Are SuperFeet insoles worth the price?

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
At $54 a pair...I mean, you can buy an entire pair of low-end sneakers for that money, not just the inserts. I don't doubt that they're more comfortable than the default insoles that come with shoes, but if they bottom out just as quickly as a normal sneaker, what's the point? Or do they last longer?
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
They last longer. You can move them to any shoe you wear. And they are on sale on amazon for less than 40 bones today.

More importantly is the extra arch support if you need it (a lot of people would benefit from it and have no idea). Most shoes have minimal arch support built in (to fit more feet). Is 40 bucks too much to save yourself from plantar fasciitis?

With that in mind I say give it a shot.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I like Dr. Scholl’s sports insoles personally, seeing as I’ve never tried Superfeet. They both do the same thing,
 
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I've bought the black ones before for my soccer cleats, They are supportive and last long. I did buy a pair of BedBath private label ones to replace my worn out insoles in my asics tennis shoes but have yet to install them. They are the athletic insoles. Superfeet insoles are worth it though.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
They routinely go on sale for 40-45 dollars and yes, they do work. Are they worth the price, that will be up to the individual. I have heard people say that they cured their foot pain, knee pain, and even back pain.

Give them a spin and post your results and opinion here.
 

BlueB

Legend
They last pretty much "forever".
There are other good brands too. I really like Yaktrax moldable ones. They are a bit more cushioned than Superfeet and, as the name suggests, somewhat mold to your feet with use. I use the firmer Superfeet for skiing.
I also have few custom made ones by specialists. It's better than of the shelf products, but doesn't necessarily justify the price difference, unless you have anomalies.
 

JGads

Legend
Random Q for Superfeet users: any of you have issues with the surface being a little slick and getting a little slippage? Wondering if I need to try some different socks or other hacks to help this issue, which can aggravate some calluses I've built up on my tennis feet.
 
I don't have any issues with Superfeet soles in my cleats. I first learned of SuperFeet from their ski boot insoles too. I think I have ones that were oven molded to my feet. It's been awhile since I went skiing though.
 

antony

Professional
Random Q for Superfeet users: any of you have issues with the surface being a little slick and getting a little slippage? Wondering if I need to try some different socks or other hacks to help this issue, which can aggravate some calluses I've built up on my tennis feet.
No

I use Smartwool PhD running socks
 

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
I prefer Spenco. Dark green, black bottoms. My podiatrist gave me a pair when I had PF some years ago. They’re just as good as my custom inserts.

superfeet did nothing for me.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
Random Q for Superfeet users: any of you have issues with the surface being a little slick and getting a little slippage? Wondering if I need to try some different socks or other hacks to help this issue, which can aggravate some calluses I've built up on my tennis feet.
have the occasional plantar fasciitis, so i threw in my greens last week and i'm also getting some slippage. i can't tell if it's mostly due to the surface of the insole or the heel being a bit higher up and the foot sliding down.. probably a bit of both. i just countered by tying my shoes a little tighter around the midfoot since the superfeets are thicker than the stock insoles of the GR8s, so the shoe fits a bit tighter to begin with.​
 

antony

Professional
have the occasional plantar fasciitis, so i threw in my greens last week and i'm also getting some slippage. i can't tell if it's mostly due to the surface of the insole or the heel being a bit higher up and the foot sliding down.. probably a bit of both. i just countered by tying my shoes a little tighter around the midfoot since the superfeets are thicker than the stock insoles of the GR8s, so the shoe fits a bit tighter to begin with.​
I use Superfeet carbon. When they gave me the Superfeet Run comfort, the lining kind of peeled from the arch area. Their warranty and customer support is pretty good though. They sent me another pair of Carbons
 

antony

Professional
I haven't tried other insoles but the Superfeet carbon totally upgraded my already great Asics Gel Resolution 8 shoes. Such a better experience. The stock foam really sucks. Give insoles a shot.
 

antony

Professional
What is the benefit/feetures?
YMMV but they manage moisture very well. I have socks that keep more moisture and I think I used to slide around sometimes. With the smartwool socks the wool fibers just vibe with my skin. I used to get the nastiest skin sloughing in my old polyester socks. Also, my foot odors are down.


Wool is the truth

"Wool adsorbs water. Once inside the fiber, there is a temporary chemical bond (hydrogen bond) attaching water molecules to the surfaces of inner structures of the fiber. All adsorbtion is exothermic, meaning that it releases heat. Breaking the hydrogen bond and freeing the water molecule, desorption, requires heat. That is how wool can be cooling as well as heating! Both adsorption and desorption tend to happen very slowly.

