STILL STANDING ($19.99/4 purse sprays)
This spray is essentially the “natural” equivalent of Heel No Pain. It contains menthol, arnica and aloe (both of which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties), and organic ilex, a rain forest plant. I assumed it wouldn’t be quite as effective as a spray with lidocaine, so I planned to use it with shoes that cause less acute pain when I wear them.
I can usually wear my workhorse Vera Wang booties (here) for a full day of running around. But any shoe with a heel eventually becomes a little torturous, and these usually cause me pain on the ball of the foot if I’ve been standing for a long time and on the sides of my baby toes. I wore them for one full day and really wore my feet out, then put them on the next day for another long day of running around. I sprayed the Still Standing thoroughly all over my feet as per the instructions. And I was not expecting what came next.
It basically felt like I dunked my feet into a huge vat of mouthwash. So. Tingly. After I got over the initial minty shock, I decided I liked it. My beat up feet made it through a full day of appointments, and it didn’t wear off for hours. It was like walking around on a refreshing bed of Mentos. In a good way.
I’d recommend this if you have tired feet or if you need to be standing or walking a lot. (I would have loved this product when I was a nurse.) It doesn’t blunt areas of acute pain as well as the Heel No Pain did, though. Hooking the two sprays up would be an interesting experiment to see if you could achieve ultimate shoe tolerance.