10 Best Superfeet Insoles Reviewed & Tested

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The Superfeet line of insoles continues to grow, and now there are many different color options. Which one is best for runners?

As a physical therapist, I commonly recommend Superfeet brand over-the-counter insoles to my athletes for shock absorption. Many factors, including product durability, “volume” (amount of space needed in footwear for insert), “profile” level (the amount of support, cushioning and correction provided by insert) and odor control technology are all important in the decision of which type of insole to invest in. Some base the decision of insert “profile” level predominantly on their anatomical arch size, but an analysis of an individuals walking or running biomechanical pattern can also impact optimal insole selection.

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In answering the question of which insole is best, it’s obvious that this query is not “black and white.” Let’s take a look at what running expert sources and customer reviews said in 2017 about the top 10 insoles by Superfeet.

10 Best Superfeet Insoles

 

1. Superfeet Green Premium

The Superfeet Green Insole is consistently Amazon’s #1 best-seller in the category of inserts and insoles, across all brands. Superfeet describes this insole as the “undisputed heavyweight champion.” The insole hasn’t changed much since it was designed in the 1970’s; it’s the Superfeet insole with the highest arch and a high-density foam layer. The stabilizer cap at the base of the insert provides support and structure from the heel to align the rest of the foot.
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Profile
HIGH (high arch support and correction of over-pronation).

Volume
HIGH (looser fitting shoes or boots). These can be cut down if they don’t fit into some running shoes.

Value
This insert is touted as being an affordable option (under $40) with the benefits of a professional-grade orthotic arch support.
Pros
  • Great support for walking and running

  • Longer lasting than other brands, very durable

  • Excellent shock absorption capabilities

  • Can help prevent arch collapsing strain and plantar fasciitis

Cons
  • Mixed reviews with people who have low arches and existing plantar fasciitis

  • The plastic body and arch may take some breaking-in/getting used to

2. Superfeet Blue Premium

The Superfeet Blue Insole is one of the most popular insoles across a number of reputable sources, with high ratings for performance and reliability. It’s a great option for those who need a middle of the road level of support. The insert itself is easily transferred between different shoes but still contains a highly durable construction model. The heel cup, rearfoot support and motion control all contribute to comfort and in some cases, relief of plantar fascia pain.
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Profile
Medium Profile (adequate for all arch types)

Volume
Medium Volume (recommended for athletic, casual & dress shoes, and most boots)

Value
One of the most affordable options made by Superfeet, without sacrificing quality or durability.

Note: Larger individuals recommended modifying the insert by either ordering a size larger and then trimming it down, or to go with a less supportive model. Sizing may be best determined when trying on in person, to align the insert arch with your natural arch.
Pros
  • Many reviewers with plantar fasciitis reported relief with this insert

  • Fits into a variety of shoe sizes

  • Durable construction

  • Anti-odor coating works well

Cons
  • Some reviewers felt that the arch support was stronger than advertised

3. Superfeet Black Premium

The Superfeet Black Premium Insole is in our top 3 for Superfeet options, and was voted the best slimline insole of 2016 from bestwalkingfeet.com. This lightweight foam insert is great for dressier and slimmer footwear, but still provides Superfeet’s trademark comfort and shock absorption features. Many professionals who cannot wear casual footwear report that they can get away with using this insert in their fancier work shoes. This insert is also popular with runners seeking mild arch support and a more lightweight feel.
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Profile
Low Profile (Suggested for flat feet/low arches). This is the least corrective/supportive of the three profile options.

Volume
Low Volume (Best in tight fitting shoes: high heels, hockey boots, cleated shoes, tight fitting running shoes).

