Last week was a big week for me; I had a new important first. That's right, mark it on your calendars, Mandi... got her first pair of shoe insoles.
Ok, not as exciting for you as it was for me??? Maybe you've been wearing fancy insoles for years and I am so behind on the times, but I was really excited when Insoles and Beyond contacted me about a review and giveaway. I've always wanted to buy nice insoles, especially since I experience a lot of back pain, but I definitely was a bit of a doubter - would they make enough of a difference to justify the cost? If you're not a runner (and I am not), they aren't really necessary, right? This was my chance to find out.
Insoles and Beyond sent me a pair of Sof Sole Airr Orthotics for Women. As soon as they arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait to put them in my shoes to wear on my daily walks with Lucia to the park. To be honest, the first time I wore them, they felt a bit uncomfortable. Over the next few days though, each time I wore them, they felt increasingly better. I'm chalking up the initial discomfort to the fact that I wasn't used to actually having arch support (or any support, really). I'm never going back to the teensy tiny, no arch insoles that come with shoes. Not ever. You can't make me!
I would love to be able to compare the Sof Sole Airr Orthotics to other insoles for you or tell you what exactly I like about them, but because I am an insole newbie, I can't really do that. All I can say is that they are great, great enough to make me actually consider taking a jog or even running *gasp*.
What I can tell you with a bit of detail is that I cannot recommend Insoles and Beyond enough. It is a family run business, which in my experience usually means great customer service and attention to detail, and Insoles and Beyond is no exception. The online store has a wide variety of insoles that are categorized by need (arch support, flat feet, running shoes, etc.). If you need more help figuring out an insole, use the contact information to get some additional one-on-one help choosing the best insoles for you. Also, domestic shipping is always free!!!
As a little aside, I know the holidays are coming up and while good insoles are probably not the most romantic or fun gift, they certainly are thoughtful, especially for a runner or someone who is constantly on their feet.