As you may already know, I have a thing for killer shoes. And by killer shoes, I mean really really gorgeous heels that also happen to kill my feet toe by toe.
I don’t know why I do it.
It happened most recently when I snapped up this pair of buckled, ankle-strap sandals at the Zara sales. I don’t even have any excuses for this one because every single review I found said they were extremely uncomfortable, and I went ahead and bought them anyways. What can I say? They called out to me, and I answered with my wallet.
Fortunately, I’ve also discovered the most brilliant shoe solution to combat the inevitable foot torture. They’re called Killer Kushionz (yes, with a z), made by Foot Petals, and come in every color you could possibly want. I got them in the shade Buttercup, a foamy yellow that looks relatively inconspicuous—we’re only talking profile view, obviously—with my nude sandals. They’re one-time use, so normally I would say pick your heels carefully. But at $13 a pair, go ahead and buy one for all your uncomfortable shoes (if you’re about to ask me why I don’t just buy comfortable shoes, you can go now. Goodbye).
Foot Petals makes a variety of insoles and other shoe solutions, but these are specifically cut for heels. The shape fits nicely inside my sandals and doesn’t peek out over the edge, which means it’s completely concealed when I slip my shoes on. Each pair comes with an adhesive backing to prevent any sliding around. The material is a nice choice too, a no-slip memory foam that provides a surprising amount of cushion despite its thinness.
I walked around in these sandals—not broken in, mind you—for a good 4 hours the other day and am happy to report my feet weren’t crying invisible tears by the time I got home. They’re especially great if you tend to feel pressure (or soul-crushing pain) in the ball-of-foot, and help cushion the arch as well. Pick up a pair before you buy that next pair of utterly devastating strappy sandals, and you’ll be free to skip down the street to your heart’s content.
Let’s catch up in the comments! How do you make your heels more comfortable? Any good shoe buys lately?
P.S. Recently in life…I chatted about microderm with celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, rounded up the prettiest flower crowns on Pinterest, and died over this summery-chic nail art by Deborah Lippmann.
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