I was recently sent a box of Sole Patches to try out. I was pretty excited to give these a try, and let me tell you why. I love shoes, especially heels. As someone who has had to cut back on how often I wear my heels due to the foot and back pain they can cause, I would love to find a product that would enable me to wear them more often.
Sole Patches are a cushion that can be worn in one of three way with your heels to make them more comfortable. You may be thinking to yourself that there is nothing new about that, there are already lots of cushions made to go into your shoes for comfort. And if that is what you are thinking, then you would be partially right. There are a couple of big differences though, and those differences play a part in why I was so excited to try Sole Patches.
With most traditional cushions for your shoes, you have two options. You can go with the insert type, which only works with closed toe shoes and rarely works with heels because they won’t stay in place. Or you can go with the pads that stick to bottom of the shoe. You place them where you think you need them. While these can be worn with any shoes, I always found the adhesive to be lacking and the cushion slides out by the end of the day. And while Sole Patches says sticking the patches to the shoe is a option, and a permanent one at that, it is not the main recommended use.
Sole Patches are actually made to be stuck directly on to your skin and then can be disposed with at the end of the day. If you use them in this fashion versus sticking them to your shoes, then you can easily switch shoes throughout the day with ease and still have the comfort of the cushions.
I was sent the same box they have available for sale on their website. Each box contains six patches or three sets. Since I had three sets to test out, I wanted to be as thorough as possible in my testing. I thought the best thing to do was try each set out in very different types of shoes to see if it made any difference in how they wore and stood up through the day.
So the first thing I did was check out the directions to make sure I applied them properly.
– Make sure your foot is clean and dry.
– Flex your foot. This will ensure pad sticks to optimal surface area.
– Aim for the ball of your foot, the heel, or wherever you find pain/soreness to be a problem. (Optional: Stick to shoe for permanent fixation.)
– Remove adhesive backing from Sole Patches and apply.
That is all there is too it. Pretty simple.
Now before we get into how they worked with each of the shoes lets take a look at what the product claims are. Here is what the box says:
The moisture-repelling, odor-repelling, anti-microbial, shock-absorbing properties cushion your feet while walking in uncomfortable shoes, eliminating the pain and soreness you once felt after a long day! Prevents feet from sliding forward. Medical-grade adhesive is super durable and will withstand up to hours of wear, giving you the flexibility to change into multiple pairs of shoes! Don’t commit to just one pair.
Day 1 Of Testing
For the first day I wanted to try out the Sole Patches in this pair of booties from the Avenue. While they are not the most uncomfortable shoes I own, I can never seem to where them to really walk in. They are mainly a put them on go out to dinner come home kind of shoes. Or occasionally I will take photos in them. Anything more than a couple of hours and I am not a happy camper in these.
So after I adjusted the Sole Patches on my feet I then, I then tried to slip my booties on. Unfortunately it was a bit of a struggle with having the patches on my feet and trying to slip them in the narrow neck of the booties. After it was all said and done I never could get my foot into the boots comfortably with the patches on. I could get my feet in, but it always felt like the patches were bunched up under my feet. After 15 minutes of trying to make it work, I gave up. I ended up taking them off and going with my comfortable shoes for the day. I had places to be.
And I do want to offer a bit of fair warning to anyone who may have sensitive feet. If you decide to take a pair of these off soon after putting them on, they aren’t super easy to take off. I wouldn’t say they are painful, but it was a bit uncomfortable. I would say that it was a similar sensation to that of yanking a Band-Aid off.
Day 2 Of Testing
For the second day I chose this pair of T.U.K.s I bought from ModCloth a couple of years ago. Again, they aren’t the most uncomfortable ones I own, but I would really like to increase the amount of time I can wear them. In the past two hours has been the maximum I could go in these.
I had a much easier time sliding these on with the Sole Patches on my feet. So I already felt victorious there. I almost instantly felt a difference in the comfort level. I did take a change of shoes with me, just in case, because I had a really long day scheduled full of running errands. I wanted to make sure there was a backup in case the Sole Patches didn’t work for me. Just like with the last pair, my longest run of wearing them was around two hours before my feet started to hurt, and that was without a lot of walking.
As I moved through my day I noticed at the two hour mark that I was still feeling pretty comfortable. Of course at that point I had done minimal walking, but I would normally have been in pain at this point with the same amount of activity. This had me feeling quite hopeful. From that point on I was quite a bit more active, my day involved a lot more walking. And I am happy to say at the four hour mark I was still feeling relatively comfortable.
However it was after this point that things started slowly breaking down. Around the five hour mark I was starting to hurt a bit. And by six hours, when I made it home, my feet were starting to ache. I had noticed for the last hour that the Sole Patches were feeling a little loose, and when I took my shoes off I could definitely tell they were indeed coming loose from my skin. (See picture below to see it coming off after wear) I also had started to slide down in my shoe a bit in the last hour, and I notice when I took my shoes off my right foot had developed a blister on the small toe from all the walking.
Even though it didn’t have me dancing in the street for a full twenty-four hours, I still found the increase wear quite impressive. I seriously doubt I would ever be able to walk in any shoes a straight twenty-four hours to even test it out.
Day 3 Of Testing
On the third day I decided to try the Sole Patches out while wearing these Eva & Zoe platform heels. This particular pair of heels have always been those shoes that you wear a different pair of shoes to the restaurant of choice. You put this pair on right before walking into the restaurant. You go get seated, eat, and leave. And then you immediately change back into the other shoes once you are out of the restaurant.
I didn’t really have any errands to run for the third day. I was only cleaning house. So this unfortunately prevented me from fully testing them out, because its just not possible (at least for me) to clean in these. However I was able to put them on for a while and test them. For this pair they slid on find. I did find that it made them a little uncomfortably tight though. The comfort was there, and I was able to walk around fine. I only had them on for about a half an hour, but that was already well past the usual breaking point in this pair of shoes.
Overall I really like these. I think they are worth a try if you are a shoe lover who would like to extend the wear time of your shoes. Though as you saw from my experience they may not be wearable with all shoes.
I you would like more information on Sole Patches or to find out where to purchase them you can find that on their website.
Tell me in the comments below, have you or would you give these a try?
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