In terms of cycling foot correction, quality arch support trumps everything else. Wedging and shimming should be attempted as necessary after quality arch support is in place. For more about this, please see Foot Correction Part 1: Arch Support. There is plenty of detail in this post which was written some time ago, though it has been updated. At one time or another I’ve tried most of the arch support options out there and have settled on the eSoles Supportive, G8’s and very occasionally, Superfeet as my preferences. The aim of this post is to succinctly explain the differences between them so that anyone intending using them can make an informed decision.

G8 Performance’s Pro Series 2620

Pros:

  • Five interchangeable arch inserts that clip in securely and deform under load to maintain contact with the arch while minimising  the chance of pressure hot spots developing in the arch.
  • Adjustable placement potential for arch inserts, fore and aft, and to a lesser extent, laterally.
  • Arch fixing system exceptionally secure.
  • Rigid rear foot support underneath.
  • Four 4 sizes – Small: 37 – 40 / Medium: 41 – 43 / Large 44 – 46 / X Large 47 – 49, all with cut lines on the bottom to trim to fit. Four sizes doesn’t sound a lot, but the movable arch support inserts allow a range of customisation within any size that gives them the ability to reduce the number of sizes
  • Exceptionally durable.
  • Reasonably low profile and thinner in the forefoot.
  • I’ve included this ‘Pro’ provisionally only… A range of metatarsal pads and posts is coming (no firm ETA yet).

Cons:

  • More expensive than some other options.

Sof Sole FIT series insoles

Pros:

  • Six sizes in two size increments from cycling shoe size 36 to size 48. Each is available in three arch heights: Low, Neutral and High.
  • The best rear foot support I’ve seen with deep heel cup.
  • Semi rigid heel cup and arch area with controlled deformation.
  • Relatively inexpensive for what they offer.
  • Durable relative to cost.
  • Suitable for narrow to medium width feet.
  • Reasonably low profile in forefoot.
  • Fixed sizes means nothing will move around.

Cons:

Not suitable in standard form for feet width of E or wider. The problem is the lip on the upper surface of the heel cup will bite into the rear of the arch of wide feet. The solution for the wide footed rider is to use one size increment larger Sof Sole FIT and cut it down to length. Going up one size solves the width problem. I’ve brought this to the attention of Sof Sole and have seen prototypes of a new version that will solve the problem. No firm ETA on the new version yet.

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  1. Paul Nielsen-Mazewski

    Hi
    Thanks for this honest analysis, though wonder if you have ever come across these:
    http://www.solestar.com/

    I have them and while I’ve not used any of the others mentioned here I find the Solestar amazing, even magical.

    Thanks
    Paul

    1. Steve Hogg

      G’day Paul,
      I’ve only seen 3 or 4 pairs of Solestars. They’re very expensive here, around $300 which explains their rarity. The interesting thing from my point of view with Solestar, is that they build up the outside of the forefoot of the insole which is contrary to my experience of what most people need. Of the pairs I’ve seen, I replaced all but one and modified the one that I didn’t replace. It’s hard for me to have a strong opinion though, based on such a small sample.

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