Insoles for road shoes

Hi there,

I’m supposed to wear insoles in my shoes for arch support. Was trying regular Superfeet ones, but they are too thick for cycling shoes. I saw they have some specific for sports that should work well for cycling:

Any have used them or have other recommendations?

I’ve been on the Fizik 3d heat moldable for many years, but they are discontinued so I’m on the hunt for new ones. Before jumping right to something custom like Surefoot, I’ve tried the Specialized BG mid and the Icebug slim mid and so far the Icebug’s feel pretty good. They are definitely weird, because it feels like there is something in your shoe when you first try them on but it eventually becomes normal.

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I was sold the Archtech G8 insoles by the guy who did my bike fit as part of the fit.

I couldn’t stand them. I tried to get used to them for about 2 months because they aren’t cheap before I finally took them out. I found they made my feet sore and hot, my shoes felt too tight. I just could not get used to them.

Could the discomfort be solved if I sized up in my shoe? Maybe? But I wasn’t prepared to drop money on unneeded shoes to find out.

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I have that exact insole in my road shoes. I use other superfeet insoles in my gravel/mtn shoes and my running shoes. Years ago I had foot/arch problems running. I tried every insole I could find including two expensive custom versions. I landed on superfeet as the only one that worked for me. I even have them in my dress shoes. I find I like slightly higher arches in my cycling shoes than in my running shoes.
In my first bike fit the fitter sold me a specialized insole. I find the superfeet insoles to be much better. The seem to last forever - my first pair is now 5-6 years old and still going strong.

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Specialized and Bontrager also offer footbeds with 3 levels of arch support. They should be in stock at most shops for you to test.

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I’ve used the Superfeet carbon insoles for a couple of years now in my cycling shoes. They work great for me.

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I really like Giro’s Supernatural insoles. They came with some Giro shoes I bought some years back and I liked them so much I bought the separately for all my subsequent shoes. For me it’s the arch support that is really helpful. The insoles have multiple shims of different sizes that you can insert to get the right feel. They also hold up extremely well.

I am likely going to try a set of custom Surefoot insoles when I get to a fitter during my ski week in late Feb.

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I’ve been using these insoles for the last 8 months. Been great so far. Noticeable improvement in support over the Giro insoles that came with my Empires.

https://shop.aline.com/shop/aline-cycle-insoles

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Another vote for giro supernaturals.

They’re not rigid like most high end orthotics, just foam so they will compact and don’t last forever. Still, they’re cheap and conform to my high arches while allowing the foot to move naturally without causing pressure like I’ve found super feet and my old ortho supplied custom orthotics could.