My feet have always given me fits, and since I broke my foot in August, it has gotten even worse. In January I had several conventions that I needed to attend, and that means an awful lot of walking!
During the Industry Day at the Range during the SHOT Show, I was introduced to the Superfeet insoles. While visiting the booth, they offered to fit a pair of insoles to my boots. I was unsure of trying a new insole when I would be on my feet for 16 hours a day for the next 4 days, but, I WOULD be on my feet for 16 hours a day for the next 4 days! So off came the boots, and within minutes the insoles were cut to fit the boot perfectly. They used only a pair of scissors so the adaptations can be done easily at home.
The insoles I tried were the women’s HUNT. They are a camo Aerospring™ impact foam topped with
natural, thermo-regulating merino wool in pink, with a ScentLok® layer, and Silent Step™ stabilizing shape with a structured heel cup. The insoles are designed to keep you warm and comfortable in the cold weather, making them perfect for hunting. The have incorporated Ground-Sense™ impact dampening technology makes the walking easier on your feet. They have designed the insole with a slimmer heel and the arch length that is appropriate for the female foot.
I was informed that initially, I may feel some discomfort in my back, due to the insoles stabilizing my rear foot. Their theory is that the rear foot is the area most of the majority of foot motion originates, including; walking, running, standing. They also mentioned that movement adds stress upwards of 3-5 times your body weight in impact forces per step.
As I left their booth, my feet felt wonderful. Later that night, after walking almost 12 miles at the range, my back and feet both were killing me. My first thought was to rip the insoles out of my boots, and put my old ones back in. Then I remembered them saying I could have some discomfort due to the stabilization of the rear foot, so I left the insoles in, and wore them for the rest of the show. The next day I walked about 9 miles, then 6 3/4 miles and finally 9 miles, for a total of 36.77 miles, according to my FitBit. After that first day I felt much more comfortable and for an added bonus, I did not suffer from leg cramps at night. Anyone who has gone to a convention with me knows I suffer badly from leg cramps when doing a lot of walking, due to my cancer medications. For what ever reason the leg cramps were not an issue during this show, it might be coincidence, or it might be with my rear foot stabilized, my body functioned correctly. Regardless of the reason, I will be putting Superfeet insoles in my other boots.
The MSRP of the HUNT insoles is $39.95 and they are available for purchase at https://www.superfeet.com/en-us/insoles-and-sandals/fin-troph-huntw.
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