Back in June, I had purchased a pair of custom-fit insoles from a running store. I will not give any names, since I had a great experience with them, but the insoles simply did not work out.
Still, as an overpronator and person who still hasn't seemed to be able to find the perfect running shoes :< , I am willing to give insoles another try. Kevin from OrthoLite contacted me about trying their insoles. The first things that caught my attention about these are that they are made from recyclable materials and are anti-microbial.
Their advertised features:
- Designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots
- Made with open-cell foam, allowing air to circulate around the foot, keeping it cooler and drier inside the shoe
- Wicks moisture away from your foot leaving your foot cooler and drier
- Unique spring-back technology ensures that your insole won’t flatten out and it will retain over 95% of its thickness over time
- Our patented anti-microbial formulation (approved by the EPA and FDA) fights fungus, bacteria and shoe odor
- Lightweight and fully washable
When I first put these into my shoes, I didn't think of much difference between those and the insoles that were already in my shoes. When I put my foot in, I actually felt like I was sticking my foot into a new shoe!
So while an insole cannot perform miracles, they CAN refresh your shoes for a while, and you can totally wash these as well. It might be a good choice if you just aren't quite ready to drop cash for a totally new pair.
($1 from each purchase goes to directly to the Level Field Fund, a grant-giving program that strives to bridge the gap in funding to uniquely talented athletes. Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps recently announced his Swim Fund with Level Field Fund.)