Fighting for your feet
Superfeet insoles help combat wear and tear on the feet and body
Whether squeezing them into ski boots or requiring them to haul you up a 14er, we expect a lot from our feet. It’s mind-boggling to think of the battering, beating and bruising my feet have taken over the years, from giant hut-trip blisters to losing a few toenails on a hike into Havasu Falls. Considering I don’t intend on stopping any time soon, I’m always on the lookout for ways to help them out a little. Enter Superfeet.
Superfeet has been around since 1977, when a bunch of podiatrists at a sports medicine laboratory came up with the idea to adapt the flat surface inside shoes to the contours of the foot for comfort, support and enhanced performance. To do this, they used biometric data, cutting-edge technology and innovative materials. What does all that mean? Basically a bunch of foot-supernerds have been honing in on life-changing foot comfort for decades.
So why do you need an insole beyond the one already in your shoe? Because the biomechanics of feet are unique, complex and different for everyone. From high arches, flat feet, stress points, pronation, bunions and other problems, we all have our own potential issues that impact how our feet perform. By being intentional about where and how you support your feet, you can reduce stress and strain on your entire body, not just the feet. Your knees, back and spine will also thank you.
It can be a bit overwhelming when you look at all the options Superfeet has for insoles. They recommend you start with three easy questions about footwear, your feet and your activity. There’s also a great page on the website that helps you narrow down the options based on a few questions. I decided to start out with the women’s-specific Berry insole.
The Berry has a slimmer heel and arch length to fit the female foot and is designed for any moderate-fitting athletic footwear. There’s high-impact foam in the forefoot for shock absorption and responsive, closed cell full-length foam that supports and cushions the entire foot for long stretches of activity. It also has a women’s-specific heel cup that cradles the heel during high-impact activities and long distances, along with an organic odor-controlling coating, which helps eliminate stink. I love this insole for general summer excursions like long hikes, backpacking trips or an afternoon of pickleball.
Another one I tried is the Adapt Run insole. It’s a little lighter and made to feel like it’s part of your running shoe. This is a great option for people with a low or medium arch like me. It’s made specifically for running shoes and is meant to adapt with the foot’s natural running motion of the heel-to-toe turnover.
To help reduce increased stress on the heel that comes from running, the Adapt Run has what Superfeet calls the Encapsulating Stabilizer System. It acts like a little bucket seat for the foot, providing gentile guardrails as you move and protecting the entire body from the harsh forces of hard surfaces. Studies continue to prove the horrible effects running can have on the body, so this insole is a great tool to help combat those. It’s made to keep its shape for up to 12 months of use or 500 miles, whichever comes first.
Superfeet insoles have to be trimmed to fit your shoe size. It can be a little scary at first taking scissors to your new product, but just proceed cautiously. A good way to start is by taking out the old, flat sock liner in your shoe and sizing it from there.
The Berry retails at $60, and the Adapt Run at $50. There is a great resource on the company’s website called a Foot Health Library to help troubleshoot any foot problems you may have and point to various Superfeet insoles that can help.
Meg Simon is an Aspen-based freelance writer, graphic designer and founder of Simon Finch Creative. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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