeled away from the plastic backing to reveal a sticky side, which should adhere the pad to the relevant place inside your shoe. The sticky side of the pad is quite strong, but should you put it in the wrong place, it is easy to peel away again, reposition and re-stick.
Although the gel spots are quite thick, I still find my shoes comfortable to wear, the gel seems to mould itself to my feet and I don't notice that these are in my shoes. As for stopping sore spots on my feet, I do think that these help slightly, however they do not, in my opinion get rid of the problem completely. For general day to day use, I do notice some difference. I can wear my ballet flats to work with only minimal discomfort, although it must be noted that my working day is not particular active, usually involving walking only from the front door to the car, the car park to my desk, and then my desk to the toilet/printer/coffee machine at random intervals throughout the day. Should I suddenly decide to go for a long walk, I don't think these would offer enough protection to keep my shoes from rubbing. What I am trying to say here, is that my shoes feel more comfortable with these than without, but the spots on the side of my foot still rub (just to a lesser degree), making the pain is more bearable.
The spots seem to have good staying power, I put mine in my shoes around 3 weeks ago and they are still there. I had worried they might roll up, as the gel cushions can often do, but thankfully so far, so good and this has not happened, although presumably they will not last forever and need to be changed at some point.
A pack of six of these gel spots costs £4.07 from Boots. I didn't pay that, I got them on special offer - I forget how much exactly but it was closer to the £2 mark, which I would say is more like what they are worth.
Overall, I think these are OK, but they didn't offer the level of comfort and protection I had hoped for. That said, they did stop rubbing to some extent, and I could notice a slight difference when wearing them. I'd say if you have a particular pair of shoes that you only wear now and then, these are worth a try, but they're not really a solution for shoes you will be wearing on a daily basis or doing a lot of walking in.
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Summary: They're better than nothing!
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