Learning to Love my High Heels – Dr Scholl's For Her Insoles

I love playing with different styles of clothing – statement necklaces, layering scarves, skirts – I’m open to trying the unexpected. But the one item I CAN’T experiment with is shoes…flats, flats, flats – it’s pretty much all I wear!

It’s not that I don’t ADORE high heeled shoes…it’s just that I’m not comfortable in them. Imagine a baby Giraffe learning how to walk….that’s what I look like when I wear high heels! My soles are burning, my arches are aching – I honestly don’t know how women glide along in heels on a daily basis. But there are some occasions where heels are a necessity – and when those events arise, I have to slip on my heels and resign myself to a night of limited mobility.

With a couple of heels-required formal events planned for September, it was fortuitous timing to receive a selection of For Her products from Dr Scholl’s, the company renowned for promoting foot health and comfort.

The four items in my foot care package:

  • Open Shoe Insoles (MSRP $12.99) – Two-piece kit designed for open shoes, with targeted cushions for both the ball and heel of your foot.
  • Cozy Cushions Insoles (MSRP $16.99) – Multi-layer insoles to absorb perspiration while insulating feet from cold and damp. Extra-cushioning support makes them perfect for cold weather boots! Available Mid-October 2013.
  • Sole Expressions Insoles (MSRP $16.99) – Slim patterned soles with notched toes provide all-day support for any shoe, even sandals. Contains 3 pairs. Available Mid-October 2013.
  • Rub Relief Gel Spots (MSRP $10.99) – Portable protection against shoe rubbing, pinching and friction. Each pack contains 3 different sizes.

Using the Open Shoe Insoles in my ZARA heels – top – before, bottom – after

The first package I opened was the Dr Scholl’s For Her Open Shoe Insoles. We were going to attend a wedding – a lengthy affair encompassing cocktails, dinner and dancing – and I knew I’d need some serious help help keeping my heels on all night! The shoes I planned on wearing were my colorblock ZARA heels – they are gorgeous but the thin soles and pencil heels means that they look way better than they feel.

I peeled the plastic backing off the padded insoles and placed them at the ball and heel of my shoes. The gummy bottoms ensured a secure fit, yet made them easy to remove and reposition as necessary. As you can see in the picture above, the insoles are very discreet – and are not at all visible when you’re wearing the shoes.

Can I just say – the spongy insoles added a bounce to my walk – with every step I could feel the ample padding! Other than the angle of my foot – it felt like I was walking in flip flops. I had also tucked the Dr Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief Gel Spots into my bag, and as the evening wore
on, I placed 2 small gels near the front of my shoes where my pinky toes were
feeling pinched. They eased the pain immediately and I ended the night blister-less.

The bride had thoughtfully placed a basket of flip flops next to the dance floor for guests to use…but thanks to my cushion-y shoes – I can proudly say I kept my heels on all night – I even Gangnam-styled with them on! I SO wish I had had these insoles during last year’s fashion week – I wore these same shoes and was limping by the end of the night!

Smiling bravely through the pain LOL – never again!

I’m very excited about this range of Dr Scholl’s insoles. Although I love fashion, I’m not willing to suffer for it – so I’m glad these products can help me wear fancy heels without compromising on comfort.

Are you comfortable in high heels? Do you have any tips or tricks for wearing high heels?

You can find Dr. Scholl’s on Facebook and on their Website. Find coupons for their products here.

DISCLAIMER: I am part of the Chatelaine Ambassador Program, and have received special perks in the form of products and monetary compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.



  1. Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    September 30, 2013 / 2:05 am

    OMG those shoes are amazing! Glad you are able to wear them again with the help of the insoles! You looked absolutely STUNNING for that wedding!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 1, 2013 / 4:50 am

      Thanks Elaine – I was so happy that my pretty shoes are no longer painful 😉

  2. Mehreen
    September 30, 2013 / 2:48 am

    You look fab ! And glad those inserts are comfy!! Will have to check themOut!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 1, 2013 / 4:52 am

      Thanks Mehreen! I HIGHLY recommend them – it's crazy how much of a difference they make!

  3. Ebony J
    September 30, 2013 / 4:18 am

    I have wanted to try those inserts for a long time because I love my heels but the hills at my school make them killers

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 1, 2013 / 4:53 am

      You should definitely try them – I've owned their gel inserts before (the clear sticky ones) but these new ones are even better!

  4. phiphis blog
    September 30, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    if you're not accustomed to heels, i'd suggest starting with a kitten heel (45 mm) and gradually moving up! you look fantastic!! loooooove!! xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 1, 2013 / 4:55 am

      Thanks for the advice Phiphi…I definitely need heel training 😉 Height and heel thickness definitely make a huge impact on my comfort level…but the heels I like the best are the high ones with the thin heels LOL!

  5. Schnelle
    September 30, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous, Ella! Now that I work from home and don't wear heels everyday, I feel so awkward in heels when I do wear them so inserts are a must for me too.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 1, 2013 / 4:57 am

      I know what you mean Schnelle, once you get out of the heel habit, it's hard to wear them without hobbling around LOL! But I think these inserts are a small price to pay for comfort in heels 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    October 5, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    I recommend to my patients Dr.Scholls hidden arches for heels or even flats with a shallow depth that do not have much support. – chiropodist

  7. Jessy
    October 7, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    You and Elaine look gorgeous! I love your shoes. I was looking at the same pair myself during the summer!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 8, 2013 / 2:55 am

      Thanks Jessy – I love the look of these ZARA shoes, and am especially happy that they feel good too now. I wish I had picked up some more of these heels – they came in black as well as some other colorblock options.

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