Monday, May 23, 2011

Silver Linings [Review and Giveaway]


If you're like me and wear heels most days, you probably don't also wear socks (especially in the summer). Bare feet + closed-toe shoes can make a bad combination, especially in warm weather. Moisture builds, odors reek...yuck, right? So when Jenn Chu, founder and creator of Silver Linings, offered me a chance to review (and giveaway) a pair of Silver Linings, odor and moisture fighting shoe liners made specifically for ladies shoes, I jumped at the chance!

Silver Linings use silver- based technology (get it?) to combat moisture and odor before they start. The ultra-thin liners don't change the fit of your shoe, and as you can see from my pic above, can be used with other arch or heel supports.  I stuck my pair for review in my trusty nude pumps and set to work using them!

I've had them in for almost a month now, but I don't wear the same shoes twice in one week, so I've only worn these about 4 times with the Silver Linings. I immediately noticed the lack of odor.  I didn't smell my shoes before I put these in for a baseline, but there was no foot odor when I check afterward. There is a slight metallic smell from the linings, but nothing strong or offensive (or nearly as bad as foot odor). But does it fight moisture, too?

I'll be honest--I didn't notice a moisture-wicking effect right away. But as soon as I put on another pair of closed-toed shoes the next day, I realized how much nicer it was with the Silver Linings. Definitely a product I would buy on my own for the rest of my closed-toe shoes.

And while it's tempting to keep the second giveaway pair for myself (muahaha), I'm going to stick to my work and give one of YOU a pair!

Want to win a pair of Silver Linings?
Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite shoe accessory or add-on is! Do you swear by moleskin? Heel liners? Silver Linings? Make sure to include a valid email address. Giveaway ends 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, May 26, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

Have you ever tried an odor-fighting shoe product? How did you like it?

*I received a pair of Silver Linings at no cost for review, but it was my choice to post a review and the opinions above are entirely my own. No compensation was exchanged for posting this review, but I like to feature useful resources for my readers.

32 comments:

  1. I like using Foot Petals Tip Toes for the balls of my feet.

    Silver Linings sound like they would be good for foot odor problems. I considered sprinkling baking powder in my shoes, but not sure if that would cause skin irritation.

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  2. I often need heel grips to keep them from slipping in the back! These Silver Linings sound great!

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  3. I have really small feet (5 1/2) so heel liners are a must for most of my heels. Now that it's summer I can totally use Silver Linings, unfortunately I'm already noticing that my shoes don't smell so great!
    eap_01@yahoo.com

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  4. Moleskin is a lifesaver! I also use tip-toes by foot petals since my feet slide forward in EVERY SINGLE of heels I own--even little 2" heels! Unfortunately even with the foot petals I still slide forward if I wear hose. Not sure what to do about that, but silver linings would definitely help with going hose-free!

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  5. I sometimes try to clear the odor out from my summer flats by keeping dryer sheets in them when they're not on my feet. It's not a foolproof plan, but it's a good start. These silver linings sound like another great addition!!

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  6. These sound like a great product, I usually just let my shoes air out well between the days I'll wear them to eliminate odor.
    My favorite things are heel pads, since one foot is just a tiny little bit smaller and it's the only way to get one pair of shoes to fit both feet!

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  7. I have also tried by the dryer sheets and the baking soda tricks, which have only been okay. It sounds like the silver linings are a great product - I'll have to try it!

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  8. i love my Aldo foam inserts and put them in almost every pair of heels that i wear! these Silver Linings look so cool!

    cute & little
    come check out the color brigade!

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  9. I haven't tried one, but I need it so bad!
    Nikki

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  11. SO far I haven't had much luck with any shoe add-ons beyond invisible footsie socks, but would love to try. These sound really promising!

    buzibu [at] gmail.com

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  12. I usually use Foot Petals Tip Toes and Heavenly Heels when my shoes need extra support to prevent them from slipping. As for moisture wicking, I stuff newspaper/recycled paper catalogs into the shoes to absorb the smell after I wear them. =)

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  13. How cool!

    I don't have arches in my feet--flat-footedness runs in the family!--so I use orthopedic insoles when I can. Those are my only real shoe 'trick.'

    Oh, I take that back--the other thing I like to do is use vintage earrings as shoe clips! It's a fun and inexpensive way to jazz up plain shoes (since I really only have two pairs of work shoes!).

    thestartupwife at gmail dot com.

