I Tried ‘Blister Block’ And Let’s Just Say It Didn’t Block Anything, But Lip Balm Did

As someone who lives in New York City, I walk everywhere. Even in times when the subway is right there, I’d rather walk the 10 blocks, than ride underground instead. I like the fresh air, the sights, the sounds and all that stuff that comes with being in the city.

However, as someone who decided she absolutely needed to buy a new pair of heels for her recent trip, I decided to think ahead and prepare with some of that Blister Block I had seen in my local pharmacy. From what I gathered, it’s supposed to prevent those inevitable blisters that come with the awful rubbing of the back of your heels against new shoes. Blisters from new shoes always immediately transport me back to the first day of school — every first day of school to be precise — and that’s just not a memory I want to have.

So with these new shoes on and all gussied up to take on the world, I lathered up on the Blister Block stuff and went roaming. I’ll admit I walked well over three hours today, and I can’t even tell you how many miles it was, but after the first hour, despite multiple applications, that Blister Block failed me.

Trying to pretend that I’m some sort of badass who can withstand all levels of pain I put on a band aid, which I always have on me, and kept on going. However, as we all know band aids, when they’re rubbing against new shoes just get rubbed off. So there I am hobbling along, refusing to take the metro and dismissing all opportunities to grab a cab. I am, after all, a New Yorker! I eat pain for breakfast! Actually I do not, it’s usually some coffee and a toasted English muffin with jam.

As a last ditch effort to try to soothe the pain, and realizing the Blister Block was a scam, I sat myself down and covered my heels, one of which was now bleeding, in lip balm. It was just some no-name random lip balm that I picked up the other day when I overdid it on the sodium and needed to give my lips some extra kick. And you know what? It worked! Yes, the damage had been done on my right heel, but my left heel that was just minutes away from joining it in the valiant effort to stop me in my tracks, ceased to be irritated. It was amazing. So I tossed the Blister Block in the trash, and decided that lip balm is the greatest invention in the world for more than one reason.

Has anyone else tried this, or am I crazy?


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    • Fabel

      I’ve put packing tape on my feet before to stop newly-formed blisters from continuing to rub against my shoes. It was pretty effective, since it’s sticks better than a band-aid & you can wrap it around, but it also hurt (A LOT) to remove. And it was noisy. Sooo this would have probably been a better option; I will definitely try next time I’m in this situation.

    • Sarah

      ALDO makes foam heel cushions that are amazing at preventing blisters! Downside – the cost is $5.99 each pair and once you stick them in your shoe, you cannot remove them to put in a new pair.

    • Niki

      Why has no one heard of moleskin?
      It’s amazing! You can put it on undamaged (ok, just-shy-of-bleeding, if you’re desperate) skin and walk with complete comfort.
      I like to stick it on the inside of on my flesh-eating-heels, making sure to cover all the hungry parts (usually the achilles, bottom-back of the heel, and the strappy bits over the toes) so I don’t have wear flesh colored bandages every time I put em on.
      I even keep little butterfly bandage sized cuts in my wallet just in case.
      Try moleskin and never look back. It’s in the feet aisle of drug stores and grocery stores.
      And yes, it’s cheap.

    • Diane Fremont

      Crazy, I had the same problem and used Buddha Balm. Best for my lips and I guess now for my feet!

    • Victoria

      I second the moleskin recommendation. Also, sometimes I use it to line my more problematic shoes. haven’t had a problem with any of them since!

    • Cat

      I use vaseline lip therapy for when I want to break in new shoes. Rub it lightly all over the areas you might get a blister, not too much and it works great.

    • Meg

      I’ve never worn a pair of shoes that didn’t give me terrible blisters, this article was the most helpful one yet <3