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Tips for Choosing Aftermarket Insoles – Support or Cushioning, Experts Offer Help

Posted by Nicole Perry on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Runner_wideOur lowly feet tend to get snubbed when beauty, health and well-being trends are reported. Well, not for long! According to foot-care experts, men and women are paying more attention to their feet for better health and wellness. As a result, sales of aftermarket insoles and foot-care products are on the rise.

“Our population is growing more active and living longer, and as a result, podiatrists, orthopedics and sports-medicine darco-Insolesprofessionals are zoning in on patients’ feet,” said Jon Auvil, with DARCO International, manufacturer of DARCO ProMotion® Plus insoles. “Replacement insoles provide noticeably more support and cushioning than the standard insoles found in today’s casual and athletic footwear.”

In Europe, where the vintage footwear trend is all the rage, aftermarket insoles keep feet feeling happy as they pound ancient city pavements.

DEBE_natur_half“In these economic times, men and women are wearing their shoes longer than just a season or two. They’re also shopping in second hand shops for shoes that might need a bit of care,” said Goswim Timmerman of Debe Insoles headquartered in Belgium. “Rather than replacing tired footwear, people have it repaired and add replacement insoles for comfort and support.”

Foot Petals offers stylish solutions that enable you to look great and feel fabulous in any shoe. “Insoles allow you to customize the fit of any shoe and add cushioning and support so that your shoe feels brand new every time you step into it,” said Mistala Mooney, Marketing Manager, Foot Petals.Footpetals

Whether on this side of the pond or the other, both experts agree on the following when considering a replacement insole for your casual or athletic shoes:

SupportFor those who walk or stand for long periods of time, look for a firm, stabilizing insole with arch support to keep your feet properly positioned. Supportive insoles will relieve stress on the feet, ankles and knees, not to mention make shoes feel more comfortable.

Shock absorption – For active sports enthusiasts, insoles are essential to protect and cushion against the damaging shock waves caused by running and jumping. Insoles made with PORON® Performance insole cushioning provide the right amount of durable shock absorption, resiliency and energy return for long-lasting comfort.

Targeted Cushioning –High heels and strappy sandals can put undue stress on a woman’s foot, not to mention legs and back.  Shoe pads and cushioning inserts target certain areas of the foot and fit seamlessly into the skimpiest of shoes. They also keep feet feeling comfy and correctly positioned to prevent against unsightly blisters and calluses.

Temperature regulatingDepending on the season, your feet may have the tendency to be too cold or too warm. Look for insoles with thin layers of breathable, moisture- wicking and/or insulating materials to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Odor ControlFeet can produce up to one pint of sweat a day. Since they’re cooped up in shoes most of the time, perspiration from feet tends to evaporate more slowly than other parts of the body – thus creating odor-causing bacteria.  Select insoles with antimicrobial protection to guard against microbes such as, bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.

Fit – When you’ve selected an insole that’s right for you, make sure it fits properly. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions, and trim the insole for a custom fit if necessary.

Ideally, the best replacement insoles offer excellent support to keep feet properly positioned, shock-absorbing cushioning to protect against impact, and the best materials to keep your feet comfortably happy all day long.


Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry

Global Market Segment Manager for PORON Comfort materials. Nicole has been involved in the Footwear industry for over 15 years. She also has over 25 years working with high performance materials including custom injection molded and cast polymers for automotive, apparel, electronics, equipment and medical markets. Nicole is passionate about bringing great technologies to market and working with companies that share the goal of helping people enjoy life no matter what they are doing. She holds an MBA from Nichols College.


  • Wally Streeter says:

    Enjoyed your info, Angela. Having severe neuropathy in left leg due to herniated disks, I found some $40 stabilization supportive inserts did wonders for my standing and walking ability. To my surprise,I found some of my aging senior friends have benefited much from this type insert too. Now I desire to buy a good insert of this type wholesale in quantity and resell to others over internet at a fair price (all now being sold seem much overpriced–many $60 and more. After very extensive searching online, strangely enough I have not found a single good supportive insert available anywhere at wholesale pricing. Seems remarkable I cannot find such a supplier. Any suggestions for sources you may have run across would be much appreciated. Wally.

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