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Sorbothane Insoles Rise Above the Competition for Avid Hiker

Sorbothane Ultra PLUS

Susan Whisenhunt insole review

“First of all THESE ARE GREAT!

I took similar trails over the course of the last few weeks in 2 pair of boots. Here are the results. I’m not sure if you are familiar with hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains but most are pretty rough — lots of roots, lots of rocks — these are not just nice soft dirt trails.

I have been hiking in La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX Hiking Boots since April. — My boyfriend and I both have these — he is an expert hiker with 30 years experience. I love these boots for comfort and grippy-ness on the trail. However I have been having trouble with the ball of my right foot — which led me to research insoles — finding your company. I have tried 3 other insoles — 2 different SuperFeet Models and one that is called Sole. First was Superfeet Green, the Sole Performance and then Superfeet Trailblazer (Purple).

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I normally hike 18-20 miles but have shortened those a bit with shorter daylight hours. My last hike prior to finding your insoles was only 8 miles — just a short one as I was traveling that day. My right foot was bothering me after about mile 4 – by mile 6 I was suffering and at mile 8 I was glad to be in the car. I had 3 weeks off because of the holiday — and then did another short hike in these boots — with the Superfeet Trailblazer. By mile 5 I was really struggling with my foot.This weekend I went out with your insoles — I did a 13 mile hike — not once did my foot hurt — it was AMAZING. There was so much insulation from the trail I was amazed. I specifically thought about my feet a few times while I was out — around mile 5, then around mile 10 — noting that I was not in pain. I finished my hike with very happy feet — made the end of the hike so much better.

Also in this timeframe, I bought a new pair of backpacking boots — because I was searching for something more sturdy for my 20 mile hikes. I bought some Garmont Tower Tek GTX boots — these are serious “big-girl” boots. I took them out for a spin with the original insoles — it was a 17 mile hike. I got some additional protection from the trail over the La Sportiva’s just because of construction. I was fine by mile 10, then I started feeling the trail, and by the last 3 miles, I was starting to hurt. I tried to put the your insoles in these new boots and see how they improved my comfort — but they wouldn’t fit without additional trimming of your insoles. So I can’t compare but I have very high expectations.

Ultimately – these insoles really saved my feet — my hike length without pain improved almost 3 fold. I can’t say enough good things about these insoles.

The only question is how do I buy them — I want a pair for my new Garmonts — and I want to give my boyfriend a pair for his boots.

Thank you again for trusting me to try these out.”

– Susan Whisenhunt, PhD


Sorbothane Insoles Keep the Pain Away While Hiking and Walking

Sorbothane 3/4 Ultra PLUS

Insoles help ease the pain

“I promised to let you know how “good” your insoles are.

Well, they passed the test with flying colors. As I explained to you before my trip, I have stress fractures in both of my heels and you recommended the Sorbothane (Ultra PLUS) insoles. I walked and hiked miles while out west on vacation and “did not have a single pain in my feet” while doing so. I used the half insoles (3/4 Length Ultra PLUS) because the others (Full Length Ultra PLUS) were still a tad too big for my shoes.I plan on trimming them so they fit because I know I’ll love them just as much. Thanks for your recommendations and interest in my feet.

I know which insoles I’ll purchase in the future – Sorbothane!!!”

– Danette


Sorbothane Insoles Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Sorbothane Ultra Sole

Insoles climb Mount Kilimanjaro

After several years of dreaming and a full year of planning Dr. Barry Newton Ph D was on his way to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Problem was – the airlines lost his luggage.

“I was forced to climb Kilimanjaro using borrowed equipment and gear from my outfitter. Most of my equipment was discarded by previous climbers. In particular, the outfitter had only one pair of boots that came anywhere close to fitting my foot. The boots were tattered and very worn. I didn’t see how I was going to climb Kilimanjaro in a pair of worn out boots. Fortunately I had a pair of Sorbothane inserts in my street shoes. With the inserts the boots actually became comfortable to walk in. We climbed Kilimanjaro by one of the most difficult routes…”

“I would never have made it to the top if I hadn’t had the Sorbothane inserts.”

– Dr. Barry N. Newton, Ph.D.


Sorbothane Helped Ease the Pain for a Young Soccer Player

Sorbothane Heel Pads

“I have 5 children in which 3 of them were recently adopted from Ghana, Africa. My oldest child is 13 and has never had a good pair of shoes in his life. When he came to our home, he had several injuries that seemed to be lingering that caused him pain. He is very good at soccer and was recently asked to be on a team in a local soccer club called St. Louis Scott Gallagher. Well, he was so good he was recently asked to try out for the U.S. National Youth Soccer Team! This particular team went to Argentina last year to compete. My wife and I are humbled to say the least. Our problem however is we buy his soccer shoes from a resale store because they are less expensive. He complained after every practice and every game his heel would hurt him. He would limp around for about 2 days afterwards. When I looked to buy a heel pad, it was hard to find one thin enough to work in his soccer shoes. I found less expensive ones but they did not have as good as a review as yours so I bought him a pair of Sorbothane heel pads. After his first practice he was soooo happy they worked!!! Your heel pads work great! I am so happy we bought them. I am sure you may get complaints every now and then so I just wanted you all to know how thankful and grateful we are that you made such a good product that works.”

My son is very happy. Hopefully he will make the National Soccer Team but either way, he’s healthy and pain free thanks to you guys. I know this sounds cheesy but I’m seriously grateful! God Bless you and your team!

– Grateful Parent


Sorbothane Insoles Prolong Softball Career

Sorbothane Classic Full Sole

shoe insoles help softball player

“Just want you to know what a wonderful product you have with the Classic Insole. I’ve used these insoles since their inception. I remember seeing the commercial on TV with the man dropping a weighted ball on Sorbothane material & there was no bounce once the ball landed on the Sorbothane. I play softball & I think the first pair of insoles I purchased was in the early 80’s. They reduce the jolt & vibration on the body from running on hard ground. I credit Sorbothane insoles with prolonging my career in softball to the present…as I now am playing senior softball in the + 60 year-old division. I’ve now been a member of many National / World Championship Teams. I have recommended the insoles to other players to extend their playing days. Again, thanks for a great product & making it available to the public.”

– Terry


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