“ Brand: Boots / Type: Boots „
I am on my feet for a lot of the day and my feet get quite sore and often feel hot and ache somewhat by the end of the day. Although I wear flat shoes for work I felt I needed some extra comfort so I thought I would try some insoles. I bought two pairs of these as there was an offer of one pair for £2.49 and another one half price. They weren't recommended but I just wanted to try some at a reasonable price and I had a double points coupon so used this for a few extra Boots points.
They come in a thin plastic packet which I found easy to open with my hands. There are washing instructions on the packet which tell you that you can handwash then gently in warm soapy water and then rinse and dry slowly away from direct heat. I think this is important as I have had insoles before which you couldn't wash and they did become quite smelly after a while as I don't usually wear any socks with my flat shoes. I have washed them a few times and followed the instructions and they have dried quickly and kept their shape completely.
The insoles are marked left and right and are clearly marked for you to cut to the correct size for your feet. The are easy to cut with kitchen scissors and I always cut a bit on the generous side and then snip them down until they are the exact size for my shoes. They have two layers one of which is a cushioning foam and a second layer which provides extra support. They are not particularly thick insoles but I didn't want really thick ones as I think this would make my shoes feel too tight and the reason I bought them was just to provide me with a softer cushioned layer to walk on.
I have put these in two pairs of shoes now, the one I have had in for about five weeks and the other for a bit longer but they have not moved around or started to roll up. They have also kept their shape very well and not discoloured. The only sign of use is a slight indentation where my toes are but this is not noticeable to the touch when I wear them.
I would recommend these insoles for someone who would like an extra bit of comfort or support as in my opinion they give a feeling of softness to my shoes and help to make my feet feel a bit more comfortable. I have worn other shoes with no insoles and can really tell the difference so will probably buy some more so I can have them in all my flattys.
I am a fan of high shoes and I am always willing to try something new in my quest for footwear that leaves me feeling comfortable and yet rocking the heels all day long. I have used School products in the past and occasionally I have stepped away from these for something slightly cheaper. I actually spotted these Boots super comfort insoles online and because I liked the sound of 'super comfort' I snapped up 2 pairs for just under £3.00. This seemed like a bargain and as it turns out they were too good to be true...!
Insoles can be difficult to shop for as they always have different qualities to them and generally I just want something that are going to make a size 8 more comfortable for my size 7.5 feet as well as keep my feet well padded throughout the day when I am rushing around at work. I often wear heels at work but recently I've had a poorly ankle and have had to switch back to lower shoes temporarily. This is different for me as I have my old faithful work shoes that are now resigned to sit in the cupboard for another month or even two while I get back to my old self. These insoles are nothing special to look at really as they appear to be quite thin but they are sealed in pairs making them hygienic and meaning I can just have one pair out and keep the others until I need to use them, or alternatively leave two pairs in two pairs of shoes for super fast comfort (supposedly!).
These particular insoles are advertised as having a layer of cushioning foam for all day comfort. Also it says that there is a second layer to provide extra comfort and help you keep the perfect shape for your shoes and foot size. I liked the sound of two layers of 'comfort' and because they are listed as being 'super comfort' I really was just on an impulse buyer trip when I bought these. You can wash these too which is a huge plus point for me as I like to do what I can for the environment as well as make my money go a little further. I've only washed these once and they did retain their shape well as I left them to dry on top of a radiator that was just cooling down after being on for an hour.
The insoles are a pale blue colour so they are inoffensive yet noticeable in my shoe if I take them off to change in to different shoes while at work, which is something that I do quite often. These are listed as left and right foot meaning I did not waste any time when putting them in to my shoe. These are very simple to cut and I managed to do so with kitchen scissors and with minimal fuss and effort. Everything about actually fitting these in to my shoes was straight forward and took minimal effort. You can see the two different fillings of these insoles if you turn them on their side so that backs up Boots claims about having dual padding for extra comfort, the only thing is that I completely disagree with regards to these being 'super comfort' insoles. These insoles feel very thin and light and they really do not feel like they make a difference to my shoes at all. I have been left sorely disappointed that my feet are just as tired at the end of a day after wearing these as they are when I've been wearing shoes without insoles. I will say that the insoles still look good despite being used quite a few times but they just are not providing extra comfort or support to my feet. They have not cracked or torn yet but this is probably just because the top layer is quite thick. My toes have moulded a shape in these which is unsightly but this is not uncommon for insoles so I am not marking this product down on that basis.
