It is a common misconception that flat shoes are automatically comfortable. If you’re walking any distance- your feet can still suffer from aches and pains, which is why I was thrilled when Scholl got in touch to ask me to review their new GelActiv Flat Shoe Insoles.
When I normally buy insoles, they don’t last long- made from thin foam- they tend to disintegrate after a few wears and then I have to buy more. They are usually so cheap and cheerful that I can still feel every lump and bump when they’re in place. Plus, I have to cut them down to size every time. As these are made from a gel, they last much longer and if you have sweaty feel, they are easily wiped over after use.
Designed for narrow flat boots and shoes, they were a little on the thin side for my flats but still targeted the areas that cause me the most discomfort, the heel. The jelly like material provides extra support and shock absorption so it prevents your feet from feeling achy and tired at the end of the day.
Each pad has little dots on it so your feet don’t slither around in your shoe either.
Plus, each insole has is slightly adhesive, so even if they are on the small side, they still stay put. The great thing is- they are not so adhesive that you have to keep them in one pair of shoes- you can take them out and put them in another pair and make your money go further.
The insoles could not have come at a better time as my favourite pair of flats were beginning to show signs of wear at the heel on the inside. So, I popped one of these in and it means I can now wear them for longer and don’t have to throw them away!
The insole does seem a little pricey at £14.99 but when I think about all the money I’ve spent of replacing the cheaper ones- which usually come in at £4 a go- I know now I’ve tried them out- I would rather just invest in the higher quality ones.
I was really impressed with the Scholl GelActiv Insoles for Flat Shoes in terms of the way they felt and their performance. I think the only way they could be improved is if they were a little wider and longer. The range could benefit from an insole that was appropriate for wider shoes so they stretch to cushioning the pads of the feet just beneath the toes.
For more information: www.scholl.co.uk
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