Insoles for Boots
Boots are often the most expensive footwear in our closets. From work boots to boots for fashion, they can be investment pieces that last for years. But even with the big price tag, the insoles that come in boots can be some of the worst as far as support and comfort go. Sometimes they are just a thin piece of lining over the wooden sole of the boot or a barely-there bit of foam over a hard rubber sole. This industry problem is why replacement insoles for boots are so popular and important, not just for your comfort but for your health as well.
Why do you need insoles for boots?
For most boots, especially steel-toe and cowboy boots, the product is intended to be worn for the entire day, often on hard surfaces like cement. This means that the feet in those boots are bearing the pressure of the downward forces on the body for an extended period of time. If the boots don't come with insoles that help to distribute that pressure 1, provide arch support, or correct alignment issues of the body that will be bearing that load, the person wearing them may end up with soreness at the end of the day or even long term medical conditions such as painful knees or collapsed arches.
What are the best insoles for boots?
This very much depends on the boots including their design and intended use. Fashion boots and narrower cowboy boots might have less volume, or available room inside, to accommodate a thick or wide insole. Yet it is still important that you get the cushion and support you need. So for those boots, try to look for a thinner insole that still provides corrective alignment technology and some cushion. For work boots that you will wear on hard surfaces all day, the level to which the insole can distribute the pressure on your feet is more of a priority, as is the alignment technology. For work boots, look for an insole that offers the highest level of arch support, pressure distribution, and alignment correction.
For Boots We Recommend:
The T-Series offers the greatest degree of cushion and arch support, can help redistribute pressure, and allow for better overall alignment. It is ideal for daily wear in regular volume shoes such as walking shoes, athletic trainers, and work boots. The M-Series incorporates Protalus's patented alignment technology to provide the stability and comfort you need.
Designed for athletic shoes & work boots with a non-removable insole.
Designed for athletic shoes & work boots with a removable insole.
Are there different types of insoles for boots?
Insoles for boots, especially work boots and cowboy boots, do come in a wide range of options. There are cedar insoles and charcoal insoles to try and deal with odor, insoles with gel, foam insoles, and even insoles that are supposed to be custom molded to your feet. It is true that bacteria in your boots may cause odor and but as explained in this article, there are ways to deal with this issue. As far as insoles go, support and discomfort mitigation are likely your top priorities and for those concerns, look for insoles with alignment technology, arch support, and some cushion.
How often should you change insoles for boots?
Most insoles come with a manufacturer recommendation which can serve as a guideline for when most people need to replace those insoles. But when you should replace your insoles is more dependent on use than materials. If you wear your insoles on hard surfaces while doing manual labor for twelve hours a day, the materials in those insoles will be exposed to more heat and pressure than someone who keeps a pair of insoles in their running shoes that they use for a run three times a week. For this reason it is important to take a look at the insoles when you purchase them to see how they look when they're new. Then look at them periodically to check if they have compressed or changed shape. For more information about Protalus insoles and when to replace them, you can read more here.
1. Yung-Hui, L.; Wei-Hsien, H. (2005, March 05). Effects of shoe inserts and heel height on foot pressure, impact force, and perceived comfort during walking. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003687005000050
Alignment - Patented Heel Cup
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Patented Technology Makes It Possible
The difference lies in our patented TRI-Planar technology. Other insole companies place a stump under the arch and call it support. Our insoles focus on the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms, designed to help your body maintain a neutral ankle joint position, while still allowing full ranges of healthy movement. Proper joint alignment improves movement efficiency, reduces fatigue, and prevents injury to help you do what you love.
Reduced Risk of Injury
The bones of the ankle and heel are most stable when they are positioned in alignment. If they shift away from a center alignment, they become less stable.
Imagine pressure being placed on those unstable structures over and over again while you walk, run, or work. That is where the injuries can take place.
Injuries can present as chronic pain in the foot, knees, hips, and back. They may also include acute injuries such as an ankle sprain.
Keeping your hindfoot in alignment allows not only your bones but also the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments to properly handle the pressure placed on them from your feet through your back.
Your ankles and feet work together to manage how weight is distributed as you move
If your heels and ankles are not in their proper positions, they cannot properly distribute weight and this may lead to a less stable walking motion.
When your ankles and heels are out of alignment, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons often have to step in to ensure proper alignment and balance.
When these muscles become fatigued, they may not be able to handle the task properly and you become more likely to fall or become injured.
Increased Energy Efficiency
As you walk and move, your kinetic energy moves from your feet up through your body.
This energy can be seen when walking in sand. Sand kicks up behind you with each step. It is moved by the energy created when you move your foot.
Fatigued muscles don't pass as much of that energy onto the next structure. That is why walking in sand is tiring; energy is being lost and your muscles become fatigued.
An aligned kinetic chain allows the highest quantity of energy to be transferred up through your body, giving you more power and helping you feel less tired.
Better Pressure Distribution
The body is designed to distribute pressure so that your muscles can primarily be concerned with movement.
When the skeletal system becomes misaligned, especially at the joint between the heel and ankle, pressure is no longer distributed across the structures that are most able to deal with it.
Instead, other structures, such as the ligaments in the knees, hips, and ankles, must take on the job and that can lead them to become fatigued, sore, or injured.
Protalus insoles correct the misalignment so you can avoid fatique and injury.
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Effective for purchases made after 7/1/2023: If your insoles fail due to imperfections in the materials that go into the insoles or failure of those materials to perform due to compression or lack of fidelity to the original shape prior to 1 year from your purchase date, Protalus will replace the insoles for free. In the event that your insoles are no longer available due to a discontinuance of that model, Protalus will replace the insoles with a similar pair of equal value. Please note that all claims require proof of purchase and the original insoles to be shipped back to Protalus in Tualatin, Oregon and all claims must be approved by the Protalus customer service team prior to honoring this guarantee. email@example.com. Limit one replacement per original purchase.
“I love them. Before discovering these Protalus inserts I’d experience severe knee pain. With wearing Protalus inserts in every pair of shoes I own I no longer have any knee pain. I don’t wear shoes without them.” -Donald E.L.