22 Useful Things You’ll Probably Want If You Wear Shoes Of Any Kind

22 Useful Things You’ll Probably Want If You Wear Shoes Of Any Kind

Thank u painful blisters, next.

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A pair of compression arch bands that’ll support your feet and, according to reviewers, help alleviate pain from fallen arches, flat feet, bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. Just slip ’em on before you put your shoes on!


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Promising review: “Love, love, love, love, love! I have plantar fasciitis and high arches and suffered from pain and discomfort. I was looking for supportive shoes and stumbled upon these compression bands and decided to give them a try. Best purchase ever! They immediately give support, stretch the foot, and relieve pain. I wear them to bed every night, when driving, and around the house. I have given them as gifts to several family members and friends, all of whom love them!” —nicole kuester

Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

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Or these shoe inserts because they’re sturdy yet comfortable enough to deliver support to the balls of your feet, your heels, and your arches. Plus, you can use ’em in pretty much any shoe without feeling like your toes are crammed in extra tight.


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Promising review: “I used to get custom orthotics for foot problems related to flat arches and weak ankles. I tried these on a whim several years ago and have never gone back to custom. These are just as good, if not better, at a fraction of the price. Note that these are not the kind with gel pads or other gizmos — they are actually good sturdy support. They also purposely don’t extend all the way to the front of the shoe, which leaves more room in the toe box for toes to lie flat. If you’re looking for something “cushy feeling” in the bottom of your shoe, these may not be right for you, but if you’re looking for good orthotic support, especially if you’re on your feet all day, these are perfect with a good pair of ankle boots or sneakers.” —Laura6872

Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in one size for women’s 6-10, one size for men’s 8-12, and two colors).

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This pack of suede heel grips to help prevent existing blisters from too-tight shoes from getting even worse. And they’ll prevent blisters from brand-new shoes while you break ’em in.


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Promising review: “I have very narrow heels so finding shoes that do not slip is incredibly difficult. However, since I have purchased the Pedag Stop Padded Leather Heel Grips, I have been able to wear all of my shoes. The heel grips are thick enough to keep my shoes from slipping in the back but not too thick to where it makes my shoes feel smaller. Also, the heel grips are made out of a super soft leather. Even through having sweaty shoes, the heel grips have stayed stuck to the back part of the shoe. Each set of heel grips is wrapped individually so it is easy to store the extras that I am saving for shoes in the future.” —Derek

Get a pack of five pairs from Amazon for $10.55.

4.

A wooden foot roller that’ll help massage away the pain of wearing your cutest — yet most painful — pair of flats all day.


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Promising review: “Wonderful piece of equipment. It’s perfect for people who work jobs that require them to stand on their feet all day. I would absolutely recommend. It’s easily the most effective $20 you’ll spend on foot pain.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

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These natural charcoal deodorizers to neutralize smelly shoes so you aren’t left breathing a never-ending cloud of funk every time you take your sneakers off.


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Promising review: “I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes!!! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. OK, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!” —Erin

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors and packs of two, four, and six).

My coworker Yi wrote all about why these deodorizers are the solution to your smelly-shoe woes.

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A bottle of Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner because your suede shoes have been so dirty for way too long. With just a few drops and some scrubbing, this stuff’ll also clean dirt off of shoes made of leather, vinyl, nubuck, and canvas.


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FYI: One reviewer even shared that this Pink Miracle cleaner worked well on her Louis Vuitton bag.

Promising review: “I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now and I don’t go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them. Now I can wear them for even longer… I will buy them again when I run out of my bottle.” —Romario

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

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And a pair of pumps with a nude shade for pretty much anyone’s skin tone — aka, the dressy shoe staple you’ve always wanted but never knew existed.


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BTW, Kahmune is a Black-owned, woman-owned brand that has created a collection of shoes to not only match all peoples’ skin tones, but also a brand inspired by complexions from regions around the world. And, there are heel heights that should accommodate a variety of height preferences — you can shop kitten heels, low heels, mid-height heels, and high heels.

Get it from Kahmune for $300 (available in US sizes 4–13 and UK sizes 1–10, and in four heel heights and 10 shades).

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These heel stoppers because you’ve hurt your ankle one too many times from wearing skinny heels and sinking into grass or slipping through tiny cracks. These things can also just protect your heels in general!


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Elizabeth, a BuzzFeed editor, put these to the test as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding after writing about them in a ton of shopping stories. Here’s what she had to say about ’em:

“When my friend asked me to be a bridesmaid and I learned I’d be walking on grass for the ceremony, I got a bit worried. What’s a klutz with a high center of gravity to do while trying not to 1) fall down in front of approximately 150 guests or 2) keel over while quietly stifling tears during her friends’ vows? Buy some Heel Stoppers, that’s what! I was able to easily slip them onto the glitter-encrusted heels (and later remove them with no damage to the heels).

