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Very Good but know what you are buying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2019
What it is:
This is not a gel insole. It is a liquid filled insole and as long as you know what you are buying and why you are buying, it is very good.
A gel insole is stable and gives soft support and some shock absorbance to the foot and may give a gentle massage effect. A liquid insole is not stable. The liquid moves through the insole as you walk. This provides little or no shock absorbance but does have a noticeable massage effect. It is like standing on a small waterbed in your shoe.
Why I bought them:
I have bad circulation in my feet and was on the edge of type 2 diabetes. I have seen others go through amputation and I would rather tackle this before it gets to that stage. Diet and exercise have done the trick but these certaily helped. The insole were recommended by a colleague who suffers with plantar fascitis who had a positive experience.
What to expect:
The insoles come in standard sizes and the interior of each of your shoes is a different shape. The front of the insoles is designed so that you can trim the front to fit your shoes. If the insole fits first time all well and good. Put it in the shoe and make sure it is settled down properly before trimming. If you trim it too much, the insole itself will move when wearing the shoes.
The insoles are ideal for lace up shoes but if you have a pair of close fitting shoes - ladies in particular, please note - the insole does take up space. My wife reports that the insoles are not suitable for shoes with a builtup heel. The liquid should move from front to rear as your weight moves over your foot. It cannot do that in heels. Your foot is also pushed into the front of the shoe, see my comment about close fitting shoes.
It feels weird:
You are effectively standing on two small waterbeds and they are unstable. Even when standing still, if you move your weight at all,the liquid will move. Know this from the start and only use them for short periods at first. Over a period of days you will acclimatise. I found that my posture improved as I had to stand up straight in order to balance on the "waterbeds". It is not just you feet that will benefit.
Choose when to use them:
There are some shoes for which I do not use the insoles. There is not room in the shoe. I may be able to lace them up but after a short while it becomes uncomfortable. In other softer shoes it is a pleasure and I will often deliberately choose them to walk to the shops. Some fiends have said that they use them in slippers around the home but I find that in carpet slippers the insoles themselves slip around. I use cheap slippers.
I have bought this type of insole from several different suppliers at wildly varying prices. Of the more expensive ones, about 50% sprang a leak within weeks regardless of any guarantee. That is why I now search out and use the cheaper products. They appear to be exactly the same product with different labelling. Over the last three years the cheaper ones have had very few failures. Improvements in quality control?
If the insoles do leak it is an unpleasant feeling. You have a wet foot and you have a different support on each foot. In my experience the fluid used does not harm socks or shoes. Wipe out the shoes with tissue and wash the socks and accept that as you are dealing with fluid, there will occasionally be leaks. After my initial troubles with the expensive brands I have not had a leak in the past 12 months.