Originally Posted by Munky
Does anyone have experience of using arch support inserts? Some of my shoes (and trainers) have these inbuilt. Are there any problems to bear in mind when inserting a pair of arch support insoles in shoes that do not have them? I seem to have a case of over pronation. Does anyone else use these sorts of arch supports?
I guess that when I win the lottery and get my shoes from John Lobb, they will build in this sort of feature.
I have been trying some out myself as my feet overpronate as well (or are perhaps slightly flat). What I've found is that even with the thinnest ones I could find, they typically raise your heel too much resulting in heel slip because the heel cup is now more shallow, and depending on your instep and the shoe's instep, makes that area uncomfortable.
The only time I've had good results is when the shoe has a removable insole. My Florsheim Veblens have this, so I remove the original one and replace it with a full length insert which has better arch support. This works well.
For most shoes that don't have a removable insole, I will try the standalone arch support inserts which basically stick into place at the arch. Those should provide support without affecting heel fit.