High Heel Help: The Cost of Comfort

FRESNO, Calif.

High heels are high fashion. But the pain they can cause isn't pretty.

"You're walking in your heels and you're ah ah ah."

"I find them hard to walk in."

"It's on the balls of your feet and it stings."

Makers of shoe insoles claim their product can help "prevent foot aches and pains, guaranteed" or provide "all-day comfort" and "cushion the entire foot area." So consumer reports put shoe insoles to the test, checking out four that cost eight to $13.

To test, 14 women tried each of the insoles in a pair of her shoes that had at least two and a half inch heels … with some as high as four.

"The women did a lot of walking for this test. Each did a total of almost five and a half miles!" Jody Rohlena said.

So what were the results? Not great for Dr. Scholl's for Her High Heel Insoles and Insolia High Heel Inserts.

"My shoes didn't feel any more comfortable than they did without them," Valerie England said.

Foot pedals killer kushionz did make shoes feel a little more comfortable. But the package says they're "not recommended to remove and reuse." turns out the adhesive damaged some of the shoes.

"The whole lining is torn out and it looks really yucky now. It's not a nice shoe," Desiree Ferenczi said.

As for these Fab Feet Three-Quarter Insoles from Target, they also made shoes a little more comfortable, but were easier to remove - although most of the women thought none of the insoles were worth the money.

When it comes to comfortable shoes, consumer reports says a big problem is people often buy shoes that are too small, selecting the size they've always worn. But your feet change, so it's important to get measured each time you shop for shoes.

A good-fitting pair should have a pinkie's width between the end of your toes and the tip of your shoe.

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