| Trimming & Fitting
SuperFeet Technology and Fitting Instructions.
Most people take anywhere from 8,000-12,000 steps per day, often in shoes that don't fit very well, so it's easy to understand how unsupported and unstable foot movement inside a shoe can lead to friction, and a multitude of problems such as blisters, bunions, and underfoot pain. When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.
Superfeet's firm, contoured shape provides support, balance and comfort, soft insoles cannot achieve. Like trying to sleep on a soft mattress or run in soft sand, the initial gratification quickly subsides without the proper support to hold your body in place. When properly aligned, your feet hold up and balance your body's weight, taking stress off joints and muscles, preventing future pain.
The ideal fitting combination is the right sock, with the right Superfeet insole, in the proper sized footwear. Talk to your authorized Superfeet dealer to help you with your choices.
Who is Superfeet?
Superfeet was formed in 1977 with a mandate to provide affordable orthotics to the general public. The founders of Superfeet, Dr.'s Dennis N. Brown D.Sc. (Hon.) and Christopher Smith D.P.M. own and operate one of the most highly respected podiatric laboratories in the world. With over 35 patents to their credit, the shape and design of every Superfeet product is the result of their 40 years of experience and their knowledge from working on over a million pair of feet.
Trim and fit instructions for your new SUPERfeet insoles
Remove the original insole from your footwear (Fig.1). To work properly, your Superfeet insole should lie on the bottom surface of your footwear. It should not rest on any insole, arch pad or heel cushion material. These items should be removed.
Place the original insole over the top of your new Superfeet insole, lining up both the heel (Fig. 2) and inside edge (Fig. 3). With a marking pen, trace the original insole pattern onto the new Superfeet insole (Fig. 4). Trim the insole by cutting along the inside edge of the tracing line (Fig. 5). Care should be taken not to trim too short. Trim it, try it. Trim it, try it.
Fit your insole into your footwear, insuring it rests properly on the bottom. The insole needs to have minimal back-to-front movement inside the footwear (about 1/16" or 2mm) to ensure the insole moves with your foot inside your footwear, and is not jammed heel-to-toe (Fig. 6). This is very important. Properly trimmed, your insoles will fit easily into your footwear without a struggle, and will not curl up in the toe area.
If You Have No Original Insole
If there is no original insole in your footwear to use as a template, place your footwear over your new Superfeet insole (Fig. 7), and trace an outline around the toe area (Fig. 8). Then follow the usual trimming instructions. Hint: trace and trim one insole first, then use it as a template for the matching pair.
Too Tight in the Forefoot
If your footwear is too tight to accommodate the full length of your new Superfeet insole, trim off the forefoot by cutting along the designated lines under the insole (Fig. 9). This will have no effect on the biomechanical benefits of the insole.
What to expect from your new insoles
Your new Superfeet insoles may initially feel snug, but after wearing them for a few days, the foam forefoot will compress slightly, allowing for a more relaxed fit. Our patented insoles are designed to be firm and supportive, not soft and mushy like most insoles.You may initially feel this new support in the inside of your heel (Fig. 10) and suspect the arch is too far back. This is ok. This is the shape and design of the insole supporting your foot where it is needed. Because previous insoles may not have supported your foot properly, the tendons and muscles of your feet may need time to adjust to being supported in their proper position. Try breaking your new insoles in a few hours a day, for the first 2-3 days, and you will be pleased with the resulting increased comfort and performance. If you do still experience discomfort with your Superfeet after 5-7 days of wear, and it is not improving, remove the product from your footwear and contact the store where you purchased the product. (We recommend you retain your original insoles until you have completed your break-in period).
How long do Superfeet insoles last?
Depending upon the foot and body weight, type of footwear and activity, and the environment it is worn in, the average Superfeet insole can last up to 12 months or more.
Cleaning Instructions for your new Superfeet insoles
Superfeet insoles can be hand-washed with a mild soap and lukewarm water to remove light soil. A soft bristle brush (old toothbrush) works well to remove ground-in dirt. Rinse well. Use a paper towel to absorb excess water and allow your insoles to air dry overnight. DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY.
60 Day Comfort Guarantee:
You have nothing to lose but your sore feet. If you are not satisfied with your new Superfeet insoles, return them within 60 days of purchase to your place of purchase for a credit or refund. This guarantee is only valid with a proof of purchase, and is not good for misused, abused or improperly cleaned Superfeet product. THIS GUARANTEE IS SUBJECT TO THE RETAILER'S RETURN POLICY.
Most orthotic devices will conform to the heel shape of all types of footwear, and over time imbed itself into the lining of the footwear. Superfeet offers no guarantee against this resulting side effect in Gore-tex® lined footwear.
How to Choose Your Superfeet Product
Everybody's feet are different, but everyone can benefit from the support and comfort provided by a Superfeet Premium Insole. Superfeet makes a variety of models designed to fit differently-shaped feet for all types of activities and sports. Here are some tips to help you choose the right Superfeet products for you.
What type of footwear are you wearing?
Most types of athletic style footwear come with some type of removable insole. Unfortunately the soft cushion effect dissipates quickly within the first few days, and the poor support provides little, if any, biomechanical help. Removal of this insole provides ample room to complement your new footwear with any one of our supportive Superfeet insoles.
Many types of casual and formal dress footwear have no removable insole and subsequently provide very little room for the addition of an after-market insole. In these instances our low-profile products such as BLUE and BLACK models are ideal for this type of footwear. They can be trimmed full length, or if need be, trimmed back to a Â¾ length (See Fig 9). If your footwear is still too tight, we recommend you try one of our Superfeet EASY-FIT products.
What type of activity are you doing?
Most activities will feel more comfortable with the right Superfeet insole. If you are a runner or walker, we recommend you try one of our models designed to provide extra shock absorption, such as our GREEN, or our new BERRY insole (for Women). If you are looking for support in a stop-and-start sport like soccer, then our BLUE model is ideal for tight fitting cleated footwear. If you are a skater, cyclist, or prefer cowboy boots as you choice of footwear, then our specially designed GREY is the right model for you.
No matter what type of foot you have, what type of footwear you are wearing, or what activity you are doing, Superfeet has the ideal product for you.
How to Size Your Superfeet
Every shoe manufacturer has their own version of sizes and that can make things confusing. One brand's size 8 is not necessarily another brand's size 8. Many people wear their shoes too small, or too big, and don't really know what size they truly are. To help avoid this confusion, and preoccupation with size, Superfeet identifies each of our product sizes with letters. Each letter represents approximate sizing based on the footwear industry's manufacturing scale. We provide our authorized Superfeet dealers with DEMO product in various letter sizes to help you determine the correct size of Superfeet insole for you. Here is a quick way to size your Superfeet.
Check the Superfeet size chart, and select the size that you feel is the closest to your size.
If the insole you selected is too short (Fig. A), go up one size (Fig. B).
Check the heel width. If width is too small (Fig. C), go up one size (Fig. D).
Follow the Quick Trim and Fit instructions from the beginning of the Guide.