The solution I came up with is using Filson cork insoles and cutting pieces of cork handle bar tape and gluing them to the underside of the insole to build up the arch where I need it. The cork insoles are stiff and supportive enough and I can make the arch shape how I need it. It's pretty inexpensive and very comfortable.
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They are great. My arches are so high that I just laugh at ordinary insoles. They do absolutely nothing, they don't even touch my arch.
Yet, when I placed a lot f stress on my feet running and cycling my feet ached horribly.
For street shoes, the "Walkfit" insoles really work great. THey feel like you are walking on a golf ball for the first few days until you get used to them, but they really clear up foot aches.
So I was very pleasantly surprised that the Specialized Blue arch supports that came with my S-works shoes were actually quite supportive. Since they also made an optional, higher, green insole, I bought those and they are very good. High enough, solid enough, and yet very light.
Another option is the Footdisc offerings - http://www.footdisc.co.uk - with options for low, medium and high arch feet.
I have a couple pairs of high end custom orthotics but I have been searching for a pair of off the shelf insoles to be dedicated solely to my bike shoes. Among others, I tried the Esoles efit insoles and could not get them to work at all. I also tried the Specialized insoles (highest ones, green maybe?) and they felt better but even the highest ones felt like they had insufficient support.
I eventually did something similar to bc sparks. I built up the insoles that came stock with my Shimano shoes by layering strips of handlebar tape underneath them. There was a little bit of trial and error, but after messing with my feet for years I have a pretty good idea about what kind of support I need. These have been amazingly durable with well over a thousand miles on this set and I've been able to achieve my best fitness by far since before my initial injury.
Some insoles are more or less amenable to this kind of building up underneath so be aware of that if anybody wants to try.
Oh, these are also much, much lighter than the only other custom orthotics that have worked well for me in cycling shoes.
The issue with most store bought / non fitted is one of lasting support rather than initial shape, that said, the initial shape is crap in most pre set orthotics, and the higher the arch, the greater the potential for bad fit.
D2 will custom make the insoles to fit your feet and ALSO cut the base of the insole to follow the curve of your shoe.
That is VERY important for fitted insoles because once you take your custom orthotic and slide it into a shoe that has a curved foot bed, the custom orthotic changes shape and you just wasted your money.
Shoes, and especially insoles are the most important kit you can spend money on... The benefits are fantastic. once you have em you'll never want to go back.
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'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'
They have interchangeable inserts to build up under your arches and they have been the best cycling-related purchase I've made in ages. My feet feel a lot more stable and supported, and I no longer have any knee or hip pain after long rides. They shipped to UK (from Australia) with no problems.
Custom made insoles are generally made from carbon, are lighter, fit better, and will last many more years than anything off the shelf.
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