Taking out the insoles were a bit of pain. Took me about 20 minutes each pairs. First of all start from the sides (waist of the shoes) That is easy part then rip the insoles from the heels. Its easy too. Hardest part is to rip it from the ball of the feet and all the way through the toes end. They have used heavy glue on that area and hard to get your hands inside that far.My fingers and nails hurts now. At one stage I thought I will just give up !
Underneath the insole there is cork foot bed. Not the pretty looking things - you will see glue marks here are there. But You will feel ok wearing them. Best part is the extra space. The insoles are thick . I ripped off 3 pairs today . I will need to do this in another 2 pairs. Now I wonder why I didn't do this earlier .
Do you realize that you have just effectively destroyed your shoes!? Those insoles are not intended to be removable! There is a reason you were having to "rip" them out! They are the foundation of the shoe, and the glue you are referring to is the canvas gemming! The gemming is attached to the bottom of the insole with cement, and then the uppers and welt are stitched to the gemming. Your shoes are now un-repairable!!!