A Review of the Reebok Performance Footwear Cushion Insole
I have a lot of running shoes. (What a surprise.) One of my favorite pairs of running shoes are my Hoka One One Clifton 2s. And you can tell that they are my favorite. The outsole and midsole are a little more compact then I’d like, but to be expected after so much wear. But luckily, there are no holes in the upper and that marshmallow cushion is still hanging on. Though I know they are nearing the final chapter of their journey (sniff), they still have some life left in them. They could use a little assistance though. So when I received a pair of Reebok’s Performance Footcare Cushion Insoles, needless to say, I knew exactly where they were going to go – straight into my Clifton 2s!
Now, when I think insoles, I think of a lot of brands and Reebok is not one of them. And in the past, Reebok has been not been a major player in the world of running shoes. However, these days they are making some introductions into the running world that are worth taking note.
These seemingly simple, thin cushioned gray insoles looked familiar, but would they be any better than a pair I could pick up at the drug store for half the price? Would they help give my favorite pair of shoes that little extra oompf they deserve? I am happy to say, Reebok left me pleasantly surprised.
Material & Design
From first glance, they look like many other insoles out there. Bumps of various sizes with a little extra in the heel and forefoot. But, like most insoles, there is a lot more going on that meets the eye.
First, there are those “bumps” on the heel and forefoot which are called the Memory Tech Sensory Pods that, according to Reebok, “stimulate the foot.” The Memory Tech Silicone Pods provide your foot with a little massage as well as shock absorption.
The top layer is made of a comfy soft polyurethane. Reebok refers to this as a “multi-durometer insole” which simply means it has varying levels of soft & hard. The insole also has a raised medial anatomical arch for some support for those with low to medium arches.
The insole was designed to fit into most shoes. Besides my Clifton 2s, I slid them into a pair of pretty stiff boots and they worked well.
So what did I think about all this fancy design? It was very comfy. Kudos to Reebok. The insole is really thin and yet, it provided some nice cushioning underfoot without being too squishy.
The Reebok Cushion Insole is unisex and states right on the packaging which size you should get. With my rather large feet, I got a large which works for women who wear a size 10-12 shoe or men with a size 8.5-10.5 shoes. These insoles will fit a good range of sizes starting from a small which will fit all the way down to a men’s size 3.5/women’s size 5, all the way up to an x-large which fits women’s size 14.5/men’s size 13. So overall, I think Reebok did a good job covering the spectrum of shoe sizes.
In addition to the small-medium-large-x-large options, the insole can be cut down to size. After choosing the shoe you intend to put the insole in, Reebok suggests removing the existing insole and using it as a guide to trim the Reebok insole to size. In my case, I didn’t have to trim mine down. The insole is thin enough, so I don’t see there being any problem trimming it.
This is what insoles are all about after all. Yes, they were in fact very comfortable. These insoles gave my feet a little arch support and a nice amount of cushion. (Which are proving to be especially helpful for getting the last bit of life out of my Cliftons.) The MemoryTech Massaging Pods did give my foot a little “stimulation,” though I couldn’t really feel them much, if at all, with certain thicker socks. The insoles especially added a great amount of comfort in my stiff, un-cushioned boots which I really appreciated.
As far as insoles go, I don’t think this section really matters much. After all, no one is going to see them. So even if they were neon pink with zebra stripes, it really shouldn’t matter. But first impressions matter whether we want to admit it or not. The gray was fine. The bumps on the insole did give me that impression that they would massage my feet. The underneath of the insole with the pop of black and red looked pretty cool. And you can’t miss the Reebok wording and logo that runs done the center. It looks like a modern and effective insole.
So the MSRP for these insoles is $30 which isn’t expensive but it isn’t super cheap either. I have purchased insoles that cost both more and less than these. If you keep in mind what they are for (cushioning) and whether or not they do it well (yes, they are very comfy) then ultimately I think the effectiveness of these insoles more than justifies its moderate price tag.
- MemoryTech Sensory Pods
- Massaging Gel Domes
- Multi-Density Cushioning
- Raised Medial Anatomical Arch
- Durable polyurethane and silicone material
What I Didn’t Like
Personally, I’d go with a little more arch support, but that’s personal preference. I don’t see any downsides to this comfy insole.
Reebok surprised me. They make some solid insoles. They gave my favorite running shoes that extra little something they needed. But I have to say, I especially liked them in my boots. So next time you are looking for an insole, don’t count Reebok out. You might be surprised too.