I’ve never really thought about trying out orthotics before, but considering my injury problems in recent years, I had nothing to lose, and was keen to try some out when Sole approached me. They kindly sent the softec response insoles and insulated response insoles to test out.
Custom made insoles can be very expensive, and if they don’t work out, it’s a big price to pay. Sole has created these mouldable footbeds, which you basically heat to fit your feet. They gently lift the arch into it’s optimal position so that the foot can function properly, helping to prevent conditions like shin splints and knee pain (which I’ve suffered from) and also plantar fasciitis. The deep heel cup helps to stabilize the heel and reinforce it’s natural shock absorbing facilities, just what you need when you are pounding the pavements for endless miles. They offer customised support for the whole foot, reducing plantar fascia strain by an average 34%, which is a big difference if you are a sufferer. The footbeds are also moisture wicking, which is great, as I was concerned they would make my feet too hot and sweaty, and they would start to smell but they are made from anti-microbial fabric so no problems there. They are also Vegan, and I really like the company’s ethics and commitment to sustainability.
Sole have created an insulated option, for toasty feet in winter time- I will definitely be trying these out when the weather turns a little cooler. The footbeds are designed to fit in most athletic shoes, so are sutibale for a wide variety of activity’s. I do a lot of walking, so have been using them for a little extra support. They are fairly thin, so they don’t make your shoes any tighter, or snug fitting.
They were very easy to fit, I just popped them in the oven (90 degrees celsius) for 2-3 mins until the sticky label turned black to tell me they were ready to mould. I removed the fitted sole from my regular trainers, took the insoles out of the oven, and fitted them into the shoe and then stood in them for 2 minutes. Voila. You can cut them to size, lining them up with the regular shoe liner, but mine were spot on so I didn’t need to trim them.
I wore them for a few runs over the last week, and for some walks as well and though it’s too soon to say if they will make a real difference to my injury problems, they do feel very supportive on the run, and unlike Eliud Kipchoge’s insole malfunction they didn’t come out of my shoes!
I’m not sure it is something I would want to rely on all the time, but perhaps when I am suffering from/or returning from injury, it might be nice to have that extra little bit of support. They are certainly a great offering for those with injury problems, and a fraction of the regular orthotic price.
Disclaimer: Sole sent me the footbeds for review, all opinions are my own.