Superfeet’s Wool Insoles

Superfeet’s Wool Insoles

I have liked Superfeet’s insoles for many years. Last year I was sent a pair of Superfeet’s Wool Insoles to try. Before talking about these insoles, a bit of information about the design of their insoles is in order.

Superfeet's Insole Profile

Superfeet’s Insole Profile

If you need good support in an insole, look at a Superfeet insole. They are designed to work with the volume and fit profile of your feet. The volume is the amount of room needed inside your shoe to accommodate your feet, the sock and the insole. The fit is the amount of support and the shape of the insole under the foot and heel. With these insoles, you don’t get a one-size-fits-all type of insole. This is important if you have feet that require heel or arch support, like an insole with a well-defined heel cup, or simply want a insole that will hold up for a long time.

Their volume and fit profile is based on three types of feet – low, medium, and high fit; and low, medium, and high volume. Low is the most common foot type, medium fits in most types of footwear, and high gives the most support. Fortunately, the Superfeet website shows how each insole is designed for volume and fit, which makes it easy to find the best insole for your feet.

SuperFeet's Grey Merino Wool Insoles

SuperFeet’s Grey Merino Wool Insoles

 

Their merino wool insole would be a good choice if you want a bit of added warmth in your shoes. The insole has the typical plastic support from the heel and mid-foot. Over that is the full-length foam that supports the top layer of merino wool. I measure these layers at about 1/8th inch each. That gives some added insulation from the cold coming up from the ground. The wool thickness is generous. They are very comfortable. You can get the merino wool insole in grey, which is thicker and made for high fit and volume, or white, which is made for medium fit and volume. All of the Superfeet insoles can be viewed on the Superfeet website. After that, you can purchase them from Superfeet, Zombierunner.com, your local running store, outdoors store, or other online stores.

They key with any insole is to try them in your shoes. Some are thicker and will reduce the amount of space in your shoes for your socks and feet. If that’s the case, you can either move to a thinner and lighter weight sock, or find an insole with less thickness.

So make sure you try an insole in your shoe before going out for your long run or hike. Wear them around the house for a while and see how they feel.

The Insole Test

August 6, 2005 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Footcare, Health, Sports 

Insoles are funny little things. Most of our walking and running, and boots, come with removable insoles. Typically, we buy a pair of shoes and wear them until they wear out—without ever thinking about the insoles under our feet. You may think insoles are similar but they differ quite a bit. They range from rigid to flexible, cushioned to hard, no arch to high arches, low to high heel cups, one material to multiple substances, cheap to expensive, and in a multitude of coverings.
     Take the ones out of your shoes. Are they flimsy? Do they easily bend in half? Are they lifeless with little structure to offer support? Are they flattened out? Do they look like squashed cardboard? If so, your shoes came from the “we-cut-corners-on-the-insole” shoe company. Toss them out and get a new pair. The old one may be contributing to foot problems including blisters and foot pain.
     Your local running, backpacking, and sporting goods stores all sell replacement insoles—as do most drug stores. Most are better than the ones that came in the shoes. Most offer features including cushioning, arch support, and heel control. Newer types can be heated in an oven and then after standing in them, mold to the shape of your feet. A partial list includes Shock Doctor, Sof Sole, Sole Custom Footbeds, Spenco, Superfeet, Hapad, and RxSorbo. Your local stores sell many of these. If you suffer from flimsy insoles, check them out.

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