Because you should be blister- and pain-free on the big day.
Wedding dress—check. Veil—check. Shoes—check. One more thing to add to your pre-wedding shopping list? Over-the-counter products to ensure that blisters, calluses, and sore feet don't make an appearance at your reception.
Although selecting a comfortable pair of shoes to begin with (think styles with arch support, a wider toe box, and not-too-high heels) is the surest way to avoid wedding day foot pain, OTC products can also make a big difference. Many A-listers swear by cooling foot sprays, for example. And Ettore Vulcano, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon at Mount Sinai West in New York City, tells us that gel inserts or gel toe sleeves are also a good investment. "[They] may help pad the toes, hence preventing some discomfort," he says.
Here, six affordable over-the-counter finds that will allow you to dance the night away, sans foot pain.
Still Standing Spray
Celebrity stylist Kate Young made sure actress Margot Robbie used this budget-friendly foot spray before hitting the red carpet at the Oscars, and Selena Gomez has also said she's a fan. Ingredients like menthol, tea tree oil, and vitamin E work together to soothe sore, tired feet. Also important: The non-greasy formula won't stain light-colored wedding shoes.
Dr. Scholl's Stylish Step High Heel Insoles
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with Dr. Scholl's insoles; slipping them into your shoes can deliver instant arch support and help shift weight off the ball of your foot. Dr. Vulcano recommends these inserts, which are slender enough to fit most high heels and are made with a clear material that won't be noticeable against light-colored fabric. The brand's DreamWalk High Heel Insoles are another great choice.
High Heel Pads
Consider this your insurance against all forms of wedding day foot pain. For just $10, you get eight different inserts: two heel grips to prevent blisters, two ball of foot insoles to keep feet in place, two cushions, and two bigger heel liners. Have your MOH stash them in her purse in case of emergency.
Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Roll
PreHeels Blister Prevention Spray
One spritz of this hypoallergenic, fast-drying formula creates an invisible barrier on skin. The result? Reduced friction where your shoes rubs up against feet, so blisters and irritated skin don't form while you dance the night away. As a bonus, one application lasts a full six hours.
GoGo Heel Stoppers
Okay, so they won't exactly prevent blisters or sore feet. But if your ceremony or cocktail hour is being held outside, these genius little heel protectors—which are designed to keep a skinny heel from sinking into the ground—will let you walk much easier on grass and uneven terrain.