Today, dear friends, I am reviewing one of the top selling insoles over at amazon, and by the end of this article you should have a clearer insights, hopefully.
About Dr. Scholl’s
Dr. Sholl’s is a foot care company that operates for over 100 years.
The company was founded by William Mathias Scholl, a podiatrist (Dr. as one can assume) in 1906, he patented and designed more than a 1,000 different foot care solutions and exported them worldwide his entire life.
The company was bought several times, once after he died, and later again in 1984.
As you can see, Dr. Scholl’s products are available for a whole lot of years, and today I’m going to see if their brand follows their impressive story line.
Before jumping into details into the product, I’ve looked at some stats:
- They have several top rated items over at amazon
- They have more than 4,000 different products listed
- Most of their product reviews ratings are > 4 stars (this is a good trend right here)
About This Product
First thing’s first – let’s look at what the manufacturer promises us:
- They are Ideal for Hard Working Feet
- They Form to the shape of your forefoot
- all-day comfort on hard surfaces guarantee
- Trim to fit!
- Men’s sizes 8-13
- Made in China
So basically those are insoles for men, you can trim to make them fit for a wide variety of shoes (size 8 to 13) and they are ideal for hard working feet,
which would probably be good for athletes and for those who stand a lot (teachers, in-store sellers, builders, …).
The product is a top seller in Amazon, it has more than a 1,000 of reviews, an average review of 4.3/5.0, of which 91% are positive (3+ stars) and the rest are mostly people who got a faulty pair.
With this in mind I thought about the best way to go about and test those insoles.
After I gave it some thought, I have reached the following test plan, which I think is ideal for testing this kind of insoles:
- Test for long distance running (3~ miles)
- Short distance running (< 0.35 miles)
- Squats & Deadlift feel in the gym
- Day to day walking
I think this covers most of the scenarios you’ll probably going to use the insoles for.
For each of those I wore a different shoe which is more fit to that activity, and I’ve continuously tested them for 2 weeks.
This is because most insoles will probably take some time to adjust to – during that time you might get different results than expected,
so I would really recommend taking insoles for a long-term spin when checking them out.
- Long distance running: It felt weird running with the insoles on for a long period of time, but after 10 minutes or so I’ve got the hang of it and it was a pleasurable experience. The insoles fit great inside my long distance running shoes, the massaging part was really felt here, it’s rubbing against your feet in a soft of weird-yet-enjoyable sensation. I give them a nice 9/10 here, because it did took some time till I ‘figured it out’.
- Short distance running: Can’t say I felt any better or worse with them, it’s probably the short distance – but I’m happy I did not feel less comfortable. 7/10 here because it would be nice if you could benefit from this shoes when you are running short distance ass well.
- After 5 sets of squat and 3 sets of deadlifts: I liked them. a lot. It might be that massage part, or the insole itself, but it was fun heavy lifting with those insoles on. If you look for insoles during your gym time – I would really recommend this pair. 10/10 for this scenario.
- Day to day walking: I have to say I was impressed that it took a fairly short amount of time for me to adjust to those insoles, generally it takes me days to become comfortable, but this pair clicked with me pretty quickly and I enjoyed it after walking with them for a couple of hours. At the end of a long walking day, I have to say my feet felt fresh and fun – this is probably the best use case for those insoles. If you walk or stand for a long time – these are for you.
I planned to bore you with details for the second week as well – but as a matter of fact, it took me less than half a day to enjoy those insoles,
and the second week was as-great as the first one, so I won’t re-write my impressions on all of the points – they are still valid and it was great walking, running and lifting with the insoles on.
Let me summarize my feelings on this pair:
- Adjusting to them were super quick
- The massaging part was felt mostly in long distance running and day to day walking
- Short distance running did not feel any better or worse
- They fit nicely in several pair of shoes I own
- They did not show signs of wear yet (3 weeks) – and they feel durable
Overall I’d say that this is a decent pair with lots of perks – if you are planning on trying on a new insole, I would definitely recommend checking them out.
I found them useful and still using them as my main insole, now, 3 weeks and counting.
If you’d like to read more amazon reviews on this pair, you can find them right here.
Verdict: 9/10. Apart from not having a major difference in short distance running (which is a community on its own) – I feel very impressed & satisfied with my purchase.
I would recommend this pair.
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Hope you had a great read and that I’ll see you next time!