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SOLE Reviews

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 8/16/14
Reviewer: Richard Esaki from Kaneohe, HI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Softec Ultra was recommended by my podiatrist to support my high arches. It helps, but it is not the absolute cure. I put them in all my shoes.

Thin Sport
Thin Sport Posted: 8/12/14
Reviewer: from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like these orthotics...I didn't want to keep switching my prescription orthotics around and these work just as as well in my opinion.

Softec Response
Softec Response Posted: 6/27/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have Achilles tendinitis and the doctor recommended these. I love them. They eliminated my heel pain by at least 50%. I wish I had known about these earlier!

Softec Response
Softec Response Posted: 6/13/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the fourth pair that I have bought. As always they are comfortable right out of the package. And, they are extremely durable, lasting two years or more in my work boots. I considered all the others listed, but I thought "Why change?" I am very satisfied!

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 5/22/14
Reviewer: Katherine Ratcliffe from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I had high hopes for these and bought my sister and I each a pair. Hers worked great but for me, the arch support was too far forward on my foot (my foot felt like it was 'falling' off the insole). Note: at the time I hadn't heard you could put them in the oven (maybe?) to remold them -- that might have corrected my problem. I switched for the Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx and have been satisfied.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 5/17/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have flat feet so my comments will relate mostly to my condition. These are as good as it gets for of the shelf orthotics. I heat them at 200 degrees for seven minutes instead of the recommended two minutes. The extra heat soaking conforms them better to my feet, your mileage may vary.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 5/9/14
Reviewer: Bryan from DFW
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wore Sole insoles in my boots in the Marine Corps and they were extremely comfortable in the field and even on 25mile humps. Now I am have them in Redwing steel toe boots as a diesel mechanic and 10 years later they are still making outstanding insoles. I tried some superfeet green insoles for a few minutes and knew right away they were not for me. These soles are awesome.

Dean Karnazes Signature Sole
Dean Karnazes Signature Sole Posted: 5/7/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

First, I bought these for walking, not running. I have a history of plantar fasciitis. I typically only wear Birkenstocks during the day, and Brooks pureconnect shoes when working out. I'm always very disappointed with products claiming to have good arch support - to me it feels like they have none. I'm quite spoiled by my Birkenstocks. Anyway, these do actually have arch support, and plenty of it. The heel cup is also very deep - as in Birkenstock's. It drives me nuts how all these arch support/heel pain insoles have a big round cushion sticking out of the heel, which flattens the heel pad and doesn't allow it to sit under the heel and provide the cushioning it's naturally made to. The only improvement I could imagine would be to incorporate a metatarsal arch support and a toe bar (as in Birkenstocks), and perhaps a softer material in the balls of the feet and heels - those spots seemed to produce a bit of friction and discomfort in the beginning, though no blisters. In short, these are the ONLY insoles I have tried that actually have serious arch support. And I've tried them all (I've tried the Ed Viesturs as well, same arch support but thicker and not ideal for running/walking shoes). I purchased the Men's 6.5-7/Women's 8.5-9, and these fit perfectly, unaltered, in my Women's size 8.5 Hoka One One Bondi EVO running shoes.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 4/12/14
Reviewer: from Potomac, MD
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have very high arches and a particularly severe flare-up of plantar fasciitis right now. The Sole Softec Ultra provides great arch support and cradles my heels well. These really need to be used in shoes where you can take out the original insoles. These work great in my Saucony running shoes but they raise my heel up enough in my New Balance cross-trainers, even with the original insoles removed, that the shoes slip up and down on my heel.

Thin Sport
Thin Sport Posted: 4/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great. My son has flat feet and has to wear insoles in all of his shoes. He plays competitive soccer and the shoes he likes to wear are really narrow. These are the only over the counter insoles with the right amount of support that will fit in the shoes. We have to cut them down just a bit but he loves them. No more foot and ankle pain.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 4/3/14
Reviewer: Ron Donson from Davidson, NC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been using Sole inserts/orthotics for more than a decade. You can either mold them to your foot by wearing them for a few days or by heating them as directed, putting them in your shoes and standing in them for two minutes. For me, the longer I use these the more comfortable they become. It's a disappointment when I finally wear out a set because by then they feel so natural you hate to part with them.

Signature EV Ultra
Signature EV Ultra Posted: 3/17/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These insoles have the most arch support and cushioning than any other insole I've tried thus far. I initially bought the Superfeet orange insoles for a pair of hiking boots to replace the poor support of the Ortholite insoles that came with them. Although Superfeet make a great product, my feet never really adjusted to the support, cushion, and overall feel of the insole. I ended up returning the Superfeet and replaced them with these insoles - it's literally night and day between the two. Instead of my feet adjusting to an insole, the insole adjusted to my feet. I ended up baking my Soles to get a true custom fit and have not had any issues whatsoever. I've hiked miles and miles with these insoles and my feet no longer ache due to insufficient arch support and cushioning. So much so that I've been wearing my hiking boots everyday since they're that comfortable. I ended picking up a pair of the red DK Sole Response insoles for my lower volume shoes. I also like the fact these have permanent odor control manufactured into them. Definitely recommend Soles!

