Stop the sucking sound!
May 1, 2012 12:24 PM   Subscribe

How can I make my new leather orthotics barefoot-friendly?

I have new, custom orthotics which are doing great things for my plantar fascitis - hooray! Now that the weather is warmer, I am wearing them without socks, which they are made for and how I plan to wear them most of the summer. However, as my feet sweat, the orthotics stick to my feet and as I walk, they unstick themselves with a loud sucking sound. Any suggestions for alleviating the noise?

I tried covering them with moleskin, but the moleskin just ended up sliding around/off the edges when I walked - though they were quieter.

I do know how to keep them from squeaking, but that's not quite the problem here.
posted by sarajane to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
What about those tiny no show socks and hosiery? I used to wear them when I had to wear dressy shoes every day after the pantyhose requirement was lifted.
posted by tilde at 12:39 PM on May 1, 2012

that is, wear the no show socks on your feet or use the hoisery to "wrap" the orthotic.
posted by tilde at 12:40 PM on May 1, 2012

Would something like these help? I just bought a pair to wear with some slick leather-insoled shoes and they've stopped the uncomfortable stickiness. However, they do make shoes a bit more snug. Combined with the orthotics, you might end up having to size up.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:55 PM on May 1, 2012

I always douse my feet in baby powder before going sockless.
posted by radioamy at 3:08 PM on May 1, 2012

I had a similar issue with my first set of orthotics. When it came time to get them re-covered, I had my podiatrist change the cover to a fabric one. Much, much better! It shouldn't cost much to get them re-covered.
posted by acridrabbit at 4:42 PM on May 1, 2012

Talk to your podiatrist or pedorthist- they should be able to help.
posted by karlos at 8:05 PM on May 1, 2012

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