You have the perfect shoe; it’s stylish, it matches everything, and it’s just the right heel height. Unfortunately, it is the most uncomfortable shoe you’ve ever put on your foot. It rubs in all the wrong places, and by the end of a night, your feet feel like they’ve been battered and bruised. Don’t give up just yet; there are shoe inserts designed for this exact purpose. Believe it or not, it is easy to make your own shoe inserts. Simply keep the materials on hand for easy, quick DIY shoe inserts.
If you have to stand on your feet for a long time, it will help to make a shoe insert for the entire insole of your shoe. To do this, remove the insole from the shoe. They usually will slide right out of the shoe, but if they are glued in, you may have to actually pull the insole away from the glue. If you do this, you can always glue the insole back in when you are finished. Trace the insole onto a piece of soft material, such as foam or padding. Cut out the fabric, and glue it on top of the insole in your shoe. Use wool or another warm, fuzzy material on the insole for added warmth as well.
Often one of the most uncomfortable areas of the shoe is in the ball of your foot, especially if you are wearing heels. To alleviate some of the discomfort, create padding for the ball of your foot. Purchase thick foam from a craft store or fabric store. You want the foam to be cushioned; however, you don’t want it to be so thick that it takes up too much room in your shoe. Try to keep the thickness to about ¼ inch, thinner if the shoes are extremely tight on your foot. Remove the insert from the shoe and trace the top half of the shoe onto the foam. Cut out the pattern and glue it into the shoe where the ball of your foot will sit. To get a better feeling of where to position the insert, dab a small dot fresh ink onto your foot, and place it in the shoe which will make a mark on the insole.
One of the biggest shoe irritants is when the back of the shoe rubs your heel and creates blisters. This can be easily avoided by making a shoe insert that you can stick on that section of the shoe to stop the irritation. Use a piece of craft foam, and cut a thin strip that will wrap around the inside heel of the shoe. Use super glue or a hot glue gun to secure it in place, and you’ll be amazed at how much relief you’ll feel immediately.