Dress shoe inserts make the 9 to 5 a little easier on your feet. 

While quite a lot of emphasis in the insole world is placed on sports and athletic use, quite a few of us spend at least five days a week wearing close-fitting dress shoes that leave little room for comfort and have almost no arch support. Dress shoe inserts are known for making dress shoes much more comfortable, but they’re also an important part of taking care of your feet when they are confined to this type of footwear. Foot health is something that should be addressed and maintained every day, even if there isn’t any pain right now. Take care of your feet today so that you’ll have more pain-free tomorrows.

Finding the Best Insoles for Dress Shoes

There are a few things to take into consideration when looking for the best insoles for your dress shoes. You’ll need to find the right amount of arch support, the type of heel pocket or shape that is right for your foot, the type of cushioning you want (or not), and the metatarsal support (or lack thereof) that is best for you. And because dress shoes tend to be tight, without a lot of room to spare, you will likely be limited to insoles that won’t add much bulk. While these seem like a lot of factors that can be combined in a huge range of products, it really isn’t difficult to find the best dress shoe inserts for you.

Full Length vs. 3/4 Dress Shoe Inserts

Some dress shoes can accommodate a full-length insole, maybe even one with metatarsal support in addition to the arch support. To start out, however, we often recommend a 3/4 insole to be sure that there won’t be too much bulk added to the tightest part of the shoe. These insoles support the heel and arch but don’t go as far up as the toes, so your dress footwear won’t become even more tight and restrictive than it already is. If you spend a lot of time walking or standing in your dress shoes, you may want to consider a firmer arch support. Be careful, though – having too much arch support can lead to discomfort or pain, which is counterproductive. If you aren’t sure what kind of arch support you would prefer, you may want to consider a medium amount of support and see how that does.