They say beauty is pain, and while I’ve certainly experienced stray bra underwires stabbing my ribcage, dresses that are nearly impossible to sit in and, of course, blisters from all types of shoes, I’ve never felt anything quite like the pain of wearing Dr. Martens. Do I love the way they look? Absolutely. Do I want to spend the four days after wearing them caring for golf ball-size wounds on my heels? (So sorry to make you read that.) Not really.
So, bloodied and defeated, I began to accept that I might have to resign myself to a Doc-less life. (Don’t think I didn’t try to break them in—my feet and those shoes are not meant to live in harmony.) But then, as if sent from the heavens, I discovered a TikTok video praising a pair of gel-like heel cushions that apparently save your feet from the absolute demons that are Dr. Martens.