If you don’t already use Superfeet insoles in your hiking boots, you should. They provide your feet with far better shock absorption than factory insoles. I started using them in my leather hiking boots over 3 years ago after a painful episode of plantar fasciitis (heel pain) that sidelined me for about 3 months.
I first learned about Superfeet from a trained boot fitter at REI who helped me select a new pair of boots after my plantar fasciitis episode had cleared up. She recommended that I try green Superfeet in order to prevent my foot’s arch from falling as I walk.
Without proper support, your foot tries to flatten when you take a step, the ligaments that run lengthwise along the bottom of your feet stretch out, and then snap back when you lift your foot. If you do this over and over, thousands of times a day, the ligaments can become inflamed and cause pain where they attach to the heel.
Superfeet prevent your arch from flattening by adding a stiff plastic bolster to the insole. They also correct over-pronation or supination using a deep heel cup area to cradle the back of your foot.
For grins, take the foot beds out of your current boots or trail shoes and take a look at them. Chances are that they’re flimsy in comparison.
Trimming SuperFeet Insoles
To fit a pair of SuperFeet insoles in a pair of boots, take your existing insole and place it on top of a Superfeet foot bed. Then draw a line around the factory insole and cut the excess of the Superfeet foot bed so that it will fit in your boot or shoe. In the picture above, I’ve used the Superfeet foot beds in my leather hiking boots as a template for the Superfeet insoles that I put into my new plastic mountaineering boots this morning.
When you start wearing a new pair of Superfeet, they will feel a bit hard, but they will become a bit more comfortable after 50 miles of walking. I replace them every season, which for me is about 500 miles, but your mileage may vary.
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