(AUTHOR’S NOTE: I personally paid for the products featured here, and as such – this will be from a customer’s point of view. All opinions are mine, and I received no compensation from Profoot in the process of writing this entry.)
Have you ever had that experience where your shoes felt “flat” as soon as you wore them? Have you worn shoes that, despite supposedly having a layer of foam to protect your soles, were so thin you could feel the ground you were walking on? If so, I’ll tell you this – you’re not alone.
When you first buy shoes, these naturally come with a layer of foam that can be removed. Some high-end shoe brands have the insoles glued on the bottom. Removable or not, this foam cradles the foot from the brutality of everyday walking and supports the body’s entire weight. Constant pressure wears this thick foam layer down to a thin vestige.
One need not be surprised when a well-worn shoe’s factory-built insole ends up being squashed due to normal use. Oh, before I forget: a thinning insole can cause pain in the back, legs, and feet due to improper walking. It would be a waste to throw a good pair of shoes away just because of a worn-out insole.
Fortunately, things called orthotic insoles now exist to remedy this problem. They provide a new, thick layer with additional support for the feet – bringing an otherwise worn-out shoe back to life. These can be cut to fit certain shoe sizes, but insoles for large shoes simply need to be put in.
There are a lot of brands available in the market like Burlington, Tuli’s, and Dr. Scholl’s, but I have a personal preference for Profoot insoles. They are available at True Value hardware stores in major malls, starting from P300 up to P700 per pair. Profoot insoles are designed to give maximum support to the feet and provide relief from foot ailments such as plantar fascitis and heel pain. Today’s post features four Profoot products I use, and how they fare.
Before I proceed, here’s a clarification which I took from the Profoot website. (Emphases mine.)
The difference between an insole and an insert is that:
- An insole covers the full length of your shoe, and can replace the insole your shoe came with.
- An insert covers only part of your shoes’ insole and can be ¾ length or ½ length to address a particular area of the foot.
First up on the list if the Profoot 2oz. Miracle Custom Molding Insoles. Its claim to fame is its two-layer design: the light blue front section molds exactly to the front part of the feet, while the dark blue back section supports and stabilizes the heel. I simply put it in my shoes for the day, and it “disappears” after an hour of wear – while adapting to my feet with every step.
I first used this in a pair of rubber shoes, and they do offer adequate support compared to the pair’s factory-supplied insoles. When the pair broke down after years of service, I then transferred the molding insoles to my signature pair of brown chukka boots seen in this entry – where they are functioning until now.
The second product I’m writing about is the Profoot SuperSport Arch/Heel Support Inserts. Compared to regular insoles, this only covers half of the foot – from the heel to the arch. Don’t let the half coverage fool you, however. It does a fantastic job of cushioning the heel area with the blue gel spot underneath, and the arch support design promotes proper foot positioning.
Initially, this saw action in the pair of Manila Sole trainers I bought during the 2015 Muni Market Day. The up-cycled shoes got a lot of mileage with the insoles inside and waterproofing to boot…but they gave away the succeeding year, after the uppers got ripped apart. I then transferred them to the Montrose boot I used in this entry, putting them underneath the original insole. Inserts have the tendency to move around as they only occupy a part of the shoe, so a few drops of cyanoacrylate glue (Mighty Bond or Loctite) keeps them in place.
The Profoot Men’s Custom Orthotic Insoles combines the adaptive Vita-Foam molding property of the 2oz. Miracle Custom Molding Insoles, with the corrective quality of the Men’s Flat Fix insert. The front section is light yet molds to the feet, while the green trampoline heel provides optimum shock absorption.
Prior to this purchase, I bought the Men’s Flat Fix Insert and tried it out on a pair. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by its performance so I ditched it as a choice for future purchases. Time came when the black brogues from Hush Puppies featured in this entry had some problems with the insole foam. It was already wearing away, so I bought the Men’s Custom Insoles. It works like magic for my feet whenever I wear them, so I have no regrets buying this.
Last but not the least is the Men’s Triad Orthotic Inserts. As the name states, it addresses three areas in the feet that take the most beating: the ball of foot, heel, and arch. Supporting these, in turn, relieves pain in the knees, legs, and back. The orthotic insert occupies three-quarters of a shoe’s length, but this would have been better for me if it took up the whole shoe. The upper section of the insert has a firm portion to cradle the ball of the foot – something that other products usually overlook.
This was the latest product I purchased, and I used it in the pair of suede deck boots / boat shoes I wore in this entry. A few months after writing that post, that pair of shoes broke down so I had it fixed. Just like the SuperSport inserts, these have the tendency to move around; thus, a dollop of Loctite will make it stay. Given that it only occupied 3/4 of the shoe’s entire length, it felt like a foreign object. Best to put this under a thin insole.
When you feel the bottom of your shoes and the cushioning goes flat, it’s a sign that a new insole is in order. Don’t wait until you experience pains and aches when walking in your favorite pair of shoes. Trust me, a new insole brings your trusty pair back to life and does wonders for your health.
Until the next post.
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