Update (6/6/16): I do not recommend these. Unless the reinforced arch support (seen in the pic below) is an exact right fit for your arch, then it could end up causing you foot cramps. Which is what was happening to me after long runs, but I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until almost a year had gone by. After switching back to the Massaging Gel Sport replacement insoles (linked below), the pain mostly went away. I’d still get mild foot cramping, but putting some frozen water bottles under my feet after those long runs has taken care of that.
After finding out that when I bought my Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Sport replacement insoles at the grocery store instead of at Target, I had overpaid, I took a look at the selection at my local Target and found out that they also had a bigger selection of replacement insoles, including one that seemed even more suited for runners: Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Replacement Insoles.
I bought a pair last Monday and tried them out over 4 runs of varying distances (3.5, 4.5, 13 and 7 miles) most with uphill and downhill running, and I could definitely feel the cushioning, and would recommend these to anyone who does a medium to large amount of running. But if you already bought the gel sport replacement insoles, I wouldn’t go so far as to say you should toss those aside and replace them immediately. I couldn’t exactly tell the difference between the two, so I’m mostly trusting the claims on the packaging that they reduce shock by 40% and can help prevent shin splints and runner’s knee.
If you’re like me, and you have a pair of shoes just for running, and a regular pair of every day shoes, you can do what I did and get the active series for your running shoes and use the massaging gel sport insoles for your everyday shoes.
Here’s a few up close pictures of the packaging, and the insoles themselves. They come in 2 sizes: 7 1/2 - 10 & 10 1/2 -13.
The instructions are more thorough than the other insole replacements. Even though they’re supposed to fit up to a size 10, I didn’t have to adjust it for my size 9 shoes, which was fine with me.
ETA: this pictures shows up correctly when I’m posting it, but as soon as I hit Publish it’s sideways. I wish Kinja was a physical entity so I could beat the crap out of it.
The blue insole on the left is from my running shoe, and it’s sitting on top of one of the replacement insoles, showing that it’s a perfect fit as is.
And here’s one of them inside my shoe, and a view of the top of the insole.
At a little under $20, they’re still a better bargain than the custom fitted insoles a specialty running store might charge you, and I recommend giving them a try, but if you’re mostly keeping your runs under 10 miles, the $10.50 massaging gel sport insoles are more than good enough.
I still recommend going to a running specialty store to get tested for what shoes will work best for you. In my case, I learned I run best with a stability balance style, wide. And even then, some shoes will work out better than others, so if see if they have a good exchange policy (at Road Runner, VIP members have up to 90 days). But when they offer custom fitted insoles these insole replacements are a good substitute for those, and for about $50 less.
This morning I checked Target’s website to order a few more for later (Dr. Scholl’s recommends replacing every 6 months, which lines up with how often I get new shoes so that works for me) and found that they have a deal going on with Dr. Scholl insoles.
There is a deal to get a $5 gift card when you buy any 3 qualifying Dr. Scholl’s items by 8/8, and they’re offering free shipping on all orders until 8/15.
So if you’re going to buy these, and plan to keep running for more than a year, now is a good time buy these and have a couple extra replacements for later. I ordered 3 more so with the pair I already have, I’m set for the next 2 years.