I must confess I am an insole junkie. I can’t resist them. Lately, I have seen commercials with Stacy London endorsing Dr. Scholl’s high heel gel insole. They are supposed to shift weight from the toe to the heel.
I like the premise around TLC’s “What Not To Wear”, but it bothers me when they ambush, I mean, surprise someone, then spend five minutes making fun of that person’s style. If the initial comedy routine isn’t enough, when they go through the person’s closet, they are brutal. I don’t think it is fair. It draws an audience, but as hosts they should treat their guests with more respect. It is just bad manners. No wonder the guest is in tears.
Anyways, I am always game to see if Dr. Scholl’s can really make my 4 1/2 inch heels feel like I am walking on clouds. I scored the last one in Target, about $9.00. These are different because they have a thicker padding at the arch, about 1/4 inch thick.
I had a specific shoe in mind. Peep toe Steve Madden wedges that are about 7 years old. I want to love them, but they have never been comfortable, so I don’t wear them often.
The size of the Dr. S insole is supposed to fit “sizes 6 to 10.” Now, that is a HUGE difference in foot sizes. The size on the left is a 6.5 and the size on the right is a 10.5.
There were no real instructions about placement. Trial and error showed that the heel of the insole should fit the back of the shoe, but the toe of the insole was nowhere near the toe of my shoe, so there was a more pressure than should have been. Dr. Scholl’s should probably make two different sizes, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11.
They are clear so they are virtually invisible on your shoe. These will work with even the strapiest heels. If you look closely at the heel, on my shoes, you can see them.
Conclusion: At the end of the evening, my feet didn’t ache like they usually do, so yes, they work. Actually they worked quite well. If you have a size 7 or 8 shoe, these would work perfectly. I am going to look for an insole that is designed for a larger foot. If I can’t find one, then I will probably return to Dr. Scholl’s. That being said, they cannot fix shoe design problems. These shoes rub at my big toe joint, so it is a design problem. I will probably be giving them away.