Do you replace the factory insoles in hiking boots or shoes with better ones that are more supportive or comfortable?
I use Green Superfeet insoles in my Asolo TPS 520 boots because my arches need more support. If I don’t use them I get plantar fasciitis and I have to stop hiking for three months to let it heal, which totally sucks!
I alway wear Sole heat moldable soles in my Altra Lone Peak Trail Runners because they help take up some of the extra volume in my shoes and keep my knees and ankles aligned, reducing leg fatigue when I trail run,
Nope, my feet are indestructible. I just use cheap the factory insoles that come in my La Sportiva Ultra Raptor running shoes. Never had a problem yet,
I use green Superfeet. I was having problems with the outside of the ball of my left foot. My M.D. recommended green Superfeet. I thought it was a lame idea (how can “off the shelf” stuff help?), but sure enough, the pain abated. I use them in my Hoka One One Stinson ATR’s (trail runners). I use the Stinson ATR’s because the ultra light, ultra thin Scarpas that I was wearing before were just not working. Rocks were too painful. I’m all for ultra light, but the Stinson ATR’s have a nice thick sole while still being pretty darned light — especially compared to the all leather boots I used to wear some years ago. No more “painful pebbles”. You should pick me to win because my daughter really likes red, so she’ll be all over this nice mat. :)
When, eventually, I was tired of cold wet feet whenever I was hiking on snow, or on a glacier, or in the winter, I bought a pair of heavy Montrail mountain boots: heavy, stiff (wooden foot bed – zero flex), waterproof. At last… warm, dry feet all day! But brutes on my feet. Only if I tape my heels can I avoid blisters. I use duct tape. It can stay on for days — and yet in the shower, at home, it comes off easily. It helped to replace the footbed with green Superfeet. But, I ended up buying 2 pairs. The first I bought for the length of my feet. What I need to do was fit for the heel and the arch… and just trim the toe area because that part didn’t matter.
I use merinoGREY Superfeet insoles in my Danner Crater Rim boots. My feet sweat, a lot (sorry, you asked for details!), which results in terrible, massive blisters. The merino in the soles work with my socks and liners to shed that moisture and save me from misery, and anyone near by from any odor when I take my boots off.
See my comment, above. In the requirements for entering, I was supposed to indicate the make/model. It was hard to track down the model. For the record the boots are MONTRAIL/VERGLAS. Thanks.
I use blue Superfeet in my Montrail Mountain Masochist II trail runners. My feet pronate strongly, and what’s more, they are extra sensitive to any shoe change so I decided to give Superfeet a go, and actually they work pretty well. They work in fact so well that I decided to use green Superfeet in my casual shoes as well.
No insoles for me . Less is more better for me . In the winter alpaca insoles for warmth. Heading to Harpers Ferry Thursday going North on the AT. My wife is great .
I don’t use insoles–yet. I just wear my Vasque Breeze boots and so far, so good.
I wear Inov8 Trailroc shoes without any insoles. Works great for me and keeps ‘the set-up’ light. So far no blisters or anything. However, I might test some Superfeet insoles in the future just to see the difference.
I do use insoles, the gel type…from Dr. Shoals. i thouroughly enjoy them, makes the little doggies feel much better at the end of the day. My hiking boots are made by Columbia / Trail Shoes… got my first pair back in 2003 while preparing to go to Philmont and loved them so much i purchased another pair just to have as a standby… they have stood the test of miles and time.
No soles. Tried them when I was running as I have flat feet and less than ideal leg geometry but didn’t notice much change. Physical therapist recommended stretches instead.
No insoles. During three season hiking I wear trail runners, salomon speedcross 3. For winter, I wear Keene boots, but don’t know the model (and could not find it online anymore).
For many years I used superfeet insoles to help prevent blisters and they worked just fine. However my most recent pair of boots made by Salewa are so comfortable and fit so well that I do not need insoles anymore.
After wearing the black leather combat boots in the Army, my feet became indestructible. I’ve never used insoles, other than what the boot or shoe came with, and never had a problem with my feet. Right now I’m hiking in a pair Cabela’s XPG, but I also have a pair of Merrel Moabs I’m trying out.
Yes, and no. When I use the Solomons GTX’s, I need some sort of heel positioner for my heels, since, the toes/balls of my feet are wide and the Solomons are simply over-size to avoid crunching my toes. When I wear my Timberland Chuka’s, I don’t need them. I rarely get blisters.
I wear Mendel perfect hiking boots sold by Cabelas. I have wide feet and bunions and these boots are the only ones that work for me. They come with cork insoles and are a very tough boot. I got 4 seasons of use out of my first pair and I used them for two winters plus 1000’s of dog walking miles. They still get used on my motorcycle but they have been retired from walking. They do require some significant breaking in but they are by far the most comfortable boot I have used. So comfortable I wear them out & about. They sell replacement insoles and about 2 years of use I replaced them and it was like a whole new boot again minus the break in. Highly recommended if you prefer a leather boot.
La Sportiva Wildcats with Montrail Endurosole LP (low profile) insoles. Tried a whole bunch of options when preparing for a long hike and this combo of a great ventilated shoe and a thinner yet still cushioned insole has worked great for me. Have used Superfeet and just the stock insoles in the past — but the Endurosole LPs are great for me. They are technically heat moldable but I just let them shape to my feet over the first few hikes. The non LP Endurosoles took up too much space in my trail runners.
I use the Blue Superfeet insoles in my Merrill Ventilators. This combination has prevented my plantar faciitis from recurring.
No special insoles. I wear Merrell Ascend Glove or Lems Primal 2. The Lems have an insole that’s removable already in them, but it’s comfortable so it stays. The Glove has no insole.
I use Spenco boot insoles. They are kinder to my feet than Superfeet, which I found too inflexible. I use them in my Keen Targhee IIs, which are also more flexible and forgiving for long hikes than other models I’ve tried, and they drain well.
No after market insoles for me. I used to use green super feet when I hiked in “light hiker” boots and liked (or thought I liked) them. But when I decided to try trail runners 5-6 years ago (Inov-8 Roclite at the time) I started out with their stock insoles and liked them so much I’ve never considered going back to try the super feet.
No foot problems since the change, not even a blister.
I do not use insoles. I believe in having a natural feel. I believe that insoles will cause more injury issues. To ensure that natural feel, I hike in Altra Superior 2.0’s. All Altra’s are zero drop and have a large toe box to provide enough room for proper toe splay with each step.
Added Foot Balance Dynamic Blue insoles to my La Sportiva Omega GTX Hiking Boots last season. Cut down on blistering by eliminating some movement within the boot.
I have never felt the need to try insoles inmy Lowa Renegades! They are incredibly comfortable and light-weight.
