Various types of walking shoes’ insoles

There are many different insoles. We share them for convenience into three groups:

  1. Standard insoles
  2. Orthopedic insoles
  3. Corrective insoles

1. Standard insoles

Standard insoles are the soles that you find when purchasing your walking shoes [Buy best walking shoes for your feet] . This will never be corrective insoles, but at least they offer some comfort.

These have mainly the function to fill the space inside the shoe and is the layer between your foot and the hard plastic insole (the layer under the insole) of the shoe. They offer no support.


Need more comfort in your shoes? Then you can consider to buy other insoles for your shoes. If you have already customized soles you can also use natural.

There are many types of soles and it is your personal choice which provides the most pleasant experience. If you have enough with the standard insoles, make sure you replace them regularly in your shoes. There come the time they become hard and dirty. For most walking shoes you can buy replacement pads.

Standard insoles are anywhere between € 10.00 and € 15.00 charge

2. Orthopedic insoles

With orthopedic insoles we mean the soles are usually made for you by a podiatrist or chiropodist. Most of these pads can also be used in your shoes but not all. It has to fit in your shoe soles. That is to say that they are not too thick, too big, may be too small or too wide. Often your soles are made for use in your regular shoes. These are usually one size smaller than your walking shoes.


Do you have customized insoles? Take it always with you so that you can measure whether these pads are fit into the walking shoes. Pay attention at the following:

  • They should be straight or lie flat in the shoe
  • Have the right size, not too big and not too small
  • Your heel should not slip, otherwise perhaps the insole is too thick

Try different walking shoes because not every shoe is the same. It can be easier if you choose lose custom insoles in the same brand with your shoes than in the other brand.

Depending on your insurance these soles are sometimes (partly) reimbursed. Costs range from € 130, and € 180

3. Stabilizing Insoles (corrective insoles)


Stabilizing insoles are “standard” insoles put your feet in a neutral position. They do not over-correct, for this is the tailor-made soles of a podiatrist or a chiropodist. As the stabilizing soles put your feet in a neutral position, they help to roll your foot in a natural way. But they also provide more cushioning for your joints and far more comfort than standard insoles. Additionally, you will find much more stability in these corrective insoles while walking what you will experience as very pleasant.

Price of a few good stabilizing soles is around € 49

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Buy best walking shoes for your feet

People, who like to walk, requires qualitative and comfortable walking shoes [Waterproof shoes and how to recognize a good walking shoe – Part 2] that fit well on the feet. Go buy new walking shoes? it is important to think carefully what you will use the shoes. To walk on flat areas, walking shoes are not necessary like for a mountain trek, where you may walk above the tree line and glaciers cross. Some tips to buy the best walking shoes!

Which category buy hiking boots?

Hiking boots are divided into four categories: A, B, C and D. This division is proceeding according to the flexibility of the shoe.

  • Category A: These are light, flexible walking shoes suitable for walking on flat terrain. Ideal for everyday use.
  • Category B: these are mid-to-high shoes for trekking in the Alps or the Ardennes, but are also suitable for short hikes and walks with a backpack.
  • Category C: These are high shoes for heavier pedestrian work. These walking shoes have a more solid sole and are suitable for a heavier ground. Even multi-day treks with a heavy backpack, you should choose this type of walking shoes.
  • Category D: these are high, very rigid climbing shoes which you can attach crampons. These shoes are ideal to climb really high mountains along. The soles are not flexible and generally too stiff to make a comfortable walk, but are therefore very useful for rocks, boulders, ice and glaciers.

Most hikers who go for a several days walk with a heavy backpack and also make a shorter walk, choose walking shoes Category B or C.

Gore-Tex walking shoes

Gore-Tex is a water and wind resistant material. It has tiny pores through which water can not enter, but can sweat it out so your feet can breathe well. However, remember that a good non-waterproof shoe still breathes better. Therefore only choose Gore-Tex hiking shoes waterproof shoes if you actually need for example walking in cold areas with lots of rain and snow. In hot, dry areas and places with high humidity, you better choose non-waterproof shoes.

