Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Dr. Scholl's® For Her High Heel Insoles

  • Helps prevent foot pain caused by high heels
  • Proven to improve the way you feel in heels
  • Unique ultra-soft FabuSTEP® gel arch shifts pressure off your ball of foot
  • Immediate and all day comfort
  • Stays firmly in place
  • Removable without damage to shoes
  • Slim design won't make shoes feel tight
  • Practically invisible, even in strappy heels
Available in:
  • Women's (sizes 6-10)
Designed to fit:
  • All high heels, 2″ and higher
I've seen these Dr. Scholl's® For Her High Heel Insoles advertised and even got a sample in one of my magazines once, but I hadn't tried them until now.  The magazine sample - perhaps you got one too? - was just one insole, not a pair.  I'm sure the idea was to try the insole in one shoe while wearing the other shoe normally, with no insole, making it really easy to see the difference.  Come to think of it, I really should have tried that...

Anyway, I recently received a set of these insoles from BzzAgent - an entire pair - so this time I tried them.  I put them into a pair of heeled sandals and wore them to a wedding reception.

First of all, these really surprised me because I thought they worked by giving me a gel cushion under the balls of my feet, which is where my feet always hurt when I wear heels.  Yes, there is a slight cushion there, but it's the gel arch that shifts pressure off the ball of your foot that really makes these work.  It lets the arch of your foot take some of that pressure and spreads it out over more area - meaning less pressure and less pain in one place.  The insoles are clearly marked so you get the left one in the left shoe and the right one in the right shoe, so that the arch support is in the right place. 

I did not dance the night away or spend the entire night on my feet at that wedding reception - because my husband was the DJ - but I was on my feet quite a bit, helping him unload stuff, walking around, etc., and these insoles definitely made a difference in the way my feet felt by the end of the night.  I wore the shoes again yesterday, all day long, and I was again impressed by how well these insoles worked.  I don't think I would want to run a mile or be on my feet all day long, even with the insoles in my shoes, but I do think they help a lot to make heels more comfortable. 

The insoles have a good adhesive that keeps them in place, which is very important, but it doesn't stick so tightly that you can't adjust the placement to get just the right fit.  They're also supposed to be removable without any damage to the shoes, which is also very important - because I'm not sure comfort is worth ruining a good pair of shoes.  It would be nice if I could move the insoles from one pair of shoes to another - so I can always have them in whatever pair of shoes I want to wear - but I'm afraid the adhesive would stop working before long from being stuck and unstuck, and then they wouldn't stay in place.  I guess I'll just have to start by buying a few at a time and putting them into the shoes I wear most often.  Be sure to grab the $2 coupon available on the Dr Scholl's website before you run out and buy some of your own.

Disclosure: I received a product sample from BzzAgent.  I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions are mine.