I have chronic foot pain and bunions. I work 8 hours a day on a cement floor and generally walk about 7 miles a day. My poor feet hurt so badly at the end of the day I can usually not stand and walk after resting without waiting for a few moments for the pain to alleviate so I know my feet can hold me. Today I used the Protalus insoles. Not one ounce of pain. I look at them and can't imagine why. They just don't look like much. They fit nicely into my Nikes and my dressier shoes without crowding or pinching. The heel does elevate some and makes my toes touch the end of some of my snugger shoes, but it didn't bother my bunions at all. Smacks of magic!!!!