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Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

| Monday, May 25, 2009

The claim: Band-Aid Friction Block Stick serves as a great defense against the irritation that comes with wearing fabulous but painful shoes. Its lubricating formula glides on smoothly to instantly reduce rubbing on skin. It is compact enough to fit in any size purse, will not cause feet to slip and is easy to apply. Just glide it on before you put on your shoes.

Cost: $4.99

Where: Wal-Mart, CVS, Duane Reade and

I already was suffering from summer shoe bite when I was offered Band-Aid Friction Block to test, so I jumped at the chance. After all, it seems every pair of cute shoes that you have to set aside for the winter gets its revenge by making you wonder why you bought them when you first break them out in the spring. And I'm bad at remembering to wear them around the house for an evening before I "just have to wear them" with some outfit that's also come out of storage. Friction block promises to be invisible and to instantly reduce rubbing on skin. When you break out the pleasant-smelling stick -- think of a mini deodorant container -- you don't see it, and if you run your finger along where you applied it, you feel the slickness, but there's no greasy residue on your finger. Amazing when you look at the ingredients: hydrogenated vegetable oil (Crisco!), cetyl alcohol (a waxy concoction often found in hair conditioners) and fragrance. It might not work for everyone, but it did for me.

-- Vaunda Bonnet

The first time I put on my favorite warm-weather wedge sandals during our late-April heat wave, my feet were torn to shreds within an hour. Not a big surprise -- I'm a sneakers kind of gal who's usually far more into comfort than fashion statements. I'm just a sucker for cute sandals. Needless to say, I wound up with Band-Aid strips on the tops of both feet after that night.

The second time I wore the shoes was three weeks later, using the Band-Aid Friction Block Stick, and I'm pleasantly surprised to say my feet came through the evening unscathed. It's like a mini-stick deodorant that is colorless and doesn't leave your feet feeling like there's anything there, even to the touch. I wasn't sure it was going to make a difference in the battle between my skin and my sandal straps, and I carried the Band-Aid strips in my purse just to be on the safe side. But hours later -- most of them on my feet -- there still was no sign of rubbing or blistering. My feet were fine. It's small enough to fit in a purse, which is great for an evening out, and I'm sure I'll use it any time I have a new pair of shoes to break in.

-- Karen Price


Finally, wearing sexy, strappy sandals doesn't have to be painful. I'll admit to having a slight shoe fetish, and I'm never turned off by a cute pair just because it squeezes my feet wrong, rubs my heels or doesn't fit quite right. Thanks to Band-Aid's Friction Block Stick, I no longer have to grin and bear it for the sake of fashion.

The lubricating stick goes on smooth and leaves no residue behind. What it does is put a barrier between your skin and the shoes.

The stick is great for breaking in new shoes, but it also helps on the already-worn shoes that are stretched out and rub a little. I have a pair of zebra-print ballet flats that rub the outside of my foot raw if I have to walk farther than 10 feet. No more! My feet are relieved that I have found Friction Block. I carry it in my purse to reapply whenever my toes, heels and ankles cry for relief.

-- Melanie Wass

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