No insoles for me. After more than a decade wearing standard Air Force flight boots my feet are feeling great in my Merrill trail glove running shoes. In the winter cold I go back to the insulated flight boots, again with standard insoles.
My Danner boots came with hard plastic insoles that I use with those boots. They work great and make a big difference in how stable the boots feel.
I use the green Superfeet in my Asolo GTX boots. I plan to switch to La Sportiva Ultra Raptors this year and will use the Superfeet in them as well. I really like the additional cushion they provide as well as the arch support, particularly since I’ve had issues with plantar fasciitis in one of my feet.
I use green super feet and inov8 roclite 295s. I got the super feet insoles when I was younger because I would get awful ankle pain when hiking. The tendons on the outside of my ankle would get really stiff, and would start popping. That issue has gone away mostly with age, but I still use the insoles to be safe. The inov8s have been my favorite change I have made to my gear. They dry fast and are way lighter than my old montrails. I have sacrificed a bit of ankle support, but I get less fatigue while hiking, so I feel that I am less likely to get injured with these shoes.
I’ve been using the stock insoles in my Keen Voyageurs (wide feet). Only got them last fall and haven’t taken them on any substantial overnights yet though, so that may change this coming summer.
No insoles, I wear vasque juxt hiking shoes. They’re comfortable. I’ve hiked 8-9 miles days and they work well for me!
I use orange Superfeet. They are my first pair of aftermarket insoles. I just stepped up my mileage last year and had all sorts of pain. I also just got a pair of Brooks Gohst 7. I have just been easing into the new system so far. My pain was a plantar sort of pain and blisters.
Alpaca felt insoles in my Birkenstock Dundee shoes. Topped by Dirty Girl gaiters. Used to wear Solomons trail runners with whatever insoles they came with. A non trail related foot injury pushed me to wear Birks on a daily basis and that has continued over to the trail. Sometimes I wear Birkenstock Milano sandals.
I use sheep skin insoles winter, but nothing when the weather is warmer. Right now I’m hiking in Vivobarefoot trail runners. I like to feel the rocks underfoot.
I used to wear superfeet insoles, but then started going barefoot as much as possible, doing feet exercises, and then running in minimalist shoes. Now I don’t need them anymore.
I have been wearing Merrell Moab GTX shoes and sometimes Salomon XA Pro 3D. For me the most important issue is getting a larger size shoe than I would normally wear and also making sure there is enough room in the toe box. Never tried aftermarket insoles (yet).
I just use the OEM insoles from Inov-8 Roclite 315 (which are now discontinued – grrrr). I never saw a reason to do otherwise and they have held up fine.
Tried superfeet with new boots last year; had foot problems immediately. Put the stock insoles back into the boots. The foot problems didn’t get worse. Science still out on whether it was the new boots, the superfeet, or a combination. Previously, feet were pretty bulletproof.
When trail conditions allow, I’m barefoot. It is great having shoes that don’t wear out and dry quickly. If the trail gets gnarly, I put on a thin pair of sandals to get me over that section. If you want a pair of great SHOES though, I used to wear Altra Superior trail running shoes. Super light and great mesh panels to drain water from river crossings.
I’ve used a variety of hiking boots over the years and I’ve never invested in insoles. Perhaps it’s something I should look into, but I’ve always questioned if there is a tangible difference or if it’s just another way for companies to make $. For the last 4 years I’ve warn Asolo 520 boots. This year I’m going to switch to a pair of Vasquez I picked up at an REI garage sale. Probably a step down, but they are brand new and my Asolo’s are getting pretty warn.
Cold/wet: Salomon Quest 4D GTX with either Superfeet Green or Sole Softec Response. Hot/Dry: Merrel Moab Ventilator Mid with either Superfeet Orange & Dr. Scholl Metatarsal Pads or Sole Softec Response. Childhood fracture of tibia/fibula, imperfectly set, has misaligned my right ankle and now in later life that foot is extremely difficult to please. Considering seeing a podiatrist for custom orthotics.
So far this year I am hiking with just the factory insoles and merino midweght socks in my Keen Targhee II boots. I am considering trying special insoles though, as I want to avoid possible issues with my feet.
Yes, I use Superfeet Copper DMP insoles as I have naturally low arches and the OEM insoles don’t give very good support to my feet and posture. When I lived in NH I wore Hi-Tec Cascadia boots for 3-season hiking (I still have them, but rarely hike in them anymore). After moving to TX and experiencing the conditions in the southwest, I quickly ditched the boots and picked up a pair of Inov8 Terroc 330’s.
Correction, my trail runners are Inov8 RocLite 315’s.
Similar to others below, I seem to have been lucky with regards to foot shape and arch stability; I’ve done my longest days in New Balance Minimus trail runners with a UL setup and haven’t had issues with blisters or soreness. I have found that ensuring adequate width in the toe box is the biggest differentiator in my hiking comfort whether I’m in trail runners or more structured hiking shoes/boots.
Have used Superfeet green in the past but now use Sole EV. Either one works fine, Sole EV is heat moldable but costs about $10 more. The main thing I need is a solid heel cup since I have “duck feet” (wide forefoot and narrow heel) and some arch support
I use spenco gel inserts with my inov8 295s because I needed a little more cushion.
Use multiple shoes in different situations but my favorites are Patagonia Drifter no gortex, comfy, exceptionally durable, decent traction but a bit on the heavy side. I have been experimenting with name brand and drug store insoles over the years but the result was money wasted. Lately have been trying ‘sorbothane’ based insoles, a US manufactured wonder product which absorbs vibration and which I am hoping might preserve aging knees. They create a lot of heat in the shoe but the ride is very comfy…to be continued.
No. I wear Inov-8 x-talons. Lightweight and comfortable footbed for me.
I’m lucky to never have had any problems with my feet. I have never used insoles. My current boots are ASOLO Fugitive Gore-tex. Thanks!
I have a long history of tendonitis problem in my feet and have used insoles ever since my doctor gave me my first pair (which were Powerstep Pinnacles). I typically hike in Merrell Ventilators and use either Superfeet Greens or Montrail Endurosoles. I prefer the Montrails by a slight margin. I have dropped a quite a bit of weight over the last few years so I do not know if the insoles are as critical as they once were but I do seem to get more foot ‘achy-ness’ if I wear shoes without them for any length of time. I know that I have not had any of the tendonitis issues since I started using insoles.
I wear Superfeet Green insoles in my hiking boots (Zamberlan Vioz GT) because I like the consistency that they provide across different brands of boots. I don’t however wear additional insoles in my trail runners (La Sportiva Bushidos) because they fit so well.
No insoles for me. I wear a pair of Garmont’s, but I’ve had them so long that they’ve been discontinued and I don’t remember the name of the model. They have an unusually high arch that feels intrusive at first, but it actually saves me a ton of back and leg pain when worn instead of other trail runners.
