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14 Insoles That Will Help Take the Pain Out of Wearing High Heels

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Still dreaming about those sky-high stilettos you passed by at the mall? Don’t be afraid to take them home. These days, there are lots of innovative ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort from wearing high heels that are both discreet and affordable.

Consider a pair of slim insoles made of gel or foam that gently absorbs ball-of-foot pressure and shock when standing. They can even be worn in a sandal since they can barely be detected.

Pain relief can also be achieved with simple cushions that can be placed in the front of the shoe for shock absorption. Or, a back-of-heel cushion can help prevent heels from slipping forward and out of the shoe.

Here, FN has curated a range of cushions and insoles to address your individual needs.

Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step High Heel Relief Insoles

These ultra-soft gel arch insoles help shift pressure off the ball of the foot with a slim design that won’t make shoes feel tight. They’re designed for heels over 2 inches tall.

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Brison Ball of Foot Cushions

These support pads slip into the toe of the shoe to reduce pressure on the front of the foot; they’re transparent so they can blend right into each pair and are reusable with an easy-to-clean design.

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Powerstep Slender Fit Insoles

Make wearing high heels bearable with these custom-fitting insoles. Available in a variety of fits designed around common shoe sizes, the S-shaped shell cradles the foot for ample support.

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Aschic 6-Pair Self-Adhesive Cushion Pad Grips

Help relieve pressure on the back of your foot with this assortment of self-adhesive heel pads. They not only create an extra barrier between your foot and the back of the shoe, but they also extend to the arch to prevent your foot from sliding forward, which can cause toes to get cramped at the front of the shoe.

Aschic Women 6 Pairs Self-Adhesive Shoe Cushion Pad

Pnrskter High Heel Insoles

Created specially to fit inside pointed toe pumps, this soft foam insole features an elongated design that provides cushioning from heel to toe. It also includes arch support and extra protection under the heel.

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ViewM High Heel Insoles

Available in a convenient two-pack, this ultra-slim design is undetectable when worn with peep-toe styles and sandal for a discreet way to get comfortable in a pair of stilettos.

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Bringsine Velvety Insole

Soft gel in this style surrounds high-stress areas at the heel and ball-of-foot by transferring pressure from the foot to the cushion. Plus, the slim design allows these insoles to fit perfectly inside everything from pumps to open sandals.

Bringsine Velvety Insole for High Heels
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Foot Petals Technogel Heavenly Heel

A back-of-heel cushion helps prevent heels from slipping out of the shoe while helping with shoe sizing issues. This package comes with three sets of poron pads.

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Pedag Lady Gel-Velvety Insole

Made in Germany, this ultra-thin gel insole features a velour top liner with light support and cushioning. It rests resting softly against the skin without the slickness of the gel surface. You can also trim these insoles for a customized fit.

Pedag Lady Gel-Velvety Insole
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Heelho Ball-of-Foot Cushion

Complete with patented metatarsal indentations, these cushions are designed to redistribute pressure evenly across the entire ball of the foot for more comfort while wearing high heels. Their high-performance material is also made to reduce foul odors from forming.

Heelho Ball-of-Foot Cushion
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Footminders Catwalk Orthotic Arch Support Insoles

These insoles help redistribute weight along the foot, while offering extra cushioning to the ball of the foot for metatarsal support. The anti-odor cover keeps them fresh while a slim design slips easily inside shoes without adding bulk.

Footminders Catwalk Orthotic Arch Support Insoles
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ErgoFoot Gel-Velvety Insole

Offering a unique silhouette, ErgoFoot’s insoles are perfectly made for all your heeled sandals. The design both narrows and expands to stay hidden around the edges of open styles while still softening the blow from impact during wear.

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Kefee High Heel Pads

Whether your heels are too big, too tight or just too stiff, Kefee is here to help. This versatile kit includes padding for all parts of the inside of your heels, with a smooth exterior to prevent irritation. What’s more, the pads are washable for instant freshness.

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Feeke Arch Support Insoles

If wearing heels often leaves you with achy arches, you’ll want to add these Feeke insoles to your cart. Done in durable materials, these small inserts easily stick inside shoes and include amped up cushioning under the arch area for extra support where you need it most.

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