Do other runners have to buy insoles? Every pair of trainers that I have had I end up buying specialist insoles for. I am training for the London marathon and having now reached higher mileages the left ball of my foot is painful into about an hour of running. I have a full strike insole in at the moment. On my runs I am then looking for some relief and try to get on grass verges. Can anyone recommend a good insole? image


  • RicFRicF ✭✭✭

    I don't have to buy specialist insoles for shoes but I do. The main reason is I like to have a good arch support.

    Obviously this means throwing away the cheap insole that came with the shoe.

    If the ball of the foot is becoming painful due to friction, then talc or lanacane gel could be the answer. However, what I found (once 5 miles into a marathon) it was often only the socks causing the problem.

    If the problem is one of impact, I'm scratching my head a bit. The marathon is on road, it's a long way. Personally, I ran for ten years and established I could actually run a marathon before ever running one.

    Could be simply a case trial and error on the insoles part. 

  • plazzyplazzy ✭✭✭

    Sorbothane double strike every time for me. Has a bit of arch support, and knocks back around 80% of the shock of foot strike.

    The insoles given in trainers are utter utter garbage.

  • Nope never needed insoles in any trainers. What trainers are you using ?
  • VDOT52VDOT52 ✭✭✭
    The issue with most add on insoles is that they are very thick at the heel and not as thick in the forefoot. I have used the sorbothane twin stricke but they were very bulky and I have fat feet do I struggled with them. I also used Sorbothane full strikes and they were ok because they were a thinner profile.

    I believe that Noene insoles are flat the whole way along and are as good as sorbothane for shock absorbency. They come in 2mm and 4mm thickness but the scientific studies say that 2mm is as good as 4mm fir running purposes.

    The company that make the twin strike and full strike insoles also make a version with no sorbothane in it, just a polyeurathane insole and I used those with no issues at all in shoes that had high volume uppers(they are thick like the twin strikes.

    Sorry about the ramble- but that is my experience.
  • If you're "sold" insoles, you'll "buy" them regardless whether you need them or not.

    Whether you need them is depending on does your foot type marry with your shoe... 

  • Thanks Folks for your contribution. I have always gone to a proper running shop to get my trainers. I slightly over pronate and so the trainers recommend are stability ones. I have ordered the double strike insoles and so will give them ago. I did read that your gait does change so maybe its just that as well as age! image
  • sorbothane insoles are the worst around I have found!

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