I use green Superfeet in my Asolo Stynger GTX boots. When I tried on my first pair of those boots – my first real hiking boots – 10+ years ago now, the savvy REI salesman recommended green Superfeet to go with them and I have never looked back. I am prone to heel blisters and have never had a problem with this setup.
I use orthotics I got when I was a college athlete. I have a slight leg length discrepancy as well as a tilted pelvis so insoles were a must when I played college basketball and are still important now when I run or hike. When I forget those, I use the bright green Super Feet insoles I now leave in my hiking boots because of the time I got to a trailhead with no insoles at all, including the stock ones that came with my Merrells. Instead of driving the 2 hours back home, I taped my feet with an arch tape job but it still wasn’t enough. Lesson learned! No if only I can hit my insurance deductible soon so I can get new orthotics!!!
PS my Merrells are so old I can’t find a model name and the box is long gone. :-P
I use SofSole Arch insoles in my Solomon Quest 4D boots. Gives me a little extra support on my weak arches.
I use a custom arch support for one foot only that I got from Good Feet when I developed plantar faciitis years ago after my 4th baby was born. I have no trouble with my feet now and can go without it fine, but I still always wear it on long hikes. I just wear New Balance running shoes when hiking.
I always use the stock insoles, in winter, in my Asolo Powermatic 200 boots, and summer, in my Montrail Mountain Masochist trail shoes.
I don’t use special insoles. I don’t think that I need them. I wear the Merrell Moab Ventilator.
I have high arches and use orthotics in my street shoes, but for my hiking boots (Oboz something or others and old Montrail Moraines) I wear Green Superfeet. I need the orthotics for support, plus I find they stabilize my heel better and last lomger than the foam junk that come with the shoes. I can’t use my regular orthotics because the top material is too slick for trail wear.
Too rich for my blood. A decent pair of socks is all I’ve ever used to take care of my feet.
I added green Superfeet to my Vasque boots when my knees and arches started giving me problems, and they made a huge difference. However, these days I’m using la Sportiva Wildcats with the factory insoles. The outsole is plenty supportive but I haven’t given them a true test (> 15 miles) yet.
I don’t use any special insoles other than the stock ones that came with my shoes. I wear Merrell Barefoot Minimalist trail shoes. Love them, very light weight, and they dry quickly.
Bought my insoles at walmart got teen dollars. Dr. Sholes. No idea if the spelling is correct. Love my boots, but makers make lousy insoles.
I never have had a problem with my feet and I often find the insoles that come with my boots are a better fit than after market ones anyway.
I use insoles; Don Joy Arch Rival in my New Balance 1569 boot (winter) or New Balance trail runners (non-winter). The Arch Rival was prescribed for cavovarus deformity (a.k.a. supination). Best insoles for my feet. Characteristics of cavovarus are striking the foot on the outside with each step, uneven sole wear, high arches, high instep, heavy callouses, low achilles tendon flexibility, and even a greater likelihood of a middle toe. In other words, shoes simply don’t work. Arch Rival is superior to the Superfeet for this issue.
No insoles for me. Never had a problem with my feet other than losing a toenail or two. I wear 5.10’s and Keens.
I have super flat feet but insoles tend to make the problem worse, so I use Leukotape in problem spots instead. No issues so far with that method. I wear Scarpa Sparks or REI brand hiking boots if I need something sturdier.
I do not wear any insoles…for now. I haven’t had any plantar issues, but I think a bit of cushion and care for those feet that carry you miles is a good idea and why I may switch to them in my trail runners during this summer. I wear New Balance MT610v2. Great breathability and lugs that do well on many surfaces.
No. I hike in trail runners.
I tried insoles and gave up, realized that was more important to find the right shoes. The insoles I tried included, superfeet, SOLE and even DR Scholls, they definitely added padding but didnt really help with shin splints.
I finally switch the Salomon Wing X3 trail running shoes, and they are fantastic , never had a problem. So I would say insoles are more of a temporary fix to a bigger footware related problem.
I have store-bought insoles many years ago (can’t remember the brand) and found them very uncomfortable on long hikes (more than 5 miles). Now that I am getting older, I’ve considered giving Green Superfeet a try, but haven’t pulled the trigger.
I currently have been hiking in the Innov-8 RocLite 295 but I haven’t been happy lately with the wearing in the toe region. In addition, I find lately that my feet fatigue faster than they have in the past and I wonder if the thinner soles are part of the reasoning behind it. I recently ordered a pair of La Sportiva Ultra Raptors (thanks for the rec Philip) to try a new shoe, but I the jury is out until I log some miles with them.
I use Superfeet Green in my Merrill Moab Ventilators, but my current go-to trail runners are Salomon XA 3D Pros, and so far I have found them to be quite comfortable with the manufacturer’s insoles. I use the Superfeet to imorove the fit of the shoes. Because of the speedlace system on the Salomons it appears I’m getting a better fit and don’t need the extra help of an aftermarket insole.
No insoles used. I don’t have a problem with either my Brooks trail runners or Merrell boots.
I use the regular insoles that come with my Casacadia 9’s. But something has to give. First through hike with my section hiker older brother last month on the Lost Coast Trail, I suffered from major blisters!
I have the most normal and boring feet on the planet. I keep the stock insoles in my Montrail Mountail Masocists. No issues whatsoever…
I use Smartwool PhD socks with the shoes.
I don’t use special insoles in my “Hi-Tec” old school hiking boots. The shoes give me good protection from the sharp surfaces, and good traction. I wear thin liner sock and a mid-weight wool sock so I get lots of padding with those and don’t need special insoles for stability or extra cushion.
I do not use insoles. I tried several kinds of insoles for both hiking and running and they were terribly uncomfortable. I’d rather let my feet move around than jam them in around insoles.
Lately I’ve been hiking in my Brooks Cascadia trail runners. I LOVE them.
No special insole, the contoured Ortholite® foam footbed in my Salomom XA Pro 3D’s keeps my feet comfortable and secure on the trail.
I finally got around to buying a set of Blue Superfeet that I share between my Asolo TPS 520s (3 season) and Garmont Momentum Snow GTX (winter). I lucked out on size so that I didn’t have to trim them and they fit perfectly in both sets of hiking boots. My feet get sore on extended hikes and so far these seem to help, I had flat feet as a kid so I figured the extra support wouldn’t hurt. I was surprised to see the Asolo stock insoles are actually pretty robust, but the Garmont ones were glorified pieces of felt.
No insoles for me… I have several pairs of Merrell hikers and trail runners and have never had a problem with insole breakdown. I have tried a couple of insole brands in the past, but found that they are slightly larger than the factory insoles and cramp my feet in my previously comfy shoes.
No insoles. Didn’t need insoles. Merrell hiking shoes.
No special insoles for me. I uses the ones that come in my Keen Voyageurs and have not had a problem yet.
