Shoe-Related Review: Insolia High Heel Inserts

May 7, 2009 at 09:42 1 comment

Image from Insolia website

Image from Insolia website

I am an enormous fan of shoe paraphernalia. My latest love is Insolia inserts. All my adult life, the unfortunate fact of my baby feet has never ceased to cause me grief. I blister like eggs in a pan and suffer terrible forefoot pain in high heels. Much to my surprise, and at the risk of sounding like a paid advert, these inserts actually do help with my foot woes. 

An article on Insolia

They don’t look like they’d help, because they’re quite small and don’t even extend beyond the heel and arch areas. However, that’s because they work not by cushioning, but by producing weight shift from the balls to the heels of the feet.

They’re finicky to attach – quite a bit of trial and error is involved, but there are detailed instructions in the packet. I find that mine work best 5 – 7mm from the back of the shoe and pointing more toward the big toe.

The final effect is increased wearability of the shoe. My worst pair – synthetic gold closed-toe pointies with two-and-a-half-inch heels – went from hell to borderline manageable. My feet don’t hurt half as much in shoes that were previously tortuous. Strangely enough, the inserts also seem to reduce blistering, and do provide a touch of arch support. At the end of the day, I’m not in such a rush to chuck off my shoes. When I do, my feet don’t need to sigh in tremendous relief.

These inserts are not meant to be used with flat shoes, and I suspect that folks with pre-existing heel pain wouldn’t benefit from them either. Indeed, the Insolia website says that it works for roughly 8 out of 10 women.

At over S$13 a pair, Insolia inserts are not cheap. Furthermore, they are not meant to be transferred from shoe to shoe. I wouldn’t put them into every heeled shoe I own, just the killer/cuter/more expensive ones. If they can make these shoes wearable, they’re worth it.


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  • 1. Monty  |  May 18, 2009 at 19:15

    so going to work up to 5 inches?


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