Have you ever considered, in great detail, exactly what makes a sneaker feel comfortable? Factors like fit and cushioning technology are some plausible influences, but one of the key elements is actually much simpler than that: the insole. If you’ve forgotten what an insole is, take a look back on our Shoe Anatomy 101 lecture.
The humble insole is perhaps one of the most significant factors in how a shoe feels. Insoles can totally change fit, flexibility, breathability, and anything else contributing to overall comfort. For this instalment of Material Matters, we take a deep dive into OrthoLite, the self-proclaimed leading manufacturer of insole foams. For a company that reportedly produces over 500 million pairs of insoles each year, their online presence is surprisingly small.