| Spenco CROSS TRAINER w/ PolySorb 38-034 - Product Review
One of our very favorite insoles, the Spenco Cross Trainer. Awesome option for all types of sports. Spenco claims the cross trainer insoles, "absorb shock, re-energize feet and reduce friction" and we would agree. The insoles are a great way to quickly increase comfort and performance in your athletic or everyday shoes. |
New Product - Yaktrax XTR
Posted by Nicole on 10/12/2010
New Product for Winter - Yaktax XTR
Check out this new product from Yaktrax! The Yaktrax XTR is for those who need something more extreme than the Yaktrax Pro and Walker models. These slip-on ice traction cleats resemble snow chains on a tire and they work basically the same way. Slide these babies on a pair of your favorite hiking shoes or boots and rest assured that you will have plenty of traction on ice and snow. They use a patent-pending spike and chain technology that keeps your shoes from slipping on snow and ice. Pick up a pair this winter for your family, friends or just for yourself.
The Go Pro Camera
It all began with a demo.
I had just graduated from college with a BA in creative writing, and in search of a hobby as I worked a real job, so that I could eat, when my best friend asked me to help her make a demo for an upcoming job she was interested in. As starving liberal arts majors, we filmed the majority of clips and videos with small camcorders, and the occasional phone. We were now two small girls on a mission to make our action demo in less than a month. After a few days trying to get some video and sound off of one of our cameras, we decided we really needed to step it up.
A few months prior, Ashley needed to film a documentary short, and was able to rent a camera and boom from school to produce her piece. It seemed like a great idea at first, all we would need to do would set the camera on a tripod, hold the boom high into the air, and presto!- a movie was made! We quickly realized that this was not the case. The instruments that she was using were bulky, temperamental, and difficult to manage, and she quickly had to recruit myself and some others to help her make the movie possible.
Now, months later, without access to the schoolís equipment, we brainstormed on the best ways to shoot her demo. We wondered, did we have friends in high places? No. Did we have rich friends with cameras? No. Did we have our own camera? No. Apparently, we only had our broke-selves to rely on. We decided we needed a camera, one that was small, portable, resilient, and most importantly, cost effective. Eventually, we were led to the GoPro camera. We were hesitant to believe that such a small camera could be everything that it promised, so we were anxious to try it out.
With our new little piece of equipment handy, we set out to make our video concept about through the eyes of the athlete, featuring shots of skaters, surfers, runners, and others, just doing what they love- being active! After days of strapping the GoPro to helmets, hands, boards, bikes, and all sort of things that canít be discussed in blog-- we decided to take a look at the video feedówould we retrieve what we wanted? YES! The quality was incredible! It seemed as though the audience was experiencing every turn, jump, and bump. We felt as though we had struck gold with this little camera! It was and is, everything we needed, and in the end we shot an incredible demo, for a low cost, without having to sacrifice amazing quality. So that was it- edit, cut, and print, and we sent the demo out into the world.
Little Hotties Warmers Saved my Vacation
Little Hotties Warmers Saved my Vacation
Iíll admit it: Iím a total woman when it comes to some things, like temperature, and last Thanksgiving was no exception. Being a Socal girl, Iím used to 70 degree winters, not 7 degree winters. When we got to Park City for the lift opening weekend I was miserable. My poor boyfriend was so excited about teaching me to snowboard, but all I could think about were my ice cold toezies. After the first day, I had pretty much given up and figured hot coco and a book would be the best decision while he had fun. Well, did didnít really have fun by himself. At lunch, he came back with my gear, a lift ticket and a box of Little Hotties Toe Warmers. Reluctant, but not wanting to ruin his trip, I suited up and popped 1 toe warm in each boot. I had extras so I put them in my pockets as well, figuring I could warm my hands on the chairlift up. I could not believe the difference the little hotties made for my comfort. I finished out the day and was first up on day three to get going.
I was sore from the snowboarding, but ready to go again. Unfortunately, my gloves were not. I accidentally left them in the car the night before. The car was outside, my gloves were in the car and a bit wet around the wrist. They froze overnight. Little Hotties came to the rescue again! Rather than spending another $30 on new gloves, I went ahead and put the warmers in my gloves. They were still a bit damp but it didnít matter because they were warm.
The Little Hotties toe warmers were well worth the few dollars I spent on them. I made sure we had a good supply for the next few trips. Iím also looking forward to another Utah trip this year with a box of little hotties toe warmers ready to warm me up.
