Posted by Dr. Josephine Bitler

A Guide in Choosing The Right Running Shoe Insoles




I seem to have a love and hate relationship with running. I love it as it brings back happy childhood memories. I can remember running around, playing tag at my grammie’s yard, and the homemade cookies and Kool-Aid after that. It was just shortly after I hit my 40's that I started to feel excruciating foot pain due to plantar fasciitis. It has made running a not-so fun thing to do anymore. Nevertheless, my no-holds-barred attitude and my Hydrofeet® running insoles help make me stay in top shape by allowing me to still do my daily run, either for an errand or for an exercise.

How do you think Forrest Gump was able to run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours? He probably got the best pair of running insoles for men. Kidding aside, I need my running insoles for women as well. When it comes to insoles, we have different preferences. There are those who find relief by investing the expensive way, while others opt for a cheaper pair of running shoe inserts. You might wonder how to pick the right running insoles for you. I have listed below a few tips, based on what I have researched.

Flexible and Lightweight Cushion

We all want running shoe inserts that provide good cushioning. There’s surely a wide range of shoe inserts to choose from but according to Jamie Mieras, podiatrist at the Boulder Valley Foot and Ankle Clinic in Colorado, the perfect cushioned inserts should be flexible and lightweight. You also have to check if they’re made of materials that don’t right away breakdown after running a good distance.

Sturdy Arch Support

Before choosing any insole, be sure to test if their arch support is strong enough. You can try pressing the arch and if you should be able to do this without exerting much effort. If the arch support does not provide excellent stability, the insoles will just squat flat with each landing. You also have to consider the durability. Making sure that the components of the materials used in making the insoles can withstand running and won't break down after a few miles.


Despite the wide selection of insoles, it’s best if you consider the structure of your feet, as well as the medical condition you have. In my case, I have plantar fasciitis, so I like my inserts to have shaped heels to prevent overpronation and reduce the stress on my feet. There are also manufacturers of heat-moldable footbeds wherein your running shoe inserts can be patterned on the exact shape of your feet by stepping on a warm, moldable plastic.

Nevertheless, even though Hydrofeet® is considered an over-the-counter shoe insoles, I’m very much satisfied with it because I can slip it on any footwear I have. The bottom line in choosing the right running insoles is to find what you’re most comfortable with - and on that note, I would say I found the right one in Hydrofeet®.