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Are dress shoes designed to be worn with insoles?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by CloudLi, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. CloudLi

    CloudLi Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that many people do not put insoles in their dress shoes?

    http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca/en/Accessories/Shoe-Care/471-073/p/56072302-97

    Yes, I am suggesting this kind of thin insoles not orthotics. I bought ALDO insoles because a sales person told me that dress shoes must be worn with insoles. Ok, I do not wear ALDO shoes anymore, but I am still not used to the hardness of leather soled dress shoes. I could not walk in a new pair of leather soled dress shoes because of the pain. However, the insoles allowed me to run and stand a whole day in the same dress shoes without pain (still felt something). After a month of wearing, the leather sole got softer so I could wear the shoes without Aldo insoles.

    My question is, are dress shoes designed to be worn with insoles? I do not want an answer like, its your own preference. Just tell me whether you wear insoles in your dress shoes. If not, how did you deal with the pain caused by a brand new pair? Thanks for your advice.

    BTW, even thin insoles like this, I still need to size up half a size.
     
  2. BenjaminZeev

    BenjaminZeev Well-Known Member

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    I never heard that they needed insoles. Before I needed orthotics I would wear whatever the shoe came with be that a pair of oxfords or sneakers. When I have worn leather soled shoes without my orthotic (I tend to wear them both ways when I first get them) I have never had much foot pain, maybe a blister, but my shoes were fine and were as tight I could get without pain.

    I can only walk about half a mile without my orthotics, but even a shoe I have only worn for one or two times, a total of less than 16 or less hours, they are not the slightest bit painful. I actually find the tightness of a brand new pair of shoes comporting.

    With the ridged orthotic, much harder than any shoe, it is only painful if I had neglected to wear it for a long period and my arches flattened. And not that painful.

    Most of my experience with leather soled shoes is Justin Fitzpatrick Footwear and Septieme Largeur.


    Question: How long and frequently do you wear your new shoes? I don’t wear mine more than 1 in 3 days.
     
  3. CloudLi

    CloudLi Well-Known Member

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    The leather sole got softer after 6-8 wearing, each time stand 2 hours sit the whole day. I can barely walk in my new shoes without insoles. I used to place insoles in all my shoes including sneakers because my mom told me so.....
     
  4. BenjaminZeev

    BenjaminZeev Well-Known Member

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    I wonder if the issue may have to do with fit or a foot problem. Because pain so intense that you can barely walk sounds off to me. but I'm not an expert on this.
     
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  6. Academic2

    Academic2 Well-Known Member

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    The salesperson lied to you.

    It's been known to happen. [​IMG]

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  7. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    Was the salesperson who told you the shoes had to be worn with insoles, someone who had insoles available to sell to you?

    Because if this is so, might it not be just barely possible that he was trying to make a sale?

    I know, I know... I'm impossibly cynical, thinking that a salesperson might lie to a customer, in order to chalk up a sale of some unnecessary accessory.

    Okay, I'll try to be more trusting, and simply suggest that not everyone who sells shoes is an expert in matters involving footwear. (Similarly, not all suit salesmen are experts in how best to dress.) Perhaps he'd been told by his manager, when he was hired, "All dress shoes should be worn with aftermarket insoles. Make sure the customer knows this when he buys dress shoes. Offer to sell him insoles, because if he doesn't wear aftermarket insoles in his new shoes, the bones in his feet will dissolve and his socks will burst into flame." And the salesperson simply took this as gospel.

    Let me add that I do, in fact, wear gel insoles in a couple of pairs of my shoes. So I'm not inherently opposed to buying aftermarket insoles. I simply maintain that they're not some automatically required thing.
     
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  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    Well, I have a couple dozen pairs of leather soled dress shoes. I have absolutely never put an insole in any of them, and I have never suffered the slightest discomfort. Moreover, I am an old man who has walked for many a mile.
     

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