A WeatherWool customer (THANK YOU!) forwarded to me a paper from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) ... The wool fibre and its applications, by Dr Geoff Naylor. We are very grateful for this material. Here are a couple of big items from this paper:

Once inside a wool fiber, water vapor will condense, releasing about 533 calories per gram. (I wonder if the temp of the fabric or the external temp affects the rate at which water is vaporized and released from within the fibers?)

A kilogram of dry wool placed in an atmosphere of air saturated with moisture releases about the same amount of heat as that given off by an electric blanket running for eight hours."


"Wool fabrics are less odorous after wear than fabrics made from other natural or man-made fibres, such as cotton and polyester. Research has shown that high levels of odours persist in unwashed polyester clothes, but odour levels remain low in unwashed wool clothes. One New Zealand study which involved 13 skilled olfactory (smell) assessors found that wool fabrics on average retained 66% less body odour intensity than polyester fabrics and 28% less than cotton fabrics."


 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
They last longer. You can move them to any shoe you wear. And they are on sale on amazon for less than 40 bones today.

More importantly is the extra arch support if you need it (a lot of people would benefit from it and have no idea). Most shoes have minimal arch support built in (to fit more feet). Is 40 bucks too much to save yourself from plantar fasciitis?

With that in mind I say give it a shot.
i picked them up actually at the start of prime day, they were on my list. figured it won't kill me try it once. haven't given them a test run yet but just trying the shoes on with them in there, i do feel a little more support. hopefully it will do more than that when i actually play with them. i'm a little irked that the guarantee is only for 60 days when they say the pair should last 12 months or 500 miles.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
i picked them up actually at the start of prime day, they were on my list. figured it won't kill me try it once. haven't given them a test run yet but just trying the shoes on with them in there, i do feel a little more support. hopefully it will do more than that when i actually play with them. i'm a little irked that the guarantee is only for 60 days when they say the pair should last 12 months or 500 miles.
you're running forward and backward a lot in tennis, so the distance nets to zero. they'll last forever.
 

JGads

Legend
have the occasional plantar fasciitis, so i threw in my greens last week and i'm also getting some slippage. i can't tell if it's mostly due to the surface of the insole or the heel being a bit higher up and the foot sliding down.. probably a bit of both. i just countered by tying my shoes a little tighter around the midfoot since the superfeets are thicker than the stock insoles of the GR8s, so the shoe fits a bit tighter to begin with.​
I began with greens years ago but have found carbon to be a little better because the arch (and maybe subsequent heel to toe drop) isn't as extreme. If you can handle that on the arch, it could be better with you and I do find that my feet slip less in the carbons than with greens or blues.

Other favorite insole is powerstep pinnacle, outstanding and more cushioned than SF, though I also get the slippage issue.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
I began with greens years ago but have found carbon to be a little better because the arch (and maybe subsequent heel to toe drop) isn't as extreme. If you can handle that on the arch, it could be better with you and I do find that my feet slip less in the carbons than with greens or blues.

Other favorite insole is powerstep pinnacle, outstanding and more cushioned than SF, though I also get the slippage issue.
the greens have worked magically for me in short spurts when dealing with plantar fasciitis. it usually goes away after 1-3 weeks of use during physical activity. can't wear greens for extended periods because the arches are too high. i have the blacks for when i need to use insoles for more than 3-4 hours, but they have stayed in my snowboard boots for the last few years. i generally stay away from all aftermarket insoles due to them elevating the feet higher than the stock insoles, but they're a must when arch support is needed. for this reason, cushioned outsoles are the work of the devil in my book.
 

Purestriker

Semi-Pro
At $54 a pair...I mean, you can buy an entire pair of low-end sneakers for that money, not just the inserts. I don't doubt that they're more comfortable than the default insoles that come with shoes, but if they bottom out just as quickly as a normal sneaker, what's the point? Or do they last longer?
Yes, but they can change the fit of the shoe (tighter).
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Well,

I've been using them for at least a decade. I used them in my road cycling & futbol shoes, and when I started to walk more for my transit commute I put them in my go-to-work Rockports. Now that I'm back into tennis, they get the Superfeet upgrade, as well.

The SF insoles are quite easy to move between shoes but I still prefer to provide each pair of kicks with their own if I can.