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  14. I prefer using heel liners.

    s.smile4ever@gmail.com

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  15. I don't even know what a shoe accessory is or an add-on so I guess I'm no good. But I will say most of the time I wear pantyhose and I cannot handle my foot in a dress shoe without something but I have been trying. I have these peep toe shoes and shouldn't wear pantyhose with those so I suck it up. I didn't even know liners existed before. I might have to try them.
    I tend to like clear heel liners when a shoe gets a little big but I haven't had good success with them. I also like the clear arch things you add to shoes but only because I'm extremely flat footed.
    I hate shoes with a tag on the bottom like "Mudd" ribbon because my foot cannot handle the texture difference so then I buy Dr Scholl's insoles that cover the entire shoe. They are nice.

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  16. Heel liners are my total savior - one day with messed up, blistered heels was enough to send me running to the store. They've made a number of cute shoes totally wearable again!

    thesilentseas AT gmail DOT com

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  17. I swear by CVS "high heel pads" for wearing with thin-soled flat shoes. I put a high-heel pad underneath the ball of each foot, and it provides just enough cushion to make inexpensive flats feel like rubber-soled shoes.

    a.grey.skylark AT gmail DOT com

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  18. Oooh I NEED these! LOL!

    I can't live without heel liners and those pads that go under the balls of your feet. I have long feet but thin heels so I always need my feet pushed back to ensure my heels don't slip out!

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  19. I definitely need heel liners for most of my shoes.

    andrea.l.goldstein[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. Wow, these would be helpful! I don't really use any shoe assistance, though now that you mention it my feet sure were slipping yesterday! Maybe I'll go find some tonight.

    lkdeibler at gmail dot com

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  21. Ooh I haven't tried these, but they seem like they could be a great addition for ballet flats or particularly difficult heels!

    I have to say, I didn't think that arch supports would work for me since I haven't had luck with them in the past, but I have been quite impressed with Dr. Scholls' high heel arch supports. I have high arches, but these support my feet really well. I did have to reposition them a bit to get them just right, but it was definitely worth the fuss.

    Thanks Angeline!

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  22. I'm a big fan of heel liners and the odor-eater inserts! I have very thin heels, so shoes are always sliding off my feet. I just assume that heels will slip off, and judge the shoe around that fact.

    compete247 @ aol dot com (fear not, this is just my "internet" address, not for any professional interactions!) :)

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  23. I really like my dr scholls gel heel liners.

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  24. Foot petals in heels, for sure! It's my go-to for keeping the balls of my heels from going numb!

    ~Nicole
    employed.panache@gmail.com

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  25. i haven't tried many shoe accessories or add-ons, but i think i would definitely like to give these a try! i hate stinky feet! :) - heidi {hamoth@gmail.com}

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  26. I definitely use heel liners - there's no way you can live in a city and walk to work without them!
    cmo004(at)drake(dot)edu

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  27. I use baby-powder to combat odor. It works on the odor, but it's definitely not a great solution because it feels weird between my toes, and if you ever take your shoes off under your desk, you run the risk of leaving a white footprint.

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  28. I also love my foam inserts and heel pads for added comfort and a better fit. :)

    xo Nav
    http://navlandstyleblogspot.com

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  29. I'm a foam insert, heel liner, and ball-of-foot pad person - and I just started adding moleskin to my picky feet tactics :)

    kdianehodges AT gmail DOT com

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  30. I use SuperFeet insoles (the black and green ones) in all of my closed toe shoes. Most of my shoes have a heel gripper, I don't know if I walk funny or have non-standard shaped heels/ankles but shoes always slip.

    I would really like to try these Silver Linings, especially for synthetically lined shoes. I tried the Pro Foot Pump Pouch to create a little barrier between shoe and foot, but they took up space and got smelly.

    jennifer.patch(at)gmail.com

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  31. I've always used heel liners to prevent rubbing of my heels. I've tried soles for the balls of my feet but they always make my shoes tighter. I would love to try these Silver Linings.

    complexcardigans (at) gmail (dot) com

    Complex Cardigans

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  32. I don't have any shoe tricks but have been meaning to try some!

    jlridenhour(at)yahoo(dot)com

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