Insoles For Dress Shoes
Dress shoes can look very sleek but typically come with minimal cushion, if any. Worse yet, many professionals find that they have to use them for daily wear on hard surfaces causing their feet to ache by the end of the day. Adding dress shoe inserts can help but finding the right pair is important.
Can you use insoles in dress shoes?
Many people find wearing dress shoes painful due to their narrow width and lack of arch support. Suffering from plantar fasciitis 1, bunions 2, or having flat feet 3 can make this experience even worse. Adding in support with an insole can alleviate the problem. While many insoles are too thick for dress shoes, some are made especially for this purpose.
What are the benefits of using insoles with dress shoes?
Insoles can add in the cushion and arch support missing from many dress shoes, which can redistribute the pressure put on the feet from a day of walking and standing on hard surfaces. The result is less pain and the ability to wear dress shoes more often.
For Dress Shoes We Recommend:
The ET-Series is our thinnest insole, ideal for narrow, low-volume shoes such as men's dress shoes. Many dress shoe inserts have a heel that is too thick, which forces the foot up out of the shoe when walking. The ET-Series is made specifically for dress shoes and can fit right on top of cemented-in factory insoles so you can wear your shoes all day and feel great.
How can you make dress shoes more comfortable with insoles?
Many dress shoes have an entirely flat sole surface, built on a hard shoe bed. When walking on this surface all day, the foot can become sore from the lack of arch support and pressure. Dress shoes insoles can change the way your body carries that pressure and can prevent the soreness associated with wearing dress shoes.
How do you replace insoles in dress shoes?
Most dress shoe insoles are cemented or sewn into the shoe. Since you can't remove that type of factory insole, it is important to find an insole that is designed to be added on top of the original without adding so much thickness that it makes the shoe uncomfortable. The ET-Series was designed to do just that.
How do you choose the best dress shoe insert?
Dress shoe inserts cannot have too much cushion because added thickness can cause the heel to pop out of the shoe while walking as well as a squeezing pressure on the foot from the lack of space left in the shoe. A great dress shoe insert leaves room for the foot while adding technology to redistribute the pressure felt by the foot in a dress shoe.
1. Schwartz, E. (2014). Plantar Fasciitis: A Concise Review. The Permanente Journal. doi:10.7812/tpp/13-113
2. Dayton, P., Kauwe, M., & Feilmeier, M. (2014). Clarification of the Anatomic Definition of the Bunion Deformity. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 53(2), 160-163. doi:10.1053/j.jfas.2013.10.007
3. Haendlmayer, K. T., & Harris, N. J. (2009). (ii) Flatfoot deformity: An overview. Orthopaedics and Trauma, 23(6), 395-403. doi:10.1016/j.mporth.2009.09.006
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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.