We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Walking = blisters = moleskin??

Which Paris hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
394 posts
22 reviews
Save Topic
Walking = blisters = moleskin??

Have seen various posts regarding blisters and moleskin, so am eagerly anticipating getting some of my own. :-) So, where can I buy moleskin -- At my regular CVS pharmacy, grocery store, Target, where?? Does it have another name?

Thanks.

Sunnyvale...
Destination Expert
for San Jose
Level Contributor
5,992 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

moleskin's readily available in US drug stores, Target et al. I'd doubt that they'd be in grocery stores unless a pharmacy's attached to them. Look for namebrands like Dr Scholl's etc. It'll be in the same aisle as shoe soles, shoe horns, corn treatments, etc. They come in little boxes about the size of a non-business letter envelope, only about 0.25 in thick. There will be several self-adhering sheets in each.

You'll need scissors or something to slice them.

Ohio, USA
Level Contributor
19,004 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

Monks -

I just posted a reply (much the same as DarthAnon's with which I agree) in the thread with RPL67's Trip Report Day 3...

SFpeninsula
Level Contributor
2,220 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

One way to minimize blisters, etc is to have good

walking shoes PLUS good socks (silk inners and

wool or blend outside). Do you have an REI

in Miami ? For me they are the best type of store

to meet my shoe needs. Maybe not the best

fashion statement (as seems to concern many)

but you will not leave Paris in pain. You want

to make sure your shoes are well broken in

before the trip.

If you can rotate 2 pair of shoes you should

be in great shape.

In September I will return to Paris again with

my trusty Mephistos (expensive but less expensive

than foot complications).

Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
394 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

Thanks all. Have good Merrell sneakers which are broken in but will look in better walking type of socks.

Spain
Level Contributor
1,070 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

you can buy COMPEED in a pharmacie or parapharmacie of Paris. It s very effective.

Ohio, USA
Level Contributor
19,004 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

I couldn't agree more with R_S_P. Breaking in your shoes properly is far more important than how fashionable they are or even how much they cost.

Let's be honest. Most of us, most of the time, walk very little and in short spurts. We get to Paris or Rome and walk six, eight miles a day and then we wonder why our feet protest??

Whatever kind of shoes you fancy, wear them a dozen or more times for an extended period before you leave. And at least a half dozen times walk no less than three or four miles in them. If they are still hurting your feet after this, buy another pair. And keep doing it until you find a pair that is right for you. Then save that pair for trips to places like Paris, and care for them like you've never cared for a pair of shoes in your life...

Good socks do help as R_S_P says. Go to your local outdoor outfitters and see what they have. And talk to one of their salespeople and seek his/her expert advice. You may even find a pair of shoes at an outfitters that will be great walking shoes without making you look like you are embarking on an Everest expedition...

Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
266 posts
1 review
Save Reply
7. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

To Randy Silver Photo, what's an REI?

To Monks - I bought Smart Wool socks at Jet Florida Outdoors, Bird Road and 97thAvenue. They also have a selection of hiking shoes, but for Paris, I found some great Born shoes at Sports Authority at Dadeland Station. Hope the First Communion was memorable! Have a geat trip.

Florida
Level Contributor
17,100 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

OK. This is the REAL DEAL. I have tried different socks.

HERE is what WORKS: after (or even during) your first day of walking, you may have tender spots that could become blisters.

Take a roll of sports tape (cloth-based, about an inch wide) and tear off a nice-sized piece. Cover the tender spot, put socks/shoes back on. Do this each morning. For the rest of your trip, no blisters! The tape is cheap and easy to buy, a roll lasts a long time - where the Dr Scholls, foot powder, etc is displayed at Wal-Mart etc.

Of course, this might not work as well with sandals where one could see the tape.

Ohio, USA
Level Contributor
19,004 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

REI is the name of a chain of outdoor outfitters stores.

www.rei.com

Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
394 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Walking = blisters = moleskin??

iamwoman: Thanks for the tips. Since I'm on the north end, I'll go to OUtdoor World off I95 in Dania. I also have some Born loafers that may make the trip as well.

The first communion was indeed very memorable thanks; all the little ones looked so grown up and special in their suits and dresses, it brought tears to my eyes.