Ever since I moved to New York, wearing high heels have almost been but a memory. I used to live in them. I didn’t even consider flats much of an option during my days living in the Chicago ‘burbs. But the streets have worn my feet down to submission, and I find myself usually stick to no-heel sandals.
I’m slowly re-introducing them to my life recently though — I go to enough event throughout the week after all, and standing 5’5, I feel like most of the fashionistas at the mags, not to mention models backstage, are still towering over me. Enter Foot Petals, a company that is really helping the process.
Some of Foot Petals cushioning products! Sock Free Saviors and Tip Toes for Flip Flops
Foot Petals is a brand known for their shoe inserts to make walking in our sometimes uncomfortable choices in footwear a little easier. At a recent event, I met founder Tina Aldatz
. Aldatz told the story about how she suffered third degree burns as a young girl, walking along the California beach and tripping over hot coals. Ever since then, she found it painful to wear most type of shoes, which made standing in heels all day borderline unbearable. So, she invented these solutions. Aldatz showed me tricks she lends to celebrs like Emma Stone
on the red carpet using her patented shoe cushions.
Making my killer heels a little less so..
She took one look at my killer 4″ heels, and showed me how she doubles up with her new Sock Free Saviors ($18.95), which are antimicrobal terry cloth paths and are machine washable, and layers her Tip Toes ($6.95) over it right where the ball of your foot would hit the shoe. And there, you’re a step closer to walking on clouds. Genius.
Sock-Free Saviors and Tip Toes
If you’re more into flip floppies, there is also Tip Toes for Flip Flops , which relieves to pressure and keep your toes from trying to curl while you walk.
Tip Toes for Flip Flops, $6.95
Tip Toes for Flip Flops
Foot Petals also recently came out with their Pressure Pointz , which is the best insurance you can get for your feet. They can be places on points of rubbing or pain so you can prevent calluses and blisters from all the friction.
Pressure Pointz, $6.95
Love that they not only cushion feet to position them properly and protect your bones and tissues, they also are made with high performance urethane, Poron, which absorbs shocks, repels moisture, bacteria and odor. Check them out at footpetals.com or local retailers like Nordstrom and Dillard’s!
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I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but New York really effed my feet up. I mean, I think I remember way back when I thought my feet were actually not so bad. But yeah. Not the case anymore. The worst is trying to smooth out cracked heels or hardened areas. No pedi-scrub or foot buffer proved to be effective enough. I swear, I always thought in my head that there needs to be some sort of automated file made for feet. And now, I can pretty much say I was robbed of millions because Emjoi freakin beat me to it!
The brand, probably better known for its hair epilators, is now coming out with its Micro-Pedi this September. They sent me one to test out myself (I really hope they didn’t hear how badly I needed something like this — that would just be embarrassing). When they told me I was one of the first they were going to send the battery-operated foot buffer, I was elated. Mostly because I knew my NY-ridden feet would be the real test for how well it works.
First things first, it’s so easy to use: Pick the magenta roller for coarse or blue for extra coarse (I went with the blue), pop it in, and turn it on. It safely starts buffing away, and without any harsh metals to speak of. And can I just say, it does one thorough job. I was really impressed! I’m actually not even sure if I really need to go to the salon in search for the same smoothness. I used it around my heel, ankles, and balls of my feet and it left it so soft. I felt like I was granted my old pair of soft soles again. Amazing.
I’m totally a fan. You can pre-order one here for $39.95, or wait til it hits stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty in September. But man. What a ridiculously awesome find. Anyone else think they could use one too??
If I didn’t live in the city where I walk everywhere, I wouldn’t necessarily consider wearing high heels that bad of an addiction. But I do, and my feet seem to agree that it is.
HI Heels. Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco
Shoes: Steve Madden
I’m in heels most of the time at least, from work to events to dinner, up and down subway stairs. It’s not very New York-ery of me to not side with flats, I know. And I’m really not trying to purposely ruin my feet. I’m just a little lazy when it comes to changing my shoes in the middle of the day. I do sometimes throw in a pair of more feet-friendly shoes in my bag, but with all the stuff I keep on me — my camera, iPod, phone, small notebooks, chargers, etc. — it doesn’t leave too much room. And when I’m holding a clutch, carrying an extra pair of shoes is just out of the question. Until I discovered these:
Kushyfoot Flats-To-Go in snake print
I might be late to the party, but I wish I knew about Kushyfoot’s Flats-To-Go five years ago. They are simple ballet flats that are so thin you can fold them up and carry them around easily. They have a wavy rubber sole too that cushions the feet and they fit in my smallest purse. It’s good for a short-term solution though, don’t plan on walking around in it all day because they are REALLY thin and not the most shock absorbent. And of course be extra careful if you’re walking around pebbly areas. I’ll just slip into them on the way back home if I need to, and then just throw them away when I feel like I wore them out. I kind of have a lot of them though…
Kushyfoot flats in black and perforated white.
Folded up flats
Kushyfoot Flats-To-Go are available at Duane Reade, or kushyfoot.com for $9.
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I just had to get this in there while flip-flop wearing season is still around for a little while longer!
SO, I’m going to preemptively let you know that this may gross you out, but ANYWAY. I used to live a lovely 10 blocks away from work so on my way home one day, the strap of my flip flip completely broke off. It was miserable. I couldn’t maneuver the strap any which way to make it stay on, and I tried limping my way on until I decided that this is not happening. I tried to grip the strap between my big toe and smaller toe…didn’t work. I couldn’t take even one more step, and had no cash for cabs (this was pre-credit card machines in cab days) so I decided to pivot my way to the Duane Reade a block away.
You would think people in NY have seen crazier things, but I guess a girl walking half barefoot on one toe is just what invites wild stares. I couldn’t have been happier when I got to the store.
Only they had no flip flops.
In retrospect, the smart thing would have been to get socks, but I guess the thought in the burning hot weather just didn’t find it’s way to my head. I figured I may miraculously manage another few blocks home. I kept thinking of all the dogs who probably just peed earlier that day on the sidewalk, and almost gagged. I washed my feet furiously when I got home.
If only I read this msnbc.com article though, things would be a lottt different. Forget the disgusting NY streets, TODAY and the University of Miami emergency mobile flip-flop lab, tested footwear and found that there were more than 18,000 bacteria on just one pair of flip-flops.
Even more shocking than the number of germs were the types represented — bacteria from fecal matter, skin and respiratory germs. One pair of 6-year-old flip-flops had germs that cause yeast infection and diaper rash.
OK lesson learned. Wash your hands and feet as much as possible and try to keep those flip flops off when you’re at home!!
Just doin’ my public service announcement part.