Value
Can be more expensive than the green and blue options, but less expensive than the carbon insert. Less material by design, but still boasts excellent comfort and durability.
Pros
  • Fits into any footwear and is easy to remove

  • The material prevents odor build-up

  • Some users report less arch pain associated with plantar fasciitis

  • Versatile insert for a variety of shoe styles

  • Still has a heel cup to assist with foot control

Cons
  • Some users noted a break-in period for this insert’s stiffness

  • Less cushioning compared to other models

4. Superfeet Carbon Pain Relief

4. Superfeet Carbon Pain Relief
The Superfeet Carbon Premium Pain Relief Insole is similar to the Black Premium in that it’s a low-profile, low-volume design. However, it’s made from EVOlyte material, which is a carbon fiber and polymer blend. It features a lower volume stabilizer cap and softer material without sacrificing the benefits of support and strength. Additional design features include a beveled foam edge to improve the insert fit into tight shoes, and weight-reducing perforations for breathability under the mid and forefoot. Competitor.com has rated this insert as one of the Top 15 Products to Protect Your Foot. This insole is a popular option for racing shoes.
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Profile
Low Profile (Suggested for flat feet/low arches). This is the least corrective/supportive of the three profile options.

Volume
Low Volume (Best in tight fitting shoes: high heels, hockey boots, cleated shoes, tight fitting running shoes).

Value
The price tag for the Superfeet Carbon Premium insole is generally around ten dollars more than the other options. However, this product features a different EVOlyte material and is extremely durable.
Pros
  • Very thin and lightweight

  • Can be used in shoes on top of non-removable factory insoles

  • Does not increase leg length or weight significantly

  • Great for racing

Cons
  • Light padding compared to the medium and high level profile insoles

  • Some reported that the plastic material was uncomfortable

5. Superfeet Berry Comfort

5. Superfeet Berry Comfort
The Superfeet Women’s Berry Insole is in our top 5 for a reason. The stabilizer cap commands good foot control and is a nice middle of the road option for women who want extra shock absorption and support. The woman-specific design includes a narrower heel and an arch length to fit the female foot. It’s voted as a popular and durable all-around high performing gender-specific insole.
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Profile
Medium Profile (adequate for all arch types, according to Superfeet).

Volume
High Volume (ideal with looser fitting shoes or boots). These can be cut down if they don’t fit into some running shoes. *author note: I’ve had no problem fitting these into my Saucony road and Salomon trail shoes.

Value
Typically in the same price range as the green Superfeet insole, this version is usually slightly more expensive than the blue. Many agree that the durability and women-specific design justify the price.
Pros
  • Great for hiking and running

  • Nice shock absorption capabilities

  • Reviewed positively for both longer distances and shorter, higher intensity workouts

Cons
  • May not be ideal for people who need maximum arch support

  • Mixed reviews on whether they alleviate plantar fascia pain

6. Superfeet Orange Premium

6. Superfeet Orange Premium
The Superfeet Orange Insole provides the uppermost end of stability and support, with a high profile and volume, similar to the green version, but with the widest and deepest heel cup that they make. Users with high arches and athletes who experience high need for shock absorption typically opt for this insole.
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Profile
High Profile (Superfeet claims best for high arches).

Volume
High Volume (Ideal for looser fitting shoes or boots).

Value
Some consider these expensive. They generally run slightly higher than the blue option, but less than the black and carbon versions. Given the amount of material and foam in the construction and their durability, most users agree that they are worth their price.
Pros
  • Excellent support

  • High foam for padding

  • Some users experienced relief of plantar fasciitis

  • Positive reviews from athletes who performed cutting, jumping, etc.

Cons
  • Can experience a break-in period

  • Some reviewers experienced the plastic separating from insole after several months of use

7. Superfeet Copper Comfort

7. Superfeet Copper Comfort
Superfeet Copper is essentially the Black insole with a layer of memory foam added to the top. Designed with a low profile for high volume footwear, this insole adapts to the contour of your foot and provides cushioning despite being a thinner model with a smaller arch.
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Profile
Low Profile (Superfeet claims best for flat feet/low arches).

