Top Blister Preventing Lubricants

Blisters are caused by abrasion against the skin. Lubricating the skin can keep that abrasion from causing blisters. The lubricant you use should be one that will last for the length of your walk. Apply any lubricant liberally to your feet in any area that is prone to blistering.

One of the most traditional and cheap one is petroleum jelly, but it really gunks up your socks. Some walkers prefer to avoid using petroleum products, and several of these are formulated instead with non-petroleum oils, waxes, and silicone. Another factor to consider is fragrance. Some are sensitive to added fragrances, while others don't mind or even prefer it.


Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm. Courtesy of

BodyGlide is a non-petroleum stick that goes on like a deodorant stick. It won't stain your clothing. It comes in regular and a version that includes sunscreen. It's good for preventing blisters on your feet. I use this by itself for 6-10 miles walks and put it on first, before the petroleum jelly, for longer distances.

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HikeGoo. Courtesy of Amazon

HikeGoo is specially formulated for long distance walkers. If you are walking a half marathon or marathon or going on a long hike, this is the one. It uses high melting point waxes that protect your feet from blister-causing friction and work in both wet and dry conditions. By the end of the day, it has slowly absorbed and your socks aren't left gooey. They also have a RunGoo formula for those walking two hours or less, and a WalkGoo for everyday wear for fitness and lifestyle walking.
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SportShield and BlisterShield

2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On
2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On. Courtesy of

2Toms produces two kinds of silicone-based blister prevention lubricants. One is a SportShield, a silicone-based roll-on or towelette that provides long lasting lubrication to prevent blisters and chafing. It is odorless and non-greasy. The second variety is BlisterShield powdered silicone to put into your socks to help prevent blisters.

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Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

It's cheap and it works. I put great gobs of petroleum jelly on my feet before I put on my Cool-Max socks. No blisters, not even on a marathon - and I used to get big heel blisters every time at 10 miles. No, my feet don't slide around in my shoes - the socks prevent that. No, it doesn't feel slimy once you put on your socks. It doesn't wash out well but who cares - these are walking socks! Use the plain petroleum jelly, not any of the fancy cream versions.

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Gold Bond Friction Defense

Gold Bond Friction Defense
Gold Bond Friction Defense. Courtesy of Amazon

This solid stick contains lubricants and aloe vera as a moisturizer. I like that it is unscented. You can use it both on your feet to prevent blisters and on areas that chafe, such as underarms and groin.

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Squeaky Cheeks Performance Powder

Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder
Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Squeaky Cheeks is a cornstarch and essential oils solution for those who don't want to mess with greasy preparations. Sprinkle it in your socks to help keep your feet dry as it absorbs sweat. The oils also help lubricate and reduce friction.

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Band-Aid Friction Block Stick

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick
Band-Aid Friction Block Stick. Courtesy of Amazon

This convenient stick uses vegetable oil as its lubricant. Just rub on your feet and go. It's a good option if you want to avoid using petroleum products.

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Engo Blister Prevention Patches
Engo Blister Prevention Patches. Courtesy of

Engo pads don't go on your feet, they go into your shoe in the spots where you have developed blisters or hot spots in the past. Their slick surface reduces friction in these problem areas. They stay in place up to four weeks. An advantage of Engo is that it won't gum up your socks, and you can use it with cornstarch or other drying agents.

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Foot Glide Anti Blister Balm
Foot Glide Anti Blister Balm. Courtesy of

This formulation of BodyGlide is labeled specifically to stop foot blisters and chafing. Oddly enough, it has a strong perfume scent. As I am allergic to most added scents, this was not a plus for me. Luckily, if I put it on my feet it won't reach my nose. But I prefer the orginal unscented formulation as I can use it both on my feet and my underarms and other places to prevent chafing. FootGlide, like other BodyGlide products, is made with plant-based waxes. It has no petroleum, lanolin, or oils.

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Sportslick. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Think of it as high-tech petroleum jelly. It combines silicone, polymers, and petroleum jelly for long-lasting waterproof lubrication. It includes aloe, antioxidant vitamins E and C and natural plant extracts, To fight athlete's foot, it has tolnaftate antifungal agent and it has Triclosan antibacterial agent to prevent bacteria and odors.

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