You know those annoying third-party Facebook ads that pop up in your feed based on your web browser history? I’m sure you do, because if you are like me, you immediately click the little arrow to close them. If you are not lazy like me and have updated your settings, you wouldn’t have that problem. However, if you aren’t like me in that respect, you probably have missed out on some cool products. Lucky for me then, to have come across FootGloss…
Portland-based company FootGloss knows that blisters, chafing and bunions aren’t limited to runners. It affects anyone who wears tight shoes, but more so women it seems. Perhaps it’s our penchant for cute but impractical footwear. Even the flattest ballet flats can be uncomfortable from time to time. Founder of FootGloss, Leah Schlechter has created an all-natural foot prep that’s paraben free and petroleum free. This unscented portable balm, is .05 ounces and is as big as a glue stick. One application before you wear your shoes is all you need, unless you will be sweating excessively or on your feet for hours.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Lauryl Laurate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
Test #1-I applied FootGloss before donning a pair of designer flats I bought 2 years ago (hey, they were 40% off the retail price so no judgement please!) because they were so cute and and trendy. Usually expensive footwear is high quality, but I missed the mark and didn’t by flats in wide. Instead of taking them back, I crammed my feet in and dealt with it because, hey, they are soooo cute. Usually three hours into wearing said flats, my big ‘toe gets red and angry and I have to discretely slip them off under my desk. Before I put them on this time, I swiped some FootGloss on my tootsies and slid on my beloved chaussures (that’s French for shoes). When it was time for me to get my second cup of coffee, I looked down in surprise because I actually forgot what shoes I had put on that morning—they didn’t hurt! By lunchtime though, my feet were starting to get a little sore. So, I swiped on another layer of ‘gloss. This did the trick until I got home 6 hours later. In all fairness to FootGloss, it wasn’t their fault my feet hurt. You can’t pretend you’re Cinderella when you have feet like an Ugly Step-Sister!
Test #2-Easter weekend my husband and I took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday to get in a few hours of yard work. Since we live in Oregon and the ground is still swampy from the MAJOR amount of rain we have been having, I donned a pair of rubber boots I wear when walking the dogs or working in the garden. Before putting on socks, I swiped on some FG because I know that when skin comes into contact with rubber it can chage and cause blisters due to friction.
Test #3-Full disclosure: I decided to “branch out” and apply FootGloss to not only my toes/heels but to under my sports bra where I can get chafing during a long, sweaty run. I figured that since it prevents chafing on feet it would be just as good in other body parts! The balm worked just as well as my trusted Body Glide but didn’t leave a residue that felt oily and washed off easily in the shower. Win-win!
If you are looking for an alternative to other anti-chafing balms, this is the stuff to try! You will not be disappointed. Now through the end of May, FootGloss is offering Run Oregon readers 10% off of their purchase, using code RUNOR10.
Thank you to Footgloss for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.