Volume
High Volume (Ideal for looser fitting shoes or boots).

Value
One would expect to pay more for the addition of the memory foam, but this insole is comparable in price to the mid-range Superfeet options.
Pros
  • Memory foam layer for notably added comfort

  • May provide relief of plantar fasciitis

  • Many also reported comfort while using these in cycling shoes and ice skates

Cons
  • Inconsistent reviews on how the size of this fits into the shoe

  • Some users reported that they wear down quickly

8. Superfeet Yellow Power Insole

8. Superfeet Yellow Power Insole
Superfeet Yellow Control & Power Insoles were designed with the track runner, hockey player and cyclist in mind. This product sits apart from the rest on account of its elevated heel (1 inch), designed to enable higher control for the transfer of torque in powerful sporting movements. The foam that lines the inserts is perforated for extra breathability. Despite the elevated heel position, low profile and low volume design, the heel cap is present to provides sufficient stability and shock absorption.
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Profile
Low Profile (Superfeet claims best for flat feet/low arches).

Volume
Low Volume (Suggested for tight fitting shoes: high heels, hockey boots, cleated shoes, tight fitting running shoes). This insole is specifically recommended for track spikes, hockey skates and cycling shoes by the manufacturer.

Value
Middle-to high range pricing, but don’t forget to factor in the detailed heel elevation addition. Like other Superfeet models, the Yellow is higher priced than your average insole, but much more affordable than a custom orthotic.
Pros
  • Excellent performance for track athletes, hockey players and cyclists

  • Unique elevated heel feature, hard to find with most inserts

  • Low volume helps this insert fit into tight-fitting shoes

Cons
  • May not be suitable for running training shoes

  • More expensive than the more basic inserts

  • Some do not like the elevated heel

9. Superfeet merinoGREY Premium

9. Superfeet merinoGREY Premium
The Superfeet Merino Grey Insole is advertised as “4 Season Comfort and Support.” The top layer is made of an all-natural wool material which adds warmth in the winter and moisture-wicking cooling capabilities in the heat, making this insert, in theory, a year-round winner. The Merino wool is added to the popular Superfeet Green insert (see above). The insert features the same high arch support, heel cup, foam layer and shock absorption potential that we appreciate in the Green version.
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Profile
High Profile (Superfeet claims best for high arches).

Volume
High Volume (Ideal for looser fitting shoes or boots).

Value
This product is generally 2-5 dollars more expensive than its Green counterpart. For the added layer which makes these inserts a hit in winter and summer, most agree that the price is justified.
Pros
  • Rated with high durability

  • Merino wool is soft, not itchy

  • The added warmth is noted in this model during winter runs

Cons
  • Users who don’t like the high arch and larger volume of the Green typically do not like this model

10. Superfeet Black DMP Therapeutic

10. Superfeet Black DMP Therapeutic
A more minimalistic design, the low profile and high volume design is similar to the Superfeet Copper model. This product is advertised for “sensitive feet” and contains memory cloud memory foam plus the heel cup and polyurethance middle foam layer typical with the other running-specific inserts by Superfeet.
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Profile
Low Profile (Superfeet claims best for flat feet/low arches).

Volume
High Volume (Ideal for looser fitting shoes or boots).

Value
This product is in the higher end of price ranges for Superfeet products. Many consider them too expensive, but they do contain a layer of memory foam added to explain the price.
Pros
  • Very soft and comfortable

  • Some reported relief of plantar fascia pain

  • Good reviews for prolonged standing

Cons
  • Some noted that despite their “high profile rating” they still moved around in their shoe

  • Some found that the foam layer made it difficult to slide foot in and out of shoe

It’s clear that a number of factors including the insole profile, volume, durability, comfort, and odor control are important to factor into your shopping decision. You may consider testing the inserts before you buy to match up your natural arch position with the different models. An analysis of your individual gait pattern would also be helpful in determining the profile level that you need.