I been using the Orange SuperFeet with my hiking and running shoes. They give me the support needed as I have tendency to land on the side of my feet specially when jogging or running. During hiking I get the support needed so that each step lands squarely with the ground.
Matching the up the insoles with the right footwear is just as important. The rep at REI was extremely helpful in finding the right combination. Wouldn’t not go hiking with my Orange SuperFeet Insoles.
To enter this raffle, leave a comment that explains whether you use special INSOLES in your hiking boots or trail shoes, what they are if any, why you use or don’t use them, and what kind of trail boots or shoes you do where. (In other words: insoles(Y|N), what kind?, why?, the make/model of the shoes you wear.)
No special insoles. I find the ones in my shoes to be sufficient enough. The Mizuno brand has done pretty well for me in terms of support.
Superfeet Green to help with plantar fasciitis. Vasque Mindbender trail runners. I wear these every day and on the trail.
insoles: no. never felt the need to replace the ones that come in the shoes. current favorite shoes: la sportiva wildcats.
No insoles, Merrill Boots or Vibram 5 fingers (I have a very high arch and it’s hard to find boots that fit well)
I use SOLE Ed Viesturs Signature Series custom footbeds in my Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX. Healing from turf toe and this combination give me the right amount of support and comfort.
No insoles needed after
i switched to Oboz Bridger Mid Bdry boots and haven’t had any issues with my feet since. Even had a hook on the boot break off and they replaced them.
I actually hike in Vivobarefoot Trail Freaks and have found that the provided insoles are a prefect amount of padding underfoot to help soften the blow from a mis step!
I use SOLE inserts when hiking and when I’m not I use custom orthotics made by a prosthetic company molded to fit my feet! I suffer from no arches at all ! Without inserts I wouldn’t be able to hike . My posterial tendon is slowly tearing from the bone! My inserts keep my foot in the proper position to prevent further injury.
My choice of trail shoe would be , the Vasque Rangers and Vasque breeze boots. Very light, waterproof, and breathable. After hiking in the rain all day I can be sure my feet will stay warm and dry! I choose Vasque because they have Vibram soles which also keep my feet from being sore after hiking on rocks all day.
No special insoles yet. I guess I’m relying on youth to keep my feet in good shape for the time being.
Never used added insoles, Hi-Tech Altitudes have always been comfortable right out of the box.
why: comfortable without them
make/model of the shoes you wear: La Sportiva Ultra Raptors (just switched from Merrell Ascend Gloves because they stopped making them)
No insoles yet. I guess I was waiting for the factory insoles in my Kayland Contact hiking boots to let me down first, being the renowned cheapskate that I am.
I use custom insoles as I have a pretty bad hammer toe – and the insoles are just simply magic!. I buy my hiking shoes only after trying them out with my insoles. I paid about $150 five years ago for the insoles – still using them and they go from hiking shoes to ski boots to cycling shoes. Presently use Merrels Phase Peak for longer trips with heavier pack and use La Sportiva Ultraraptors for lighter/shorter trips (I have been able to get away without the insoles on these – just need to wrap my toe).
I don’t wear insoles in my boots.
I wear Scarpa Kenisis pro GTX boots virtually every day for work and play.
The Scarpa boots come with a built in insole that’s fairly minimal but seems to do the job. My work issue socks are a good quality merino wool and I’ve never found the need for more padding. If I wear a lightweight sock that isn’t really designed for hiking, my feet can get a bit sore and wary if I am hiking long distances with heavy weight though.
No insoles in hiking shoes/boots. Merrells work fine for my feet. I have a pair of old work boots that I put dr. scholl’s gels in to extend there life after original padding was too compressed to continue wearing them.
I do not use inserts in my Keens and I have not had any problems yet
I dont use insoles but am intrigued by them. I will read up on peoples thoughts in this thread and possible get a pair in the future!
No insoles. I have always used trail runners, and recently stepped uip from Saucony Peregrines (minimalist) to Brooks Cascadias (high support). The added support in the beefier trail runners has been much apprecaited by my soles.
I used super feet but then changed boots and didn’t need them anymore.
I wear Superfeet Orange in my Merrell Moabs (may try Keens next) because I wear them in all of my footwear and as I am on my feet at work 40 + hours per day and walk 5 + miles in dress shoes daily and they make all the difference after foot surgery..
After years of problems and trying every combination under the sun, I now use Ener-Gel Cushion Maxx insoles (proudly made in the USA). I actually use one and a half of them in each boot, modifying one and adding just the ball/toe portion underneath a complete one to give me double the cushion in the front part of the boot. Paired with SmartWool PHD socks (and liners) and the Lowa Tibet boot, this 6’1 250lb man is hiking happy!
I use Montrail inserts. Feature I like about them is you get to custom mold them to your feet. Ortho’s would run into 100’s of dollars and these were very inexpensive. Held up last year for a SOBO of the AT. Leaving this May 1 from Harpers Ferry NOBO. Use them with Merrell Moab and have had no problem even when soaked for days on the trail.
Keen Durands. I remove the standard insoles and replace with completely flat insoles from my running shoes. The contours of the hiking insoles never fit me right.
I wear the Montrail Streak (now Mtn. Masochist). These have been great and light on my feet. In the winter, I use some other Montrail GTX shoes, and some HiTek boots for deep snow.
Since I don’t have “designer feet”, I need insoles for all my shoes. I’ve gone from custom orthodics (too rigid and not durable enough for trail use), to Superfeet (better for trail use, but still too stiff), and now use Sole Softec Ultra for all my shoes – from dress to trail running.
I use SOLE Dean Karnazes Signature Footbeds that I alternate between my Danner GTX and Merrell hiking shoes.
Molds well to my feet and seems to handle moisture.
I haven’t put any insoles in my hikers yet. The ones I’m currently wearing are new and I try to switch them out after too much use. Not opposed to inserts. I wear Merrell Moab waterproof hikers.
I put Superfeet Pink in my Merrell Moabs at the suggestion of the outfitter, but I am thinking about removing them and just trying some gel cushions. My feet are always sore when I get past the 12 mile mark and I feel like the insoles are just very hard.
No insoles. I wear Salomons & they are super comfortable.
I hike in a variety of trail runners. I occasionally have tried superfeet insoles as a way of extending the lifespan of semi-worn out shoes, with variable results. Currently using la sportiva helios or anaconda shoes, with stock insoles.
No insoles necessary for these young feet. Plenty of great suggestions when the time inevitably comes. Merrell hiking shoes that definitely need an upgrade.
I don’t use insoles in my KEEN Verdi II boots simply because I’ve never felt the need to change from the stock because they are very comfortable as is for my feet.
