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Insoles for Church's shoes?

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Thread Starter 
Hi all, I have custom made insoles from a podiatrist, but they are too thick for my Church's. Are there any others that someone can recommend? I've seen Birkenstock cork insoles that are thinner than what I have, but have yet to try them. Anyone have any opinions on those? Thank you. Regards, JiaXian
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Good question...something a little different. Podiatrists are great at solving a problem (usually), but rarely understand the relationship between the plates they make and the shoes that are available to the customer/patient. All to often they seem to operate under the idea that what they suggest is the only solution, and it's no problem of theirs that the plate completely lifts foot out of dimension with the shoes a patient needs to wear, leaving the patient to consider 'orthodedic' shoes almost exclusively. There is a great cped here who makes two orthodics for her patients - one for walking/casual shoes and activities and another, lower profiled one for use in dress shoes. This is the best solution I have come across...that or try the 'Alden-thedic' line, if still available.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply. I appreciate the suggestion, but I hope to be able to get some insoles for my current shoes, rather than buy new ones. It's a good excuse to get new shoes, but still. :-)
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I suffered through using custom orthotics for about a year while I had a heel spur in one of my feet. It was ultimately a nuisance and did not help. What helped was putting thin insoles in all my work shoes and putting arch supports in all my shoes. Like magic, the heel spur disappeared about 3 weeks after doing this. The orthotic I had though was made for dress shoes, so it was thinner than usual I think, so it didn't interfere with wearing shoes. I eventually discarded the orthotic. I see you're considering other insoles - I haven't tried Birkenstocks. By far, the best I've ever used are those from Allen-Edmonds. I've got them now in about 20 of my 30 or so dress and casual shoes.
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