I spent the summer walking around some of the world’s most pedestrian-friendly cities: Paris, New York, Washington, DC, and Hong Kong. But walking in the heat can take its toll, especially when I wear shoes with a little heel. (Flats also give me blisters.) After two days of trekking around Hong Kong in August, my friends and I started looking for a cream that runners use to prevent blisters. Surely we could find a store that sold this magic cream in Hong Kong. If you search long enough, you can find anything in Hong Kong.
We looked at a running shoe store in Tsim Sha Tsui and at two more in Central.
They not only didn’t have this cream, but most of the sales people hadn’t even heard of it. When we decided to take the escalators back up to our flat, I looked down at the shops below just to take in the scenery.
And voila! A running store!
We passed the store on the escalators, and took the next exit (at a multi-level Lush shop, where I returned the following day) and headed for the running store. It was on the second floor (called the first floor in Hong Kong), so we found the entrance to the building and walked up a flight of stairs.
As soon as we told the sales guy what we were looking for, he pointed to a bin of different lotions and creams. I picked this one and asked him if it would work. (Yes). He also suggested these heavy duty bandages for existing blisters. The cream prevented blisters before they formed, but the bandages helped blisters heal. I bought–and used–both.
The rest of my trip was smooth sailing and my feet no longer felt like they were one step from breaking out into blisters.
Do you have a remedy for fending off blisters?