Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AirPufs: Insoles that Will Put a Pep In Your Step (Worldwide Shipping + BOGO Free Code!)

Someone recently asked me to show more "sensible" shoe options, saying that many of my looks involved shoes that you couldn't walk around in very well. If you've been reading PMT for a while you'll know I'm a mega lover of flats. I thought that person was mistaken, thinking I'd been wearing plenty of flats as usual.  But when I looked back at my recent outfits, it turns out *I* was wrong!  Without even realizing it, I saw I'd been wearing heels more lately. I think it's because I can actually walk in them now! How? Well, if you wanna know my newest little shoe secret, read on, my friends. 

A while ago I wrote a post on different types of shoe inserts, including an insole to give a shoe some extra padding. A couple of months ago I was approached by a woman named Chai who is the owner of a new shop called AirPufs.  Chai asked if I'd be interested in reviewing an insole that she patented. I asked how it was different than a standard insert besides the fact that it had really cute designs.

I read her story about being a flight attendant in search of more comfortable shoe solutions and discovering marshmallow foam, which is 20x more shock absorbent than any generic material that mass market brands use.

I was intrigued. I offered to test them but wouldn't agree to doing a review unless I actually believed that AirPufs were better than standard insoles. Plus, they're twice the cost of commercial brands, so they really needed to be better in order for me to share them with you.

I've been testing them for months now, and since this post is happening you know what the verdict is!

AirPufs boggle my mind! The special foam they are made of makes them pretty dang thin (much thinner than gel insoles and possibly even thinner than these other foam ones I was previously using) but are surprisingly better than the other foam inserts! At first I couldn't tell if AirPufs were different than commercial brands and I almost declined the review.  But I decided I had to do some thorough comparison before I fairly declined.

Side by Side Comparison Test
I did a side by side comparison with dorky tests like standing in heels for 5 and 10 min increments with AirPufs in one shoe and a commercial brand in the other to see the difference. Then I switched which insert was paired with which foot to see if it was all in my head. You guys! AirPufs won! Whereas the commercial brand lost cushiness within a few minutes, AirPufs didn't.  With my old insoles I was starting to feel the hardness of the shoe at the heel and balls of my feet, but AirPufs' cushiness outran them. When I switched which foot got which insert the hurting foot instantly felt relief with Airpufs and the previously cushioned happy foot felt the pressure points. The difference was not in the immediate feel, but in the longevity of comfort.

I was wearing them on these days: 

Like I said, I've been testing these things!

I don't want to over promise anything to you by telling you your feet won't feel ANYTHING. They will. It even happens in flats, you know?  But, get this.  Was I able to walk around a whole lot at a wedding for several hours holding an extra 17 pounds of cute baby without thinking about my feet? Yes. And did I spend over an hour dancing--REALLY dancing (I like to get down, what can I say?)--in crappy, cheap H&M heels and not want to cry or throw off my shoes? YES. YES I DID. I did not take off my heels and change into flats--that I brought--to dance. Say WHAAAAT?

On a pain scale of 1-10 I maaaaaaybe felt a 3 by the very end of the night.  Like I said, you'll feel something.  Even in flats you feel SOMETHING after hours. But, a 3 out of 10 in a crappy pair of heels ain't too shabby, you know?  In fact, I'd say that's actually wildly amazing.  I'm utterly impressed that I danced in heels for an hour after walking around in them for several hours and didn't even think about throwing off my shoes ASAP in the car!

Now that I'm retelling what happened at the wedding I can't even believe it as I'm saying it. But I know it happened because I wrote it down after, haha!

And this weekend for Easter at church I wore my blue pumps (farthest right pic above, but with a diff outfit).  I stood, walked, and even jumped in them for 6.5 hours and my feet were fine!

The Details

Thin and lightweight.  Also anti bacterial.  I can't attest to the anti bacterial nature, so I'm just going to trust Chai when she says that.  But like I mentioned before, they are very thin and lightweight.

Cute designs.  Besides AirPufs helping me last all day in my heels, they come in 12 cute designs.  How fun is it to look inside your shoe at a pretty lining?  I didn't really know the answer to that, but now I do.  SO FUN.  :)  Also, it makes them great for open toed shoes too because if the lining peeks out, at least it'll be cute and interesting.

Reusable.  There is a strip of adhesive on the bottom to keep AirPufs in place, but it also allows for reusability.  You can take them off and reuse them in other shoes.  Though, beware, the shop advises that multiple removals are not recommended to keep adhesive sticky.  So, while they are reusable I would still use that feature minimally.  I personally haven't tried the adhesive yet because they've stayed in place in my pumps without it.  Once I bust them out for open-toed shoes I'll probably start using the adhesive.