These are not anywhere near as comfortable as I was expecting and while they are perhaps providing a mild amount of relief for my tired and achy feet I really do not feel that there has been a big enough benefit from wearing these to warrant me purchasing this particular type again. Insoles have been a God send for me since I started my new job but unfortunately these particular ones have let me down and will now have to be replaced with something that is more fit for purpose. I would not recommend these and while they may have given a small amount of comfort they really did not live up to the claims hence my 2 out of 5 stars rating.
A couple of months ago I foolishly purchased some flat slip on shoes in the sale at a huge knock down price but half a size too big. I therefore thought that given the bargain price of the shoes, I could get away with adding some insoles to the shoes for a snugger fit. Never having purchased insoles before I was at a bit of a loss as to which ones to get as there are quite a few available at differing prices.
- Price & Packaging -
I opted for the cheaper variety, Boots on make - One pair currently £1.99, whilst if you are in need of two pairs, quite a saving is made as these are price at just £2.59. In comparison to some of the Scholl ones on the shelf at the same time, this was a reasonable price for one pair of insoles compared to some that were around the £5.99 mark.
The insoles come in a very basic, thin, sealed plastic bag, reminding me a little of the packaging for rubber gloves. I wasn't put off by the minimal nature of the packaging, preferring this to products that come with much too much waste of packaging.
- What are they? -
These insoles are said to have:
~ a soft layer of cushioning foam for all day comfort.
~ a second layer of more rigid cushioning foam to retain the shape of the insole
~ dual cushioned for comfort.
Washing instructions are also given on the back of the packaging:
1.Gently handwash in warm soapy water.
2.Rinse and dry slowly away from direct heat.
- My Experience -
Never having used insoles previously I had initially been looking for ones in my shoe size and was surprised at the clever simplicity of the actual insoles on taking them out of the packet - it clearly didn't take a great deal to 'wow' me on that particular day!
On one side of the light blue insoles, there is a plain side and on the other side there is a printed guideline for sizes from a Ladies 2 (Euro 35) to a Mens 11 (Euro 45). This lines not only go around the toe area but around the heel and side of the foot obviously accounting for perhaps the width of feet being less for shorter lengths of shoes. I should also point out that up until that moment, I had no idea that Ladies 8 was equivalent to a Mens 7 (Euro 41). All in all an educational experience for me!
There is also printed 'right foot' and 'left foot' for novices such as myself.
So once the insoles were cut to the desired / required size, they fit easily into the shoes that I bought which were quite wide and round toed. I have no doubt that should the shoes be pointed then some more trimming would be needed.
The insoles are quite thin and when turned on their side you can see a blue top and bottom layer with a white one, which I am assuming is the 'more rigid cushioning foam', sandwiched inbetween. I don't suffer from weary feet and since I only really needed these insoles to fill the shoe a little, then the comfort I experienced was adequate as they did cushion the soles of my feet slightly as I pounded along the streets.
However I have tried these on some shoes that I have worn to death whose ageing, walking beaten soles are flimsier than they should be and the comfort levels offered by these insoles wasn't as the name suggests 'super comfort'.
The longevity of the insoles would obviously depend on usage and since I generally only need to use these once or twice, maximum per week, they are still in good condition and have moulded ever so slightly into the shape of my toes, particularly my big one. They show no signs of ripping or tearing as yet and still do the job for which they were purchased.
All in all, a good buy given the price and the requirement but I wouldn't like to say that these offer the super comfort that the product name suggests.
Thanks for reading. N.B. Review also appears on ciao.