Here’s a recent inquiry from one of our readers who has a common problem. Common enough, that I figured I’d share the answer with everyone here.
I’m in desperate need of your advice! I recently purchased cute closed-toe pumps, which I tried on with the little nylon footies you get at the store; they fit perfect at the store. I now tried them on with thin socks and my foot slips forward, allowing my heel to slip out the back when I walk. A smaller size will not work – it’s too small in the toe box. What do you suggest? I’ve heard of a sticky pad of some sort that you can adhere to the inside of the shoe (in the heel part) – do these really work? If so, which one do you recommend?THANK YOU in advance for your help – I HATE to give up a pair of shoes that I fell in love with!
We’ve discussed this on the forums before, but it’s buried in a thread somewhere and rather than go hunting, I thought I’d share the info here for all to see.
In this situation, you don’t actually want a pad in the heel of your shoe. It won’t really change much, just give your heel something different to rub against.
What you want is a pad to go under the ball of your foot, which will push your whole foot back a little bit in the shoe. Foot Petals makes a cute version called Tip Toes that comes in a bunch of fun colors and costs $7 per pair. Here’s what they look like and how you put them in your shoes.
This is one option, but you can find lots of others in drug store foot care sections and shoe stores. DSW in particular usually has a pretty good selection of stuff like this up by the register. Polishes, pads, and cleaners galore!
You can also go with a gel version if you want a subtler size change. Dr. Scholl’s makes a good version of these, which you can get in drug stores.
So fear not if you have some slipping. As someone who is often between sizes (oh, for a size 8.25!), I often resort to little hidden additions like these to make shoes fit just right.