What are the most comfortable insoles?

The British poet Samuel Butler said, “Life is not an exact Science, it is an art.” So it goes with insoles. Our feet and what they need for comfort are as varied as our personalities. What works for one may not suit the needs of another at all. It is important to be aware of what is going on with your feet (where you hurt and why if possible) before making a selection so that you choose the most comfortable insoles for your particular needs.  

Here at Insoles and Beyond we think of ourselves as the art gallery where you can browse, learn what is available in the world of insoles, be guided and assisted in what will best suit your tastes and needs, leave satisfied that you selected the most comfortable insoles for you, and return as often as you want to learn, browse, and shop.

Thankfully insoles don’t have as many genres as art so it simplifies the selection process. While factors that contribute to foot pain are varied, the solutions are pretty simple. You need either an insole that offers support, cushioning, or a combination of the two.  These features are delivered through various materials and means in order to help heal and relieve pain and discomfort.

Things to consider when choosing your most comfortable insole:

Thin/Thick Insoles

The thickness of an insole tends to indicate the level of shock absorption, especially in moldable insoles. In non-moldable insoles thickness indicates a stronger arch support for those with fallen arches and flat feet. They are not as good for those with high arches. Wear thick insoles in shoes with extra depth and athletic shoes. Thin insoles should be worn with dress shoes to provide support without making your shoe fit too snug.

Here are some of our thicker insoles: 

Powerstep ComfortLast 

New Balance Supportive Cushioning 3810

Archmolds Maximum Heat Moldable Insoles

Functional/Accommodative Insoles

Functional orthotics offer support to improve the mechanics of how your feet work, including alignment and weight distribution. Accommodative inserts provide cushioning to relieve pain for those with injuries, maladies and discomfort.  

These may include insoles for plantar fasciitis

Some of our most comfortable insoles for plantar fasciitis are: 

Sof Sole Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic Insoles 

Heel-That-Pain Full Length Insoles


Rigid, Semi-Rigid, Soft Insoles

In determining how rigid or soft your insole should be, consider the current health of your feet. The more rigid the insole the greater support and alignment correction you will receive. Semi-rigid insoles are designed for forward and side to side movements, such as in tennis, basketball, soccer and aerobics. Soft insoles are designed to provide cushioning and absorb shock to decrease inflammation and relieve pain.  

Full Length/3/4 Length Insole

Full length insoles offer a footbed that fits heel to toe. Three-quarter length insoles begin midfoot at the arch and fit back to the heel. Typically full length insoles are used in shoes that are orthotic friendly and athletic shoes. Three-quarter length insoles are designed for the best fit in casual and dress shoes.


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