My insole use has been a journey of its own. It started when I got some Roclite GT288 trail runners. They were über light but I could feel every rock and root through the sole. To keep the weight down, I decided to make some titanium insoles. They worked for a while, however, it sounded like I was walking on beer cans as I hiked and they also fatigued and cracked. I then cut out some thin Lexan insoles but they couldn’t handle the flexing either. Defeated (or is that deFeeted?) on the weight issue, I finally broke down and bought some orange SuperFeet online for about $45.00. Of course, a week after I cut them down and put them in my shoes, I found an identical pair at REI’s garage sale for two bucks–I bought those as well.
I’ve had foot problems for years, including bunions on both feet and plantar fasciitis, and have had bunion surgery on both feet. Now, I use custom orthotics ($550.00!) that help my inherent foot problems and protect the soles of my feet.
No insoles, haven’t had any issues with a broken-in boot. I wear Merrell Moab Mid hiking boots. They’re great for when its not too hot and you need to be ready for occasional snow/cold weather, which suits my mountainous backpacking trips well. Eventually I’ll get something faster-drying and more breathable for even slightly warmer trips.
I always upgrade the insoles in hiking boots/shoes. I use the Spenco Total Support insoles. After trying a few other brands (super feet, sol) I find these do the best job of reducing sole fatigue on long hikes. They are comparable in cost to other brands and available locally. I wear them in my Lowa Renegade boots and my La Sportiva Exum Ridge trail shoes.
Not a big insole user. I have the north face ultra kilowatt trainers, they are light weight, and fit my foot better than other shoes I have tried. The only down side is when you are in really fine sand, it gets through the shoes and turns your feet brown, but this pretty common so I just live with it.
No, I do not use any insoles. My boots are the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid hiking boots and I really enjoy them. I’ve only had the boots since January but they didn’t take long to break in and I haven’t felt the need to use insoles.
I have flat feet, so I’ve been using Blue Superfeet in my trail runners, which are currently Brooks Cascadias. A shoe with a rock plate is mandatory for me on rooty, rocky trails such as the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. The Cascadias have this feature, and the heel has a nice flat area to which I can affix the velcro patch (reinforced with superglue) for my Dirty Girl gaiters. However, contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere, I’ve found the grip of the shoe on wet, sloping rock to be less than optimal.
I no longer use insoles. Now I hike mostly on developed trails, using some of the “minimalist” shoes, such as the New Balance Minimus. An insole in that type of shoe would simply get in the way of foot movement.
In the past, I’ve used custom orthotics, Superfeet as well as a brand called Biosoft. They were all useful in their time. But my feet have changed and those insoles no longer feel helpful.
No insoles, Merrill hikers/runners were always good… Though I’ll never say no to innovation keeping my feet more comfortable/dry. Comfortable feet are invaluable on the trail.
I use zemberlann replacement insoles in ZAMBERLAN 230 SH Crosser Plus hiking boots, because stock soles have already holes in them, and that was the only quality soles i could get in Lithuania for cheap.
I use yoursole moldable insoles in my haglöfs roc legend mid gt approach boots because they are the stock insoles for them. ;)
No insoles in my Zambedlands have had them for over four years.
Several years back I developed plantar fasciitis and needed something to support my feet. Found Barefoot Science graduated insoles online and havn’t looked back since. Great product and very basic. I have some for my Merrell Day Hikers, my Danner leather hiking boots (which I’ve loved for years but are coming to the end of their tour of duty) and my new Mammut hiking boots.
I use green superfeet insoles in my TNF Hedgehog III GTX. I find they give me more support than the standard insoles. I’ve been using them for over 10 years in various shoes/boots and wouldn’t be without them.
I use superfeet(blue) in my la sportiva evos because the added arch support helps me use the boot for extended periods of time. I’ve used them on everything from long slogs over flat terrain to high angle front point crampon country.
I have never tried using any kind of insoles, whatever Merrell shoes I slip on for the day always seem to give me enough support and comfort.
I do not use insoles, but most of my hikes are short distance and 3 days or less. I wear LLBean hiking boots & I have not found that I need insoles.
My feet literally are bullet proof, I wear Timberland Ekchilberg Mid WP Trekking and Hiking Boot’s for general wear and hikes, and Scarpa Chamoz for the alpine stuff, never put an insole in and never regretted not doing so. Its all about the right boots with good socks!!
I love Green SuperFeet in my La Sportiva Ultra Raptors. They provide great, all-day support, don’t absorb much water, dry quickly and provide some additional sole protection from sharp rocks and other surfaces – a great combination.
I generally do not use special insoles in whatever of the higher end New Balance trail runners I have found for at least 40% off. I have used cheap gel insoles from a drugstore when my shoes have broken down a little and I am trying to get some more miles out of them.
I use Nike Dynamic Support running shoes for my hikes.Very light and comfortable even with original insoles. I never had chance to try Superfeet, but from all reviews that will be my first choice for replacement insoles.
No, I do not wear insoles. Don’t need them with with my Danner Mountain Light II boots on. I can walk over ANYTHING in those boots and at least my feet will be fine.
Blue super feet for me helps with my plantar fasciitis. Asolo tps 520’s a little heavier then my Moab Merrell’s but seem to craddle my feet a little better with plantar fasciitis.
I’ve used a number insoles over the years from Dr.Scholls on to whatever REI or A16 had to offer, with Charcoal without charcoal, elastic padding, holes, no holes, etc. etc. . When brand new they felt wonderful but after a full day on the trail I found them to begin to “scrunch up” in the area just behind the toe at the ball of the foot from the constant up and down hill tread of the trail. The scrunching up was caused by my toes digging into the front of the boot as I climbed up the steep inclines, initially the material would relax and go back to flat but by the end of the day they were causing some hot spots to where I put them into my traveling Trash Bag. All the models I tried also added extra heat to the inside of the boot making my feet sweat more….My last pair were a Blue colored gel type and they just did not feel right and made my heels hurt for some reason. So I have gone back to just plain whatever the Company uses for the foot bed with no additives…
I wear the green Super Feet In my La Sportiva hiking boots and they are as comfortable as can be. In my running shoes I will wear the blue, for the lower volume. Happy feet means everything else is going to be happy.
I confess to complete bewilderment over this whole insole thing. Never used them, from the time I ran high school track through the present–runner and hiker. The shoes themselves seem fine to me. Saucy for running, LLBean Cresta hikers for schlepping my and my two kids backpacking gear. Less shoe for when I’m solo, and carrying about a third of the weight!
I don’t use special insoles. My current hiking shoes are the Vasque Juxt and the Merrell All Out Blaze. I have yet to develop a blister or have any other foot problem using the stock insoles in either model.
I use Aetrex insoles and wear Merrell Moab (not WP). The insoles help support my feet and lower legs on the trail and I need a wide shoe, the Moab fits the bill.