All of the Superfeet inserts have a number of great things in common: odor control technology, durability, and a 60-day money back guarantee. As a whole, the Superfeet brand is more expensive than some competitor over-the-counter inserts, but are several hundred dollars cheaper than custom orthotics. Many users agree that the cost is justified by the performance and the life of the product.

Based on runner-specific resources and reviews, the top 5 Superfeet Insoles for running are: Superfeet Green, Superfeet Blue, Superfeet Black Premium, Superfeet Carbon Premium Pain Relief, and Superfeet Berry (women’s). Superfeet Orange, Superfeet Copper, Superfeet Yellow Control & Power, Superfeet Merino Grey, and Superfeet Black DMP also came in with good reviews and are worth looking into.

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The Criteria We Followed When Choosing The Best Superfeet Insoles:

 

The Science Behind The Superfeet Shape

Superfeet insoles have made quite a splash in the running world this year, thanks to countless positive reviews and recommendations from novices and pros alike. They seem to upgrade every single running shoe that they are added to, making the experience much more pleasant for the user. Boasting over 40 US and international patents, Superfeet insoles provide a smart design that stabilizes the foot with a structured heel cup while providing full-length foam for comfort. Lets take a look at some of the different components of their insoles that we looked at when compiling our guide, and what you can expect from adding them to your footwear.

 

Start With The Heel

The heel is ground zero when is comes to alignment and running form; This is where the ankle and heel bone connect to the calve muscles. When we evaluated these insoles, we made sure that the comfort and fit in the heel received positive feedback from wearers and clinical sources alike. It’s easy to forget that our feet contain 33 joints and a total of 26 bones, with the heel being tasked with facilitating smooth movement for all of them. The recipe for the right insole starts at the heel.

 

We Looked At The Amount Of Provided Arch Support

Think of the five bones that form our arch like a bridge, they connect the front of our feet with the back. Tester feedback commented on the benefits of proper insole protection felt by their feet, as they would strike the ground in Superfeet insoles. Cushioning for this impact is imperative and can make a true difference. Runners can also found some correction to their running pattern when using these insoles that were significantly supportive to their arch. Whether it’s a brisk walk or a full run, you will notice the difference with the use of these insoles.

 

A Wide Selection For Different Feet Types

We at Runnerclick.com made sure that we carefully examined the differences between all the Superfeet models. After all, no two feet are the same. So we made sure to list which models offer the combination of properties that can best match different readers; we realize that everyone does not have the luxury of being able to afford a custom molded insole. We have a strong appreciation for a company like Superfeet that really commits to manufacturing such a wide range of options. You are sure to find a perfect pair for you.

 

How They Fit In A Variety Of Different Shoes

According to our research, while most insole manufactures prominently display all the benefits of their products boldly on their boxes, they don’t mention that some of their insoles are not one size fits all. In fact, we found that most users complained about buying insoles and finding that they have to force them into their shoes, and that they sometimes fold and cause discomfort. We made sure to listen to Superfeet user’s positive feedback in terms on ease of use and their ability to fit inside of your favorite footwear with minimal hassle.

 

Quality Materials Found Throughout The Insoles

Just take a quick look online and you will be able to tell that there is no shortage of foams, gels, and hardened plastics on the market for use in insoles. We appreciate hi-tech materials; however, in order to provide the maximum benefits to the wearer, these materials have to be properly implemented. Superfeet not only uses quality materials, they use three layers of different types of material to work together in harmony for the wearer. Testers felt the difference between other insoles and those provided by Superfeet.

 

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Other Important Things Worth Considering

Below we have put together a few points worth taking into consideration when searching for the best option. Remember that these insoles are a necessary investment that will provide as close to a custom amount of support that you need.

