Can you wear vertical insoles with prescribed orthotics?
Yes, most all prescribed orthotic inserts work just as intended over or under the relatively thin, gradually tapered base of Achilles Shield vertical insoles.
Should I buy slightly larger shoes to fit vertical insoles?
Not really. Most people use vertical insoles when breaking in their shoes, and remove them once they are more comfortable. Vertical insoles are also precision-made to be ultra thin. However, for those that plan to wear vertical insoles with rigid shoes that they will not wear often, and may never fully break-in, you may want to take into consideration the thin space our insoles occupy when choosing a shoe size.
How to stop new shoes from hurting your foot?
The short answer is with vertical insoles. New shoes hurt because they are stiff out of the box. It takes many hours of wear before your average shoe or boot becomes flexible enough to conform to the shape of your foot and not cause pain. This break-in period can be made much more comfortable with the use of a vertical insole that will protect your foot from a still rigid shoe.
Is it okay if the Achilles Shield doesn't come up above the back of my shoe?
Yes. Vertical insoles work by resisting the force of rigid shoe toplines, cushioning and dissipating it away from the sensitive Achilles tendon area. Ideally, for maximum protection, they would extent just above the top of the shoe upper. Although many of our customers purposely trim the top of their insoles to the same height of their shoes, heels especially, so that it doesn't show, and they still work great.
What size should I get?
Vertical insoles come fit men's sizes 8-11 and women's sizes 6-9. Tapered base edges allow for an adaptive fit that is comfortable in footwear with different footbed profiles. The Achilles Shield also has the added ability to be trimmed if necessary.
Which vertical insole should I get?
Men: our average male customer will benefit from a pair of Achilles Shield insoles for use with dress shoes, and a pair to make those leather boots more comfortable. If you've stopped wearing a pair of athletic shoes because of the pain that often occurs at the Achilles tendon region, then the Achilles Shield Sport will also help you get back into those sneakers, and make breaking them in less painful.Women: our female customers tend to wear a wider range of footwear. If you're experiencing the most common form of foot pain associated with stiff shoe uppers, then the Achilles Shield Thin is the right pair of vertical insoles to get. They will protect the back of your heel from the rigid topline of lighter weight shoes. The regular Achilles Shield will provide more support, force absorbance, and resistance to abrasive forces. Vertical insoles now come in a variety of colors and support options to mix and match with the colors and textures of your outfit.
Do you know anyone without bruising or scarring on the back of their heels?
Probably not. That's why we invented the Achilles Shield vertical insole.