Saturday: You go into a store, spot a pair of shoes and fall instantly in love. Luckily, they have your size and the shoes look great on your feet. After taking a few steps in them, you feel like the love is mutual so you buy them.
Monday before lunchtime: You wore your new shoes and now your feet are killing you. You feel a blister developing and you wish you had brought flats so you could change. Now you’re wondering how you could have misjudged these shoes so badly.
Today: I got you. Don’t ditch those beauties just yet. The situation may not be as dire as you think. There are simple things you can do to reduce the likelihood that you’ll be hobbling to your next meeting.
By the way, if you bought those shoes first thing in the morning, you were already setting yourself up for pain. Your feet tend to swell as the day goes on so it’s best to buy them a little later in the day after you’ve walked around a bit.
Hindsight is 20/20 though so let’s not dwell on that. Here’s what to try now.
You can find this in most pharmacies or shoe stores that also sell shoe accessories. If you’re in Barbados, Woolworth used to sell it but most recently I saw it in Massy Pharmacy. I actually swear by this as a way to prevent cutting and chafing. Either stick it to the problematic area of your shoe or directly on your foot. I like to use it on the back of my heels where most ballet flats tend to rub for some reason.
Use these if the shoes are a little too loose. If your feet are slipping and sliding around, blisters are a possibility. Insoles will help to prevent that.
If it’s the ball of your foot that’s hurting, it may be because the shoe is too hard. These will give you a more spongy feel.
Use these if the rest of the shoe is fine but the heel area is a little too loose and causing the shoe to rub your skin.
5. Custom-made inserts. You will need to see a podiatrist for this but if you have flat feet and you find yourself in pain, you may need inserts made just for you.
6. Massaging gel inserts.
7. Antiperspirant spray or lotion.
Yes, it’s a thing! If you feet sweat even a little this can cause them to slip around and chafe. This will help keep them dry.
These are actually just some of the solutions. You’ll find lots of other items on the shelves but these seven will get you started.