Tips for Making High Heels Comfortable – Makeup and Beauty Blog’s Guide to Smart Clubbing, Part 2

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So you want to get your groove on and you positively must wear those three-inch heels – but you know that in the wee hours your feet will be paying dearly for putting fashion over function. (Blisters, anyone?)


Makeup and Beauty Blog feels your pain.

After having one too many nights of wearing hella cute but painful footwear, I’ve found that there is a method to keep my feet blister-free so that I can dance all night long. The best part? I don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve happy feet!

It sounds weird, but if I’m going to rock my high heels I prep my feet before going out. I figure it’s just like any part of getting ready for the night, except the words “moleskin” and “arch inserts” aren’t as sexy as “Chanel No. 5” and “MAC Nymphette Lipglass.”

Here are three essentials things for $11.00 or less that I use to keep my high heels comfy for a night out dancing.


Foot Petals
I stick these squishy pads onto the inner front part of my shoes to get a cushioned layer of extra padding in the ball-of-the-foot area. I love these things more than frozen waffles. They prevent calluses from forming, and protect bone and tissue, too. They’re cute too, with many colors and designs to choose from. Just pop a pair into your heels and dance all night long, $6.95.

Walgreen’s Moleskin Plus
Ohhh, my precious. If the powers-that-be ever decided to discontinue Walgreen’s Moleskin then I’d buy 12689082098496790790890823940 backups, store them all in a fireproof safe and covet, covet, covet. Made from soft cotton flannel, these self-adhesive sheets protect sensitive, sore areas from rubbing. I cut them to the size and then place squares of Moleskin around my toes, on the sides of my feet, on my heel – wherever the shoe rubs my skin. Other brands make Moleskin, but Walgreen’s is the stickiest and longest lasting. $2.99 for a pack of 3 sheets.

There’s one catch for you single folks out there: if you’re going clubbing and then plan on doing a sleep over at your boyfriends/girlfriend/bootycall’s house, plan on bringing extra squares in your purse. Moleskin is fantastic but having little squares strategically placed all over your feet DOES NOT make them look cute. And after a night of dancing, the Moleskin starts to looking kinda ragged. You’ll want to remove the old ones and put on new ones in the morning.

Last but not least, the geriatric sounding:
Arch inserts
All those years of distance running have taken their toll. I use Dr. Scholl’s arch inserts to keep my arches intact while I’m on the dance floor. $10.99 for a pair.

Now get you’re ready to get your crip walk on, girl!

The hubby and I usually go the gym on Tuesday nights, but last night we decided to ditch lifting weights for a movie date. We watched “28 Weeks Later.” If you want a nice, happy, sentimental movie then skip this film! It’s really unsettling. I gorged myself on popcorn and Raisinettes because I could barely handle what was happening on screen. And when I got home I was still disturbed by it, so I had to watch youtube videos of bunnies in order to chill out.

Anyway, wherever you are I hope that you’re having a good week so far!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. e says:

    hi karen. i have a question about baby wipes. i understand that it is a good way to clean up brushes after application, but is it safe and good enough to use for makeup removal on the face for acne prone skin?

  2. Karen says:

    Hi E. I’ve never had a problem with using them on my face – and I break out really easily. Using baby wipes to take off makeup is actually an old theater trick. I learned it when I did West Side Story a looooooooooong time ago. I was really surpised to see a lot of the girls in the dressing room haul in boxes of baby wipes and I too was at first appehensive about using them on my face until one of the other dancers said: “Dude – it’s safe enough for a baby’s butthole. It will be fine on your face.”

    I don’t have a fav brand. I buy whatever is on sale and try to get the kind without alcohol. If your know your skin reacts to certain ingredients (ie., lanolin, glycerin, etc.) then be sure to check the ingredient list before you buy.

    Thanks for visiting the site, and I hope you come back soon.


  3. kia says:

    i love this series you have going on here. you are sooo funny and full of good tips! the moleskin deal isn’t just ideal for the dance floor, but for summer wear too! i hate those little footies for the sockless look.. they curl under my feet every time!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Kia, Yeah, I find those little footies useless. Thank goodness for moleskin! It’s officially sandal season here in Cali, so you know I’ll be putting in some moleskin overtime.

  5. Christine says:

    I have learned, wise one! Everything has been duly noted and stored away in the vault.

  6. Karen says:

    LOL! you are too young for arch inserts though. we’ll cross that bridge in a few years, ha ha ha!

  7. Shimmer says:

    Mmm. Moleskin. A good and true friend from my days in the army.

    I’ve gotten lazy on my heel wearing, and have to retrain my feet to get used to the position! Heels…how can something so CUTE hurt so BAD?? *sigh*

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Shimmer!

    My best friend was in the service for many years. I could never get him to use moleskin!

    I’ve gotten lazy too. I used to rock those three inch heels and haul arse in them, too. Now I’m all about my Adidas Shelltoes.

  9. Marisol says:

    I love these things because my tootsies hurt at times.

    Marisols last blog post..America, this is one of those moments.

  10. Angel says:

    Hi, I got arch inserts and heal liners and squishy gel things that keep my feet from slipping…but no avail…i spent 60 bucks on some shoes at Ninewest and they felt great in the store…now i think i’ll be dying after 2 hours…any more suggestions? and I cant return them i wore them to dinner once and the heal spikes got wore down a little 🙁 sigh.

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