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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.

Video Courtesy of Nature Video

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

Posted by Nicole on 8/30/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Massage can be great for achy feet. Check out these tips:

Video Courtesy of LiveStrong.com
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
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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 Ultra Sheer Hosiery

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

Recommended For:

  • 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
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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.

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August 27, 2010 (Friday)


9:00am to 6:00pm


1381 N Kraemer Blvd.
Anaheim, Ca 92806


(714) 685-1907
(888) 473-3762

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 https://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

Posted by Nicole on 8/20/2010 to Foot Pain Relief
Pain Identifier

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
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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.

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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

Posted by Nicole on 8/18/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

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.

Foot Pain Help

Posted by Nicole on 8/17/2010

Millions of people suffer from a variety of foot ailments, the most common of those being foot soreness or pain. Some of the pain stems from wearing the wrong types of shoes, walking improperly, standing/walking for long periods of time or not having enough support. Whatever the case may be, your foot pain has most likely led to you searching for a solution. Luckily, we have some very viable solutions for you to try in order to get rid of your foot pain:

Home Remedies

There are a ton of home remedies out there that can help get rid of foot pain, temporarily. You can try soaking your feet in various solutions - vinegar (natural healing properties), baking soda, epsom salt. All of these can improve the look and feel of your feet, however, they are temporary solutions to you problem.


Insoles can be your best friend when it comes to alleviating foot pain. They come in a variety of styles and offer different bells and whistles. Picking a good insole becomes your responsibility, but it's not a tough decision. Simply determine where your foot hurts and you can find an insole that can help with that specific area of your feet. You can also go general and get a multi-purpose insole that can help with a variety of problems.

Shoes/Custom Orthotics

You can purchase shoes or have custom orthotics made that cater to your specific foot problems. Both of these can be somewhat costly, but worth the money, especially when it comes to having something custom made.

See a Podiatrist

Sometimes speaking to a professional is your best option. If you have access to a podiatrist, we highly recommend speaking to them about your concerns. Some foot problems can be much more serious than a home remedy, insole, shoe, or custom orthotic can help. If you think your foot pain is abnormal, then you should speak with a doctor.

Summer Sandal Sale

Posted by Nicole on 8/16/2010
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Check out the Summer Sandal Sale at Bestinsoles.com! You will find a great selection of sandals that have been marked down for extra savings. Also, purchase 2 pairs of any brand and receive an additional $10 off at checkout. You will also receive Free Shipping on your order!

Superfeet Insoles - For Backpacking & Hiking

Posted by Nicole on 8/13/2010

Check out this video about using insoles for camping, hiking and backpacking. They com ehighly recommended for keeping your feet happy and healthy while outdoors. In this video you will see Superfeet Insoles on display and he will explain why these insoles are great for outdoors activities and long walks and hikes. If you are a hiker or backpacker, I suggest you take a look at this video, then purchase some great superfeet insoles.

Video Courtesy of Expert Village

Newest Additions to BestInsoles.com

Posted by Nicole on 8/12/2010

Newest Additions - Product Videos

We are constantly thinking of new things to add to the site and this is our most recent innovation. We are currently working on and adding videos to each product on the website. As you can imagine, this is a lengthy process. So, if your favorite product doesn't have a video yet, it will in the future so keep checking back. Also, if you feel inclined, send us a video review of your favorite product as we,as well as other customers, would love to hear what you think about products you have purchased. You can also write a product review for our website. Send any questions about how to submit a video review or send your review videos to bestinsolesvideo@yahoo.com. We are excited to hear from you!

Spenco Gel Heel Cup Video

Posted by Nicole on 8/11/2010

Learn a little bit about the Spenco Gel Heel Cup from this video produced by Spenco Medical.

