It’s barefoot season — the time we let our feet feel free and easy without the confines of a bulky socks or legwear. However, wearing shoes sockless can have its share of consequences in the form of blisters and calluses.
There are some easy ways to remedy the problem. A wide range of over-the-counter foot-relief products are available at drugstores everywhere, saving an expensive and often painful visit to the podiatrist.
So, before you step into those ballet flats, moccasins or canvas sneakers by Keds and Vans, have these safeguards on hand.
Foot Petals has some fun with it shoe cushions, done in a novelty heart shape in pink. They can be easily placed at the ball of the foot for some added protection between you and the sidewalk.
Dr. Scholl’s comes to the rescue with BlisterDefense Anti-Friction Stick, which helps prevent blisters. By simply rubbing it on the foot, it forms an invisible barrier between you and your shoes.
Apara offers a pair of gel pads that can be strategically placed in any pair of closed-up shoes at pressure points from the heel to toe. Made of clear gel, they’re also small enough to carry in your handbag for those unexpected footwear emergencies.
Since a pair of flip-flops can leave its mark on your feet, PedaBella has come up with a cool solution. It has designed a fabric covered gel insole for thongs, complete with cutouts for the toe post, that’s available in five color ways.