Product Review - Spenco Total Support Insoles
Spenco Total Support Gel Insoles
My favorite pair of shoes to wear are my "chucks" ( Converse All- stars, Chuck Taylor's, Stars, or whatever you personally call them) but there is zero support in them and my feet hurt bad after a day wearing them. So I purchased spenco total support gel insoles to see if they would help. At first I didn't think they would fit in my shoes because "Chucks" are very thin but they fit in perfectly. Now I can wear my "Chucks" all day pain free and they give the shoes the support that they are missing. Thanks Spenco Total Support Insoles!
New Plantar Fasciitis Category
If you haven't noticed yet, we are currently developing a section of the site that dedicated to Plantar Fasciitis
! That's right! We want to provide you with information about the condition, ways to treat and products that will help. Stop by and check them out:
They are a work in progress but we hope that you will find what you are looking for to treat your Plantar Fasciitis
Featured Product - Superfeet Green
Posted by Nicole on 9/17/2010
The Superfeet Green insoles are terrific! These insoles can be trimmed to fit inside virtually any tennis shoe and is great for walking, running and hiking. These insoles are also recommended for industrial style footwear. If you are looking for an insole that provides support and comfort, the Superfeet Green insoles are a great choice. Superfeet is a brand of insoles that can be trusted based on their quality products and engineering. Try out a pair of their Superfeet Green Insoles today and you will probably end up a customer for life.
What is a Heel Spur?
Posted by Nicole on 9/15/2010
What are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are abnormal growth that develop on the heel bone because of calcium deposits. These calcium deposits build up because of a condition called plantar fasciitis, where the arches of the feet are weak and cause damage to the plantar fascia tendon that connects to the heel. People with flat feet (over-pronation) often develop heel spurs. Also individuals with high arches and women often develop heel spurs because of the type of footwear they often wear
What Causes Heel Spurs
Flat feet, high arches, Plantar Fasciitis, improper footwear and other factors.
How Can You Treat Heel Spurs?
First, you must figure out why the heel spurs are forming. After you have found the cause, then you can treat the symptoms and prevent the spurs from forming. If you have flat feet, an orthotic insole is most effective. It will support the arches as well as stabilize the heel. Other methods of treatment include: stretches & exercises for the plantar fascia muscle, elevating the heels with heel devices, wearing proper shoes and possibly losing weight if that is causing your arches to collapse.
Featured Product - Spenco 3/4 Length Orthotics
Posted by Nicole on 9/14/2010
The Spenco 3/4 Length Orthotic Insole is great for those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis or deal with constant foot pain in the arches of their feet. The 3/4 length design allows you to move this insole from shoe to shoe without being limited on which shoes you can use this insole with (with the exception of open toed shoes, sandals or high heels). Let this Spenco Insoles help get rid of your arch pain by providing the arches of your feet with plenty of support. This insole is great for people with flat feet, low arches or arches that require additional support. Give the Spenco Orthotic Insole a try!
Insoles for Football
Posted by Nicole on 9/10/2010
The football season is upon us! All you football fans out there have to be pretty excited about that! You get to hang with friends, break open an ice cold drink, maybe gets some snacks ready and enjoy the game. Watching football often leads to playing football, maybe not full contact, but at least a little two hand touch, am I right? Well, if you are ready to strap on a helmet and throw around the pigskin for a little while then you should also be prepared to protect your feet. Try out a pair of Football Insoles. These insoles are designed specifically for playing a sport like football where your feet are getting a major workout. It is nice to know that your feet will be supported, cushioned and protected while you enjoy your favorite sport. Take full advantage of these football insoles this season.
Something Different - Sanuk Lumberjack
Posted by Nicole on 9/9/2010
Looking for something a little different? Try out a pair of Sanuk LumberJack sandals. These are the famous Sanuk sandal shoes and in fact, this particular pair is geared toward the coming winter season. The inside of the shoe is lined with a layer of fur to keep your feet comfortable and warm this winter. The Lumberjack features a red and black plaid design, warm fuzzy inside and a flexible sole that allows your feet to move and bend freely, just as they would if you were walking barefoot except with the benefit of having a protective shoe covering.
Foot Pain Identifier
Posted by Nicole on 9/8/2010
Do your feet hurt? Are you having trouble figuring out exactly what the cause of your foot pain is? Perhaps you are just looking for information about foot pain and how to solve it? Well, give our Foot Pain Identifier Tool. All you need to know is where the foot pain you are experiencing is located. If you can isolate the cause of the pain to a certain area of your foot, then this tool can help. Even if you have several areas on your foot that hurt, you can click each one and figure out what the problem could be and how to fix it.
