The Sof Sole arches look very cool and high tech, but of course the true test comes in the performance. So I got out my current, well-worn Saucony Kinvara 5s, removed the insoles I’ve been relying on for years (from one of Sofsole’s arch rival competitors), and slid in the Sof Sole Fit insoles. As with all insoles, the Sof Sole instructions advise trimming the toes to fit the shoes, but mine settled in perfectly with no trimming necessary.
I half expected a little breaking in period, with the possibility of some rubbing or chafing, and maybe simply a little unusual or different sensation with the placement of my feet in my shoes. But I immediately noticed that everything seemed the same as always, and if anything, more comfortable. My feet and arches conformed to the shape of the Sof Soles very naturally, and the Sof Soles provided a slightly lower profile than my old “Brand X” insoles, along with an accompanying increase in stability.
One difference I had noticed between the Sof Soles and “Brand X” before I began my run was that the Sof Soles had no material under the arch, while “Brand X” was solid from the top of the arch to the midsole of the shoe. I wondered if this would cause the Sofsole arch to “cave in” and provide less support during a run. So far this doesn’t seem to be the case, as the firmness and support are very similar.
Overall, the Sof Soles seem slightly lighter, while still providing the same level of support and stability as my old standby insoles. Some of the technical specs of the Sof Sole Fit include 40 durometer foam in the forefoot, 60 durometer foam in the arch and heel, 3.0cm arch height (in the neutral arch model), and an anatomical nylon plate (which helps support the arch).
If you’re looking for a little more support and stability than your shoes’ own insoles provide, you can’t go wrong with the Sof Sole Fit insoles. If you’re ready to foot the bill for your own pair, they are around $40. Look for a Sof Sole Fit ID Pad at your local shoe store, step on the pad, and select the model that matches the imprint of your feet. Visit Sof Sole online HERE.