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I used to wear high heels most of the time but now, for some reason, they absolutely kill me. I have no idea what has changed over the years but I simply cannot wear heels for hours anymore like I used to. The problem is that I still love wearing my beautiful shoes and I have spent a fair bit of money on them over time so I decided to try and find a solution to the pain. From working in a shoe shop a while back, I knew my first port of call was going to be Scholl.
I bought my PartyFeet Ultra Slim Invisible Gel Cushions from Tesco for around £3.50 which I thought was a reasonable price as I had seen them elsewhere for nearly £5. I wouldn't have even minded paying the £5 though at this point. This product can also be bought in some shoe shops, supermarkets and other shops like Boots and Superdrug. I decided to buy the ultra thin version of this product as I didn't want to feel as though I had something really chunky in the bottom of my shoes. The gel cushions come in a hard plastic packet but it is really easy to open. All you need to do is peel a sticker at the back and it opens up quickly. If you take the sticker off carefully, it can easily be replaced so you can use to packet to store the gel cushions in again after the first use.
The cushions themselves are about 4 inches in length and slightly smaller than the size of the balls of my feet. Because of the size, the cushions fit into my shoes, which are a size 5, very easily although there was a little bit of space not covered around the edges of the cushions. On the bottom of the cushions are a stickier side so that they don't move inside your shoes. Well, they are supposed to not move anyway. The cushions are made out of a clear gel so that you can't see them if you are wearing strappy/ open shoes.
I used these for a quite recent night out where I knew I would be out very late. It was the last night out of the year with my university friends so we all decided to get quite dressed up and this, of course, called for some swanky looking heeled shoes. I knew these shoes in particular had hurt a bit last time I wore them even though I have had them for ages. As they were already worn in, I knew that something had to be done to save my poor feet from hurting. The gel cushions fit very neatly in my shoes just under the bottoms of my feet and for the first hour or so, they worked very well. After that time and when my feet began to get a bit warm, the gel cushions stopped being as good. They began to move around in my shoes which was not a good thing at all as they were open toe sandals and I could slowly start to see the cushion at the front of my shoe. As the cushions moved in my shoes, they didn't stop my feet from hurting at all.
I got really annoyed with this product after only 2 hours. The cushions were annoying me so much, moving around in my shoes, that I ended up throwing them into a bin in the toilets of the bar we were at. Although I didn't want my feet to hurt, I also didn't want to be messing around with these stupid things in my shoes every 5-10 minutes or so by putting them back where they should be. For only 2 hours use, it definitely wasn't worth paying the £3.50 for let alone the full price of £5. I advise anyone thinking about buying this product to try something else because they definitely do not work and are a huge waste of money.
I hate wearing uncomfortable shoes - especially on a night out when your shoes start rubbing as soon as you've gone out, and you know that there is hours of dancing in those shoes ahead! Normally I tend to stick to my 'old Butterfly wedges' to be safe, as I know that I can walk in them and they don't rub that much. Although, my dear old shoes have gone a bit tatty and so I needed a new pair.
Last night was party time! I hate the thought of putting new shoes on to go partying, as I don't know how long I will be able to last in them. The shoes were from Monsoon and so were quite expensive, and so I was hoping that they wouldn't rub. Just to be on the safe side though I bought some 'Scholl Party Feet Invisible Gel Cushions', which I happened to see at the counter in Superdrug and were 'buy one get one free'. Although, I was aware of these gel cushions, I never bought them, as I always thought that they were expensive (around £4 a pair) and wasn't convinced that they did actually work.
First of all, Scholl's Party Feet Invisible Gel Cushions are small 'jelly' things which you put in your shoes to prevent cushioning and also stop your the balls of your feet from burning (something I get alot when I am wearing heels).
On the night, I placed the gel (it has a sticky back) and stuck it in my shoe, so that it would be under my heel. I was suprised at how well it stuck to my shoe. When I put my shoe on I was a bit like 'argh! my foot feels squished', as it seemed that because the gel was 'raising my foot' my toes were getting squished by the top of the shoe. After a bit of 'umm-ing' and 'ahhh-ing' of considering whether to just wear my old shoes ; at least they would be comfortable, I decided that the old shoes didn't go with my outfit. So, I stuck with the new shoes, with the gel cushion.