Walking shoes buying tips

Fitting walking shoes

If you are going to buy walking shoes, it is very important to choose the right shoes. Therefore it is necessary to fit your shoes before you buy them. Always try on with socks that you will wear with your walking shoes. In addition, please note that your walking shoes can not be too narrow or too wide, too big or small to purchase. Remember that your feet swell when walking. Usually, your shoes are advised to buy one size larger than your normal shoe size. You still need a finger behind your foot may stabbed when you’re wearing the walking shoes.

Once you have found the perfect pair of walking shoes, they should be used. Let your feet therefore walk at home to acclimate to your new shoes, or take it easy at the first walk.

Maintain walking shoes

Qualitative walking shoes cost a huge sum of money, so you should maintain them pretty well so they will last. Some tips for you to maintain good walking shoes:

  • Wash your walking shoes: Never use hot water.
  • Remove the worst of mud and dirt with a soft brush
  • To dry your shoes, take out the insoles in the shoe and it takes you some scrunched up newspaper. Never dry your shoes for heating, which is bad for the leather.
  • Lubricate the leather regularly with leather grease, so that the leather is supple and waterproof.
  • Put your walking shoes always in a dry area.
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What do you want to know about walking shoes?

A walking shoe or mountain boot is very different than a regular shoe or a sports shoe. What makes a shoe now a walking shoe? What characteristics are walking? What is the difference between a running shoe? On this page you will find very much information and the answers to these questions and more.


On this page we discuss the following topics:

  1. Hiking Boot or running shoe?
  2. The gait at walk
  3. The properties of walking

      3.1. The profile sole

             3.1.1. The different profile soles

             3.1.2. The lifespan of a profile sole

      3.2. The bumper

      3.3. The midsole

      3.4. The insole

      3.5. The upper

      3.6. The inside

      3.7. The Padding

      3.8. The fit

      3.9. The lacing system

1. Hiking boots or shoes?

If you go for a walk do you choose for walking shoes or sneakers? You see viz many people walking on running shoes. Are you going to walk regularly? Then choose the walking shoes! A running shoe is designed for running, a tennis shoe is made for tennis or a walking shoe is made to …………. walking.

Every sport needs its own shoes. At running,  you have to wrap your feet very differently than when walking, and tennis is also very different. Since the shoes are also being developed.

When walking, you need to takes into account the action of the foot, the ground you walk on, the climate, the slope, the even more weight you could possibly carry.

2. The action of the foot when walking

The natural action of the foot can be divided into three phases:

  • Winding phase on heel
  • Unwinding phase outside foot
  • Sales Stage 1st and 2nd toe

Upon walking you take out the feet unlike running, jogging or strolling.


In running we also know these three steps, however, when walking is the time exactly divided between the three phases while running at during settlement is almost over beaten.

  • Unwinding running shoe: heel => toes
  • Unwinding walking shoe: heel => metatarsal => toes

Why is this important to know? Because the overall design of the walking shoes to take account of this unwinding phase and therefore varies, for example, as much as a running shoe of a walking shoe. If you’re on a (good) running shoe you will notice that the shoe as quickly as possible to wind. As a result, the shoe “flaps”. At a walking shoe, the foot rolls neatly from heel to midfoot and then to the toes.

3. The specific properties of a walking shoe


A walking shoe differs from ordinary shoes and sneakers because walking shoes specifically made for (longer) walking. Therefore, they need to meet special requirements:

  • A profile outsole for grip
  • A midsole with extra cushioning
  • Extra sturdy uppers
  • Good fit
  • A waterproof- breathable membrane
  • Corrective or supporting work under the action of the foot

3.1. The profile sole

As we begin to dissect the shoe from the bottom, we come first to the sole on what you walk. This sole always has a deeper tread than ordinary shoes. You shall run on different types of terrain and the sole profile should provide a good grip so you do not slip.

