These SOLE footbeds are designed to add comfort and support to your body from your feet up. The footbeds mould to your feet so every pair is a custom fit.
There are 2 methods to molding the footbeds: first, you can place the footbed in your shoe and wear it. After a few day it will mold to your unique foot. Or you can bake the footbed in an oven for 2 minutes at 90 C. Once baked remove and place into your shoes and stand up straight while wearing them. After about 2 minutes your feet will be toasty and your soles will be moulded.
I went for the slow 2-3 day break in method, mainly because I was concerned about standing incorrectly and being stuck with a slightly off mould of my feet. (I doubt this would happen, but I went with caution nonetheless.)
After about the second day the mould was working well; it had engulfed my foot and was now supporting the arches of my feet not just the pressure points. That distribution of pressure took a little getting used to, and was a little uncomfortable on the softer part of my foot, but after a couple of days it felt normal.
SOLE say that the health benefits of using their footbeds are:
- Custom orthopedic support
- Equalized pressure distribution
- Reduced plantar fascia strain
- Increased balance and feel
- Improved natural heel cushioning
I have been using the footbeds for about a month and I can say it ticks all of these boxes. When properly moulded they make a huge difference. I have them in my hiking shoes (which I also use daily). I have noticed that my feet don’t hurt after a long walk or hike — as much as they use to anyway. My grip and footing has also improved. This, I think, is because now my foot doesn’t slide around the shoe at all.
I really like these Sole Insulated Response Footbeds — they improve any shoe. Especially for any sport or hiking shoe where your feet are going to get a bit of a pounding. I am looking forward to trying them in my snowboard boots this winter to see what impact they have. They cost £45 a pair, which I think is a fair price, but I probably wouldn’t buy them for every pair of shoes I have. If you take a sport seriously, particularly one where you are on your feet, I would recommend trying these out. You will be being kind to your feet and body by using them.
If I have sparked your interest, you can check them out at www.yoursole.com.