Put Your Best Foot Forward: Insole Manufacturer, débé, Offers Insights on Choosing the Right Insole for Your Daily Needs
débé insoles, named for its founder, J. De Beukelaer, has been a key player in the shoe business since 1953. Over its 60 years, débé has grown to become one of the most respected producers of quality insoles in the world, and has successfully kept its production in Deurne near Antwerp, Belgium. Its insole line is marketed under the débé brand name, and the company also specializes in supplying private label insoles and designs worldwide.
Goswin Timmermans, Commercial Manager of débé, was kind to offer some insights on the growth of “aftermarket” insoles and share tips for selecting the right insole for your needs.
Q: Have you seen an increase in the use of insoles among Europeans and people in general?
1.) People are wearing their shoes longer. These tough economic times make it difficult for people to spend money on new shoes every season or even every year. Instead they have them repaired or they use a replacement insole when the original is worn out. It also seems retro footwear or styles from 20 years ago are very trendy these days.
2.) People are becoming more aware of the fact that they should take care of their feet. It is common knowledge that people spend a lot of money on makeup and moisturizers, however the further away you get from you face, the less people take good care. As the feet are the furthest, they were/are disregarded and in most cases not treated very well. This is changing as people recognize that healthy and comfortable feet also aids to their general health and comfort situation.
3.) People are looking more than ever for a sense of comfort. As comfort is a very subjective matter, we see that people are looking to customize their shoes to their particular situation. The easiest (and least expensive) way to do this is by fitting an “aftermarket” insole.
Q: As you say, comfort is very subjective. In what ways can insoles provide a little extra comfort to our step?
A: While there are many ways, here are a few general categories where insoles can help offer more comfort and support:
– Stress relief – When walking or standing long time arch supports can relieve stress on the foot, thus making the shoe more comfortable. When playing sports, this type of support helps relief stress off the ankles and knees.
– Shock absorption: Sneakers are more popular these days because of their comfort. A cushioning effect with each step is what people will immediately feel but more important is that this cushioning effect helps relief stress off the joints hence people will in the long run be able to walk or run longer. People are looking for this kind of comfort in all other shoes including dress shoes. An insole can just do the trick. PORON® Cushioning is the ideal material for this as it can mimic the comfyness of a sneaker in a dress shoe.
– Temperature regulation: Depending on the season, people look for insoles that can either cool or warm their feet by incorporating smart fabrics and insulating technology.
– Odor Control: Feet sweat a lot, and when they are trapped in shoes all day, the result can be smelly shoes. Insoles with antimicrobial protection help guard against odor causing bacteria mold and mildew.
A: People experiencing a minor foot injury tend to go for a more supportive solution, whereas runners and people who walk a lot will look for shock absorption. Both, however, are actually complementary to each other. For instance, an arch support can help people with a minor foot injury, but by adding cushioning to this arch, you will not only feel the relief on your foot but also in your joints. The same goes for runners – cushioning absorbs the shock, but an arch support insole can also help keep your feet in the correct position to help avoid foot problems in the long run.
The ideal situation thus is to have both at the same time: a cushioning insole that is also very supportive. PORON Cushioning materials have allowed us to develop a supportive arched insole that can also be used in sneakers as well as dress shoes.
Many thanks for your time, Goswin!
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