How many times have you bought a new pair of shoes and had to suffer through months of the slow and painful breaking in process before you can truly call them favorites? It turns out, you don't have to wait until after the leather's begun to soften before wrapping your feet in protective band aids. An increasing number of brands are producing anti-friction formulas, in stick-form, that really do protect heels and toes from blisters. The ones we keep in our bags (and desks, and homes) above!
Instead of wrapping your heels in Band-Aids, cover your skin with the brand’s Active Friction Block Stick ($6) to protect your heels and toes, without worrying about the bandages losing their stickiness. Tip: Apply the stick to both the spot on your foot that’s bothering you and the corresponding spot on the shoe for the most effective treatment.
Planning on standing in your heels all night? The chili pepper extract in Julep’s Double Step Foot Treatment ($22) stimulates circulation while shea butter eases friction.
Butter London’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm ($30) treats your dry and cracked heels while providing anti-friction benefits, so you can use it as a treatment at night as well.
Looking for a natural option? FootGloss ($12) contains no fragrances, petroleum, or parabens—but still gets the job done.
If your skin is feeling sensitive, try Gold Bond’s Chafing Defense Anti-Friction Formula ($5). The formula has the same soothing properties as the brand’s original product.
Do your feet feel like you’ve run a marathon after a day in new shoes? Sole Goddess’ Blister Protection Foot Balm ($20) is serious stuff: it was modeled after anti-friction sticks used by endurance runners.