Shortly after my back flared up on the day of the Charleston Marathon, I was contacted by Insoles and Beyond to do a product review and giveaway. While I had no idea at that time when I would start running again, I was optimistic about recovering quickly. Both chiropractors I went to recommended trying out insoles as a way to reduce some of the impact traveling to my spine, so receiving the email from Insoles and Beyond was the perfect timing! Insoles can be helpful for all sorts of running injury issues, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, back pain, and metatarsalgia/sesamoiditis, and I know many people who have used them with great results.
As you know, I don’t do a lot of product reviews and giveaways on this site. That’s because most of the offers I receive are not products I personally would use for whatever reason, so I don’t feel comfortable telling you that I think you should use them. The first thing that I liked about Insoles and Beyond is that it’s a small, family-owned business based out of North Carolina. The website has just about every type of insole you can think of, including those for every day use, running, and even special splints and insoles for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. They even have insoles that are specific for dress shoes, hiking boots, and ski boots! I honestly didn’t know that many types of insoles existed.
The second thing I really love about the company is the customer service. I wasn’t sure what kind of insoles I wanted or what might be right for me based on my activity level, and I didn’t want to order the wrong kind. Fortunately, because the business is small and focused on customer service, Ashley was willing and able to answer all of my questions and make suggestions about the type of insoles she thought would be best. After about a million emails back and forth, I decided to go with the RunPro insoles from Currex.
As you might have noticed, I haven’t been able to run much since I hurt my back, but I think that has actually enhanced my review. I had done several short runs of 3-5 miles with the insoles during the month of February before I completely stopped running after the International Friendship Run in Tokyo, and on each of those runs, my feet felt great. I love the support offered by the insoles, and I’ve found that they are more cushioned than my normal insoles. I’ve also taken them to the gym, where I’ve tested them on the arc trainer, the treadmill, and the elliptical, all with great comfort. I walked around Quebec with them and I’ve done my daily walks with them ever since!
I would definitely recommend Insoles and Beyond if you’re looking for a specialty pair of insoles but aren’t sure exactly what you need or where to find it. The customer service is rivaled only by the selection! Better news? Insoles and Beyond has been kind enough to offer a free pair of insoles for one lucky reader of this blog!