I have some foot issues so I wear custom hard orthotics. They don’t provide cushion, but provide the structure I need to keep moving. I use Brooks Cascadias, and just cut off the back half of the provided insoles and replace them with my orthotics.
Superfeet Orange, and for boots Hi-Tec Men’s Altitude IV. Why? I had a lot of issues with my heel (11 screws). this setup help me with the pain and my reduced movility.
No insoles in my asolo athenas, although I have used prescription arch supports in my leather vasques. We’ll see how it goes when I thru hike the Long Trail – I might look into them after that!
I use the Ortholites that came with my Salomon XA 3D Ultra 2 – because they work just fine and, besides, that’s what came with the shoes.
I tried special insoles, but had issues with water not draining well. I currently use the insoles supplied with the shoe. I have been very happy hiking in my Inov8 Terroc-330 Trail runners.
The ortholite insoles in my Salomon quest 4D provides plenty of support and cushion, so no need to get special insoles. Other pairs of hiking boots, I had to get insoles for more support, but the original in these are fine.
No insoles in my SCARPA KAILASH GTX DAY HIKING BOOTS. However, the bottoms of my feet were sore on my recent 25 km hike, so I might try some gel insoles in them. I have Dr Scholl’s in my runners.
I don’t wear any special insoles in my Altra Lone Peak 2.0’s… the stock insoles seem fine, and the Lone Peaks have enough cushion (and lovely zero-drop) to keep my feet happy on the trails.
No additional insoles for me in my Inov8 TrailRoc 245 trail runners. They are great for short to medium length walks and runs.
Yes, I use in soles – Superfeet. I like the heel cup on these insoles which helps to keep my feet locked in place and comfortable. For the past few years I have been wear Garmont Zenith Mid GTX hiking boots and find them to be very comfortable. The mid hike gives me the ankle support that I like.
I do not change the standard insoles on my Asics 3-season running/hiking shoes. I have switched with new models, but currently use the ASICS GT-2000 2. I have never found a need to use special insoles, and not using them has worked thus far! However, I do use special insoles in my mountaineering boots (Koflach Arctis Expe), called Toasty Feet. They are completely flat, but significantly increase the warmth of your boot by protecting against conductive heat loss.
I have never used insoles in my hiking boots. The boots i use are comfortable enough and the soles in them have never let me down.
I have used Merrell Moab Ventilators for many years. I have gone thru 3 different pairs because of wear and tear, but not replacing them due to comfort. I just put so many miles on them!
I have looked into Superfeet but have never committed to buying any yet. Maybe if i get a trail runner shoe with less manufactured soles I will pick up a pair.
My new wife needs a sleeping pad. Win WIN!
None. My current hiking shoes are inov-8 Rocklite 243s. I’ve put upwards of 18mi/day off-trail in high sierras (lots of talus and scree, hard hiking) with these as well. On a side note: I race bikes (or did) and wore custom carbon insoles while racing, but I simply haven’t found a need for special insoles while hiking
I have a pair of green superfeet that I wear in my Keen boots. I don’t remember the model. The insoles seem to help the heel of my foot stay comfortable. Not sure what my next pair of shoes will be, might try low cut trail runners. It all depends on the amount of weight I carry, and the length of the hike.
I do not use insoles. I love my Vasquez breeze boots. I have had them for years.
I don’t wear insoles in any of my shoes, and especially not while hiking.
I’ve hiked mostly in Merrell Moab Ventilators (with gore-tex) for the past 2.5 years, with the factory insoles. After many miles backpacking, hiking, working, walking, scrambling, and running, I think it’s about time to retire them, because after 10 miles backpacking it feels like every single rock and tree root is jabbing me in the foot. I believe I’ll try new insoles for a short time, then transfer them to the Merrell Grassbows I recently purchased.
In the meantime, I’ll be hiking in Chacos, completely sole-less.
I don’t use insoles in my Keen Targhee boots – might be time to think about getting some, though :)
I don’t use insoles. I use la sportiva ultra raptor. Plenty of support for me just as they are even carrying a 45 lb pack multiple days.
I don’t use insoles in either my Salewa Wildfire Approach shoes or my Salomon Quest 4D’s. Both are engineered to be comfortable and efficient without added insoles. I expect that Exped Synmat Winterlite sleeping pads would be quite adequate in Alaska where I live.
I have used orange Superfeet in my Asolo Powermatic GV 200 boots since I got taken in 2006. I always had issues with heel slip and toe bruising but the Superfeet have been fantastic.
I have heat moldable Sole insoles in my Haglöfs Crag Hi GT boots. I have these insoles because they came with the boots. I don’t really need special insoles and wouldn’t have bought them separately, but there’s really nothing wrong with them so I’m gonna use them until they’re worn out.
I Use Lowa Tibets. Never needed any insoles except what came with the boots. So far so good. I tried some in the past and they didn’t correct a poorly fitted boot.
I wear a custom orthotic for my flat feet. I’ve tried Sole moldable and others but my feet still probate too much and it stresses/injures my ankles, knees, and hips. I hike primarily in Asolo Styngers which fit my low volume narrow-healed foot well. I’m going to try out hiking in some trail runners this summer but have had ankle problems with them in the past.
I use dr. Scholl’s inserts in my boots, nothing fancy
I wear superfeet insoles in a pair of La Sportiva Wildcats. I have had quite a lot of problems with my feet in the past, but I find the superfeet work just as well as my custom orthotics. I also started doing conditioning exercises for my feet and ankles a few years ago. It’s made a huge difference.
I don’t bother with insoles. My Keen Koven WP wide give me all the comfort I need. Love those kicks!
I do wear insoles. Wish I could say I use inexpensive ones from the store. I have to wear custom made orthotics because of flat feet and a tendincy to get plantarfasitis. Total cost: $400.00, so getting a free sleeping pad would be the cats meow…..;-)
I wear an older version of the Asolo Revert and do not need insoles because the boots fit well and I guess I was blessed with good feet.
I use cascade insoles as well as soft sole inserts for my Lowa Renegade boots. I have very flat and wide feet, and want to minimize my growing bunion on my left foot. Both do not feel like I’m walking on a ping pong ball, and are very comfortable. I wish I could say the same about my ortho prescribed inserts. Yuck!!
I use a pair of insoles that I hijacked from my running shoes inside my Zamberlan’s to give my feet the perfect bliss while putting trail miles behind me.
None. Vasque Wasatch boots come with comfy insoles. They are my favorite pare of boots once broken in. The only risk is in very hot weather… feet can get sweaty…
I don’t use insoles. My Asolo 520s fit nicely right out of the box.
I have never used insoles in my hiking shoes. I currently am rocking the Asics Mens GT2000 2. While these aren’t the most durable shoes they are very comfortable, provide plenty of support and breathe incredibly well.