I just ordered about $250 of them direct from their site (they have promos and sales fairly often: I signed up for the email blasts) so every pair of court shoes can have their own set.

fwiw, I find the Carbon the most versatile (have more of these than any; switched from the Black when the Carbon was released), and have enjoyed the Blue as well when I want a little more contour and to use a bit more room (I have "low volume" feet for my size). With this order this time I got my first set of the Orange (thickest padding layer) and they feel good, too.

Also, for a shoe with a proper midsole shank you can use the Flex models to save some money and still get that orthotic footbed feeling. The Flex is a little lighter, too, if 10–14 gms matters for you.

I'm a big fan overall, as you can see :love: .

/Acey
 

Uncoil

Semi-Pro
Worth it because they last forever. I own a few pairs in my everyday shoes, tennis shoes and hiking shoes. Never had to replace one.
 

hadoken

Semi-Pro
There are 2 things for my feet that I no longer compromise on-

1) Custom orthotics. I bought a pair in 2006 and still use them...just swap them into new shoes after old ones wear out. It's night and day in terms of comfort and money well spent since it's molded exactly to your feet. I am sure Superfeet are fine but if you are going to drop some money for comfort this slam dunk is better.

2) Smartwool PhD socks. - I buy Smartwool on clearance online for about $10/pair....once you go Smartwool you are not going back. In terms of comfort and fit the PhD line is just the best. I usually buy 8-10 pairs each year. Money well spend for year-round sock comfort
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
At $54 a pair...I mean, you can buy an entire pair of low-end sneakers for that money, not just the inserts. I don't doubt that they're more comfortable than the default insoles that come with shoes, but if they bottom out just as quickly as a normal sneaker, what's the point? Or do they last longer?
Yes they are worth the money. They will prevent injury and keep your feet more comfortable which all translates into BETTER performance on the tennis court.
 

Conan

Rookie
Over-priced? Not compared to custom inserts. Curious, anyone use the Aetrex scanner for inserts? https://www.aetrex.com/albert-foot-scanner.html
Yes, I think the custom Aetrex are not worth it. But I love the off the shelf Aetrex. I have three pairs of them, the speed, train, and premium memory foam. I also love superfeet green. I should admit, I’ve never tried the custom ones personally, but I sell them at my shop. The way Albert (scan machine) works and the way Aetrex insoles are made and designed, there isn’t that much difference, and the regular ones give you more cushion options. It’s a 3D printing company in Texas that makes the custom ones based off the the scan and program. the support just won’t be that different. I’ve had one customer get them that I truly believe needed the custom. But that’s it, if Aetrex is going to work for you, the ones off the rack will work for most people. They have four different shapes depending on your foot needs. 00, 05, 20, 25. That’s a cupped heel or posted heel and with or without metatarsal bump. I’d say 60% fit into 00 best. Someone selling them should be able to explain the difference.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Yes, I think the custom Aetrex are not worth it. But I love the off the shelf Aetrex. I have three pairs of them, the speed, train, and premium memory foam. I also love superfeet green. I should admit, I’ve never tried the custom ones personally, but I sell them at my shop. The way Albert (scan machine) works and the way Aetrex insoles are made and designed, there isn’t that much difference, and the regular ones give you more cushion options. It’s a 3D printing company in Texas that makes the custom ones based off the the scan and program. the support just won’t be that different. I’ve had one customer get them that I truly believe needed the custom. But that’s it, if Aetrex is going to work for you, the ones off the rack will work for most people. They have four different shapes depending on your foot needs. 00, 05, 20, 25. That’s a cupped heel or posted heel and with or without metatarsal bump. I’d say 60% fit into 00 best. Someone selling them should be able to explain the difference.
Trouble is the only stores selling them locally sell Red Wing work boots. Not athletic shoes
 

Conan

Rookie
Trouble is the only stores selling them locally sell Red Wing work boots. Not athletic shoes
If you have any questions I can try to help, I would say I can guess what Albert suggest as the right fit 95% of the time, and I can explain the differences in more detail
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
If you have any questions I can try to help, I would say I can guess what Albert suggest as the right fit 95% of the time, and I can explain the differences in more detail
Know a player that used the Dr. Scholls machine for inserts.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
first impressions of super feet orange...only played doubles today so not a huge playtest, but i do feel a little more supported, it maybe has given some cushion and comfort back to my shoes that are starting to bottom out. it's a great fit for my right foot but my left foot apparently has a flatter arch, and it's causing some soreness. for both feet i wish the arch support was further up the insole....it seems weirdly too far back by the heel. will update again when my knees are back to normal and i play a more intense singles match.
 
