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How to Know When to Replace Your Shoe Insoles

Insoles are for everyone. They fit most all shoes and shoe sizes and they provide the all-day comfort and stability you need to keep doing what you love. But how do you know when to replace your insoles? Over time, insoles wear down and lose a lot of the properties that make them great. But how frequent you use them and the type of activity you use them for all depend on how long they’ll last.

4 Ways to Know When to Replace Your Insoles

If you use your insoles in your everyday shoes (these are the shoes you use for normal wear – like taking the dog on a walk, going to the grocery store, and other every day activities), they’ll usually last about 6 months. If you’re a serious runner or hiker, or use your insoles every day for strenuous activity, you may have to replace them every 3-4 months.

Here are 4 sure signs that it’s time to replace your shoe insoles:

  • They’re damaged. It’s easy to see if your insoles are damaged. If they’re torn or cracked, you may put yourself at risk for blister development. Even worse, your insoles most likely won’t offer the same comfort and protection you expect from them.
    Infographic Showing Cracked Insole
  • They’ve lost their color. If the color of your insoles have faded, it’s a good indication that you’re due for a new pair. Did your insole have a logo at the heel or anywhere on the top cover? Is it still there? This also counts as fading.
    Infographic Showing Faded Insole
  • They smell. Are your insoles letting off a bad odor that you can’t get rid of? Get rid of your insoles. The moisture from sweat may also indicate bacteria or fungal growth, which could even lead to foot infections. To prevent this from happening in the future, check out Spenco’s RX® Arch Cushion Insoles, which are composed of antimicrobial fabric to help prevent blisters while controlling odor.
    Infographic Showing Smelly Insole
  • They’ve become flat like a French pancake. When you see that your insole is much flatter than it used to be, then it's past time to replace it. Without the cushioning and support, your insole really doesn’t do much.
    Infographic Showing Compressed Insole

Other life changes may also push you to invest in new insoles. If you’ve become pregnant, had surgery, or increase your running mileage, you may look for new insoles to accommodate the changes. Take a look at our full product list to find the insole that’s right for you.