Luckily after a while I got used to the squished feeling, and I am pleased to say that my feet were fine all night ;no aching feet, no blisters! So I am pleased to say that these gel pads really do work! Normally, if my shoes hurt me on a night out, I will moan about it all night, but I don't think my friends heard me say 'aww my shoes hurt' once!
One thing which I like about these shoes is the fact that they are really comfortable; something you definately need! Whatsmore, no one can see that you are wearing them, for one they are a clear coloured gel and secondly because they are big enough to protect your the balls of your feet, but also small and hidden by your shoe that you cannot see them ; result!
I was suprised at how long these gel pads actually lasted all night. The minute I 'stuck them down' in my shoes, that's where they stayed until I took them out, which is great, because I remember trying something similar ; put them in my shoe, as soon as I put my foot in the shoe, they started moving about. So these were great!
I used to think that these gel things were expensive especially as 'you could only use them once'. How wrong was I?! You can actually wash them so that you can use them again and again! So in fact they turn out to be really good value for money, and what's better is the fact that they do actually work, which means happy feet! :)
Unfortunately these gel pads aren't suitable for diabetes sufferers and sufferers should gain medical advice before using these pads. Also, if the shoes cause any kinds of reaction, then you should stop using them.
There are also more gel pads in the range ; for different parts of your foot such as your heels, as well as shields for your heels and sore spots, although I havn't tried the rest of the range yet!
I would definately recommend these gel pads! They're great!
Thanks for reading!
January 9th 2011
xdonzx (also posted under xd-o-n-z-x on dooyoo)
These are the best ever, i thought that the original party feet were amazing, but these are even more amazing.
I always have a pair of these either in my bag or already in my shoes because i don't know about you but i love high heels but they kill my feet like mad. These offer a soothing cushion feeling to the balls of your feet, its like putting your sore feet and standing on marshmellows. Heaven.
I found with the original party feet that it sometimes made my shoes feel a little tighter which can be good if you have a loose pair of shoes, however proved not to be to great once you have been dancing or walking for hours as your feet get warm swell up a little and well then made my shoes rather tight which made them hurt more...
The new ultra slim ones are wonderful, i do not have that problem any more so seem to be able to dance longer, woop woop!!
Another thing i love about these is that you can take them out and transfer to another pair of shoes. I bought these shoes once and the place i bought them from give you some of their own party feet style gel cushions, however are sticky back, well i used those ones where my feet got hot whilst dancing, they slipped a little but the sticky part must have stayed sticky and i could remove them from the heel of my sho, boo hoo!!
I like the fact you can wash these to im a bit of a clean freak so love the fact you can do this.
You must invest in a pair if you haven't already, feel the difference. And like i said you can reuse them so it is really an investment buy.
I love my high heels and I would happily strut about in the highest pair I own every day if it wasn't for the awful burning pain in the balls of my feet that wearing heels creates.
If you have ever worn a pair of heels for longer than an hour or so then you know how much the burn hurts. You are torn between the desire to look good and the excruciating pain that throbs through your feet. Now I usually try and stay in my heels for as long as possible but after five hours of drunken dancing and stumbling the shoes eventually come off if I don't have my Party Feet placed in my high heels.
Party Feet are ultra thin, clear gel pads that you place in your shoe at the ball of the feet area, you hardly notice you are wearing them
Party Feet does not completely stop the burn but they definitely stop really sore blisters. You can usually escape from a party without having sore and throbbing feet if you use this product, granted they may still hurt a little bit. The best thing about Party Feet is that the next morning your feet feel good as new which doesn't happen often while wearing high heels.
The only problem I have ever had with Party Feet is that if you don't place them in exactly right then they slide about a bit. It also depends on what shoe you wear them in because some shoes they stay put and some shoes they slide around a little.
It is usually £4.49 or so for 1 pair of Scholl's party feet but I find this is worth it as they can last for months & months and they do save your feet from a lot of pain. You can usually buy a pair of Party Feet from your local Boots, Superdrug or big supermarkets.
