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How to Improve the Fit of Your Shoes with Insoles

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

We don't always pick shoes that fit us perfectly. Be it for style, comfort, or simply because the size we need isn't available, the perfect shoe is sometimes not an option. With a multitude of different foot shapes and sizes, for many, finding the perfect fitting shoe is easier said than done. 

Shoe insoles can help your loose-fitting shoes fit perfectly

While there are a range of options to make these less-than-perfect fitting shoes improve in comfort and wearability, some of them can leave much to be desired. Wearing thicker socks is an option, but on hotter days this can become uncomfortable, and often unhygienic. Stuffing the toes or heels of your shoes with paper or cloth is another method, though this can become extremely uncomfortable after some time on your feet.

The Solution: Insoles for a Better Fit

This brings us to the final and most practical option: using shoe insoles to improve the fit of your shoes. This is not only the most practical option, it's by far the most comfortable too. Shoe insoles are designed to make shoes more comfortable and give your feet extra stability, so it's no wonder they tend to work better on all fronts than the slap-dash solutions mentioned above.

At, we have a wide range of shoe insoles, all designed for a variety of different conditions and uses. As we're something of an authority on the subject, we've compiled a handy guide to some insoles we think will be perfect to better the fit of your shoes, which we've laid out for you below from thinnest (for when your shoes just need a little snugging up), to thickest (for when you have way too much space in your shoes).

Best Thin Insoles for a Better Fit – Ideal for Narrow-Fitting Shoes

Pedag Merino Full Insoles

Pedag Merino Full Insoles

A loose-fitting shoe won't always require overly thick insoles to improve their fit, so for these situations we've included a versatile and thin insole. The Pedag Merino Full Insoles (3mm thickness) are only 3mm thick, making them perfect for when your shoes are only slightly ill-fitting. This thin design means these insoles are suitable for shoes with a trickier fit, such as narrow-fitting shoes that would otherwise be difficult to find an insole for.

Key Features: Made with soft merino wool; thin design is ideal for narrow shoes

Best Thick Insoles to Improve Shoe Fit – Ideal for Most Shoes

Pedag Magic Step Full Length Memory Foam Insoles

Pedag Magic Step Full Length Memory Foam InsolesAll our feet are different, with any number of possible shapes and sizes. That's why it's sometimes best to have a product that will mould to your feet for a bespoke fit, which is where materials like memory foam come in. The Pedag Magic Step Full Length Memory Foam Insoles (5mm thickness) use the power of memory foam to improve the fit of your shoes in a way that is personalised to you, and only gets better, wear after wear. 

Key Features: Ideal for most shoes; Memory foam helps to reduce foot fatigue

Thickest Insoles to Improve the Fit of Your Shoes – Ideal for Very Ill-Fitting Shoes

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles

Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Striker InsolesOur thickest option is ideal when there's a lot of space to fill in your shoes, and they happen to be some of the most comfortable insoles around as well. The Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles (7mm thickness) are perfect for both needs, and are suitable for use in all sports and leisure footwear, boosting both fit and comfort. These insoles work to reduce the shock felt by your feet with every step, reducing fatigue all over your legs and making even the longest walks feel like a stroll in the park.

Key Features: Best option for extremely ill-fitting shoes; shock-absorbing for comfort


If the Shoe Fits ... Or Doesn't

Why spend so much on a great-looking pair of shoes, only to dread each wear due to pain and discomfort? If you're tired of the instability, blisters and trip-ups that ill-fitting shoes can cause, it's time to make a change. Simply gauge the amount of help your shoes need to fit, and we're confident one of the three options above will be the right insole for the job.

Not convinced, or want to see all of the insoles we have on offer to improve the fit of your shoes? Click here to see our entire range of Insoles to Improve Shoe Fit.

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Shop Our Insoles for a Better Fit

Pedag Merino Full Insoles

Pedag Merino Full Insoles

  • Insoles for shoe temperature regulation
  • Keep feet warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Made with soft angora for excellent comfort
  • Ultra thin design, ideal for narrow shoes
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Pedag Magic Step Full Length Memory Foam Insoles

Pedag Magic Step Full Length Memory Foam Insoles

  • Breathable leather top for greater freshness
  • Memory foam layer for superior cushioning
  • Noticeable comfort – ideal for day-to-day use
  • Stylish nude colour suits most shoes
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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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