Usually when you think about insoles, you think of flat, limp, formless, squidgy bits of material. They are usually designed to add a bit more comfort to boots and shoes. You could never describe Superfeet as flat, limp, formless or even squidgy. They take everything you thought about insoles, and throw them out of the window. And you’d expect that from something with Super in the name.
Believe it or not, there is a lot of science that goes into these insoles. And you would hope so at £35 a go. The science is all in the hard plastic shell on the bottom of the insole. It doesn’t look like much, but it is this that cups your heel and supports your foot. On top of this plastic is a compressed foam layer that protects your foot from the hard plastic.
Now I know what you are thinking, hard plastic and compressed foam? That doesn’t sound comfortable. But here is the strange thing, it is. You look at them, and feel them and you just can’t work out why they aren’t uncomfortable. Superfeet insoles are designed to cup your heel, and in doing that they make sure that there is a pad of fat (how rude!) directly under your heel. This is your natural shock absorption, and the reason they haven’t put a massive squashy cushion pad under your heel.
Then there is the ‘rearfoot support’. This helps to align and shape your foot properly. Now here is the big claim from Superfeet. By properly aligning your foot, this then aligns the rest of your body and reduces stress on your ankles, knees, hips, back and neck. I can’t be sure if I have definitely experienced this, but I do know my body aches if I wear shoes without Superfeet in them.
Superfeet do loads of different insoles for all sorts of different shoes. The Green insoles are probably the most common, but they also come in different sizes so it is worth speaking to staff at your local stockist to make sure you get the right size (it’s not actually done on your shoe size). Superfeet invest a lot of money in training retail staff how to fit their insoles so it is definitely worth speaking to them and using their expertise.
They also come with a 60 day comfort guarantee – if you don’t get on with them you can return them for a refund or credit. I would definitely advise using the full 60 days to allow your feet to get used to the new levels of support though.
At £35 a pair, they are probably the most expensive insoles you’ll ever own. But they are worth it. They offer unrivalled levels of support, and if only half of the extra benefits are true, they are still worth every penny.