Timberland Chocorua mid Goretex hiking boots, so insoles are unnecessary. Since I generally do shorter trips with only shallow wading and world class dew, I can keep my feet dry in the first place, rather than drying them out again quickly in trail runners. I also choose the extra ankle support of boots over the lighter weight of trail runners. Sorry, Philip, but for my style of hiking, I still believe in Myth 9.
Superfeet Premium Orange in my Chaco Tedinho boots, love them both can’t explain the mechanics about them other than they feel great when I hike.
I’ve been wearing Ecco Biom trail runners for the last few years. They have a special proprietary insole that prevents bacteria build up. I replace them twice a year once they show signs of wear. Never needed any extra insoles as these are super comfy.
I only use the insoles that came with my shoes. I have found my perfect shoe to be the Montrail Mountain Masochist II because of the super wide toe box and medial post to reduce my over-pronation. All other shoes prior to them gave me knee pain after a good amount of miles because of my over-pronation. Never had a blister or problem with the Masochist IIs.
I have never needed to wear insoles, mostly because I’ve never tried them to find out if I like them or not. My favorite hiking boots would be the Vasque Breeze 2.0 right now as I am trying out a bunch of trails in the Olympic National Forest. Those are some comfortable boots with a strong rubber sole to help on rocky trails.
I always wear insoles with what ever shoes I wear. They were prescribed to me by my doctor for feet problems, so I don’t know what brand they are. I currently wear Keen Marshall Mids as my hiking boots; I really love them because my insoles fit in them perfectly and they provide awesome ankle support.
None for summer. I have been hiking in sandals for several years. Great ventalation and does not matter if there are stream crossings
I don’t use special insoles – never tried them. maybe i should?
i am wearing kansas gtx lady from meindl and totally happy with them so far!
If you’ve never had a problem I wouldn’t bother. The only reason I use them is because my hiking shoes have very thin soles to begin with and I need some cushion. Not an issue with Meindls!
I wear custom orthotic insoles to keep a chronic toe/foot problem in check. My hiking boots of choice right now are Vasque Taku GTXs, but I’m definitely thinking of going with some trail runners in the future.
I just purchased a pair of Asolo Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots. Because of past problems with plantar fasciitis, I also purchased a pair of Superfeet green insoles.
I don’t wear any special insoles as the Columbia North plains provide more than enough comfort for me. I usually wear them on terrain very similar to the Appalachian mountain range
I currently wear Merrell Moab Ventilators. I can not wear a special insole because like most of us after many miles of root scrambling my feet tend to swell. I am searching for another comfortable hiking boot or shoe with enough room for swelling and does not create calluses on the sides of my big toes!
Nope, I don’t used special insoles, just the insoles that came with my Merrill Moab Ventilators.
In the past, I’ve tried green Superfeet insoles. While they seemed to work well, I haven’t felt the need to replace a worn out pair. My feet like Salomon trail runners.
I currently have a pair of green Superfeet insoles that I use with a pair of Keene Targhee II. These are my second pair, and I find that replacing the insoles when I replace the shoes worked very well with only a single break-in period for both items.
I don’t use any special insoles and found that more cushion I have in my shoes the more foot problems I had. I have moved toward more minimalist shoes, my current favorites are inov8 roclite 295.
I do not use insoles as my hiking boots in the past have gotten smelly when I do. I prefer to layer my socks using a thin hiking sock at the base and a thicker hiking sock, wool if its winter, as an outer layer. I hike in different types of boots depending on the season and whats my new fave. Right now I love my Mammut T Aenergy Hiking Boots!!!
I wear custom orthodics on top of flat sorbothane insoles in my Brooks Cascadia trail runners..
I’ve just bought a pair of TNF Wreck GTX (size 8.5) online as I’m pretty confident that TNF works for me. My usual city shoe size is a 39 (8US) so I needed to add a set of Green Superfeet to create a perfect fit with the trail footwear. I got the slightly bigger shoe to accommodate thick socks and the bulkier insole (as I pronate without the superior arch support). I didn’t have a breaking-in period with either the shoes or the insoles, but I was very comfortable. Works for me!
I developed my own insoles around 1990. The basic version relieves excess pronation, supination, abduction and adduction – proved by extensive testing by others and an Osteopath. It improves walking speed by about 7% and reduces fatigue due to the reduction in the ‘S’ curve path motion of the feet and associated reduced path length. My high performance insole provides about 16% running speed improvement proven on a treadmill by a sports professional via a with/without insole testing method. So yes to an insole that in fact can eliminate or reduce foot problems, improve speed and/or reduce fatigue. The insole substrate material is a high density polyurethane foam. I cannot discuss the method I incorporate to achieve the performance results. I wear either an Inov Trail Roc 255 or Asics Trail Attack II, running sneakers. I wear them for hiking, not running.
I use blue superfeet inside salomon xd trail running shoes. The factory insoles were too thin and were completely destroyed after a couple long trips. Superfeet keep my arches supported and cushion each step. Can’t ask for anything more!
I use Keen Targhee II low hikers for day hikes and Scarpa boots for backpacking. I have never felt the need for custom insoles.
None. I use Merrell Bare Access Trail for most of my East Coast hiking, and Merrell Chameleon Stretch for rockier areas where the stiffer footbed is helpful.
Why no special insoles? I haven’t thought about it much, though I am curious if they might be helpful. Are there any insoles that prevent toe and knee soreness on descents?
None. I regularly use trail running shoes and haven’t considered getting insoles previously, however I have recently started using insoles in my snowboard boots, and find they greatly reduce fatigue in my feet. Considering this, I may look at getting some to support my arch when hiking
I did use CurrexSole EdgePro Med insoles in my Merrell Sirens. The insoles were very good but even with them the shoes were terrible to wear. Then I switched to La Sportiva Ultra Raptor and with those I never wore any special insoles. Raptors are super comfortable and my feet love them.
I have never worn insoles. From the time I started track and cross country through now on the trail or at the park I just focus on “retiring” my shoes when the time comes. My most recent shoe is the Adidas Terrex for women!
I’ve never used insoles in my Merrell hiking shoes. So far they’ve been comfortable enough without them. When they stop getting comfortable I’ll probably buy some insoles though.
I don’t use insoles. I use a thin liner sock and a thicker wool sock. Never have problems with blisters. Currently using a pair of Garmont boots.
No special insoles in my boots. I have an awesome pair of Merrells that are great on their own.
I don’t use insoles. I don’t feel the need.
So far so good with two socks with standard Keen Durand boots
I don’t use insoles, but I do buy the best socks I can find – thorlo or wool socks
I do not use insoles, just the ones that came in my hiking boots. Let my tell you about these awesome Salomon hikers I wear. They are ultra x gtx mids and they are perfect. They are very lightweight and sturdy with plenty of support thanks to the powerband located in the shoe. I would call them a hybrid of a hiking boot and a trail running shoe which keeps my feet happy on the trail all day long!!