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jhick

Hall of Fame
It's odd to me hearing people complaining of soreness. I have flat feet and green superfeet and have never experienced any soreness.
 

kingnike12

New User
I wrote on here about a month ago but do yourselves a favor and buy the treadlabs insoles. telling you guys it worth it. 10 times better than superfeet. You can get the arch height that you want, the insole and the arch support are two pieces so if the cover wears out, you can just buy the cover without having to buy a whole other insole. Trust me I have tried all the ones in the market and these are by far the best.
 

jhick

Hall of Fame
I wrote on here about a month ago but do yourselves a favor and buy the treadlabs insoles. telling you guys it worth it. 10 times better than superfeet. You can get the arch height that you want, the insole and the arch support are two pieces so if the cover wears out, you can just buy the cover without having to buy a whole other insole. Trust me I have tried all the ones in the market and these are by far the best.
Might have to try them out. Green superfeet is better than nothing but I still deal with some achilles tendonitis and maybe the treadlabs would be an improvement.
 

kingnike12

New User
Might have to try them out. Green superfeet is better than nothing but I still deal with some achilles tendonitis and maybe the treadlabs would be an improvement.
Trust me it is so much better. Since it is semi custom, you can get the arch height that fit your feet. Also if the height doesnt fit well, you can easily return them for another one for free. They have great customer service as well. I liked them so much I bought like 4 of them so I dont have to keep taking them out of my shoes.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Trust me it is so much better. Since it is semi custom, you can get the arch height that fit your feet. Also if the height doesnt fit well, you can easily return them for another one for free. They have great customer service as well. I liked them so much I bought like 4 of them so I dont have to keep taking them out of my shoes.
well, i just looked them up and i do immediately like them better because 1) they have a 90 day guarantee, which is already more confidence inspiring than superfeet's 60. and the lifetime whatever for their hard piece. i like a company that stands behind their product. 2) the two piece system does sound a lot better than buying new insoles every year or so.

i'm a skeptical consumer by nature though - i can't find any information on how long the top covers last...it's easy to talk about how long the arch support lasts when it's made of hard plastic. but if the top covers bottom out quickly...they're not exactly cheap either. i'm also not sure that the soft velcro of the top cover will hold up after a lot of tennis matches of darting back and forth with all my body weight on it. how often do you have to replace your top covers and how often would you say you play tennis?
 
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kingnike12

New User
well, i just looked them up and i do immediately like them better because 1) they have a 90 day guarantee, which is already more confidence inspiring than superfeet's 60. and the lifetime whatever for their hard piece. i like a company that stands behind their product. 2) the two piece system does sound a lot better than buying new insoles every year or so.

i'm a skeptical consumer by nature though - i can't find any information on how long the top covers last...it's easy to talk about how long the arch support lasts when it's made of hard plastic. but if the top covers bottom out quickly...they're not exactly cheap either. i'm also not sure that the soft velcro of the top cover will hold up after a lot of tennis matches of darting back and forth with all my body weight on it. how often do you have to replace your top covers and how often would you say you play tennis?
Ive been wearing them for a year and they are still good. I play 2-3 times a week for 2 hours at a time and I am a 4.5 player. The top cover is a lot more durable than superfeet or other insoles.
 

tarkowski

Professional
Hey kingnike12, you've got me curious about treadlabs, they look like a great product. I've been a superfeet user for over a decade and have settled on the green as my favorite. I like the green over the blue due to my arch being higher, and i like the green over the orange because it doesn't elevate my heel quite as much, and the heel of the green fits/supports me better as well. I do wish the green had a softer, more pliable forefoot like the orange.

I tried the carbon to get a lower profile in my tennis shoes, but felt it wasn't nearly as supportive as the green.

What model and arch height most closely resembles the green? Based on descriptions, I'm leaning towards the high-arch dash as a first experiment. Would that be a good place to start?

Their website doesn't list tennis as an option, and for basketball (the closest sport that they do offer), they recommend pace or ramble.
They also offer up comparisons between the pace with superfeet green.

So it seems like the Pace is what would be recommended as a superfeet green equivalent, but I like the idea of the most firm, supportive arch with the least amount of volume in the shoe if possible. If the dash can be: lower profile, with green-level arch support, high arch option, and the covers are softer and more cushioned as well...that would be a worthwhile experiment.

Thanks!
 

kingnike12

New User
Hey kingnike12, you've got me curious about treadlabs, they look like a great product. I've been a superfeet user for over a decade and have settled on the green as my favorite. I like the green over the blue due to my arch being higher, and i like the green over the orange because it doesn't elevate my heel quite as much, and the heel of the green fits/supports me better as well. I do wish the green had a softer, more pliable forefoot like the orange.

