HOW OFTEN SHOULD INSOLES BE REPLACED (and why own more than 1 pair)?
3 Factors that Affect Insole Replacement
Like shoes, insoles have a lifespan and wear down over time, but how quickly depends on 3 primary factors:
1) Quality of Insole: Higher quality over the counter insoles generally last longer than insoles made with cheaper polymer materials.
- Full length, high quality insoles typically cost between $40 - $80 and usually only need replacement when shoes are replaced, which can be anywhere from 6 – 12 months depending on usage.
- Lower quality insoles cost between $15 - $50 and, though they may be supportive for a week or even a month, they break down fast and must be replaced more often, which can end up costing more than better quality insoles.
- Softer insoles also tend to wear out quickly and need replacing every 1 – 6 months.
2) Level of Activity: With normal wear during daily activities like walking the dog and running errands, quality insoles could last up to 12 months.
- High impact sports such as running, hiking or tennis put more stress on inserts, as well as on shoes. Most athletes know that both shoes and insoles used for strenuous activities should be replaced every 4-6 months. (Help Shoe)
3) Frequency of Use: Some people wear insoles all day every day, while others only wear them during specific activities. Logically the more you wear them the quicker they’ll wear out.
5 Signs that it’s Time to Replace Insoles
- Visual Damage: Torn, cracked, etc., which can cause blisters
- Fading: Color and Logo
- Bad Odor: Indicates bacteria or fungal growth, which can lead to foot infections
- Compressed: Constant wear will eventually compress insoles and no longer offer cushioning and support
- Life Changes: Pregnancy, surgery, increased physical activity, etc.
4 Reasons to Own Multiple Pairs of Insoles
Prolong the life of shoes: Not everyone knows that replacing factory insoles with new insoles improves the wearability of shoes by adding more comfort and support. Better alignment in turn will allow for less wear and tear on your shoes / soles. (FootHealth.com)
More footwear choices: There are more types and styles of shoes than ever. Thus, it stands to reason that the more footwear you own, the more insoles you may need.
Rule of thumb (or toe): It’s best to have at least 3 pairs of insoles—One for work, one for play and one for every day. (Or, one for work shoes, one for athletic shoes and one for casual shoes.)
Insoles are for Everyone: Insoles aren’t just for those with foot, back and joint pain. Wearing insoles that provide additional cushioning, arch support, ankle stability and alignment is good for anyone anywhere anytime. So invest in comfort for yourself and for your loved ones too.