Choosing the Best Running Insoles

Choosing the best running insoles starts with looking at your running shoes right now. Examine them closely to determine the wearing pattern.


Best running insoles

Best running insoles


When you walk or run, your feet could be oversupinating or overpronating. Look on the inside part of your shoe (the medial side). Is it wearing more than the outside? If so, this is an indication that you are overpronating your feet. The best running insoles for you will be ones that have an excellent arch support.


If your shoes are worn down on the outside, this indicates you are oversupinating your feet when you take any steps. You’ll need a different set of running insoles or orthotics that are designed to prevent oversupination.


Are you wearing out your shoe near the ball of your foot? This can indicate that you need a little extra metatarsal arch support.


Do you have heel pain when you run or event pain throughout a regular day? If so, the best running insoles for you will have a deep heel cup. You will need to monitor your shoes to make sure that one is not wearing lower than the other on the heel. If it is, this can indicate having one leg longer than another. In this case, you may have to add heel lifts to your insoles or orthotics.


Best Running Insoles Conform to Your Feet


The best running insoles are the ones that are customized to your feet. For example, if you’re a runner with low arches, your feet are susceptible to develop plantar fasciitis. You’ll need running insoles that have very adequate arch support. You may even opt for more of a rigid arch support in the insoles/orthotics.


But if you’re one of the 25% of the population that have neutral arches, then your best running insoles are ones that don’t need the extra arch support that a person with low arches needs.


Here’s another example:  If you’re a runner with high arches in your feet, your feet can develop foot fatigue with running, as well as metatarsalgia. A high-arched foot is not one that is very flexible and its owner ends up walking more on the balls of the feet. It’s like dancing all day long. A high arched foot is one that is also oversupinating.


This type of runner really needs another type of running insoles. The running insoles made for low arches aren’t going to give their feet enough support.


You Need a Professional Eyeball on Your Feet


Choosing the best running soles also involves a professional eye examining your feet both as you walk or run and when your feet are in a neutral position. At, you can find staff who are trained in what to look for. They’ll spot foot issues such as overpronation and oversupination. Although staff at the Insole Store are not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis, they are highly educated and trained on the subject of orthotics.




Know your feet and allow trained professionals to help you select the best running insoles; they’ll improve your running performance and endurance.