Getting the most from your shoe insoles means using them right — and choosing the right type of insoles for your foot type and your shoes. Are you getting the best possible results from your shoe insoles? Or could you be doing better?
Decide for yourself after you take a moment to read through this useful advice. We think the information below could be just what you need to get great results from your shoe insoles.
First, choose the right insoles for the type of shoes you have. High-volume work boots may accommodate thin insoles, but you may prefer something thicker — with more padding and additional stability. If there’s room in your shoes, you might as well start with thicker insoles.
Second, consider whether the factory insoles in your shoes are removable. There are shoe insoles available designed to be put on top of factory sockliners and others designed to be used in place of factory inserts. Are you using the right kind in your shoes?
Third, be sure to smooth out insoles in your shoes properly. In most cases, it works best to start at the heel area and smooth toward the toe. Make sure you don’t leave any wrinkles, creases or excess material at the edges because this can lead to discomfort and blisters and can keep the inserts from working correctly.
Fourth, be careful how you trim your trimmable insoles. Trim off only a sixteenth of an inch or so at a time as you get close to the optimal size. Trimming an insert too small can cause ridges at the edge that will leave you with unsatisfactory results. And you don’t want that.
Fifth, don’t cut into the arch support or other structural areas of an insert. These areas will work best if you leave them untrimmed unless the instructions included tell you specifically to cut them.
Sixth, take into account your gender as well as your shoe size when choosing insoles. Some brands make specific shoe insoles for men and women — designed to address the unique needs of the sexes and to take into account that manufacturers design shoes differently for men and women.
And seventh, move up until you get it right. If you aren’t 100 percent satisfied with a particular kind of shoe insole after using it for several months, don’t settle for mediocrity again. There are many brands, and some work better for some people than others. When you order next, try a different brand, a more cushiony insole, a device with more support or stability or whatever you think you need for best results.
In general, all shoe insoles help a little. But the right shoe insoles — used correctly — can make a dramatic difference in the quality of your life.
Take a few minutes to make sure you order the right product, install it correctly and use it wisely. You’ll never regret going with the right insoles for the job.