In the best hiking boots, the sole profile is made to also take into account the action of the foot. The profile outsole you recognize unwind the wind. Additionally you would like a profile outsole which is durable.

The profile sole therefore has three properties:

  • Grip to suit different terrains
  • Supporting the action of the foot
  • Durability

However, the properties grip and durability make contradictory demands on the material: a sure grip on the rubber should be soft, while the wear resistance increases as the rubber is harder. Just as in car tires, soles of profile are combined by a good grip and wear resistance due to the choice of the material and the profile.

Under each walking shoe you can find almost any other sole. As a rule you can say that how slanted or rougher the terrain, the harder the sole and the deeper the profile. Under a walking shoe that you use only for flat terrain you come against a soft sole with a shallow profile. Mountain and climbing shoes have hard sole with deep tread which are often best walking shoes for men.

3.1.1. Different brands profile soles

The shoe can often be made by a different brand from the brand made insole of the shoe itself. Just like under a New balance shoes, which are often best walking shoes for women, we can often find a Vibram sole. Vibram is the best known brand when it comes to shoes. They have for years been the market leader, specializing in making many different soles.

The logo or the name Vibram by “experts” associated with quality, durability and grip. But in addition, there are more good Vibram soles example Contagrip® and Hypergrip®.

3.1.2. How long a sole lasts and to resole the shoe?

When being asked how long a sole-lasting, we can not be given an unequivocal answer. There are several factors that affect a role:

  • The composition of the rubber
  • The ground you walk on
  • The number of kilometers that you cover
  • Your weight

You could say that the softer the composition of the sole, the harder it wears out. In shoes from the A category you will encounter softer soled shoes than in the B category.

In addition, wear and tear is strongly dependent on the type of terrain in which the walking shoes are used. On asphalt, which is like sandpaper, a sole will wear out faster than by walking on earth or sand. Thus you with a shoe in the A category more often than running on asphalt on a shoe from the B category and will have a shoe which category A faster worn out soles.

Of course, the frequency with which you use the shoes is influence. Train yourself to the four-day march and get a lot of mileage, or use the walking shoes just for holidays. In one case, you may do a half years with a pair of walking shoes and in the other case, 10 years.

And finally, your weight still influential. Someone who weighs 65 kg will put more pressure on his shoes than someone who weighs 95 kg. The friction of the soles of the substrate is higher when a person is heavier.

All in all we can do no clear statement about the longevity of the soles.

Can a shoe resoled? That is very dependent on the construction of the walking shoes. Ask the staff in the store if it is possible. Shoes from the A or A/B class are not usually re-heeled shoes while among the B/C or D category often is the case.

Find out other features in the part 2. Enjoy!

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Waterproof shoes and how to recognize a good walking shoe (Part 2)

eOn this article we discuss the following topics:

  1. Waterproof, water-repellent, water-proof or not?

      1.1. Hiking boots with waterproof membrane

      1.2. Advantages and disadvantages of waterproof walking shoes

      1.3. Water resistance versus Ventilation

  1. How do you recognize a good walking shoe? 10 tips

1. Waterproof, water-repellent or waterproof?

When buying shoes, it is often pointed out that a walking shoe should be waterproof, water repellent or water-proof. However, we are very clear herein, there are only two possibilities: a shoe is waterproof if it is not water-proof. Water repellent is not waterproof. This often creates expectations that are not fulfilled and can lead to misunderstandings.

There is a clear difference between waterproof and water resistant:

  • Water-proof means that there is no water will come in for a longer period of time. If you were to stand for a day in the water, inside the shoe remains -and therefore your feet- 100% dry.
  • Waterproof (= NOT water-proof) means that no water will come in during a short period. Just walk through the rain will not be a problem, but walking through wet grass or a longer time in wet conditions, you get your feet wet.

Water-repellent shoes we can never tell how long you keep your feet dry as this depends on many circumstances. With waterproof walking shoes, we can say that you always keep your feet dry ( even if the water from the top walk in your shoes …)

What do you choose? Waterproof? Not waterproof? This of course depends on what you are going to undertake. Use your walking shoes in the circumstances where it never rains then of course you can not buy a waterproof walking shoe. However, most of us live and use the shoes where it frequently rains. Thus you will quickly pick up waterproof walking shoes.


