Shoe Insole Replacement

If you aren't familiar with why some people purchase after-market shoe inserts, how to use them, or when to replace them, read more below to see if replacement shoe insoles might work well for you.

Our Best Insoles For Factory Insole Replacement

The T-Series offers a moderate degree of arch support along with a thin, flexible design fits well in a variety of shoes. The T-Series incorporates Protalus's patented alignment technology to provide the structure and comfort you need.

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Can you replace shoe insoles?

In a recent study, it was shown that after-factory shoe insoles reduce pressure on the feet while walking. Most shoes come with a standard, thin insole that doesn't offer much arch support or technology to help with body alignment. The insole is sometimes tacked down loosly with an adhesive or sometimes it is cemented down or sewn in. No matter how the insole is secured, it can be replaced or added to so that nearly any shoe can have better structure.

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How often should you replace shoe insoles?

No insole, whether it came with the shoe or you added it in yourself, will last forever. Shoe insoles need to be replaced based on their wear. If you wear a pair of shoes often and for long hours, they may need to be checked for replacement every 4-6 months.

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How to know when to replace shoe insoles

Shoe insoles wear out because they compress from the heat and pressure of wear. If the insoles that are in your shoes are flat and have arch support to begin with, you may want to replace them immediatly after purchasing your shoes. If you have added your own insoles, it is important to periodically check them to see if they have compressed or changed shape. Additionally, if you begin to have pain or discomfort return after a period of relief, it may be time for new insoles.

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How do you replace a shoe insole?

Most athletic and casual shoes have factory insoles that are lightly secured and can be removed with a gentle tug. Other shoes will have cemented in insoles that cannot be replaced but will need an additiional insole made to sit on top of factory insoles. These are typically a partial length and thinner so that they don't add too much height. They can just be slipped in the shoe.

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How to choose the best replacement insole

Replacement insoles should fit the shoe well, not add too much height in the shoe, and have adequate arch support, body alignment technology, and shock absorption. If you are unsure which insole to use, you can find out by answering a few easy questions on the Insole Finder.

1. Creaby, M. W., May, K., & Bennell, K. L. (2011). Insole effects on impact loading during walking. Ergonomics, 54(7), 665-671. doi:10.1080/00140139.2011.592600

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