Thursday, 6 September 2018

Top 5 insoles for Football and Soccer Cleats

I receive emails on a daily basis asking me “Where can I buy an insole that supports my arches in cleats?”. I have tried all styles and brands of insoles from $20-$120 and many just did not fit properly in my soccer/football cleats.  I have sifted through and taken the time to create a list of the best 5 inserts for cleats, so that others can have an easier time finding the right pair for their shoes.





After testing the Soul Insole in a variety of cleats, I can now recommend them as the best replacement insole I have tested. Their size is key in not changing the way that the shoes fit. The support is excellent. I actually was experiencing some pain from plantar fascitis and with these insoles, no pain!


The Shoe Bubbles have an adhesive backing that sticks securely in the shoes. You can move them from your soccer cleats to your daily shoes to your sandals. If they get dirty, it is simple to wash them clean. Once dry, the adhesive renews.


If you are on the smaller end of the size range, I would recommend getting one size smaller for soccer cleats so that you don’t have too much support.  The insoles form to the shoes and soccer shoes have a narrow midfoot region which increases the feeling of support that these give. They take a little bit of time to get used to the feeling of support but after a couple weeks they really made a difference in reducing my foot pain.


2. Superfeet Flexthin Shoe Insole - model FL132:
The insoles are fairly thin and supportive. They fit fairly well into my soccer cleats after removing the original liner.  I just needed to trim the front a little. They’ve got some cushioning and impact absorption. Definitely recommend these for a full length orthotic.


3. CurrexSole ActivePro:




This insoles has different choices for high, low and medium arch heights. It is fairly slim fitting so I did not need to trim them to fit into my shoes.  They were comfortable with plenty of arch support. The materials can compress over time and the cushioning didn’t last more than 1 season.


4. Spenco Polysorb Cross Trainer Athletic:

These add nice cushioning and some much needed support. The cushioning can take up space in the cleats but if you have a narrow foot, it might not be an issue. I trimmed the front toe area to fit these into my cleats.  For me they felt comfy and fit pretty well, but they raised my heel up in the cleat, leaving my heels slightly slipping out of the heel cup.


5. Sof Sole Athlete Full Length Comfort Neutral Arch Comfort Insole:


These insoles were fairly slim fitting with some nice cushioning to begin with. I had to trim them to fit into my shoes and they didn’t make the shoes too tight after trimming.  They don’t have much of any support, but the cushioning felt pretty nice for the first month or so. The material compresses over time and then they need replacing. They do the trick if all you need is something to replace your existing insoles and you don’t have any serious foot problems.

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