Shoes that don't fit properly or comfortably can be very painful. Insoles are an inexpensive way of improving the fit and feel of various types of shoes. There are several brands and varieties of insoles and many are designed for specific types of shoes and specific foot problems.
Insoles With High-Heeled Shoes
When buying insoles for high-heeled shoes, look for insoles that will cushion the balls of your feet. High-heeled shoes arch your feet so that the pressure is not on your heel, but on the ball of your foot. The arch of your foot may also benefit from wearing insoles with heels since the incline of the shoes does not support the arches of your feet properly. Additionally, high-heeled shoes that fit you loosely may lead to your foot slipping in the shoe when you walk. Insoles reduce the amount of space between your foot and the shoe so that your shoes fit better and your feet don't slide when you walk.
Insoles With Shoes That Are Too Big
Insoles are also an inexpensive way to solve the problem of shoes that are slightly too big. Since different types of shoes sometimes fit differently even when bought in the correct size, you may own a pair of shoes that are too wide or are slightly too long. Buy a pair of insoles to add some padding so that the shoes are not so loose-fitting. Insoles come in a variety of thicknesses, so you can try different kinds until you are able to create a comfortable fit for your shoes.
Insoles For Foot Problems
There are a variety of foot problems that may make wearing shoes uncomfortable. Insoles may help to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort associated with problems like warts, corns and calluses. Insoles are available in various levels of cushioning. Choose one according to your level of your foot discomfort. Gel insoles may alleviate or lessen pain discomfort while walking or standing, since they cushion the impact upon the feet.
Problems with foot odor and excessive sweating of the feet may also be treated by buying insoles. Several insole brands make insoles called "odor eaters" that help to prevent unpleasant smells resulting from excessive sweating of the feet.