HEEL NO PAIN ($14.95/1oz):
Nora wrote about this numbing foot product a few months ago, and I basically stalked the company until I could get my hands on some. Historically I do not choose shoes based on their comfort level, as evidenced by my recent purchase at the Bergdorf shoe sale. (Prada pumps with metallic detail, 45 percent off, see below right.) While not insanely high, this shoe is a foot squeezer, thanks to the extreme pointed toe. I’ve had problems with pain on the sides of my toes with shoes like this in the past. After one wearing, they proved to be uncomfortable enough to merit testing with Heel No Pain.
This foot spray, developed by a physician, contains lidocaine, which is the same numbing medicine dentists use. Because you apply it topically rather than as an injection, it doesn’t cause that totally disconcerting numbing sensation; it just takes the edge off. Heel No Pain comes in two formulations, Style and Active. They’re essentially the same, except the Active version also contains tea tree oil for athlete’s foot and peppermint oil to cool. I used one type on each foot, donned my Pradas, and ran around NYC. I walked my kids five blocks to school in them, then took the subway to an event and back. I was skeptical of this product at first, but after using it, I’m a believer.
While the spray didn’t do anything for the near frostbite condition of my bare ankles, my toes were noticeably more comfortable than in my first outing sans spray. They felt slightly numb and a bit tingly, but I could definitely still feel them. I didn’t notice much of a difference between the Sport and the Style versions. I used the Style spray again about an hour into my travels on the back of my heels, where the shoes started to rub uncomfortably, and it took care of the pain instantly. After about two hours, I wanted those shoes off, because nothing can really “cure” squeezy shoes (or wide toes). But for a bit of running around and some spot pain, this spray was kind of a lifesaver.