Go ahead, click around! There are a variety of conditions that cause foot pain, some minor, some serious. A lot of foot pain stems from improper footwear or standing for long periods of time. This can be solved with a nice pair of insoles or more comfortable shoes. If you have a foot condition that is causing your pain, you may need to seek medical advise as to what steps you should take to alleviate your pain.
Labor Day Weekend!
Posted by Nicole on 9/3/2010
Have a great Labor Day Weekend from everyone here at Bestinsoles.com!!!
Posted by Nicole on 9/2/2010
Looking for a Pace Calculator? Check the one out at
www.pacecalculator.net. All you need is two out of the three requirements to calculate either your pace, time or distance. Let this calculator do all the math for you. This can be a valuable resource for all the runners out there. Go check it out!
What Does A Posted Heel Do?
Posted by Nicole on 9/1/2010
The term posted heel gets thrown around a lot in the insole/podiatrist world and you might be asking yourself "What is a posted heel?" or "What does a posted heel do?", so here are some answers to those questions for you just to clear things up.
What is a Posted Heel?
A posted heel is part of an insole and will usually be prescribed to you by a doctor. Chances are, if you've heard the term, you probably are required to have them. If not, maybe you stumbled across the term on this site while looking for a pair of insoles. If you look at the picture above, you will notice that this insole curves upward toward the inside of the foot as this is a picture of a right side insole. That is what a posted heel looks like.
What Does a Posted Heel Do?
A posted heel correct what is referred to as Pronation or inward rolling of the feet. Typically, you will notice if you pronate because your knees will touch or rub together when you walk. It is also noticeable when walking as the ankles appear to be tilting inward with each step. What a posted heel can do is correct pronation. The posted heel realign the back part of the foot, preventing pronation from occurring.
So the next time you see or hear the word posted heel
you will know what it is and what is is used for.
The Benefits of Barefoot Running
Posted by Nicole on 8/31/2010
This is an excellent video about the benefits of barefoot running with footage shot in a lab that shows a comparison between running with shoes and how that affects your feet and a runner without shoes that runs with a forefoot strike. A forefoot strike occurs when the runner lands on the fourth and fifth metatarsal area instead of landing on the heel as you would in traditional running shoes. This is the best way to run for your feet as it takes the stress off your heels, absorbs the impact much better and allows for your feet and legs to remain in motion instead of stopping then starting again after heel impact.
If you are a heel striker, then it is better for your to continue wearing shoes while you run so that they stay protected and the shock is absorbed appropriately. However, barefoot running can add a little extra pep in your step if done correctly. Also, if you have any foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, over-pronation, flat feet or any other problems that require special orthotics, devices or shoes, then barefoot running is not for you. This is fascinating information that we just had to share.
Recommended Barefoot Technology Product:
- Sanuk - shoes that utilize barefoot techology that not only allows your feet to move freely and flex, but also protects them from environmental factors.
As a special precaution, although the video does not address it, be careful when you run barefoot. Sharp objects such as pebbles, rocks or even glass can damage your feet and cause infection. If you do not have a safe area to run in, then it is better to be safe than sorry. We would also recommend that you run barefoot on a treadmill, as this is the safer barefoot running option.
How To Massage Feet to Relieve Pain
Massage can be great for achy feet. Check out these tips:
Video Recap: How to Massage Feet
- Soften the feet with a foot bath or file before beginning the massage
- Try Peppermint Lotion (good for revitalizing skin
- Stretch the Toes
- Use your thumbs
- Apply pressure
- Play close attention to the ball of the feet
- Don't forget to rub the front of your feet
- Rub the ankles
- Run your thumbs between the bones of the foot
- When in doubt, ask the person you are rubbing what feels good
Warehouse Sale was a Success!
Posted by Nicole on 8/27/2010
Thanks to everyone who made it out to Anaheim, CA for our huge warehouse sale! It was a success. We loved meeting and talking with each and every one of you and hope to see you in our store again real soon. Just an FYI, we have a physical store location that is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Please feel free to stop by and say hello.
--Best Insoles Staff
Reminder - Warehouse Sale in Anaheim, Ca
Posted by Nicole on 8/26/2010
Just a reminder that we are having a sale at our warehouse in Anaheim, ca. See the flyer above for full details. We are blowing out all of our current inventory with prices ranging from 40% to 80% off our already low prices. Stop by and chat with us about your foot health needs and find out what products will be great for you. We look forward to meeting you all and we expect a big turnout, so get hear by opening time (10am) for the best deals before they run out.
