I am generally pretty active, so I was interested to see how these worked. I wouldn't say I needed them though. I wear neutral and minimal running shoes, meaning I like little to no support in my shoes. I like to feel the ground below me and wearing cushioned shoes actually bothers my feet.
Here are some benefits that the insoles say they will deliver:
The first time I tried these out I used them on the elliptical at the gym. I ended up staying on the machine for almost 2 hours while I watched Spirit of the Marathon. They seemed to work fine, but my toenails on my big toes sort of throbbed. I think it was a combo of me needing to cut them and the insoles being thicker than the normal ones so my toes were hitting the top of my shoe more.
I also started wearing them to work. I have a very active job and am literally running around for 8 hours straight. The first couple of days, I noticed the insoles were pushing up on my arch. It caused some discomfort, but I didn't notice it after awhile. They seem comfortable enough and haven't caused any more discomfort after the arch problem.
Would I buy them? Probably not...as in no. Like I said, I like minimal shoes and don't need the extra cushion, especially when working out. I will keep using them in my work shoes though.
Have you ever used insoles? What kind?
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