Dean Karnazes Signature Sole
Dean Karnazes Signature Sole Posted: 3/12/14
Reviewer: Janet Capra from Frederick, Maryland
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Wanted more arch support and heard that this product conforms to your foot. I warmed the Sole as instructed and wore it with a hiking shoe for a couple of weeks. Was not able to get it to conform to my feet. I also needed something with more cushion. I was not able to return since I had warmed the sole to try to get it to fit.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 3/9/14
Reviewer: Valjean Clark from Portland, OR
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I do not have arch issues (I actually have very good arches), but I actually have a different and overall worse set of problems. I have low volume feet and weak foot structure, causing my ankle to collapse downward upon impact each step. This results in knee pain, poor balance, etc. I have custom orthotics that correct this by providing angle and structure that my foot does not have. However, those custom orthotics do not work well in all shoes. For example, in my dress shoes, I get a lot of heel slippage. I have two pairs of these sole insoles. They are relatively thick, so they help to fill the shoes I put them in. Since I have low-volume feet, I generally have a lot of space leftover in all of my shoes. The support these insoles provide is great. I use them in running shoes and dress shoes. If you have higher volume feet, I may hesitate from buying these, as it may add too much volume to your shoe. Sole sells thinner insoles which should work if these do not. To sum up, here are the pros: - great support - can be heat molded (but do not have to be) - can be trimmed easily with scissors to fit a particular shoe - much less expensive than custom orthotics - add to the volume of the shoe, which is useful for people with low-volume feet (potentially a con) Honestly I do not really have any cons. If you are like me and need some kind of support in shoes, and your orthotics do not fit or work in though shoes for any reason, try these out.

 Softec Casual
Softec Casual Posted: 3/1/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I've worn Sole insoles for about ten years and have been very satisfied with the quality and durability. I am now on my second set of casual insoles. The top liner on the first pair came unglued within two weeks. I exchanged the pair for a second set, and had the same thing happen. As always, Zappos customer service has been outstanding.

Thin Sport
Thin Sport Posted: 2/28/14
Reviewer: from Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Perfect for indoor soccer shoes and low profile sports shoes. Worth the money. I bought them for my 13 year old son (wears size 11 shoe) as he complained the normal insoles made the shoes to small and hurt his feet...these were the perfect answer. Do be aware...you have to cut them to match the shoe size so save the old insole to use as a "pattern."

Softec Response
Softec Response Posted: 2/9/14
Reviewer: Kerry LaFountain from Pleasanton, Ca
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Sole Softec are the best orthotics that I have ever used. After heating them for a few minutes you put them into your shoes and stand still for a minute or two. This causes the Sole Softec orthotic to conform perfectly to your footbed.

Softec Response
Softec Response Posted: 2/4/14
Reviewer: from Bethesda, MD
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these to put in my ski boots - most of them come with thin, flat, dreadful insoles. They achieved all the goals I was hoping for: better heel support (cupping), better arch support (I over-pronate), and it lifted the heel half an inch or so. The last part is especially useful if your ski boots are tight, as they pull the whole foot backwards and give more room to the toes in the front. I did follow the instructions and "baked" these a few minutes in the oven, but I cannot say if it had any difference. All in all, I liked these better than the Superfeet, with better arch support and the ability for a bit of heat custom molding.

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 1/19/14
Reviewer: from Beautiful New England
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

SOLE insoles are simply the best. I now hate to wear shoes or boots that don't accommodate them. I like their thicker ones for hiking boots and the thinner ones for dress shoes. If you have high arches, you need SOLEs!

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 1/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The SOLE Softec Ultra insoles provide excellent arch support. I have low arches and prefer strong/aggressive arch support. These fit perfectly in my walking shoes and feel great. They're even better than the very costly custom-made orthotics I got from a podiatrist. The arch support in these insoles is comparable that provided by Orthaheel's Tide flip-flops. Best of all, my plantar fasciitis is nearly gone. I didn't need to modify this pair, but the moldable feature is a plus. I highly recommend SOLE insoles and plan to buy more! Thank you, Zappos!

Softec Ultra
Softec Ultra Posted: 1/3/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great product! If your shoes allow for the depth of these inserts you will be pleased. My flat feet appreciate the arc support and the foam used in the base is a good rebounding material. I tried just one to see how they would work for me and then ordered three more for my shoes - from hiking boots to tennis shoes and loafers.

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