I was recently sent a couple of items by Scholl to have a play with. Originally I was going to test out the Party Feet Gel Cushions at the Illamasqua event last Thursday. Unfortunately, rain was forecast, and as my high heels don't do rain, I had to postpone for a couple of days.
Because I am dedicated to beauty testing, on Saturday I did the weekly food shop in these:
I am happy to report that I had absolutely no pain in the balls of my feet at the end of the morning (and that usually happens about an hour after wearing these shoes, not that that stops me wearing them.) I do think that the gel cushions do relieve the pressure when wearing high heels. The pair I was sent are the fantastically sparkly limited edition Snowflake Party Feet (RRP £4.88 for a pair.) They are reusable, and adhere to the shoe so you don't get slipping when you are wearing them.
Rather less glamorously, I was also sent the Cracked Heel Repair Cream (RRP £3.99 for 25ml.) I have quite horrible feet - I practice a martial art barefoot, and although it would be nice to do something about my heels I can't afford to soften up the soles of my feet. This cream is perfect - because it's so thick I can apply it directly to the hard skin on the back of my heels without getting any on my soles, and it has an immediate intense moisturising effect, as well as longer term softening of the skin. I am happy to report that after a few days of use (every morning, I'm not dedicated enough to apply twice daily) my heels are now flesh coloured again, rather than grey. The tube is small, but you do only need a tiny amount of the very concentrated cream to do both heels. I'd much rather use this than use one of the frankly quite terrifying foot grating egg shaped things that I've seen advertised recently.
Mr London has horrible hobbit feet; I'm going to try the Cracked Heel Repair Cream on him for the ultimate test and will report back (possibly with some before and after pictures.)