To Purchase This Product Click the Picture Below:

Spenco Gel Heel CupSlide a pair of these into your shoes and say goodbye to heel pain. This gel heel cup provides wearers with shock absorption and comfort. The cover on the heel cup actually prevents bacteria from growing and helps to eliminate odor. If you are looking for extra heel support that can improve energy and comfort, the Spenco heel cup is the way to go.

How YoU Can Benefit From Using Trigger Point

Posted by Nicole on 8/10/2010
Trigger Point Starter Set

The Trigger Point Starter Kit is designed to produce benefits for anyone who uses them. Trigger Point believes the product can be beneficial for everyone for the following reasons:

  • Our products are designed for specific needs
  • All Trigger Point products are designed to be used "hands free"
  • Trigger Point strives to empower clients through education
Sounds pretty convincing to us. Let's elaborate a bit more on each reason to gain more understanding about their products and why they believe they are so great.

"Our products are designed for specific needs"

Each of the products in the set are designed to be firm and pliable at the same time. This is great for muscle tissue and doesn't cause damage like other hard objects can do.

"All Trigger Point products are designed to be used hands free"

When using their products, all you need is your body, some pressure and gravity. You won't need any other help, so you can literally help yourself with these products. No need to have someone help you and you are not forced to purchase other products in order to use these ones effectively.

"Trigger Point strives to empower clients through education"

You can only truly treat yourself if you completely understand the what and why behind the treatment and your injuries. If you understand the why behind your problems, you can understand why you need to use certain techniques to fix the problem. Trigger Point has all kinds of information on their website for you to go through after you have purchased your set so you can learn the why and how behind the products.

Could Your Flip Flops Be Hurting You?

Posted by Nicole on 8/9/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Flips flops are fashionable and fit well within most budgets, but could they be hurting your feet? According to an article written by Melissa Heyboer, they certainly are. In fact, flip flops not only cause your feet to hurt, but you could actually be hurting your joints due to improper support. Flips flops are relatively flat and don't offer much support for your arches, toes, heels or ankles. You are actually leaving yourself vulnerable to injuries as well. If you have conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, you are leaving yoursef open to further damaging your feet.

However, not many people know that they are causing this damage to themselves by wearing flip flops. Actually, you may even believe that you are doing your feet a favor by letting them be free in your open toed shoes, when the reality of it is much different. Flip flops can damage tendons, weaken arches and leave your feet open to injuries such as someone stepping on your toes. These are factors that should be taken into consideration when you decide to wear flip flops, especially if you have had previous foot injuries and foot pain.

However, this is not to say that all flip flops are bad. There are flip flops out there that can be good for your feet. For instance, a flip flop that has arch support, flexes appropriately and has a slight elevation in the heel would be a quality sandal according to the article. Otherwise, you can opt to purchase an orthotic sandal which offers all of these and are typically designed by a podiatrist. Both of these options allow you to wear the sandals you love while taking care of your feet. A great example of these sandals are put out by Spenco called the Spenco Total Support Sandals. They support your feet while still providing the flip flop look you are going for.

You don't have to stop wearing flip flops, you just need to start purchasing the right ones for your feet.

Product Review - CEP Compression Socks

Posted by Nicole on 8/6/2010

As all high level pro athletes know, in order to get faster and stronger You have to workout at super high intensity levels to see real results. Working out at your maximum vo2 level while doing mind numbing efforts is just what we do. Throw in some muscle confusion by doing things that most people can't even imagine is the way to the top of your game. One more rep?

While on a training ride with my teammate, we were climbing up a 12% grade hill about 5 miles long when I came up with a great way to increase the effort. I pulled up along side him and told him to stop pedaling. When he did, I reached over and put my hand on the small of his back and accelerated! We took turns every mile, but think about the extra weight I was now pushing up the hill. He weighs 205, plus his bike so that was an instant increase of almost 225lbs. I was now pushing a combined weight of close to 375lbs. up a hill!! We finished the hill and then continued on for another 80 miles of roller coaster hills.