On the day of the ceremony, these sturdy pieces of plastic made the heels much easier to walk in and prevented me from aerating the lawn. My feet still hurt to high heavens because those gorgeous shoes don’t have a lot of support for a seldom stiletto-wearer like me. Out of all the dough I spent on my bridesmaid ensemble, these were the biggest bang for my buck!”

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

9.

A boot-fix glue that’ll make anyone think twice before tossing their favorite combat boots that are literally falling apart at the front. This glue will dry nearly instantly and won’t expand when it hardens. The dried glue also stands up to heat, cold, and moisture.


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Promising review: “I was very skeptical about using a shoe glue-type product after a shoe repair store owner told me that he wouldn’t/couldn’t reattach the sole on my Timberland work boots. He said that no adhesive would hold but maybe try superglue. I bought a bottle of Boot Fix Glue and followed the directions on the package to reattach the soles that had come apart at the toe. I’ve worn the boots several times now spending hours crawling around historical cemeteries doing restoration work. The repair is holding up fine. I am pleasantly surprised that this product actually lives up to its promises.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

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This over-the-door organizer so you can easily and quickly grab your favorite pair of shoes and head out the door instead of rummaging around the sneaker pile in your closet only to pull out mis-matched pairs. Plus, this hangs on the back of your door so you can keep your shoes from taking up floor space!


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Promising review: “Having no place to store my shoes was driving me nuts, and I was always tripping over shoes. I wasn’t sure if the pockets in the organizer would be large enough for my Crocs, but they fit perfectly when I put the shoes in heel first. (For reference: my Crocs are women’s size 9). I was able to get two pairs of sneakers in the last two sets of pockets as well. The pockets seem to be well made, and I’m confident that this shoe organizer will last.” —A. Roach

Get it from Amazon for $9.87 (available in three colors).

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Or this shoe shelf if you don’t have space in your closet but still need a place to organize all your shoes. You can keep it right by your front door so you don’t have to run back to your room to grab your desired pair for the day.


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Promising review: “This is the answer to my prayers about how to store our family’s shoes by our backdoor in a small, small space. It’s so very useful and classy looking for a shoe rack! It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy!” —Christine

Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

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A water repellent spray to help your boots and sneakers survive even the rainiest, snowiest days. The spray goes on clear and dries quickly. It’ll also help repel mud, ice, and other stains.


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Promising review: “I got this and sprayed it all over my black UGG boots! ALL OVER! Maybe I sprayed a little too much, lol! This spray is absolutely clear and leaves no residue. This worked so well! I was able to wear my UGGs in the rain and in the snow and NO water soaked into them. I couldn’t believe it!! UGGs are so comfortable but it’s a bummer that they don’t make them weather resistant. GET THIS PRODUCT! And THEN GET ANOTHER ONE FOR A FRIEND especially if you’re going to music festivals and outdoors and doing outdoor activities!” —BC

Get it from Amazon for $18.59+ (also available as a pack of two).

13.

These no-show socks because only when you reach for your flats or low-top canvas sneakers do you realize that you don’t own these hidden guys and wearing your kicks sock-less just isn’t an option.


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Promising review: “I wear flats, mostly a canvas shoe, every day to work. I cannot wear shoes without socks but it has been a struggle to find some no-peek socks that don’t slip off my heel all day. I’m SUPER happy with these!!! I will be buying more! They are thin enough that they don’t feel bulky inside my shoe but they are low enough across my toes that I don’t have to readjust them throughout the day, and they have not slipped off my heel AT ALL. I’ve been wearing these for about two weeks.” —Nmpollard

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $11.99+ (also available in black, beige, and assorted color packs and in packs of three or eight pairs).

14.

A pack of five sole adhesives designed with a rubber grip to prevent your cutest (yet most slippery) shoes from sending you sliding across the floor every 10 minutes.


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BTW, reviewers noted that they stuck this adhesive to their shoe and then used a blow dryer to warm it up so it would remain secure.

Promising review: “I have a few pairs of high heels I have not worn in a while because the bottoms are so slippery! These are perfect! I do not slip at all with these on the bottom! They were super easy to apply and they don’t feel like there is anything on the bottom of my shoe! I’m excited to put these on the rest of my heels! So much safer!” —Jenna

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

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These ankle and heel cushion inserts that’ll relieve the aching pressure from that area that makes you regret wearing anything other than bedroom slippers. They’ll work great for heels but will also save your feet if your flat shoes tend to rub against your ankles.


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Promising review: “These are so perfect for my ballet flats. I hate how my flats rub and my feet end up aching at the end of the day. These have some cushion under the heel (I’m a heel walker) which not only helps to secure the back but also makes your shoes even more comfortable. The clear set is my favorite… They are a complete dream to wear now! I love that there is adhesive to hold them in place if you want to permanently put them in a pair of shoes. I have so many ballet flats that I haven’t committed to which pairs I want to keep them in so I keep changing them around. I’ll probably end up getting another set so I can put them in all my flats.” —Amzn Customer

Get them from Amazon for $9.98.

