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Best Insoles for Walking Boots 2021

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Whether going for a walk around the park or an ambitious hike in the country, your favourite pair of boots is made to help you cover all sorts of terrain without bothering your feet. In reality though, often even the best boots need a bit of an upgrade with some insoles or footbeds to give you the right support, cushioning or overall comfort.

We know a thing or two about comfort at ShoeInsoles.co.uk, and we've put our insole experts to the test to come up with the definitive list of our very Best Insoles for Walking Boots. We'll cover all the top reasons you might be looking to give your boots a boost, with a tailored recommendation for each


Insoles for Walking Boots

Best All-Round Walking Boot Insoles

Winner: Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

Superfeet Green Performance Insoles to Correct Misalignment

Why We Love Them...

Shock absorbing foam cushions the entire foot with every step
Biomechanical shape corrects the step to evenly distribute foot pressure
 Versatile shape will comfortable fit almost all types of boots

Not the Best For...

 Those with especially high arches
 Running or sports

 

Editor's Verdict: The Superfeet Green Insoles are one of our very best sellers across all categories, and for good reason. They'll take pressure off the balls of your feet to keep you moving in comfort with their biomechanical shape, which can correct your gait to prevent high pressure 'hot spots' that can occur in walking boots as a result of unevenly distributed impact.


Best Shock-Absorbing Walking Boot Insoles

Winner: Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles

Why We Love Them...

Combine powerful shock-absorbing materials with moulded arch support
 Ideal for boots that cause intense pain in the heels and forefeet after a walk
 Viscoelastic material provides intense cushioning to reduce foot fatigue

Not the Best For...

 Especially tight-fitting boots
 Those with serious foot or toe deformities

 

Editor's Verdict: If your main problem is foot fatigue or general pain across your entire sole after a walk, the Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles will be exactly what you're looking for. Absorbing shock while providing plenty of arch support and heel stability, these are the perfect option if your aim is cushioning rather than alignment.



Best Insoles for Winter Walking Boots

Winner: Pedag Viva Winter Insoles

Pedag Viva Winter Insoles - Our Top Pick for Winter Warmth

Why We Love Them...

 Aluminium foil base and woollen top liner combine for a cosy feel and great insulation
Middle layer of closed air cells provide an excellent thermal effect
 Built-in arch support and cushioning provide a great all-round comfort effect

Not the Best For...

 Boots with especially robust arch support already built in
 Use on hot summer days

 

Editor's Verdict: The natural materials of the woollen top layer of the Pedag Viva Winter Insoles provide a really nice feel under the sock, helping the insoles to noticeably boost the cosy feel of any walking boots or hiking boots. In addition, these winter insoles also feature an underside made of special aluminium foil which works to shield the feet from the cold ground, preventing the "frozen toes" effect on the coldest days.


Best Plantar Fasciitis Insoles for Walking Boots

Winner: Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles for Back Pain

Why We Love Them...

Full length contact design cradles the foot to increase stability
Multiple layers of foam cushion the plantar fascia to relieve pain
 Also a great solution for back and joint pain for a full-body effect

Not the Best For...

 Unusually narrow types of boots
 Those with serious foot deformities

 

Editor's Verdict: There's good reason why the Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles are some of the most frequently-recommended by podiatrists, and nobody will feel their benefit more than plantar fasciitis sufferers. Stabilising the foot with heel cradling, a total-contact design and semi-rigid arch support, these insoles are some of the best at correcting common misalignments, which makes them great for joint and back pain as well.


Best Walking Insoles for Work Boots

Winner: Sof Sole Airr Insoles

Sof Sole Airr Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Polymer gel under the metatarsals cushions the ball of the foot to relieve pain
 Air capsules on the arch and heel provide an overall cushioning effect
 Cooling top layer keeps feet comfy and dry all day long, preventing friction and blisters

Not the Best For...

 Walking boots or work boots with little or no arch support
Those with severe supination and pronation issues

 

Editor's Verdict: If you wear boots at your job, you'll probably be walking and standing for long hours, so cushioning the key pain areas (metatarsal, arch and heel) is the top priority. The Sof Sole Airr Insoles are designed for cushioning above all else, and will keep your feet feeling fresh and pain-free for hours.


Best Walking Boot Insoles for Tight-Fitting Boots

Winner: Vionic 3/4 Length Orthotic Insoles

Vionic 3/4 Length Orthotic Insoles for Tight Walking Boots

Why We Love Them...

 3/4 design aligns the foot while leaving room for your feet in tight or narrow boots
 Tri-planar motion control technology keeps your feet aligned during hikes
 Cushioned heel provides great shock-absorption upon contact with ground

Not the Best For...

 Those with metatarsal pain or splayfoot issues
 Use in wider footwear

 

Editor's Verdict: The Vionic 3/4 Length Orthotic Insoles are an obvious choice here, as they do the best job around of cushioning the heel and aligning your feet without the bulk further up the foot that can hurt the fit of tight or narrow boots. Offering great stability and motion control combined with a satisfying cushioned heel, these insoles are a perfect choice for almost any footwear that falls on the tighter side.

Give Foot Pain the Boot!

A long walk can be just what's needed for a bit of exercise or just to clear your head, but it'll impossible to enjoy if you feet are tired and achy. These insoles are tried and trusted by our staff and our customers, and are sure to be just what you need to enjoy your walking boots until the last step!

If you'd like to see all of the footbed and orthotics we stock for use in your walking and hiking boots, take a look at our Walking Boot Insoles category!

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