Jobst Ultrasheer Compression Hosiery
Posted by Nicole on 8/25/2010
Jobst Ultrasheer Compression Hosiery cannot be compared to your local drug store pantyhose, no! Actually, it would be an insult to even put the two in the same category. Jobst has created the ultrasheer compression hosiery to fit both business and casual clothing while offering superior levels of support and comfort for the wearer. The fabric is breatheable yet tight for support. Per the manufacturer the following information will also help you decide if the Jobst Ultrasheer Compression Hosiery is the right match for you.
Advantages to Wearing Support Hosiery:
- Relieves tried, aching legs
- Promotes circulation
- Helps prevent swelling
- Improves leg health
- 20-30 mmHg of Compression
- Moderate to Severe Varicosities
- Post-surgical patients
- Moderate Edema
- Prevention of venous ulcerations
Special Ultrasheer features:
- Reinforced toe enhanced durability
- Soft, silky feel for luxurious comfort
- Fine yarns provide a sheer, elegant look
- Sheer heels offers contemporary appeal
- Wide, comfortable band that helps keep hosiery up
- Perfect hosiery for any casual, work, or elegant occasion
Huge Warehouse Blowout Sale
Posted by Nicole on 8/24/2010
Come take part in our Huge Warehouse Blowout Sale this Friday August 27, 2010! We are giving major discounts on selected products. Receive 50%, 60% and even 70% off all products we have in stock. If you are local to Southern California, stop by and take part in our warehouse sale.
August 27, 2010 (Friday)
9:00am to 6:00pm
1381 N Kraemer Blvd.
Anaheim, Ca 92806
CEP vs. 2XU 80's Spoof Video Preview
Posted by Nicole on 8/23/2010
Check out the 80's Spoof Music Video
made by employees of BestInsoles.com. This is just a little sneak peak of what is to come. This full-length 80's Spoof video will be released soon, but until then, check out the preview we put together. Also, share it with your friends on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter by copying and pasting this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjBxH9BWB08
If you would like to pick up a pair of the socks seen in this video click on the links below:
Try Our Pain Identifier Tool
Try out our Foot Pain Identifier Tool by clicking the image above! Figure out what could be plaguing your feet by clicking on the red highlighted areas on the foot and start to learn what could be the problem and how you can go about fixing it. Don't suffer with foot pain if you don't have to. Find out what problems you may have and get them solved. Even if you are not experiencing any pain currently, click around and see what you can learn about feet, foot conditions and how to emedy them with insoles, arch supports, foot products and more!
Join and Follow Bestinsoles.com!
Posted by Nicole on 8/19/2010
Did you know that Bestinsoles.com has a Facebook Fan Page and a Twitter Account? Well now you do! So there are no excuses as to why you are not following us. We would love for you to stop by some time and check out what we have going on in the Social Media world.
Follow us on Twitter:
Become a Fan on Facebook:
Subscribe to our Youtube Channel
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Our pages are fairly new, so we would appreciate your participation. Also, tell your friends about our Facebook and Twitter! In the future, we will have activities, post our upcoming events and let everyone know the awesome deals and promotions we have running. We would also love to hear for you so join, follow and let us know what you think.
Custom Insoles vs Over-The-Counter Insoles
When it comes to foot products, there are a lot of options out there. When it comes to insoles, there are still tons of options to choose from. Take, for example, the selection of insoles we have here at Bestinsoles.com. Going through each one individually is enough to make you go crazy. You really have one major decision to make before you start shopping for your insoles - Custom or Over-the-Counter insoles. There are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing both and they are as follows:
Custom Insoles - typically must be prescribed to you by a podiatrist or doctor (there are kits you can purchase online that mold to your foot as well). These can also be quite pricey because they have to be custom made. You will also have to wait for them to be made before you can start enjoying them. On the bright side, custom insoles are going to be an exact fit for your foot.
Over-the-Counter Insoles - are less expensive than custom insoles and can be worn immediately after receiving them. There are plenty to choose from and you can find one that caters to your foot pain needs. You do not need a prescription, nor do you have to pay to see a podiatrist. However, if you do not choose carefully, you could end up with an insole that is not as effective as it could be.
There are pluses and minuses to choosing custom over store bought insoles. It really becomes a decision that you have to make for yourself. You can opt for the in-between option by purchasing a custom insole kit and have insoles created from the molds you take at home. Either way, you should choose the best option for you although if you choose to purchase insoles, we hope that you'll shop with us.