Use in flats.  Chai told me that another AirPufs user said they also used AirPufs to make flats more comfortable by turning them around so that the widest part of the insole is at the heel.  I didn't even need to turn mine around--they made my flats super comfortable putting them in the normal way!

Buy One Get One FREE Code!!!
If you have an aversion to heels, seriously, get AirPufs.  I honestly could not wait to post this review because of how great they are!  I just ordered a bunch to give as gifts to my friends because they're pretty freaking amazing.

And Chai is being SUPER generous by offering us a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE CODE!  Use code PuttingMeTogether.  

**Edit 4/22/15:
Since AirPufs sold out the first round, there is a NEW BOGO code for the first 100 purchases: PRESALEBOGO.  *At checkout, input the code into the box that says "Add special instructions for your order..." and for every pair ordered, a free pair of a design chosen at random will be added to your order.  

Chai is actually based in Singapore but ships internationally.  For US, shipping should be about $4, though that will change depending on how many pairs you order.  For further questions about shipping, ask Chai through Etsy or Shopify.  :)

Everyone should over to AirPufs on Etsy RIGHT NOW!  :D  If you're not on Etsy you can also go to: http://airpufs.myshopify.com/

This post was created in partnership with AirPufs.  All opinions are mine.  For more on PMT's sponsorship policies, see disclosure.  


  1. I will try these! I wear heels everyday for work and have been looking for a solution! Thanks :)

  2. These sound awesome!! I'm going to have to check them out!

    Her Heartland Soul

  3. I wasn't the one who made that request about more sensible shoes, but I am so glad someone did and you are sharing about Air Pufs! I have "moody" feet, sometimes even waking up from in the middle of the night from the pain in my feet, and I can't even stand the thought of wearing heels every day. I'm going to check these out!!

  4. FYI the shipping was listed as $4 and didn't give me any other options!

  5. Shipping is showing up as $4. How do I opt for $2 shipping?

  6. YES! I am so ordering these. Thank you for your honest opinion!

  7. I'm a FA too and I posted a link to your article on the Sassy Stew crew FB page. I hope it generates interest for both of you! Also - you might want to update the shipping information - there was no option for $2 shipping, only $4! Thanks!

  8. I seriously want these. I hate wearing heels but they make some outfits look so much better!

  9. Thank you! What's an FA? And I'll update the shipping.

  10. Oops! Jargon! Flight Attendant! Thanks!

  11. Christina BryantThursday, April 09, 2015

    This is great. I am a teacher and often resort to wedges because my feet cannot handle heels all day. Thanks for the review

  12. How long is the code good for and can we use it multiple times? I'm thinking order two pairs to try and then order again later.

  13. I'm gonna have to try this! Btw where did you get your shoes? They look like the most walk-able heel height and comfortable too!

  14. I just ordered some AirPufs! Can't wait to try them out...my feet always hurt at the end of the day, even in flats!

  15. Not sure how long it's good for, but I think it can be used multiple times. However, they just sold out, so you'll have to wait until they're back in stock now. :(

  16. wow these are so cute. might have to get myself some..

  17. They are all out of stock! I had the last pair in my cart but by the time I checked out it was gone. Audrey, you tend to have that effect on things you recommend. :) I am obsessed with a few things you wore on the blog but cannot find them anymore (and I no like the similar ones lol).

  18. I think this review won me over... I've been looking for some good cushions for a while now and none of them have been really helpful except for the first time you wear them. And you are right, they are cute!!

    Roxi - www.persianfrenchie.blogspot.com

  19. I was behind on checking my blogs and now they are sold out! =(

  20. I know, sorry! I'm talking with Chai about when she'll get more in stock and let you all know.

  21. Tell her I will also buy when she's back in stock! :)

  22. I just did the preorder. I'm willing to wait! It's a good deal! Thank you!

  23. Is the bogo coupon code still work. Can u ask her for another one. Thanks

  24. When you go on her Etsy shop it says all coupons ended April 23rd at midnight. I messaged her to ask if that included the coupon code you provided...that was 3 days ago, and I haven't heard back. Do you know if that applied to your coupon? I am hesitant to order though since she doesn't seem to be communicating.

  25. Hi Amber. So sorry, I don't know much else other than what I've posted. I think after this post she got more sales and traffic than expected. I didn't know about coupon codes ending on April 23rd--I was just told that the presale code was only good up until the first 100 orders.

    I was accidentally sent a mismatching pair. If you don't care about them matching and want me to send them to you for only the cost of shipping I'd be happy to if you email me by the end of this week!

  26. That is very generous of you. I don't mind buying them, but if you are getting rid of the pair that is mismatched I would love them! Is there an email that I could privately message you my paypal?

    I did hear back from her today! She said the hundred had already been redeemed. Thanks again!


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