FootBalance QuickFit Insoles

Semi-Custom Molded Insoles at Home

FootBalance QuickFit Insoles
FootBalance QuickFit Insoles. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Custom insoles can give you better fit and support for your athletic shoes and your comfort shoes. I had great results using FootBalance Max insoles custom molded at my local running store. They sent me a sample of their new do-it-yourself FootBalance QuickFit insoles to try.

FootBalance QuickFit are semi-custom molded at home either by baking them in the oven and then wearing them, or just wearing them and letting them conform to your feet.

They are best for low to medium impact activities, such as walking. For higher impact, the custom FootBalance products offer more cushioning and support.

They come in four versions, identified by color. Choose the one that matches your arch and foot width.

  • Yellow: Mid to high arch and narrow width
  • Orange: Low to mid arch and narrow width
  • Green: Low to mid arch and standard width
  • Blue: Mid to high arch and standard width

If you don't know whether you have a high or low arch, you could get a foot analysis at a local pedorthist shop, a Walking Company store or a Dr. Scholls Footmapping kiosk.

The insoles fit European sizes 35-50 (US 4-16). You order by size and then you trim them to fit your shoes.

  • Convert International Women's Shoe Sizes
  • Convert International Men's Shoe Sizes

Quick Semi-Custom Molding at Home

Remove the current insoles in your shoes and trim the QuickFit insoles to match, if necessary.

Now you have a choice. You can just start wearing the QuickFit insoles in your shoes and they will slowly custom fit to your feet.

Or, you can warm them in a convection oven (not the microwave) at 175 F / 80 C until the heat indicator on them changes color (about five minutes). Place them in your shoes and lace tightly.

Now walk around for five minutes at your usual fitness walking pace to allow them to mold to your feet.

If you don't think the fit molded correctly, you can repeat the heating and molding.

Feeling the Difference

I have a low arch and wide foot but they sent me the Yellow insole for a mid to high arch and narrow foot. That explains why at first I thought the arch felt a little too high. The Yellow and Blue QuickFit insoles provide more arch support.

But after wearing for a few days, I didn't feel any arch discomfort. They recommend wearing the insoles for short periods at first, as your feet adjust to the feel and the change in support and function.

Blisters can be a problem when you change your shoes or insoles. Be aware of that, especially if you have diabetes, and use a lubricant or tape/bandage if you experience any hot spots when using a new insole. I had the opposite experience - once I started wearing FootBalance custom insoles, I no longer got foot blisters when walking over 10 miles on my training walks or half marathon walks.

Increasing Shoe Life?

Good insoles can help extend the usable life of your shoes. Both comfort shoes and athletic shoes lose cushioning and support, often before the uppers and soles show much wear.

The Footbalance insoles themselves, however, need replacement as well. They should last eight to 12 months, according to Footbalance. For me, that's twice as long as my athletic shoes last.

Bottom Line on FootBalance QuickFit Insoles

There are a couple of drawbacks. First, they are expensive. But the semi-custom molding ensures a better fit than by trial and error with less expensive insoles. Even wearing the wrong insole for my foot type, it felt great and I'll continue to wear them in my comfort shoes. I like the support they give to my feet, which can mean much less fatigue when standing and walking.

I still prefer their custom-molded FootBalance Max insoles for my fitness walking and half marathon walking as they provide more cushion and energy release.

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