20 most worthless pieces of junk: #19 -- Shoe inserts

Gellin"Are you Gellin'?" asks the popular shoe insert commercial for Dr. Scholl's shoe insert, portraying individuals who are unphased by awkward circumstances because their feet are blissfully comfortable, thanks to their massaging gel insoles. Despite the carefree attitude that these commercials suggest result from the shoe inserts, for practical use they are one of the most useless pieces of junk I have encountered.

After my bargain-priced dress shoes began to get a little uncomfortable, I bought a pair of massaging gel insoles, hoping for some comfort as well as some of that carefree attitude. I was very disappointed. After laboring over trimming them to fit, then inserting the soles, I will admit they were comfortable - for about 5 minutes. Before I stood up.Shoe inserts are a great idea on paper, but my experience that day was one of cramped toes, tighter shoes and inserts that slip out of place anytime I dare walked more than 25 steps. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be part of the massage feature indicated on the package, but it was enough to drive me buggy. No amount of duct tape or super glue would hold them in place, as if the inserts were enjoying the slip-and-slide afternoon in my shoes.

Rather than spend an extra $10-$20 on inserts for cheaper shoes every year, the next time I go shoe shopping I plan to look for a better quality shoe that offers a comfortable sole. If my shoes are still uncomfortable after spending more on shoes, I'll visit a specialist rather that waste my money on another useless shoe insert!
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