Our Top 10 Best Insoles of 2021
Monday, 4 January 2021
Shoe insoles can provide one of the quickest and cheapest ways to relieve pain, provide support and make your shoes more comfortable, but you'll only feel their true effect if you choose the right pair. While you'll often see claims of one pair or the other highlighted as the very best, the truth is that each insole will have its own strengths and weaknesses, and it's important you choose the pair that will do the most for you.
To cut through the noise, we've had our insole experts at ShoeInsoles.co.uk select their Top 10 Insoles, highlighting the main strengths of each to show you where they really shine. Accumulating the knowledge from some of the best articles from our team of experts, each one of these insoles is our first choice for its use, ensuring you choose the right insole for your needs.
Best Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis
Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can't be ignored, causing burning pain emanating from the plantar fascia. This is something we have plenty of experience with, and we've found the Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles to be the best solution, available in both a Men's Version and a Women's Version to suit different foot shapes. Offering support, stability and pain relief, these are our #1 choice for plantar fasciitis.
Key Feature: Support the arches and metatarsals for relief from plantar fasciitis
Best Insoles for Overpronation
Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles
These are some of our most popular insoles, and for good reason. The Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles have been developed for stabilisation, helping your feet stay in a more natural position as you walk. A heel cradle keeps the feet securely in place and a semi-rigid arch support gives your feet even more support to ensure a healthy gait, which is why they're our top pick for overpronation.
Key Feature: Align the feet to correct gait and cushion for foot comfort
Best Insoles for Supination
Superfeet Green Performance Insoles
Similar to the overpronation issue mentioned above, insoles for supination need to focus on providing stability and correcting gait. The Superfeet Green Performance Insoles are an ideal option, designed to align the foot to provide a more comfortable walking pattern. Their deep heel cup provides maximum support, helping to align the walking pattern to naturally reduce the inward rolling of the ankle as you walk.
Key Feature: Biomechanical shape reduces strain on key areas while correcting gait
Our Best Insoles for Morton's Neuroma
Spenco Ironman Flexalign Neutral Arch Support Insoles
Made with a Flexalign construction, the Spenco Ironman Flexalign Neutral Arch Support Insoles are designed to take most of the shock away from the balls of your feet, making them our top pick for reducing pain related to Morton's neuroma. The Pwr-Gel base provides even more shock-absorption, and an anatomical shape supports your arch to make these an ideal all-round insole for Morton's neuroma.
Key Feature: Flexalign construction cushions while anatomical shape supports the arch
Best Insoles for Metatarsalgia
Pedag Viva Sport Insoles
Designed to relieve metatarsal pain in active users, the Pedag Viva Sport Insoles offer excellent cushioning combined with arch support. From arch pain to back pain to metatarsal pain, these insoles use their thousands of micro-air chambers design to provide great protection and reduce foot stress while the wearer is playing sports, or just going about their day.
Key Feature: Provide cushioning with thousands of air chambers for forefoot relief
Best Thick Insoles for Height Increase and Comfort
Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles
Whether to increase your height or make your shoes more comfortable, the Sorbothane Shock Stopper Double Strike Insoles are our top choice when thickness is key. With a thickness of 25mm at the heel and 7mm at the forefoot, these insoles are the best of both worlds, offering comfort, support and height. These insoles feature a heel cup at the rear for stability and ergonomic arch support, making them thick insoles that do it all.
Key Feature: Cradle the heel to properly align the foot and correct gait
Best Insoles for Knee Pain
Superfeet Blue Active Insoles
Reducing knee pain requires proper alignment and cushioning, making the Superfeet Blue Active Insoles an ideal choice. These orthotics have been designed to help you move with comfort while alleviating the knee and back pain that can be caused by a lack of support and constant stress on your joints. Working to align the body and maximise shoe comfort, they're a great choice for a range of foot conditions that can cause or worsen knee pain.
Key Feature: Align the feet while cushioning to reduce stress on joints, including the knees
Our Best Memory Foam Insoles
Pedag Magic Step Plus Memory Foam Arch Support Insoles
Few insole materials can reduce pressure and cushion impact like memory foam, and the Pedag Magic Step Plus Memory Foam Arch Support Insoles are our favourite example. Made with a combination of leather and memory foam, these insoles are exceptionally breathable and comfortable, supporting your foot in the right places while providing a satisfying cushioning effect with every step.
Key Feature: Cushions to reduce fatigue; ideal for heel pain, splayfoot, fallen arches and more
Best Insoles for Hiking Boots
Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High Arches
If you're an active hiker and enjoy extended walks , you'll understand that any level of foot pain can disrupt your day. The Sidas 3Feet Activ Insoles for High Arches combat this problem by providing a soft gel heel pad to provide optimal cushioning and shock absorption. They prevent heel pain, rolling of the ankles and over-pronation, while their non-slip design prevents the pain and blisters that are associated with hiking.
Key Features: Flexible arch support prevents heel pain and blisters during long walks
Best Insoles for Achilles Tendinitis
Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles
Reducing pressure and strain on the Achilles tendon, the Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles utilise a Powerstep Pinnacle 4 Step System to provide perfect balance between foot control, spring and cushioning. In reducing uneven balance, pressure and shape, they let your Achilles tendon to do its job without any unnecessary stress. These insoles will also cradle your foot while supporting you in the weaker areas for maximum comfort.
Key Features: Reduce stress on the Achilles while improving walking posture
An Insole for Every Need
As we've hopefully demonstrated, insoles will vary in their attributes, and not every insole will fit every need. Our experts have put this list together to make choosing the perfect insoles for you as easy as possible, but we can't cover everything in one article. If you haven't found what you're looking for, we encourage you to browse our Top 5 Guide Section, filled with all of the insole guides that these choices are based on, helping you choose an insole, no matter your need.
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