Some reviews are so easy to write that they practically write themselves, but some are that little bit harder. Added to that the backlash against ‘influencer’ (vomit) reviews, and I’ve found writing this post pretty tricky. But here it is.
So, the product: SOLE footbeds
These are insoles which are designed to mould to the shape of your foot, either through wear or heating in the oven and moulding your foot to them.
They state on their website https://secure.yoursole.com/uk/ :
“All SOLE footbeds are designed with the same signature orthopedic shape featuring a supportive arch, deep heel cup and moldable orthopedic base. With three different levels of cushioning and varying features, there is a SOLE footbed that perfectly suits your needs. SOLE footbeds are heat/wear moldable to provide a customized fit that acts as a dynamic second skin, equalizing pressure distribution while optimizing your foot’s natural motion.”
I haven’t experienced any plantar fasciiitis pain during runs whilst using the insoles, which is an obvious plus. However, I also don’t experience PF pain when running in my new, weekend trainers. So whilst the insoles appear to better than running in past-their-best trainers, I can’t say I noticed a difference between these and well-cushioned shoes.
My PF pain outside of running hasn’t improved at all, but to be honest this wasn’t something I was expecting an insole to achieve.
I have been increasing my mileage recently and – unusually for me – have had no shin side-effects, which could be put down to the insoles – of course it’s impossible to tell though.
My overall verdict was that as a way to prolong the life of my midweek trainers these worked well, however the impact on my plantar fasciitis has been negligible.
*I was sent this product in exchange for a review. All opinions my own.