If you have ever worn military style boots for any length of time, you have no doubt wished that boot makers included more comfortable insoles out of the box. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, this is pretty much par for the course. Some folks have turned to gel insoles, which feel comfy for a short time but, with extended use, eventually get so squished down that they lose their cushion and need replacing. Superfeet has been making premium insoles for quite some time, so I thought we could take a look at a couple of them for your airsofting needs.
Superfeet insoles are not like traditional, and generic, insoles found in the pharmacy. These require some knowledge about your feet and gait. They have designed their insoles for several types of people – those with high arches, those with low arches, and even going further into what kind of usage you need them for. I was able to test out both Orange and Copper flavors. Well – more appropriately, I tested out the Orange model due to my higher arches and a cohort of mine used the Copper with his low arches. We both wear BATES brand TAC boots – I with a GX-8 Desert Composite Toe and he with a DuraShocks Steel Toe desert boot. BATES is a fine brand for use when lighter is better as most of their boots are made with durable, yet lightweight material. My issue with them is that their insoles are very poor out of the box – and that’s where the Superfeet come in.
My cohort wearing the Copper model was equally impressed with his superfeet, praising their comfort after a very long airsoft game session which seemed to never end. In fact, I am not sure we ever found all of the opposing team out there on the private field we were playing on.
Fitting and sizing the Superfeet insoles was easy – I just lined up the stock ones with the Superfeet, made a Sharpie pen outline, then cut the Superfeet to size with scissors. It can’t get much more simple than that.
The feeling of the Orange model I was wearing was deceiving at first. They felt very firm, and I was confused at how they were going to support my feet as I had most experience with cheaper, generic gel insoles. I was happily corrected once I started running around with them on. They molded themselves a lot more closely to my feet and I found that I didn’t need them to be full of gel. In fact, I have a sneaky suspicion that companies will fill insoles with gel as a cop out because they don’t form to your feet. You squish into them with every step, giving the illusion of support and comfort. You haven’t felt anything until you have run around with Superfeet in your boots. The experiences are just night and day different.
You can check out the entire line of Superfeet insoles at their official website. Considering how long they seem to last, their price points of about $30 to $50 dollars depending on the particular model, are very cost-effective and, after many airsoft games in my TAC boots with these…. Trust me, your feet will thank you.
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