/ Can you recommend a decent insole for stiff walking boots?
Has anyone else had this problem?
This is a very common misconception, get an GP referral to an orthotist, and state an orthotist not a podiatrist, and they can make you a pair of customs if you need them, or give you another kind if they're applicable, all on the NHS. Don't go spending loads of money when this is what you pay your taxes for, and depending on where you go, you may get ripped of with something unsuitable and unhelpful
I find superfeet (the green ones) make all ther difference for me. I have two sets that revolve around pretty much all my outdoor footwear.
I agree for the most part, but I can't see how replacing standard boot insoles made from kraft cheese slices with standard superfeet insoles is ever likely to be worse.
Please correct me if I am wrong but when I worked in an outdoor equipment retailers (some years ago now) I was told that what you are describing are known as "footbeds" and that "insoles" are actually a component part of the boot itself.
(I will now go away and continue to correct people when they say "less" when they really mean "fewer".)
Superfeet are actually quite hard compared to some, if you don't need support then you might be more comfortable with sorbothane double strike or just a plain old gel insole.
If you do want support and cushioning I'd recomend SOLE footbeds, they come in two thicknesses. The black ones are thicker and will give you more padding provided they don't reduce the volume of your boot too much. Unlike the superfeet they mould to your feet, either by warming them in the oven and then wearing them, or just by wearing them in.Having tried both I find the sole ones comfier and more supportive.
A few people have recomended getting prescription orthotics, make sure you get someone decent to make them. The best ones are 3/4 length only and they wont give you the cusioning you need. I've seen dozens of people wearing ones from podiatrists which are totally useless in terms of support and of poor construction. It doesn't sound like you're looking for an orthotic anyway but if you do make sure you get a good physio and don't get fobbed off with a thin bit of foam with a wee wedge built into it.
> Superfeet are actually quite hard compared to some, if you don't need support then you might be more comfortable with sorbothane double strike or just a plain old gel insole.
Thanks for the replies, ordered some sorbothane double strikes hopefully will be enough.
I found those too volumous for all the boots I tried them in
> I found those too volumous for all the boots I tried them in
Yeah they take up quite a bit of room - although still ok in these boots.
However they have not solved the initial problem of pain on the ball of the foot, I'm now thinking could be to do with the high arch of my feet!?
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