"Hingham High School 2008 graduate Katherine Connors, launched her own business with her classmate, Jacqueline Quill who she met while completing her MBA at Northeastern University. The two women created b.bloc™ by blistabloc, which is a clear-adhesive insert that is applied onto your shoe and will prevent blisters for years to come. Connors is an avid runner, having run 18 marathons over the past 9 years and was frustrated by the lack of long term solutions to blister prevention when she wanted to wear more formal footwear -- such as heels and flats.
“When I worked out in the gym or went for long runs, it was rare I would get blisters from my shoes. But when I wanted to wear heels or flats, I would immediately get blisters and aside from Band Aids which would fall off, there wasn’t much I could do” said Connors. “That is when Jacqueline and I sat down and started to figure out what actually caused blisters and we created blistabloc. We’ve had hundreds of customers thus far and they have used blistabloc in flats, heels, boat shoes, slip on sneakers, boots and more. It feels great to be helping so many people!”
Connors and Quill had several mentors while at Northeastern and won a $10,000 grant from IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator."