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Conforms well to a slightly narrow foot with average arch height. Lacing system stays in place, which benefits those who prefer laces that don't adjust while in use. Lugs on sole are tall enough for grip, but low enough to still feel the ground on harder surfaces. These shoes fit well for a slightly narrow foot. I prefer a shoe that envelopes my entire foot and then flexes with it as I land in different positions. Wide toe box shoes are not for me. I prefer a narrow toe tip that only contacts the… Full review
Upstep custom orthotics are molded to your feet in order to provide optimal support and cushioning for activities of every kind. Whether you’re an athlete or you’d just like some added comfort, these insoles are designed to accommodate you. MSRP: $379 If you’ve ever been curious about high-end foot insoles, you’re not the only one. I’ve struggled with arch pain and plantar fasciitis periodically, and I’m willing to invest in the appropriate remedies. During my search for foot support,… Full review
Very thin sock for running. Fairly good protection from friction, and stretchy fit. Fabric tends to soil and pill fairly easily. I like the socks for walking and running but prefer Balega’s more robust options. Balega’s Ultralight Crew is a lightweight running sock, made of “Drynamix“ moisture-wicking fabric that is supposed to keep your feet cool and wick moisture away to keep your feet feeling dry. Balega also touts its seamless toe as a way to avoid friction points. Unisex sizing in sizes… Full review
The Sole Active Medium Footbed is designed for arches of every kind. This insole is a great companion for those who live an active lifestyle or who struggle with common foot injuries. The Sole Active Medium Footbed is an insole that’s built with extra cushion. The rigid structure of the insole helps to promote a healthy foot position, support arches of every type, and to reduce strain for active people. This is Sole’s best selling footbed, and with good reason! Your Sole Active Medium Footbed… Full review
The Sole Performance Medium Footbed is built for athletes like runners and backpackers. This shock-absorbent insole is designed to help prevent or lower foot pain. Finding the right orthopedic footbed can be a challenge at best, and a catastrophe at worst. As a long-distance backpacker with high arches, I commonly struggle with foot pain. So, acquiring the appropriate footbed to alleviate my symptoms is high on my list. I’ve been lucky enough to try out the Sole Performance Medium Footbed for… Full review
These are for people who have been working at transitioning to minimalist and barefoot running. You can feel the ground, and sometimes even pain, but that's how you learn to move properly. A small insert can be used if you want extra cushion. If you're not sure if you can go barefoot or not, throw these on and don't look back. Imagine putting a temporary callus on your foot. That's it. Comfortable, easy to clean, and they stay in place very well. Full review
To small Socks are much too small. Full review
Must have for anyone who uses shoes...so everyone. Amazing for casual walking but also for sports and activities. I have a pair for inline hockey, ice hockey, golf, and running/gym. Before Superfeet, I had tons of blisters and just a lack of support. Don't hesitate to buy these. Full review
Best minimalist footwear available for a true barefoot experience. For a fabric they perform extraordinarily well in terms of minimalist footwear. I own a landscape/hardscape company and I work barefoot quite often, but in some circumstances the terrain does get a bit rough so these are my immediate go-to. On dirt, grass, stone, and other natural surfaces they do excellent. I jump on shovels all day too, so it is nice to not worry about slipping and slicing my foot on the sharp metal sections. On… Full review