February 4, 2014 By Peter Larson 41 Comments I’m a big fan of swapping insoles around between shoes. After a bit of digging around, and a trial offer from an insole manufacturer, I’ve come up with a few options that are decent.
Inov-8 sells insoles that are completely flat, firm, and have no arch support (the insole does curl up a bit on each side, but that is to assist with placement in the shoe I think).
The 3mm insole appears very similar to the insole in the popular Inov-8 F-Lite 195 shoe (gray insole in photo below). If you’re looking for a relatively thin, flat insole that has a bit more cush, the Ortholite Fusion might be worth a shot (Disclosure: Ortholite sent me a free pair to try out). The Ortholite insoles do seem to have a bit more girth, and they take up a bit more space inside a shoe, but if you have a shoe that runs like a brick with the included insole they may make things a bit more runable.
The Ortholite Fusion insoles are available in the US for $20 per pair at Amazon via Ortholite. I’ve been trying to get Skechers to sell their insoles separate from their shoes – I swap Skechers insoles around frequently. Filed Under: insoles, product review, running gear review About Peter LarsonThis post was authored by Peter Larson. I have also called Skechers to ask them to sell me a separate replacement insole and they said that they didn’t do that. Have not, but I suspect they should be fine as the Energy is a pretty standard shaped shoe.
The insoles should be there – they package them separately inside the box since the shoe can be worn with or without the insole.
I have recently discovered I have plantar fasciitis and need to wear zero drop shoes, which I have. I have been searching for a Skechers goga mat replacement insole ever since the product was introduced.

Sometimes a shoe might fit a tad tight, and swapping in a thinner insole from another shoe can free up enough space to make the fit comfortable. The included insole was too thick under the heel, and my heel would not lock down properly as a result.
However, I’ve been asked a number of times about where to buy a thin, flat insole to use for this purpose, and it has been surprisingly difficult to find good options. Shape is also similar enough to the Saucony Mirage and Brooks PureFlow insoles that they swap into those shoes without a problem. Ortholite makes insoles for a lot of shoes on the market, you may even have a pair yourself. You also have to cut them to fit your shoes so you can remove as much material as necessary to squeeze them in. Some people have had bunching issues with the thinner Skechers insoles, but has not been a problem for me. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. I have called them before and asked if they had a zero drop insole for sale and a CS rep told me that they didn’t. You can get it in various thicknesses for pretty cheap (cheaper than buying insoles…), it lasts a long time, and has a good cush feel without being too soft. I think that a new thick insole would work for me but I don’t want to have an excess of cushioning, as the cushion on the Virratas are enough for me.
I think with the original I had no problem with the included insole, it was just the original Connect that gave me trouble. I have orthopeadic insoles that I usually use, but ive been told that this shoes should not be used with orthopeadic insoles. Sometimes a shoe is too cushy or too firm, and an insole change can completely change the feel for the better.

Most replacement insoles for sale are heavily structured with thick cushioning and pronounced arch support – not ideal when the goal might actually be to increase space inside a shoe. Amazon UK has them (seems Amazon US does not), so you might check the Amazon shop for your country. It’s a much softer insole than the Inov-8 models – almost has a memory-foam like feel to it. I simply used an existing insole as a template and traced around it, then cut the margins off to make the Ortholite the same size and shape. As I’ve got a narrower foot, I use the 7mm insoles to take up a bit more volume, and the fit is much improved.
I’m thinking a softer insole might be worth experimenting with before I relegate them to a different role. I can’t pick up brooks insoles separate from their shoes, so the Pure Connect trick is out. Newton makes some pretty great shoes, but as you stated… the heel cup is think and odd shaped and for me I have a higher volume foot, so Newton insoles are annoying to me. I wanted something to take up a bit more space in my Skechers, as the stock insoles are too thick with a 4 mm elevated heel, but disappointed in the Merrills. Swapping out the factory insole for a thin, light alternative turned the Energy from a shoe I’d hesitate to run much in to one of my favorite shoes of 2013.
Running on a bare footbed with the insole removed is an option, but the footbed can sometimes be rough or have exposed stitching.
In the image below they look a bit thicker than the Inov-8 6mm insole, but I think they thicken a bit along the margins where I trimmed them.

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Comments to «Running shoes insoles replacement»

  1. gizli_sevgi writes:
    Fasciitis (fashy-EYE-tis) is one of the main?reasons.
  2. skazka writes:
    Fasciitis, you will need to have to see a podiatrist week.
  3. Bokkacho writes:
    Safe your foot for further help was very miserable.