Barricade III's and Orthotics

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by IceBlue, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. IceBlue

    IceBlue New User

    Feb 26, 2004
    Hey everyone. I just got a pair of Barricade III's and I wear custom orthotics. Should I take out the insoles that came with the Barricade III's and put the orthotics in, or put the orthotics over the top of the regular insoles? I was just concerned if there would be enough cushioning if I did it the first way, considering the orthotics are hard plastic. Or is there some other way I should do this? Also, it might be difficult to tie the shoes if the orthotics are over the regular insoles, especially if I wear Thorlo socks.

    Okay thanx, any help would be greatly appreciated! :D
  2. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    Ice, I've been wearing orthotics since before they had a name--1972...many shoes will not allow the factory sockliner to be used with the orthotics--depends on the style of sockliner and depth of the shoe. More than likely, you WILL want something between you and the orthotic; however, your Dr. might not want anything too thick or shapely(would alter the final effect of the orthotic). I have removed thinner insoles from some shoes to use with orthotics and saved them for subsequent pairs that had inappropriate factory liners. This changes with shoe styles even within a manufacturer--New Balance, for example, offers thin sockliners with some styles and quite thick insoles with others. Over the years, I have used thin socks with some combinations and Thorlos with others. I can tell you that I wear a size larger shoe for teaching as compared with competition shoes that are smaller and tighter-fitting. Most 'sport' orthotics have a padded top to cut down on discomfort but I have always wanted additional padding by way of the above-mentioned extra liners. Good luck!!!
  3. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 18, 2004
    Sorbothane and Spenco have flat insoles you can use under the orthotics but you may ride too high in the shoe or not have enough room in the toe-box using them under the orthotics. Have glued Spenco insoles over the orthotics but it affects how well the orthotic works.
  4. tennis*bill

    tennis*bill New User

    Feb 27, 2004
    I've been wearing orthodics since 1994 and have had this dilema many times. When I first started I always either removed the insert, or cut out the arch support of them per my podiatrist instructions. Since then, shoes changed and I like keeping the insert in them. This doesn't work for all shoes, so it makes it difficult to find a pair that fit correctly. I've never tried putting the insert over the orthodic, may have to think about that. I would like to be able to buy the shoes I want.

    The previous versions of barricades did not work for me w/ orthodics, maybe these will. I haven't been able to wear adidas since they changed from the 'pod' shoes - the 'feet you wear' type. Those were their best shoes - low to the ground and friendly for orthodics.

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