Most footwear on the market comes with a generic insole that is designed to offer some arch support and cushion. If you're interested in getting more you may want to consider replacing that generic insole with a product that is designed to meet your needs.
Why Buy an Insole? Insoles and orthotics can provide custom fit, increased cushion, pressure relief and increased arch support. This can mean decreased back, leg and knee pain, less fatigue, eliminating foot pain and an increased comfort for long days on your feet.
Insoles and orthotics are often thought of as products that assist when a problem already exists. But it's important to understand that insoles and orthotics can also be beneficial when there isn’t a full-blown problem evident. These products can be considered a wellness product – as they assist in providing relief for pains that sometimes are not initially thought to be related to the feet (hips, back, knee etc). They also assist in balance and posture.
With a variety of products available ($10-$60) buying an insole or orthotic can be a low-cost way to increase the life of your footwear. You can choose to use the products in just one pair of shoes (example: your work shoes) or move them to whichever footwear you're using that day.
Shopping Tips and Things to Consider: When choosing an insole orthotic it's important to consider the type of footwear you will wear it in. It is important to consider any foot pain or discomfort. Some insole and orthotics are designed to relieve pressure in the ball of the foot while other products focus more on heel pain. Our fit specialists can help you find the product to best meet your needs.
It's important to always remove the generic insole from your footwear before putting in a new one. Putting two insoles on top of each other will compromise the fit and support of your footwear. It can also raise the heel significantly, which will push the foot toward the front of the shoe and into the safety toe.
Many of our stores also offer iStep technology from Aetrex. The iStep uses high quality digital scanner and pressure sensors to show the pressure distribution in your feet. It also measures the length of your foot and recommends an insole. This is a free service - there is no obligation to buy an insole or orthotic.
Vanderloop Shoes offers insole programs for industrial accounts. For more information please contact our corporate office (firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-236-8403).
Q: What is the difference in length between a men's size 10 and a men's size 10.5?
A: The difference between a half size is about a sixth of an inch. It may not sound like a lot, but it could be the difference between toes rubbing against a safety toe or fitting comfortably.
Q: It's okay to wear my safety shoes outside of work for everyday use... right?
A: It is recommended that footwear "rest" between uses. This "rest" allows built-in cushion to get some of it's spring back... which means your footwear will feel better for longer. The "rest" also allows moisture to dry creating a healthier environment for your feet. Plus, the more hours you wear the shoe, the shorter the life of the product. To get the most out of your safety footwear we suggest wearing them at work only.
Q: Can my shoe size really change? I've worn a men's size 12 my entire life!
A: Yes. Shoe size can change over time because your feet can change (due to injury, weight gain/loss, pregnancy). It is also important to keep in mind that different brands or styles fit different. We recommend trying on footwear and walking around the store (or safety footwear truck) before you make a purchase. You can also wear the product at home on a clean surface to assure for proper fit before wearing the product to work or outdoors.