I wear high heels, almost religiously, I wear them everywhere, shopping, art galleries, seeing friends and when I go out for a night out with the girls. I do have a favourite pair of heels, my pink, glittery pair which were on sale at Faith, so I though I just have to have them! So I brought them, and I wore them on a night out with the girls, trying tot make them jealous with my new shoes. Oh, they were soo jealous, but after about an hour of dancing and hanging out, my feet were killing me. I had that horrible burning pain in the sole of my feet, and it become very painful to walk, and dance, my night was being spoilt. So my usual coping method is to take off my heels, and hope no one steps on my feet and I don't step on any glass on the way home. So this would happen every night out, so I decided to have a investigate in Boots, to find a product that help stops that burning pain in my feet, and I found Scholl Party Feet Ultra Slim, and thought I'd found my cure, but was I right?
Firstly, the product is a gel cushion, which sticks to the insides of your high heels, just around where your sole of your feet would be. These little cushions are for thinner type shoes, strappy sandals, and other smaller/thinner shoes, which is a good thing because the normal versions of the Party Feet are way to wide for my favourite shoes, and would be very noticeable, but these thinner ones look almost invisible.
So the most important part, how well do they work? So I went out with the girls to the pub, and Scholl Party Feet didn't work. Not at all. Well okay I must of lasted longer in my heels, around and hour and a half, before I just ended up taking my heels off. Yes, I know I'm an idiot for wearing heels that I know ache my feet, but I think it's even worst when a product claims to stop the burning pain in my sole, when it doesn't. Oh I was livid. And the little gel cushions didn't stick very well, so they kept sliding around in my heels, which made it much harder to actually walk around, which could have been very dangerous, thankfully nothing bad happened. Okay, I had a bad experience with them, but talking to a woman who drinks in my local, she said she spends her whole life in her heels, and she said the Party Feet have been quite good for her, but she did say she doesn't get that burning pain as bad as most other women. So I guess this product depends on you, and how much of a pain threshold you have, and I guess how much you wear your killer heels.
Scholl Party Feet Ultra Slim and other products in the Party Feet range, can be found in Boots, Superdrug and other pharmacists, but also in shoe shops like Faith, Office and Clarke's, and in shoe departments of big chain shops too. Prices range from around 2-6 pounds.
You may have seen these, in Boots, your local Supermarket, even fashion chains like River Island or Topshop. They are basicly an updated shoe insole...with a difference.
Party feet are sold in pretty purple packets with a cartoon/sketched heeled shoe on the front, because this is what they are for- uncomfortable to awkward shoes. The price for them varies from £2.99 on Amazon to £9.50 in some shoe menders, Average normal price in Boots at the moment is £4.79, so shop around- your likely to find it on offer somewhere around summer time.
On opening the pack, you can see the inserts are ball-of-your-foot shaped- they do not cover the whole of your foot as they are designed to cushion the ball of your foot which carries the pressure as oppose to the entire foot. Thus they do not make your too small feet fit larger shoes the way a fabric insole do, that's not their job.
The inserts come stuck to a piece of transparent plastic, they are sticky on one side and smooth on the other. I suppose they feel a little like a much thinner, smaller version of a gel-bra insert! They are made from silicon which is why they are so squishy and able to return back to their original shape after being used.
The idea is to simply peel off the insert and stick it straight down into your so the sticky part faces down. If they are put down in a way that doesn't work for you, you can peel them back up and re stick them.
If you feel they have lost their stickiness (they can stick to dust and dried skin as well as bottom of shoe insole!) they just rinse under a tap -rub to get the dust and dirt off and leave to dry in the air, then when dry, re-stick down. I think that's a genius part as it means you can use and reuse and recycle your party feet insoles. Its also great if some verruca fiend of a "friend" (or sibling) decides to borrow your shoes with party feet in. (Although they wont protect all of the insides of your shoe). Just unpeel, rinse- you can even rinse with soap and they will be fine, and dry. Simple as.
Another thing these insets do is to stop your feet slipping about in your shoes-great for open toed sandals where your toes can sometimes slide out a little too far and not look so great- or worse, slide around unevenly and look like one foot is bigger then the other!
I have one pair of these in my heeled shoes. As I don't wear heels a lot I generally don't have a problem with my shoes, they get their rest. But I thought I would get me a pair anyway as my feet were slipping. I managed to solve that problem- I bought the insets for my shoes back in October and they are still going strong- even if I wear tights. And they also make things far more comfortable- I hadn't really experienced any pain in the first place, but now I feel its even nicer to walk in my shoes!
Scholl Party Feet Ultra Slim Gel Cushions provide invisible cushioning to help prevent the burning pain in the ball of your feet and provide excellent cushions