I tried the carbon to get a lower profile in my tennis shoes, but felt it wasn't nearly as supportive as the green.

What model and arch height most closely resembles the green? Based on descriptions, I'm leaning towards the high-arch dash as a first experiment. Would that be a good place to start?

Their website doesn't list tennis as an option, and for basketball (the closest sport that they do offer), they recommend pace or ramble.
They also offer up comparisons between the pace with superfeet green.

So it seems like the Pace is what would be recommended as a superfeet green equivalent, but I like the idea of the most firm, supportive arch with the least amount of volume in the shoe if possible. If the dash can be: lower profile, with green-level arch support, high arch option, and the covers are softer and more cushioned as well...that would be a worthwhile experiment.

Thanks!
Here is the arch height of all the insoles in the link. https://treadlabs.com/pages/compare-our-insoles There is also a way to measure your arch height by using a wet footprint. I personally use the dash insoles due to the low profile in a medium arch because thats what fits me the best, provides the most support and doesnt take up so much space in my shoe. Also, if you try it and the arch support is too much or not enough, you can email them and exchange them at no cost.
 

mctennis

Legend
I prefer Spenco. Dark green, black bottoms. My podiatrist gave me a pair when I had PF some years ago. They’re just as good as my custom inserts.

superfeet did nothing for me.
Are these the ones you use?
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Further update:
  • After wearing the orange superfeet for awhile, the pain in my left foot arch went away. If my foot just got used to it, this is a good thing. But if it's cause I broke in the insole, idk if I view that as a good thing if it means the support didn't last that long. I think it's a combination of both, as I still feel some support compared to when they're not in my shoes, but not as much as when they were new.
  • they did give some life back to my tennis shoes that have bottomed out, as i mentioned. it relieved some knee pain i had, but not as much as buying new shoes entirely (this may sound obvious, but i am stating this because again, the full price of superfeet insoles cost almost as much as a good pair of tennis shoes on sale)
  • overall I like them...but I wouldn't buy them again. Most of the added support is in the heel with the rigid cup, whereas the midfoot to forefoot is more like your typical insole, thin and nothing special. i would buy the treadlab insoles like @kingnike12 mentioned since the heel cup lasts forever and is backed by lifetime warranty, and the rest of the insole is cheaper to replace than superfeet. or maybe look for something else
  • this last comment isn't unique to superfeet, but i might try experimenting to see if I can play with double insoles to open up my ability to play in different kinds of shoes, given the shoe shortage right now. for example, the fila axilus 2 has a very flexible upper and roomy toe box with minimal forefoot cushioning; putting these in there could add more cushion and tighten up the fit for a shoe i wouldn't normal gravitate toward
edit: to follow up on the last bullet, 2 insoles not working out for me. from my arch forward, the tighter fit is fine, but it lifts my heel too far up out of the heel cup/support and causes lots of heel slippage, even with lock lacing.
 
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antony

Professional
I wrote on here about a month ago but do yourselves a favor and buy the treadlabs insoles. telling you guys it worth it. 10 times better than superfeet. You can get the arch height that you want, the insole and the arch support are two pieces so if the cover wears out, you can just buy the cover without having to buy a whole other insole. Trust me I have tried all the ones in the market and these are by far the best.
Okay your shilling was successful. I’m in for a pair of the Dash’s as after two pairs of Gel Resolutions I wore through the liner on my Superfeet carbon in the big toe area. Would be nice to just replace the liner. Thanks and will let the community know my experience
 
At $54 a pair...I mean, you can buy an entire pair of low-end sneakers for that money, not just the inserts. I don't doubt that they're more comfortable than the default insoles that come with shoes, but if they bottom out just as quickly as a normal sneaker, what's the point? Or do they last longer?
I’ve never been a fan. They have basic support but nothing like an insole like Sole where it custom molds to your feet. The materials also feel cheap: the surface is slippery, the foam is nothing special, and the plastic support piece feels cheap.

I’m a big fan of these, custom molded to your feet and their support layer is made of organic cork instead of toxin leaching plastic: https://yoursole.com/us/shop/footbeds
 

antony

Professional
Trust me it is so much better. Since it is semi custom, you can get the arch height that fit your feet. Also if the height doesnt fit well, you can easily return them for another one for free. They have great customer service as well. I liked them so much I bought like 4 of them so I dont have to keep taking them out of my shoes.
have you used custom orthotic insoles before
 
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