After a workout like this the two things you need most are proper nutrition and the product no pro athlete lives without today, COMPRESSION FABRIC. I love the compression socks from CEP because they are very comfortable and offer great increases in circulation and blood flow after riding or working out. The special fabrics breathe very well and don't make your legs hot even though they come up almost to the knee. So before you go out and push yourself to new levels of effort make sure to pick up some great socks from CEP. They are also made for running in so all you marathon runners they are for you to.

Spenco For Her Total Support Insoles

Posted by Nicole on 8/5/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Women's feet require different insoles than men's feet; that is just a fact. That is why Spenco has developed the Spenco For Her Total Support Insole. This particular insole is for women who are active and are looking for firm controlled support. This insole is great for women runners and athletes. Total Support insoles provide shock absorption and balance stabilization. As you take your strides, this insole supports your feet from heel to toe. If you are a active women who needs a quality insole for her athletic shoes or running shoes, the Spenco For Her Total Support Insole is the way to go.

If you take a look at the picture of the insole above, you will see how each individual part works to support a woman's foot. The three little pieces are part of what is called a 3-Pod™ Cushioning System that absorbs shock and prevents over pronation. There is also a cushioning layer and the top cloth layer that provide support and anti-bacterial technology that prevents bacteria growth, thus eliminating odor. There is also a crash pad, metatarsal arch support ad a stability cradle. All and all, this insole has got support covered.

Product Reviews - We Want to Hear What You Have To Say

Posted by Nicole on 8/4/2010 to Product Reviews

Hello Bestinsoles.com Blog readers! Thank you for your continued dedication and readership. We are currently working on several aspects of our site to improve the shopping experience for you. We would love to hear what you have to say about our products. If you have recently purchased a product from Best Insoles and would like to send us a video review, we are currently accepting the reviews at the following email address: bestinsolesvideo@yahoo.com. We would also love to see some video reviews from returning customers or customers who have been using a particular insole for days, weeks, months or even years. Your input is highly valued and we are looking forward to seeing all of your reviews.

Also, take a look around. We have gotten some product reviews already from satisfied customers. We are also working on adding videos to each of our products. As we continue to add new features to the site, I will continue to update you on what you can expect from us in the future. We would love to hear what you think. Send us your video reviews soon so we can get them on our site. Thanks in advance for your continued dedication and patronage! We appreciate your business!

Yaktrax - Winter is Coming!!!

Posted by Nicole on 8/3/2010
Winter is quickly approaching and it is important to be prepared. There are products out there that can help. For instance, under our Winter Products section on Bestinsoles.com, you will find some great winter products including hand warmers, feet warmers, insoles and ice cleats. One product I want to call your attention to are the two Yaktrax products we have listed.

Yaktrax Walker

Yaktrax Walker Traction Cleats Yaktrax Walker Traction Cleats features an easy to slip on and slip off design that makes wearing ice cleats simple. Simply remove the cleats from the package and slip right over your shoes. The rubber design makes them easy to take off and slip right into your purse, pocket or bag. The Yaktrax Walker will keep your feet steady on the ground when ice makes it difficult to get around. These ice cleats are perfect for the elderly and anyone who needs more traction.

Yaktrax Pro

Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats are designed the exact same as the Yaktrax walker with one difference - the strap. The Pro traction cleats will slide onto your shoes and slide off just as easily, but the addition of the strap allows users to keep the yaktrax from slipping off while tredging through thicker snow and ice. You will have the same traction abilities as the Walker version except you will be able to do a little more with the Pro model.

Both of these products are great, but deciding which one you will purchase should be based on your needs. If you are going to be trecking through some serious snow or heavy trails, then you should opt for the Yaktrax Pro. If you are simply using these to prevent falling on ice while walking to your car or completing everyday tasks, then the Yaktrax Walker is going to be more your style. Yaktrax is a great way to prepare yourself for winter as well as prevent slip and falls due to icy streets, sidewalks and other surfaces.