*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for entering. The winner is Sarah K. Moreland. Please email me.*
Recently, I was sent Stiletto Hardware, a new collection of shoe pads, to sample. I must confess; I was skeptical. I mean there are other shoe insoles in the marketplace, how much better could these really be?
I decided to give them a working woman’s true test. First, I inserted the Ball-of-Foot Cushion into a pair of my highest heeled sandals (4.25” non-platform is my absolute max) and wore them on a super busy day – a day I would have normally chosen to wear a substantially lower pair. After back-to-back meetings followed by a lengthy networking event, where I was required to stand for several hours, I ended the day actually feeling grateful. To my surprise, they worked! The results lived up to the company’s tagline, “No more walking home barefoot”. The best way I can describe Stiletto Hardware shoe insoles is it feels like you are walking barefoot on a Tempur-Pedic mattress…they’re amazing! Plus, an extra bonus, the pads were not visible while wearing my sandals. Next, I tried the Heel Cushion with a pair of flats and then the Ball-of-Foot (Ultra Slender) Cushion with a pair of closed-toe pumps that already fit a little snug. I had equal success with these versions too.
I could no longer contain my excitement! I had to find out more about who was behind, Stiletto Hardware, and its fantastic products.
Here is my interview with Kelly Chung, the founder of Stiletto Hardware:
What inspired you to design a shoe pad?
I actually play a lot of sports and injured my foot many years ago. Ever since then, wearing high heels has been so painful. So, I’ve become a sort of insole connoisseur! And while they did provide some relief, I knew I could make something better. Thus, I went out and did some research and created Stiletto Hardware!
Stiletto Hardware products are a hit! How come they are so comfortable? What’s the secret to their success?
We’re so excited to be having such a wonderful response to our products! What makes them so different from other products in the marketplace is the use of memory foam. It molds to each woman’s foot and disperses pressure points, while absorbing shock throughout the day. I think the reason the products are successful is because they were made by a woman for women. I was my own best product tester. I knew that if I could make something that could solve my problem, it would solve other women’s problems as well.
Why do you care so much about women being comfortable in their shoes? What drives your passion and commitment?
I love fashion, but, often times, fashion is not comfortable and I think the worst feeling is wearing something beautiful and being uncomfortable. I also love solving problems, so this venture really allows me to solve a common problem in a creative way. What drives me to continue is getting such wonderful feedback on my products. It’s so rewarding knowing that I’m bringing something valuable to my customers and they appreciate the thought that went into creating each of my products. It’s not often easy starting a business, but having little successes along the way really helps keep my spirits up and strengthens my commitment!
To find out more about Kelly and Stiletto Hardware products check out the website. Insoles retail for $7.95 per pair plus free shipping on all orders over $10. Well, worth it!
But, guess what?
Stiletto Hardware Giveaway
Now, you can test them out yourself for free. Here’s your chance, my fellow Corporate Fashionista, to win a packaged set of three pair (one of each version) of Stiletto Hardware shoe insoles. Don’t miss out! Enter our Stiletto Hardware Giveaway, today!
Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment, telling me — what is your biggest challenge when it comes to what to wear to work?
2. To get a second entry, “like” Corporate Fashionista on Facebook — then return here to leave an additional comment below letting me know.
3. To get a third entry, “like” Stiletto Hardware on Facebook, and then again return here to leave an additional comment below letting me know.
This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. It will end next Tuesday, August 2 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be selected by random drawing (via random.org) and notified via email. I hope you win!
Disclosure: Products were sent gratis for review. This review post was not paid for or promised. All opinions are of my own.
Top Image Credit: Product + portrait courtesy of Stiletto Hardware.