You may have heard by now about Insolia, a new product that claims to magically make high heels comfortable. According to a recent article, these inserts were in fact developed by an MIT-trained rocket scientist--go figure!
They are a piece of silicon rubber shaped like an elongated tongue with a bump in the middle. They adhere to the sole of the shoe, and the bump fits right under where your arch and heel meet, thus forcing the heel into a lower position than the arch and re-distributing the pressure caused by wearing high heels across a greater area of the sole than just on the ball of your feet (where it traditionally falls). That's the secret--evening the pressure caused by high heels and thus relieving some of the pain.
Sounds great, right? Now, they're in a CVS near you, so readily available. If you feel like giving them a try, please share the results on this forum, for an informal survey. I personally tried them on and haven't felt the slightest bit of difference (either than a slight bump that didn't use to be there before!)--in other words, they didn't reduce my pain or increase my ability to wear high heels (not with a sturdy, stocky 2 3/4 inch rubber heel, and not with 3 3/4 spike heel--Insolia didn't make a difference). But! The site indicates that not all women reported significant improvement, so I may be just the aberrant case. I still remain of the position that high heels are unhealthy for your feet and by and large they're patriarchal tools of torture for women; but if Insolia helps relieve the pain for other women, hey, why not. I'm willing to listen to the stories, so please share!