The Best Insoles for Every Shoe Problem

Whether your favorite pair rubs, pinches, digs, slips, or just doesn’t offer any support—we’ve got a solution for you.

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If your shoes rub your skin...

Try Foot Petals Pressure Pointz, $7. These small cushions come in black and nude, and can be placed anywhere in any shoe to help prevent blisters.

If your strappy sandals rub your skin...

Try Dr. Scholls Moleskin Plus, $7. This self-adhesive roll of soft, slim padding is made to be cut to whatever size you need, and can be adhered directly to your skin or to the inside of your shoe (or the back of a pesky strap) to prevent blisters.

If your stilettos hurt the balls of your feet...

Try Zoomie’s Anti-Slip Gel Ball of Foot Cushions, $16. High heels most commonly cause discomfort to the balls of your feet in two ways: Your weight is pushed forward to the front of your feet, creating more pressure, and the elevated heel causes your feet to slip forward with each step, causing irritation to your skin. These self-adhesive cushions pad the area to eliminate the feeling of pressure, and provide a non-slip surface that protects the delicate skin on your soles.

If your heels slip...

Try Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Heel Liners, $6. The culprit here is likely narrow feet. The sad truth is that not all shoes come in narrow widths, but heel liners are an easy fix. This particular pair is made of a thicker-than-average gel construction that keeps heels snugly in place without feeling bulky.

If high-heels are generally uncomfortable...

Try Vivian Lou Insolia Insoles, $20. Designed by a podiatrist, these very low-profile, self-adhesive inserts shift your weight distribution from just the front of your foot to a more normal diffusion (about one-third of your weight is moved back to your heel), resulting in less pain, better posture and stability, and, longer wearability.

If your flats don’t provide enough support...

Try Superfeet Insoles, $40. They’re on the pricier side, but these full-foot inserts essentially create an ergonomic and supportive shape that stabilizes your foot, making even the flattest of flats as comfortable as a running shoe.

If you need a custom insole...

Try Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts, prices vary. For those who just need a little more help, whatever the problem, head to a Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping Kiosk (they’re available nationwide—just plug your zip code in here). Pressure sensors generate a unique map of your foot, which the company then uses to create a custom fit insole to properly provide the unique support you need.