I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for this lately, like this one, for Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Sport replacement insoles, so I decided to give them a try. If you go to a specialty runner store like Road Runner, you can buy custom fitted insoles, but they’ll cost you $70. And while they seemed to help, for around $10 if you get the Dr. Scholl’s inserts at Target or Wal-mart, and still under $20 even if you get them at a grocery store, which is what I did and now feel stupid about after seeing the price at Target, but I’ll remember for next time.
Here’s a few pictures of the replacement insole packaging explaining how they’re supposed t work and including a small window so you can feel them before you buy them.
When you open them, the inside of the back cover will have instructions on how to custom fit them by cutting along the line for your shoe size. I recommend erring on the side of having a little extra and cutting one size bigger In my case that means cutting at the line for size 10, to fit into my size 9 shoes. If it turns out you left too much at the toe, you can always trim a little more off.
After that you add them into your shoes (after making sure to remove the insoles that came with them), and you’re good to go.
The ones in the pictures above are new, because I just got a new pair of shoes so I figured I’d get new insoles to go with them, but I’d tested out another pair while running for a few weeks, for distances up to 13.5 miles including up and downhill, and they feel at least as comfortable as the much more expensive custom fitted insoles from Road Runner, and they definitely felt more cushion-y. For under $11 at some stores, I strongly recommend giving them a try.
And you should still go 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).
Happy trails! I’ll leave off with a thank you note found inside the packaging.