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A pack of bright shoelaces to replace the dingy laces on the shoes you’ve worn every single day for the last three years. Plus, there’s something about a new set of laces that makes even the oldest pairs of shoes feel brand new.


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Promising review: “Great quality, great colors. These laces are long enough for my boots… I use them with my canvas Keds sneakers too. It’s nice to be able to change my laces with my outfits… It feels like a new pair of shoes every time I wear them!” —Tdelarme

Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $10.51.

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These shoe stretchers that’ll slightly increase the width and length of shoes that are just a wee bit tight. In other words, you won’t have to reluctantly return your shoes after gingerly trying to get more comfortable in them to no avail.


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These shoe stretchers are designed to stretch a variety of shoe styles including Oxfords, flats, sneakers, heels (!!!), and more. You’ll get two shoe stretchers, eight bunion plugs, two heighten pads, one shoe horn, and one shoe bag. Several reviewers noted that you may want to use it with shoe-stretching spray to get the best results.

Promising review: “I had three pairs of shoes that seemed to fit me at the store but once I put on thicker socks I began to feel soreness at the widest portion. So those shoes had been sitting around until I got these expanders. I was not sure if I should get fancy wooden ones that only came for one foot or get a pair so I could do a pair of shoes at the same time. I’m glad I picked these that came as a pair. I can say that these expanders work quite well. They are sturdy and with the help of the bunion pads, I was able to make all three shoes usable and comfortable. The leather shoes were the easiest to do. One shoe took 12 hours with periodic moistening of the leather. The other one was mixed leather and synthetic and took one day. The third one was all synthetic and tended to shrink after the pressure was released. I was able to get it to the point it was comfortable enough to wear, and then each night I used the expander as a shoe tree. It took a week for the shoe to finally keep its expanded shape. So yes, this is a great buy and it really works.” —Glider

Get the shoe stretchers from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors) and the shoe stretch spray for $7.97+ (available in packs of one and two).

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A pair of UGG boot insoles to turn any pair of hard, uncomfy shoes into a cloud of soft wool. You can also replace the worn-down insoles on the UGGs you’ve had since high school.


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Promising review: “My UGGs slippers, after many years, still had perfect outer soles and the suede uppers slippers are fine, except for all the cooking spills they’ve endured. When the insoles finally wore down, I considered tossing the slippers and even bought another pair. Then, I heard about replacement inner soles and bought these. My slippers were saved from the garbage! I’m still wearing them, mistreating them, and loving them. The new insoles were a great purchase.” —Fillmoe

Get them from Amazon in men’s sizes for $19.95 (available sizes 7-15) and in women’s sizes for $19.95 (available in sizes 5-12).

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And an UGG shoe care kit so you can restore your UGGs to their clean, smooth state after you let them get stained and dusty over all these years.


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The set comes with the Protector, Cleaner & Conditioner, and Shoe Renew bottles, plus a bamboo handle brush and a suede scuff eraser.

Promising review: “I wore my boots in the rain multiple times without protecting them and the fronts turned dark. I thought they were ruined and used the kit to clean and protect them and now they are good as new! I am very pleased.” —Joseph B. Derrick

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

20.

These scented sneaker balls that’ll kill the stink of sweaty shoes, gym bags, and even lockers so your sneakers can stop smelling like you dipped them in a bucket of sweat.


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Promising review: “I bought this for our rock climbing shoes which we wear with no socks and these work! We put one in each shoe with the ball rotated to the open position and our shoes stay fresh. I’m actually surprised at how long one ball lasts and how not smelly our stuff is. We’ve been using these for a few months and each ball still has the same freshener left inside of it. I’m extremely happy with these.” —Kristina

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in four styles).

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A roll-on anti-chafe stick to prevent your skin from getting blistered, chafed, or otherwise irritated when you sweat in your sneakers all day during your hike.


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Promising review: “Oh…my…soul. This product is a miracle. I have VERY blister-prone feet, and it is so difficult for me to find shoes that don’t rub me raw (I’m talking every kind of shoe — flats, sandals, heels, tennis shoes, etc.). I bought new water shoes that were supposed to be amazing for your feet, and they felt great when I tried them on, but the first time I wore them I had a blister on my heel within 30 minutes. (And I wasn’t even in the water! Just walking around the house.) I went online and bought this product that night. Let me tell you, the next time I wore those water shoes with this product…NO blisters, AT ALL. Not even a sore spot!! I am in awe. I’ve now tried this product with several other shoes that used to rub me as well, and same thing! This is my new best friend. Thank you, SportShield!” —Matthew Leonard

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available as bottles or packs of towelettes).

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And a therapeutic foot soak made with Epsom salt, shea butter, and coconut extract to pamper your tired feet after you’ve been cramming them inside shoes all week.


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Promising review: “I love the coconut lime smell. The aroma really smells good in my bathroom and drifts into the bedroom. I find this Epsom salt to be very calming in addition to helping with aching muscles. I also have the body scrub and the lotion of the same brand as well. I absolutely love these products!!!” —Penelope W.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two scents).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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