7 Key Things To Consider When Buying Insoles
Size is perhaps the most critical factor to consider when purchasing insoles. An incorrectly sized insole can cause discomfort and may not provide the intended benefits. Therefore, it's crucial to match the insole size to your shoe size. Some insoles, like our Kingfoam Insoles, can also be trimmed to ensure a perfect fit within your footwear.
Foot Arch Type
Everyone has a unique foot arch, which can generally be categorized as low, medium or high. The type of arch you have greatly influences the kind of support you need from an insole. For instance, those with flat feet or low arches typically require insoles that offer more arch support to prevent overpronation, while individuals with high arches might need flat insoles that provide extra cushioning.
The material of the insole directly impacts its comfort and functionality. Common materials used in commercial insoles include foam, gel, leather and cork. At FP Insoles, we make our insoles using high-density memory foam for maximum shock absorption and durability. Our proprietary FluidX material is designed to absorb up to 90% of shock energy, making it ideal for reducing strain on joints when running, jumping or walking all day.
Your lifestyle and the purpose for which you'll be using the insoles are important factors to consider. For instance, if you're an athlete, you might need insoles that provide enhanced shock absorption and support for running and jumping. On the other hand, if you're frequently on your feet due to the nature of your job, you might want insoles that offer excellent cushioning and pressure relief to prevent strain and injuries.
Insoles undergo constant pressure and wear, so they need to be durable enough to withstand this strain. Durable insoles not only provide long-lasting comfort and support but also offer better value for your money. For instance, FP Insoles are made with a memory foam material that allows the padding to return to its original state, impact after impact, meaning a two-month-old FP Insole will still absorb more energy than a brand-new insole from any competitor.
Shock absorption is a key feature to look for in insoles, especially if you participate in high-impact activities such as running or jumping or if you stand or walk on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. Good shock absorption in insoles can help to minimize the impact on your feet and joints, reducing fatigue and the risk of injuries like shin splints or plantar fasciitis. FP Insoles are made with our proprietary FluidX material, which absorbs up to 90% of shock energy on impact.
Breathability and Moisture Control
Finally, consider the breathability of the insole and its ability to control moisture. Good airflow helps to keep your feet dry and comfortable throughout the day, preventing conditions like athlete's foot. Insoles made from breathable materials or featuring moisture-wicking properties are ideal for maintaining a healthy foot environment. For instance, FP Insoles are made with an open-cell foam that evaporates moisture, avoiding the fungal and bacterial growth caused by trapped moisture in other insoles.