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Product Review: Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

About a year ago, I was complaining about blisters via Twitter when a reader whose name I unfortunately can not remember recommended that I try Band-Aid Friction Block Stick. I immediately ran to my local CVS drugstore and purchased the product, despite the diminutive size of the stick (only 0.34 ounces) and relatively steep price (I paid $8, but you can find it much cheaper online). Then, I put it to the test. Keep reading to see how it performed!

What they say: Band Aid Active Lubricating Formula Friction Block Stick Instantly reduce rubbing on skin. Ideal for open shoes.

What I thought: This stuff actually works, under certain circumstances, with certain shoes! If I could hug the dear reader who recommended this amazing product, I would (if you're reading this, consider yourself hugged).

Now, it's not a miracle product, it won't make all your painful heels magically comfortable, but if you have a certain pair of shoes that are wearable to a degree but will cause blisters in certain spots if you wear them too long, Band-Aid Friction Block Stick will help extend the length of time you can wear said shoes.

For example, I had purchased a pair of leather ballet flats by a brand called Ras from ideeli and wore them out for the first time to walk my dog. After about one mile, my bare feet were in a lot of pain - the shoes were rubbing against the skin just below my ankle and on the back of my heel. I thought the shoes were a lost cause. Then a couple days later when I got the Band-Aid Friction Block Stick, I rubbed it all over my ankles (it kinda glides on like deodorant. It's very unassuming and you almost can't tell it's there.) I wore the flats for the exact same mile long walk and voila, no pain, no chafing, no blisters! I don't think I could have walked on those shoes the whole day, but just being able to wear them for my walk without pain meant I could break those shoes in without getting blisters. A pair of shoes slated for the donation pile was now back in my footwear arsenal!

I have a half dozen similar stories I could share, but I think you get the idea. It's not a panacea for all your foot and shoe problems, but it can definitely solve some of them. I've recommended this product to friends and when I run out of this stick, I'll definitely buy some more. It helps if you reapply the product a couple times throughout the day if you're going to be doing a lot of walking. If you give it a try or if you've used it in the past, let me know what you think!

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Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick

#1 JENNIFER on 2011-06-06 09:47 (Reply)
I found another kind at a bike store for $4 and is very similar to this. But you get more. It's called Bodyglide.
#2 Tracie on 2011-06-06 10:06 (Reply)
I was going to suggest the exact same product. Larger sized stick for less money - any good running store should carry it.
I've been using this for about 5 or so years - I actually use it on the inner thigh where chafing can occur; it's brilliant!
#2.1 Lauren C on 2011-06-06 12:08 (Reply)
That's brilliant Lauren, using it for chafing! Creeps up during the hot summer months whilst wearing dresses, and I'm always looking to prevent that. Thanks!
#2.1.1 Monica on 2011-06-06 12:47 (Reply)
I was going to ask if it was similar to Bodyglide! I LOVE BG during the summer...I keep a small stick of it in my purse, there have been MANY a day when it came in handy!
#2.1.2 Nikki on 2011-06-06 17:17 (Reply)
Great idea! And I bet it comes in different sizes so you can keep a small one in your purse or bike bag and a larger one at home...
#2.2 The Budget Babe on 2011-06-08 09:06 (Reply)
I just rub some Vaseline on the spots of my feet that would rub! I carry around a little jar in my purse in case I need to reapply.
#3 Haylee (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 10:27 (Reply)
Thanks for your review! I've actually wondered if this product actually works...I have a number of shoes I adore that cause blisters. Time to try this to see if I can make wearing them less painful!
#4 Brannon (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 11:12 (Reply)
Another thing I'd recommend for fixing problem shoes is, which is good for fixing all sorts of stuff, but shoes are one very clever example I've seen. Example:
#5 Sandra on 2011-06-06 12:42 (Reply)
Sandra, thanks so much for the link to sugru! I'd never heard of it, and inquiring minds wanna know anything that will help with shoe ouchiness. Watched the videos, and am impressed with the applications. Sweet! Oh, and I'd never heard of Band-aid Friction Block, but was already familiar with BodyGlide. BodyGlide cost me $11-freakin'-bucks at a sporting goods store. I was hoping the Band-aid version would be cheaper, but not if it's just sold in a smaller size.
#5.1 Deborahhh on 2011-06-07 12:23 (Reply)
Sounds fantastic, I'll definitely give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing :-)
#6 Fel (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 13:48 (Reply)
I had a coworker recommend this to me too and I just recently was able to track one down at Target! I like that it's small enough that I can carry it in my purse for emergencies. It definitely worked to break in a new pair of shoes I bought recently. Amazing. I'm a huge fan!
#7 cadrommy (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 14:40 (Reply)
I'm a huge fan of this blister block! Works wonders because EVERY new pair of shoes I get tends to rub me the wrong way somehow. I also love the smell, too! So, it provides an added bonus of foot freshening :-)
#8 Meagan (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 15:55 (Reply)
Thanks for the review--my feet are so sensitive, so this sounds like a product I need to try! I'll definitely wait for a sale or a coupon.
#9 Erin (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 21:15 (Reply)
This sounds like something that would work well for me. Dancing shoes tend to hurt my precious tootsies!
#10 K (Homepage) on 2011-06-06 23:57 (Reply)
I love this stuff! I've been using it for a few years and it's a must-have for my summer purse essentials. I'll have to make a note to include it in my bridal emergency kit too!
#11 Chantal on 2011-06-07 14:15 (Reply)
Oh, I'm going to have to try this.
#12 Kristin S (Homepage) on 2011-06-07 17:14 (Reply)
I have this and it's great! I would use these before jogging because my sneakers would give me really bad blisters. It really works.
#13 thisizkim on 2011-06-07 21:32 (Reply)
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