1.1.Walking shoes with waterproof membrane

The walking shoes are always made of materials which are not watertight, such as leather and plastic, or a combination of both. If you have walking shoe made of leather handles well, and the right quality, then some people experience this as foolproof. But then these people have never fallen into the conditions in which they have long walked in the rain. Water eventually go through this leather spills and falls with us so they are not waterproof as we have already discussed this above.

How do you get a walking shoe that is waterproof? Most manufacturers make this process by putting the membrane Gore-Tex® in their shoes. Gore-Tex is the most known and used membrane to get shoes 100% waterproof. This membrane is very special because it is not only waterproof but also very well ventilated.

The Gore-Tex is incorporated as a kind of sock in the interior of the shoe. The water can therefore be penetrate through the outer material (leather or plastic), but is stopped by the Gore-Tex sock.

If you buy a walking shoe with Gore-Tex then you know for sure that you always keep feet dry and that the shoe also happened properly ventilated.

Walking shoes with Gore-Tex are recognized that this is always mentioned on the shoe should be bought.

In addition to Gore-Tex are there other membranes or technologies that make a walking shoe waterproof. The brands are so still using eVent among others.

Incidentally, we advise you to keep walking boots with a waterproof membrane well and that you use the right tools.

1.2 The advantages and disadvantages of waterproof hiking

Based on the conditions you can specify the extent of its waterproof walking interest. Indeed, it is quite annoying when you walk in the rain and your feet wet. But if you never in the rain is why you’ll then need waterproof walking shoes? The question to ask yourself because there are both advantages and disadvantages sticking with waterproof hiking.



  • Always dry feet
  • Warmer feet (benefit in cooler conditions)
  • Good ventilation
  • Reduced risk of blisters (wet feet and socks provide quick blisters)


  • Less ventilation than a “not waterproof shoe”
  • Warmer feet (disadvantage in warmer conditions)
  • Higher purchase cost

1.3 Water resistance versus ventilation

The water resistance and the ventilation characteristics are important because the wearing comfort of shoes is highly dependent on the environment around the feet. To keep the feet dry we must stop water from outside, and disposed of the perspiration of the feet. At 8 hour walk between 100-150 ml fluid come into your shoes (men more than women).

Full water resistance, however, is not well with good ventilation because both properties conflicting demands is on the same material. It is therefore dependent on your purpose of use which attribute is more important and which material is therefore preferred. Therefore, sometimes there must be a compromise between the two to be closed. Ventilation sometimes less, but always dry feet or more ventilation and sometimes wet feet ?……It is your choice.

The techniques have expanded in recent years and nothing has ever gotten more breathable waterproof membranes. In particular, Gore-Tex and eVent walk at the very forefront in terms of development. But despite all the efforts, there will be a similar shoe without tanking usually always breathe better.

Less ventilation means in the line (and more for men than for women) rapidly transpiring and warm feet. Please realize that if you go walking in warmer conditions, then you will always keep feet warm with or without a waterproof membrane. Most people therefore opt for waterproof walking shoes and take the lesser ventilation for granted

2. How do you recognize a good walking shoe? 10 Tips

  • A good profile of the brand Vibram sole often, or Contra Grip
  • A special remedial and cushioning midsole
  • A shoe wraps nice off and follows the completion of your foot while walking
  • A loose insole so you can always use your personal insoles
  • A solid uppers. No use may be made of split leather or suede
  • An interior of leather, strong quick-drying plastic or a waterproof membrane such as Gore-Tex
  • A good heel and arch support
  • A good fit that closely matches your foot. He can not bend.
  • The right padding. Not too hard nor too soft, and in the right places.
  • A well lacing system that ensures that the shoes fit well.
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Waterproof shoes and how to recognize a good walking shoe (Part1)

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