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Old 04-16-11, 06:10 PM
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Have a pair of new shoes coming in with reputed poor insoles.
I'm thinking about getting a pair of SuperFeet Yellow Insoles.
Any other brands I should consider before settling on those?
Aline? Spenco? Others?

Thanks for any advice.

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Best insole for you depends on how much support you need and what is the shape of the bottom of your feet. I like SOLE moldable insoles, but I have not tried all the brands.
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Have you considered custom orthotics?
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Thanks to all so far for the suggestions.

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Have you considered custom orthotics?
Didn't even think about it.
Last time I had my feet checked (in the military),
they were considered "normal" (not flat foot, not high arched).
So, I never thought of needing anything outside of the norm.
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+1 on specialized - been using them for 5 years and they work great..
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I'm using Specialized BG footbeds. They are available with different levels of support, depending on your particular needs. They also come with wedges that go underneath the footbed. These are necessary if your knee is not going straight up and down as you pedal ... very common in cyclists. (The footbed alone might not have enough correction.)

I was able to correct how my knee tracks by getting a laser level, bike in a trainer, and watching the knee in a mirror. Not that complicated, and saves your knee from unnecessary wear. Also helps with "hotfoot" problems.
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I had these made and am very happy with how they fill Nate Loyal makes these her in So. Cal.

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Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
+1 on specialized - been using them for 5 years and they work great..
+2 They have greatly reduced my hotfoot problem.
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I'll definitely look into the Specs.
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Another vote for specialized.
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is there anything Specialized doesn't do well? My left toes go numb if I'm pedaling squares for too long. I've been thinking about getting insoles but the problem is not severe enough to get me to actually do it.
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Superfeet are terrific, so are Specialized BGs, which I used for a couple seasons. Last summer, though, I started using heat-moulded Soles (the thinnest version) because I wanted a flatter platform under the forefoot and a firmer arch that would do a better job of pulling my heel back into the pocket. I like 'em so much I have a pair in my ski boots, too. But nearly any firm, supportive insole is better than what comes with your shoes.
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what i'm using heat mouldable and remouldable if required.
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Originally Posted by HMF View Post
is there anything Specialized doesn't do well? My left toes go numb if I'm pedaling squares for too long. I've been thinking about getting insoles but the problem is not severe enough to get me to actually do it.
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post
Superfeet are terrific, so are Specialized BGs, which I used for a couple seasons. Last summer, though, I started using heat-moulded Soles (the thinnest version) because I wanted a flatter platform under the forefoot and a firmer arch that would do a better job of pulling my heel back into the pocket. I like 'em so much I have a pair in my ski boots, too. But nearly any firm, supportive insole is better than what comes with your shoes.
From what I've read, especially my particular shoe.
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If you have consistent knee problems I highly suggest finding a local orthopedic that makes cycling insoles and have your insurance pay for them. Nothing is better than truly custom insoles.
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+1 For superfeet Yellow. Superfeet's parent company, Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, constructs a good majority of all the custom orthopedics in the United States. They have used many years of specific foot biomechanics experience to develop an over the counter orthodic that supports specific bones in the foot, just a little more science than many of the over the counter arch supports that only hold up the center of the arch.
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just curious, why get insoles for shoes you won't be walking in
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do the superfeet have arch supports?
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do the superfeet have arch supports?
Yes they have about 4 different models. I got the black and they work very well for me. I like my Specialized shoes better though.
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do the superfeet have arch supports?
Another yes - I use the Superfeet orange ones for my running shoes and are pleased with them.
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thanks!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
just curious, why get insoles for shoes you won't be walking in
Because you can ride longer, more comfortably, and more effectively with the correct support under the whole foot.

Regarding Superfeet, it pays to try the different colors to choose the kind of support your feet need. Our whole family use them, all different colors.

In his blog (https://stevehoggbikefitting.blogspot.com/) Steve Hogg of the Cycle Fit Centre discusses custom and aftermarket insoles extensively. I recommend paying attention to anything this guy says.
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