 

Know Your Arch And Get The Best Match

Here’s a simple self-evaluation that can help you identify your arch type: take a quick peek at the bottom of your feet. If you have feet with low arches, you’ll need a higher level of support. This guide makes sure to notate the selections that offer a solid amount of support for your needs. It’s really important that your foot isn’t allowed to flatten out during your steps. This keeps unwanted pressure off of the heel, improving all aspects of your run. If your arches are higher, then make a selection that gives you a little more cushion for maximum comfort.

 

Don’t Forget About Your Shoes

While choosing a solid insole like those made by Superfeet is a smart way to get a custom ride out of your footwear, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start by looking at your running shoe first. For example, barefoot and minimalist sneakers can become an issue if you are suffering or recovering from a foot injury. Be certain that your current shoe is cradling your foot and padding your big toe if you are prone to discomfort. Starting with a solid running shoe and then adding the insoles to finish rounding up your running set-up is always a good idea.

 

Make Sure Your Shoe Has Room

Not all running shoes have a removable insole that you can replace, or the necessary room that is required for a Superfeet insole. Check your current shoe and its capacity to make room for an insert of any kind. If you are shopping for a new runner, it’s always a good idea to look for one that either has a removable insole or the room for one. This way you can always add or interchange insoles for things like aerobic exercises and marathons, which call for different types of support and cushioning.

 

Take Stock Of Your Gait And Alignment

Take a moment and stand with your feet pointed forward while you stand upright. Does your alignment look a little off? Does your ankle roll inward a little more than it should? These are common issues that can be addressed by choosing the right insole, but you have to know that you’re looking for. Most people have the misconception that only by visiting an orthopedic professional can they help correct things like an inconsistent gait. In fact, most users are able to correct their issues on their own.

 

Do You Suffer From Plantar Fasciitis

Great news, Superfeet insoles have been found to work wonders for those testers that suffer from Plantar Fasciitis or a similar heel issue. Make sure that you make a selection that offers that highest levels of support. These insoles are very good at preventing the arches from collapsing, which, can strain the foot and ankle if it does. Even if you don’t suffer from heel pain and would just like a little more structure and support for your runs, the Superfeet models that handle this, handle it very well. You would be hard pressed to find another over the counter insole that does it better than Superfeet.

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FAQ

Those are some of the most important things to consider when you’re about to make your selection of insoles. All of our research and feedback reviews are geared towards giving our readers the most comprehensive guide out there.

Q: My current shoes don’t provide much room in the toe box for most insoles plus my feet; what should I do?

A: You should make sure that your toe box isn’t too tight for you. Remember that you should be able to wiggle your toes slightly with your shoes on. Also, Superfeet insoles are different from other insoles that may be thick in the toe section. Our guide details which models provide a thin layer around the toes. These would be the best selections for you.

 

Q: How can I tell when it’s replacement time?

A: Obviously, this varies a lot. Depending on your usage and the type of walking or running conditions. It’s important to always be aware of how they feel, and once they begin losing some of the support and cushioning, it’s probably time to say goodbye and get a new pair.

 

Q: I don’t suffer from Plantar Fasciitis or foot pain, should I still consider an insole?

A: Yes, absolutely. While quality insoles significantly help with heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, and other issues, they will add to the quality of your run even if you don’t have any issues. These insoles are great for those who work on their feet all day, run long distances, or have mild over pronation. They will make your feet happier, so keep your mind open and give them a try.

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Here are some sources we used while conducting our research

It’s important to use a plethora of sources to ensure quality information. We like to utilize trusted clinical partners and manufactures when providing our readers with the most up-to-date statistics found in all our buying guides. We are also very interested in taking what everyday users have to say about specific products, and we perform our due diligence to make sure that quality research goes into every guide. Here are some sources which helped us with this guide:

Sources

  1. Amazon, Amazon, Product Reviews,
  2. Runners Connect, Runners Connect, Running Blog ,
  3. Podiatry Today, Podiatry Today, Medical Website,
  4. New York Times, New York Times, Newspaper Publication,
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