Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June - week # 3 - Summer Sandal Blister Survival

I don't know about you, but I really hate when I get blisters from wearing my summer shoes after the long winter. It ruins my feet for days after. Used to be I would suffer through wearing a pretty pair of sandals then have to wear compfy slip on flats til the blisters healed. And those unsightly bandaids! So I am thrilled to see that there is hope! I love my sandals and flip flops and all the pretty summerness of them all. Puts me in a great mood to put on a pair of pretty strappy sandals. Just because I am home with my kids doesn't mean I have to wear sneakers to run after them! I always say that I feel my best when I look my best. And lets face it, if I can wear a pretty pair of sandals and still run around with my girls...well thats just perfect! Don't get me wrong I still love my ballet flats, but for summer its nice to let the pedicured toes out to play too! Tamra (a.k.a. The Frugal Mom)

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!
*Article found in the Skinny In The City newsletter

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