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Best Running Insoles 2020

1 CommentWednesday, 22 April 2020

Running is one of the best things you can do for your health, both mentally and physically, but it can take its toll on your body if you aren't using the right gear. If your shoes aren't providing you with the stability, support and cushioning that you need, you could end up with a host of joint and foot problems. Aside from buying the right shoes to match your gait, the next most important thing is making sure your insoles, footbeds or inserts are giving your feet what they need. Below, we've had our insole experts lay out some things to look for, as well as their top picks.

Running insoles are an easy and inexpensive way to relieve pain and fatigue while boosting performance

Aside from buying the right shoes to match your gait, the next most important thing is making sure your insoles, footbeds or inserts are giving your feet what they need. Below, we've had our insole experts lay out some things to look for, as well as their top picks.

How Should I Choose My Running Insoles?

If you have a specific condition (plantar fasciitis, high arches, flat feet, etc.), choosing insoles that solve these issues should be your first priority. More generally, here's what our insole experts list as the top three things to look for:

  1. Stability – A lack of stability in your shoes and insoles can lead to problems developing over time, or some grisly injuries happening in an instant. Insoles with a heel cup and biomechanical shape will go a long way to providing you with a healthy, comfortable stride.
  2. Cushioning – Repeated impacts can really detract from endurance, and can cause plenty of pain as well. Look for good shock-absorbing materials to keep your feet energetic and comfortable over your run.
  3. Support – While your insoles can support your feet in a number of ways, this generally refers to a sturdy support under the arch. Good arch support will help to keep your feet in the right position for better comfort and less fatigue.

Our Best Cushioning Running Insoles

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike InsolesWhen it comes to cushioning your feet as you run, the Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles are our top choice. Made with the Sorbothane's remarkable shock-absorbing compound, these are an ideal option for cushioning impacts to reduce pain and fatigue during long and short runs alike.

  • Heel cups and arch support make these insoles extremely well-rounded
  • Our Top Pick for Cushioning to keep you running for longer
  • Con: The thickest insoles on the list; not ideal for tight-fitting footwear

Our Best Running Insoles for Stability

Superfeet RUN Comfort InsolesSuperfeet are at the top of their class in terms of anatomical shaping and stability, so we had to include the new Superfeet RUN Comfort Insoles. Ideal for serious runners, these long-lasting insoles feature Heel Impact Technology, Aerospring foam at the forefoot and an advanced biomechanical shape for one of the best running experiences we've seen.

  • Long-lasting and cushioning materials make these a great choice for serious runners
  • Our Top Pick for Stability with an EVOLyte stabiliser cap and advanced shape
  • Con: The most expensive option on our list

Our Best Running Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis

Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic InsolesPlantar fasciitis is one of the most common complaints we hear among runners, and no running insoles are better for this than the Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles, available for both Men and Women. These insoles provide excellent relief to the plantar fascia, and feature a deep heel cup for motion control and stability.

  • Combine support, stability and cushioning for an easy-fit running experience
  • Our Top Pick for Plantar Fasciitis for pain relief that's second-to-none
  • Con: Not the best choice for those not suffering from plantar fasciitis

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Our Best Running Insoles for High Arches

Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High ArchesHigh arches can lead runners to problems like shin splints, plantar fasciitis and even stress fractures, and the Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High Arches are our top pick to set your feet straight. As high-arched runners tend to supinate, these insoles combine shock-absorption with flexible arch support and heel stability to ensure a healthy gait while avoiding arch strain.

  • Flexible arch support and stability at the heel to prevent supination and arch strain
  • Our Top Pick for High Arches with an anatomical shape to promote a healthy gait
  • Con: May cause metatarsal or plantar fascia pain in those with low or normal arches

Our Best Running Insoles for Forefoot Pain

Pedag Viva Sport InsolesForefoot and metatarsal pain are common among runners, and the Pedag Viva Sport Insoles are ideal for protecting this vulnerable area. Combining sturdy arch support with a metatarsal pad filled with cushioning micro-air chambers, these insoles provide an excellent heel-to-toe movement for an extremely comfortable stride.

  • Designed to fit easily into all types sporting footwear for a comfort boost
  • Our Top Pick for Forefoot Pain with a dedicated metatarsal pad
  • Con: Arch support may be too rigid for those with especially low arches

Improve Your Run with Insoles

Whether you're looking to improve your fancy running shoes, or trying to extend the length of some older ones, we're confident these insoles can improve comfort, reduce pain and help boost your running performance. While these are the top picks from our experts, nothing will replace insoles designed for your specific condition, so if you have a chronic foot problem we recommend browsing our Insoles by Condition to find the perfect option for your feet.

Not convinced by our choices? Feel free to browse our massive range of Running Insoles to choose your favourite.

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

Shop Our Best Insoles for Running

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles

  • Features targeted Sorbothane protection with moulded heel cups and arch support
  • Ideal for any activity where the forefoot and heel are subject to the most impact
  • Suitable for all sports, hiking, walking, leisure activities and everyday use
  • In-built arch support prevents and alleviates arch pain and fallen arches
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Superfeet RUN Comfort Insoles

Superfeet RUN Comfort Insoles

  • Running insoles which maximise comfort
  • Boost performance while targeting discomfort
  • Long-lasting and durable construction
  • Featuring hi-tech impact reduction
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Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles For Men

Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles For Men

  • Pair of insoles for plantar fasciitis pain relief
  • Comfortable solution for men with plantar fascia pain
  • Relieves heel spur pain thanks to gel in the heel
  • Fits most footwear types thanks to a ¾ length design
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Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles for Women

Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles for Women

  • Pair of insoles for plantar fasciitis pain relief
  • Comfortable solution for women with plantar fascia pain
  • Relieves heel spur pain thanks to gel in the heel
  • Fits most footwear types thanks to a ¾ length design
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Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High Arches

Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High Arches

  • Flexible arch support designed especially for high arches
  • Soft gel heel pad to give optimal cushioning and shock absorption
  • Can help to combat heel pain, rolling of the ankles and over-pronation
  • Also available in Low and Medium Arch varieties
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Pedag Viva Sport Insoles

Pedag Viva Sport Insoles

  • Viva insoles designed for sport's shoes
  • Features micro-air chambers to reduce impact
  • Metatarsal pad relieves ball of foot pain
  • Available in 13 sizes and suitable for both men and women
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Keran Champion
Saturday, 29 September 2018  |  13:55

What a fantastic website, easy to use and so informative. The helpline made ordering even easier and just the right fit!!

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