I trekked all over San Diego late last week and through the weekend in my current sandal crush, a pair of Franco Sarto black leather cork wedges I picked up last summer, and after the first day, my feet felt fine; by the end of the second day, however, my feet and I were beginning to feel a little ‘tow up.
I turned to a pair of Dr. Scholl’s High Heel Inserts (about $8) to restore the spring to my step. They’re basically an adhesive gel insert, like a cushioned sticker, that fit into high heels to hopefully make them more comfortable.
I’ve used something similar from Foot Petals called Killer Kushionz, and even though my inner word nerd flinches every time I see the way “Kushionz” is spelled, I love how comfy they are.
Of course, at $12.95 a pop, Kushionz are about 62% more expensive than the inserts from Dr. Scholl’s, a fact not lost on my bargain-lovin’ self. Add to that the cost of shipping, as I’m usually forced to order Kushionz online (I can’t always find them locally), and the difference is usually even greater than that. Meanwhile, the Dr. Scholl’s inserts are carried at most drugstores, and sometimes even at grocery stores like Safeway.
The whole insole idea isn’t too complicated here. Both products are designed to do the same thing, but they go about it in slightly different ways.
- Adhesive: One major plus for Dr. Scholl’s? They’re easier to remove, adjust and reinsert. The adhesive the good doctor uses is just more practical than the stickier adhesive used for the Kushionz.
- Material: Killer Kushionz are made from something that resembles a high-tech foam, while Dr. Scholl’s Insoles are made from some kind of thermogenic (my word) gel that turns my shoes into a steam engine, for reals! Hot, and tons of sweat. On top of that, the gel doesn’t absorb the excess sweat, so it all just pools around in there (nasty!). The Killer Kushionz, on the other
foothand, keep my feet much cooler and dry.
- Arch support: Where Dr. Scholl’s kicks Killer Kusionz to the curb. The doctor’s insoles are thicker, more supportive and consequently more comfortable when I’ve been standing in place (more on that in a minute) on my feet for a while.
- Width and overall shape: Both insoles are shaped differently. The Dr. Scholl’s are narrower at the tip/ball area; the Killer Kushionz are wider overall and throughout the length of the shoe. For me, the Dr. Scholl’s just feel too narrow for walking. They’re fine for a lot of standing where I’m not walking much and covering a lot of ground, but they get uncomfortable if I’m walking around. They also have these raised edges that I can feel rubbing against the bottom of my feet.
After hoofing it around the SD in the doc’s inserts for a few days, I stopped caring about the price difference and missed my Killer Kushionz.
If your feet only slightly perspire, and your days involve more standing than walking, Dr. Scholl’s High Heel Inserts might be a better option for you.
PRICE: $7-10, depending on where you find them
AVAILABILITY: At grocery stores, drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Home sweet home!
Gosh, it’s nice to be back home again. 🙂 I do love to travel, but when I’m away I miss Tabs and all my routines.
Most of alll, I miss my bed! There’s nothing like that first “Ahh!” when you slip back under your covers and lay your head down on your own pillow, you know?
So what’s shakin’? How’s your Tuesday coming along?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,