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Best Hiking Insoles

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Taking up hiking is one of the best decisions you can make for your overall health and fitness. It would be a shame if painful, blistered feet would put you off this healthy outdoor activity.

The joy of a day’s hiking should no longer be marred by several days more nursing your feet. With our selection of best hiking insoles, you can help to ensure that blisters, fungal infections, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and similar foot conditions become a thing of the past.

Blisters and Abrasions

Blisters, and abrasions that more often than not lead to blisters, are one of the most common problems hikers face. They're not dangerous, but they can still slow you down and suck the joy for hiking right out of you.

Luckily, blisters can in most cases be prevented. The most important things to keep in mind are:

  • Wearing shoes that fit perfectly. It's best to break in your new shoes on shorter walks, and bring your old faithful pair to your next big adventure.
  • Keeping your feet dry. Moisture causes friction, leading to abrasions, while existing blisters are at a higher risk of infection if your socks are wet.
  • Bringing an extra pair of socks. Clean, dry socks are the best way to prevent abrasions, especially if you're hiking in wet, muddy conditions.

Sidas Outdoor Insoles

Sidas Outdoor Insoles

Hiking shoes might be some of the hardiest footwear, but that same toughness can be equally as hard on your feet. Sidas have 40 years of experience to draw on, from Alp-friendly skiing insoles to football inserts, so they know what it takes to keep hiking feet fighting fit.

The Sidas Outdoor Insoles will keep your feet perfectly aligned and stable whatever is underfoot, while keeping blisters and friction at bay and saving feet from shock and impact. Walk through nature with a natural gait as your Sidas Insoles keep feet in the optimum condition for taking on any challenge.

 

Unpleasant Odour

Smelly feet are a common problem among hikers and non-hikers alike. Contrary to popular belief that stinky feet are caused by sweat, they're actually caused by bacteria that lives on the skin and eats the sweat, producing isovaleric acid, which causes the unpleasant odour.

Luckily, preventing and treating smelly feet is rather simple. Make sure that you:

  • Choose well-made shoes that provide sufficient ventilation. This will help keep your feet dry.
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks that will further ensure your feet stay dry and free from bacteria.
  • Try using an antibacterial shoe spray if you're dealing with an unpleasant odour. This will prevent the situation from getting even worse.

Superfeet Trailblazer Comfort Insoles

Superfeet Men's Trailblazer Comfort InsolesThe Trailblazer Comfort Insoles are designed with MOISTUREWICK Technology, which helps to eliminate odours for improved hygiene and comfort, ensuring your feet remain as fresh and hygienic as possible. Moreover, their Heel Impact Technology pod disperses impact for ascents and descents, which is ideal for hiking up and down hills and mountains.

These hiking insoles are available in men's and women's version. The main difference between the two is that the women's variant features a slimmer heel and arch length to fit the proportions of the female foot.

 

Bunions

A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Unlike most other foot problems, a bunion does not go away on its own, and will only get worse with age.

This is why it's crucial to make sure you don't develop bunions. In some cases, unfortunately, genetics play the main role in developing this common foot condition, but there's still a lot you can do to prevent this from happening:

  • Wear shoes that fit. Narrow, pointy shoes that cram your toes and cause the big toe and the second toe to overlap are the worst choice for those prone to developing bunions.
  • If you already have a bunion, hiking can cause it to become painful or inflamed. In this case, consider getting bunion pads or a toe separator to ease the discomfort.

Superfeet Green Insoles

Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

The long-lasting Superfeet Green Insoles are the world's most popular insole, and for good reason. These iconic insoles feature a patented heel cup that encapsulates your heel for natural shock absorption, while the contoured shape allows the foot to rest perfectly supported on the full-length foam insole.

The agION antimicrobial treatment to the top cover means that your insoles will remain clean and hygienic throughout. This makes them especially suitable for hiking and similar sporting activities.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions that you can easily recognise by extreme heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue in your arches, most often caused by a strain injury that leads to micro tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone.

It's no wonder that it's especially common among hikers, walkers, long distance runners, and anyone who spends long amounts of time on their feet. Here's how to go about reducing this:

  • Choose shoes with good arch support.
  • Stretch and massage your arches once or twice a day to keep the ligaments flexible. You can try massaging your arches with a golf ball.
  • Invest in a good pair of shoe insoles.

Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic InsolesThe Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles are our top choice for plantar fasciitis. Their semi-rigid arch support and heel cradle ensure stability, while the dual layer EVA foam cushion ensures a soft and comfortable feel.

Their anti-bacterial top coat fabric will ensure your feet stay fresh and dry even after hours of hiking. What's more, these insoles can transferable from shoe to shoe, which means you can use them for more than just hiking.

 

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs often go hand in hand with plantar fasciitis; these tiny bone growths on your heels occur when calcium deposits build up on the underside of the heel bone. They are often caused by strains on the foot muscles and ligaments, which is why they are especially common among athletes whose activities include large amounts of walking, running or jumping.

You can prevent heel spurs from occurring by:

  • Choosing good shoes for hiking. Foot health starts with shoes that fit properly and provide sufficient arch support. If you're in doubt whether this describes your hiking shoes, we recommend investing in good insoles for hiking.
  • As with plantar fasciitis, make sure you stretch and massage your feet frequently.

Spenco Ironman Total Support Thin Insoles

Spenco Ironman Total Support Thin Insoles

The Spenco Ironman Total Support Thin Insoles are ideal sports insoles that combine advanced arch support with deep heel cupping to stabilise and cushion the foot. Their thin, ultra-light design makes them perfect for hiking boots, ensuring a light step.

These insoles feature a forefoot crash pad that aids shock absorption, a metatarsal dome that disperses pressure evenly, and a technical top cloth that will keep your feet fresh. What makes them especially perfect for all sporting activities, however, is that they can be easily hand washed if necessary.

 

If We Had to Pick One...

Finding the perfect pair of hiking insoles depends largely on which foot condition you're facing. However, if we had to pick a clear winner, it would be the Superfeet Green Performance Insoles. These iconic insoles are the most popular choice among hikers around the world, and if you're feeling overwhelmed with all the choices, these are always a safe bet.

If you have any thoughts on the best hiking insoles, or an opinion on our choices, let us know in the comments below, or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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