I have never seen a need for insoles. The original one that come with the shoes have always been enough. I am currently sporting a pair of Merrell Moab hiking boots. They have quit a few miles on them and still going strong.
I just got a pair of La Sportiva Raptors, I was going to run out and get a pair of Superfeet. After reading the entries I think I will try them without.
I wear Green Superfeet with my Meindl Burman Pro GTX as I have high arches. If I don’t wear them I get terrible pain in the balls of my feet ????
Yes – superfeet green insoles from REI. I got them for my LLBean Goretex Cresta hikers because the default ones the boots came with were too thin and wore down quickly. The super feet have lasted for years and are incredibly comfortable- highly recommended!
I wear Superfeet insoles in all my shoes. The type depends on the volume of the shoe. For hiking the shoes are Moab ventilators. I’ve found them of significant help over the years of reducing lower back pain to nothing. I used to get aches in my lower back at the base of the spine and the insoles have essentially stopped this bent a problem.
I have custom orthotics because my feet are terrible. I have flat feet and have needed the support since I was a teenager. I can’t hike the super long distances, but I love to be in the woods.
Oops. Forgot the shoes. I wear Asolo Fugitive GTX. I need the higher boot for ankle support.
The insoles that came with the shoes are good enough for me, I wear Adidas Hydroterra shandal.
I’m happy with my Superfeet Green insoles. Anxious to use them on my walk this year on the AP. Worth the investment!
The last thing I need is foot pain when walking the trail. Superfeet insoles are the best support for great comfort! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
I dont use any right now. I own a pair of Keen Durand mids. They absolutely kill my feet right now. I hope to buy some green super feet insoles before my next hike. Anything would be better than the soles that came with these boots.
I currently wear Inov8s. I take the flimsy stock insoles out and replace with Wolverine Durashocks. Very cushy but thin and flexible, which maintains the groundfeel of the Inov8s. My foot pain problems disappeared when I stopped using stiff “supportive” insoles.
I have been using VivoBarefoot Breatho Trail Runners for my three season hiking and backpacking shoes. Since they are barefoot shoes I do not wear insoles. I prefer the zero drop and minimal material under my foot that they provide. I seem to be more sure footed and have far fewer foot and ankle problems than with more traditional shoes and boots that have a raised heel and thick soles.
I don’t wear insoles in my boots – I’ve been wearing Asolo boots for years. Tried a 5 day trip in Utah last week only in Keens and neopreen socks, it felt great.
Yes, I use Spenco Earthbound Insoles with my Danner Men’s Crater Rim 6″ GTX Hiking Boot. Used the same type of boot in the military and the insole gives it a little more comfort due to the stiffness of the boot.
I have used Spenco Polysorb in the past but they are a bit thick so they don’t work with all shoes. Fantastic padding, you could walk all day and night.
Because of my Plantar Fasciitis I have used a lot of different insoles in the past, Superfeet Green & Blue, Sof Sole FIT Series Low Arch Insoles, Spenco.
Currently I’m using the standard insoles in a new pair of Salomon Wings Pro.
I use Green Superfeet insoles in my Oboz Bridger BDry boots. I use them in all of my shoes, mostly for the extra arch support. The stock insoles in my boots were actually pretty good for arch support, but the Superfeet have more padding under the balls of my feet, which I also enjoy.
With plantar fasciitis nearly ending my hiking I first tried the over the counter products like superfeet and such finding no relief until I had custom made inserts from molds of my feet made by my podiatrist that I wear in my Morel Moab Ventilators. The inserts have allowed me to continue hiking pain free while covering more miles per day, a big plus on long sections with dry stretches.
I use the manufacturers insoles in my Merrill moab’s,along with some smartwool socks. Seems to be all the cushion and support that I need.
No insoles. Vasques Breeze 2.0 GTX love them!
Going to Philmont with my son with these in June!
I use green super feet in my Keen Pyrenees.
I have a Great Pyrenees and she’s white.
I wear Green Superfeet in a pair of Inov8 Roclite 315. I need the Superfeet to handle the rocks on he trail and talus fields. I recently tried a pair of La Sportiva Ultra Raptors with just the included insole. I like the Ultra Raptors but unfortunately they are about a half size too small and they don’t come in a bigger size.
I found out before my last 6 day trek one of my legs is shorter than the other! So now I wear orthotics :)
I wear Source sandals (no insole)
I use aftermarket insoles made by Sole (the Signature DK Response model) in my LaSportiva Electron ad Ultra Raptor running shoes to take up volume and provide a custom fit. These insoles provide excellent footbed cushion, particularly in the heel.
Entering right on deadline. I have Merrill trail runners. I don’t use insoles because it hasn’t seemed like I needed them so I haven’t thought about them. Maybe I should.
No insoles for me, I’ve tried them & find they don’t give additional cushioning but rather tend to force your foot into a certain position. Most factory insoles are junk. However I now use Salamon Pro 3A,s & find that they actually do have a high quality factory insole. Good cushioning & support, decent ventalation.
Insoles? No. I use Merrell Polaran8’s in the winter. They have built-in insoles and on my left foot…it tends to move backwards and up the heel as i hike. Not ideal.
Regarding the insoles .. sure. Couldn’t live without them, given that I wear Size 15. I use Spenco TotalSupport. 10-11 months of the year (as long as I can get away with it without freezing my toes off) I wear Merrell Moab. Best hiking shoe ever. I have four generations going in parallel, depending how brutal or messy the terrain is expected to be. My oldest pair from 2008 almost falls apart, but is still great for day hikes that involve wading :).
I like the Moab, too. Great shoe.
I currently do not wear she insoles I am wearing salomon trail runners and have not needed inserts
Okay, I have foot problems with deformed feet, but recent surgery is in process of correcting the issue. Doc still wants me ro use my inserts, which are Aetrex/Lynco orthotic inserts, posted and with a metatarsal pad. They prevent lots of pain and have made me able to hike beyond what doctors said I was capable of. These are the sport version and men’s sizes, as men’s widths accommodate my feet, while women’s do not. They are available at med supply stores and Amazon. I am also wondering if anyone has tried out and/or made a comparison between Darn Tough socks and the so-called “synthetic wool” socks made by Thirty48.com. I would be interested in your thoughts.
I had Raichle hiking boots. They were all leather but don’t know the model. I now have Salomon Quest 4 hiking boots. I have several foot/leg issues from a severe high ankle sprain/tear when younger. I have used all of the Superfeet insoles. If I had to say one was best for me I would say blue and I think it is because the arch support is less pronounced. With green or orange after a distance, my hips start to hurt. Odd and not exactly sure why but this is the case. Perhaps their more pronounced arch support is the cause.