The Insole Guide
So here you are being bugged by the lifelong question, do I need an insole or don’t I? Well we understand this struggle. Especially when it comes to buying a new pair of shoes You desperately need them but you aren’t sure if your regular insole will make them more or less comfortable. Will they make the fit better or worse? Do I really need an insole? Well we’re here to help make that decision a little easier for you. Read on to find out everything you need to know about your partner in crime, the insole.
What Is An Insole?
Firstly, if you are new here, what is an insole? Well we’re glad you asked. An insole is the removable sole that’s worn in a shoe for extra warmth, as a deodorizer or to improve the fit and your overall comfort. Your shoes will always come with an insole but you may buy a more suitable option to replace it, that’s going to be more beneficial to you. For example, if your shoes are a little loose, they rub or are uncomfortable to wear all day then slipping an extra insole into your shoes might just put a spring back in your step.
Why Do I Need One?
Okay, so now you know a little about what an insole is, let’s see if you actually need them. Or most importantly what insoles can do for you.
- Extend the lifespan of your shoes - An insole reduces ground impact when you are going about daily activities. They keep your feet in perfect shape which maintains your shoe shape.
- A better fit - As we know, shoes fit differently depending on where you buy them from. And for those of you needing half sizes, this makes the whole experience a lot more difficult. But an insole can be your hero here, if the shoe is a little too big the insole helps to fill that extra space resulting in a tighter fit. If you really need to you can use more than one insole at a time.
- Protect your feet - Insoles can be great for preventing those dreaded blisters. If your shoes are a tighter fit, they won’t cause as much discomfort or irritation.
- Improve your posture - Orthotic insoles are used to help correct posture issues. These can be custom made to provide whatever treatment is that you need.
Choosing The Best Ones For You
Having established why you might need some insoles for your shoes, let’s take a look at how you can choose the best ones for you. Insoles come in various materials and can benefit various different conditions, so it’s best to know which ones provide what support.
- Foam - Perhaps the most common, naturally absorbing and rigid, foam insoles are a quick cheap way to help your feet. They can wear down quickly so are not best for prolonged use. Try using memory foam insoles, these mould to the shape of your foot and tend to last much longer.
- Gel - These are especially effective for heel wearers, mainly if the shoe is a little too big. They increase grip, stop slipping and relieve pain.
- Air-cushioned - Try a pair of these insoles for maximum comfort and cushioning. Great for those of you who experience burning or aching in the balls of your feet.
- Leather - As we know, leather is tough and lasts a long time providing continued arch support.
All of these can be adjusted to fit your new (or old) pair of winter boots. Increasing comfort and prolonging the life of your shoes.
- Shumaker Team