First, you should buy shoes that are comfortable enough that you aren’t in pain. But even the world’s most comfy shoes, like these, can chafe and limping around with blisters is not glamorous or even attractive. And, of course, it hurts. Band-Aids are only a slight improvement.
The solution, if you can find it: Band-Aid’s Blister Block Stick, which, well, blocks blisters. It’s still mentioned on the Band-Aid Web site, but actual packages of the product seem to be elusive at the moment.
Oh, and the shoes? Tahari Treaty Patent Leather Sandals, with a 3½-inch stacked heel, which can be had from DSW for a modest $59.95. Presumably Ms Postrel herself is modeling them in the photo, not that I’d ever notice such a thing.