Summer sandal saviors
Right, left, ouch. Right, left, ouch. Right, left… I’m throwing these shoes in the nearest trash can! Sound familiar? There’s nothing like the excruciating pain of a blister to ruin the joy of new summer footwear. I used to think early summer blisters were inevitable, but I’ve figured out a way around them.With the proper cushioning, blisters can heal quickly, if not be prevented entirely. No matter your choice of footwear — from wedges to stilettos to strappy sandals to flip-flops — we’ve got you (and your feet) covered:
For Flats: Foot Petals Heavenly Heels, $4.95, footpetals.comWide, thick pads stand up for the most violated area of the foot: that poor heel. When you’re breaking in new flats, the back of your heel is a hot-zone for blisters.
For Stilettos and Heels: Profoot Care Velvetex Moleskin, $2.85, amazon.comOh, the pinky toe. So often a victim, especially when the weight and pressure of a high heel bears down. Wrap it in moleskin and replace often.
For Strappy Shoes: Peda Bella Cushioning Strap Strips, $3.99, footsmart.comThin, adhesive — and, best of all, inconspicuous — cushions protect the foot and ankle from fashionable-yet-painful straps.
For Flip-Flops and Sandals: Kiwi Select In Between the Toe Cushions, $31.45 (for 6 pairs), shoebuy.comSure, flip-flops and other flat sandals seem like they’d be comfortable, but the space between your toes will tell you otherwise. Wrap these around the base of your sandal thong — and walk a mile in your own shoes!