10 Best Gel Insoles Reviewed
In what seems like ancient times, runners needing arch support or that were experiencing foot pain were offered one solution to their woes: order super expensive custom orthotics. Then, new varieties of running shoes with cushioning and gels were introduced, which gave many runners hope that they would have a future of pain-free runs. Although this provided relief to some, there are still many runners that need some extra TLC for their tootsies, plantar fasciitis, or a little extra support when recovering from an injury. This is where the shoe insole or insert comes in, specifically gel insoles.
Sof Sole Neutral Arch Insole
Regardless of arch support needs, this multi-contoured gel insole provides comfort and stability. The lightweight design provides superior performance without feeling bulky in your shoe.
The dual-gel pads in the heel and toe provide support and comfort where you need it most. Feet will stay dry because of the Hydrologix moisture management treatment applied to these insoles. The multi-contoured design conforms to all arch support needs.
Priced at the higher end of Sof Sole’s product line, the investment is well worth the customization and comfort that these insoles offer. Users report increased levels of comfort and support, and that their legs and feet feel less tired after using these gel insoles.
- Meets needs of all arch types
- Moisture and odor management
- Dual-gel pads
- Higher pricing
- May take some time to break in
Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles
This insole is for active runners experiencing a variety of foot- and leg-related discomfort. The deep heel cup, reinforced arch, and ball-of-foot padding provide your feet with plenty of support and comfort.
Cushioning is designed to support your feet while in motion and adjust to the level of impact your foot experiences. SweatMax Technology fights odor.
Priced lower than other insoles (even others by Dr. Scholl’s) makes them worth the try.
- Alleviates common running injuries
- Odor fighting
- Support in heel, arch, and ball-of-foot
- Only available in two men’s and two women’s sizes
- Users noted they are initially firm, rather than soft
Dr. Foot’s Shock Absorption PU Sports Insoles
Arch support helps combat foot pain, specifically while running and hiking.
Shock-absorbing gel and a bump-filled massaging surface provide comfort to your feet while active or resting. Composed of medical-grade PU and velour fabric, these are both safe and comfy. Trim lines help users cut insoles accurately for the perfect fit.
With a low price and a one-year warranty, these are definitely worth trying.
- Low price and warranty
- Easily customizable
- Safe materials
- Thick and massaging
- Some users received two inserts for the same foot, rather than a usable pair.
KevenAnna Sports Gel Insoles
Full arch support not only helps to relieve pain, but also to improve foot strength and balance. An extra-thick heel cushion provides relief from heel spurs and shocks. Excellent choice for hiking.
The soft gel of these insoles conforms to your foot as it strikes the ground, absorbing shock to prevent pain and discomfort. Carbon fibers help combat odors and bacteria, and the material is fully washable.
Low price AND a 100% satisfaction guarantee? Definitely no harm in giving them a try!
- Odor fighting and anti-slip material is beneficial to all athletes
- Low price
- Aims to improve athletic performance
- Users report less arch support than anticipated and are not very effective for plantar fasciitis.
Bringsine Massaging Insole
These insoles are recommended for any type of physical activity, especially those that involve heavier foot impact, as the gel construction helps absorb shock across all areas of the foot.
Available in five unisex sizes, these full-gel insoles are flexible and provide a complete foot massage with built-in rivets. All sizes have cut lines to make customization easier.
Bringsine Massaging Insoles are very low priced, minimizing loss (or maximizing value) if you give these a try.
- Very flexible; Massaging
- Users report reduction in pain from flat feet and lower back pain
- Users report some difficulty in fitting these into their shoes
Sof Sole Airr Gel Insoles
Geared toward runners, walkers, and cross-trainers, these insoles offer a neutral arch to meet every athlete’s support needs. Available in
Available in four men’s sizes and two women’s sizes, the air bubbles in the heel and arch absorb the impact of ground strike. A COOLMAX fabric covering fights foot moisture and the stinky feet that follow. The gel ball-of-foot provides top-level comfort.
These fall in the mid-range of insoles prices, but positive reviews from users make them worth the try.
- Support a variety of arch types
- Odor fighting
- Users tout their lightweight nature
- Do not appear to be easily trimmed
- Thick heel cushioning takes some time to adjust to
WOBAOS Memory Foam Silica Gel Insole
If you are an athlete experiencing foot pain, are in need of extra arch-support, or a way to improve your balance and foot strength without additional training, this just might be the insole for you.
Memory foam and gel work together to absorb impact and increase rebound, while carbon fibers fight stinky feet and shoes. Foot damage is reduced to a minimum as a result of vibration-absorbing materials.
A great introduction to the world of gel insoles with a low price and user-reported accurate fit.
- Odor fighting
- Impact absorbing
- Users report a great fit and a reduction in heel pain
- Users have reported the insole slipping inside of their shoe, as well as receiving incorrect merchandise from the company
Spenco Gel Comfort Insole
The gel portion of these inserts is intended to relieve pressure specifically from the ball of the foot. The heel has gel and extra padding to help ease pain and discomfort caused by heel strike.
Made of a combination of thermoplastic gel and rubber, this insole provides arch support to combat ball-of-foot pain. Antimicrobial cloth helps eliminate odor.
Priced at the lower end of the insole spectrum, users seem to categorize these insoles as “you get what you pay for.” They are good enough to get you through a rough patch, but aren’t good for the long term.
- Combat pain in the ball of your foot
- Odor-fighting cloth
- Does not provide overall foot pain relief
- Users note they are thin compared to other insoles
Speedfeet Sport Insole
The Speedfeet Sports Insole is intended for high impact activities and is constructed of medical-grade silicon and velvet. These were also created for users that are on their feet for prolonged periods of time.
Cushioning and shock-absorbing silicon keeps feet supported, while massaging divots offer extra comfort and relief. The silicon construction is also helpful in preventing blisters during prolonged standing, walking, running, or other foot-based activities.
Very inexpensive, and although they appear thin, users report that they are effective and easy to size.
- Greatest variety of sizes for women
- Cushioning and massaging
- Users report the insoles sliding within their shoes and that they required a lot of trimming down to fit inside footwear.
Footinsole Silicone Gel Insole
For athletes or those who spends lots of time on foot, these anti-fatigue, anti-bacterial, anti-slip insoles may be the solution you are looking for if you are experiencing foot or leg pain. Arch support is constructed to help evenly distribute weight and take uneven and unnecessary pressure off of your feet.
Soft gel absorbs shock and cushions feet, and with guidelines, are easily trimmed to meet your sizing needs. This is especially important since these insoles are only available in two sizes.
Another inexpensive gel insole made worth giving a try with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee from the manufacturer.
- Very soft; honeycomb design increases grip and stability
- Users report feeling pressure in the ball of their feet; only available in two sizes so trimming is most likely necessary
Gel insoles are a simple, not-too-expensive solution for runners experiencing pain or discomfort, even with the most pillow-like running shoes. Gel insoles are even useful if your running shoes are near the end of their mileage, but you just aren’t quite ready to let them go yet.