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One person found this helpful
Disappointing, poor design, uncomfortable
on 29 June 2014
My physio advised me to buy some specific well known branded inserts to support my arches as I have flat feet and my feet roll inwards causing me knee pain (and I've got very early signs of osteoarthritis in my right knee too). The branded ones are £26 a pair, but I bought some anyway, and thought I'd try some cheap ones to compare. I specifically bought these cheap ones as the reviews were better than others. However I'm very disappointed in the cheap ones.
The branded ones are cut away along the outside edge meaning this part of the foot stays where it should, whilst the arch is lifted and supported. With these cheap ones the outside edge is too thick, which reduces the relative height of the arch support, thus reducing the amount of lift and support. What it also does is lift the outside edge across the centre of the foot, which is very uncomfortable, so they are basically lifting the entire foot from side to side rather than just the arch. They really make my feet ache as a result and they don't stop my feet rolling inwards. Whereares the branded ones are so comfy I forget they are in my shoes, my feet are properly supported and don't roll inwards.
All inserts suffer with the same problem of making your shoes fit less well (I've had others in years gone by), but the branded ones aren't too bad because the outside edge of your feet are not lifted. Yes the branded ones are far more expensive, but they are properly designed. For me, the cheap ones feel they are doing more harm than good. I won't be buying any more cheap ones. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
I've given them two stars as I think the material they are made of is good quality and I think they would last a very long time. I just think the design is wrong.