Most runners have had some sort of foot or leg issue at one time or another. For me, it started out with Shin Splints when I first started running 4.5 years ago. Then it was IT Band Syndrome. Recently I had Plantar Fasciitis, which I tried everything from rolling with ice bottles, to physical therapy, to insoles, and finally a Cortisone shot. Many ailments that runners deal with can be helped, at least in part, by using a good pair of insoles.
Many insoles that come with shoes aren’t very good (and I have heard this from the manufactures themselves). This is mainly because they need to provide an insole that will work for everyone since it is not custom made to your foot. I have used Super Feet insoles, which I got at the local running store. It provides more support in your heel and arch than the standard shoe insole but it’s still mass produced and not custom made for your foot. I ran across a company that makes insoles that are specifically made for your foot and had the opportunity to test a pair out.
What if you took a few pictures through a smart phone app and within a week would have custom made 3D printed insoles at your door? Sounds futuristic right? You start by paying for your insoles on the Wiivv website. Then you download the Wiivv app on your phone and simply follow the prompts. All it takes is a room with a hard floor (you could also stand on a piece of plywood if you only have carpet), a piece of white paper, and about 5 minutes. The instructions are really easy to follow. Here is a video that talks about the measuring process.
The insoles are made up of a hard custom fit arch support. There is a deep heel cup that helps stabilize your heel and absorb shock. The flexible insole allows for a healthy range of motion and there is a foam layer that has been performance tested to last more than 150,000 cycles (or strides). The insoles are waterproof and sweatproof and are personalized with your name on the top fabric layer and the hard bottom layer.
You can pick from full length or ¾ length and get to choose the design of the shell (hard bottom layer of the insole) and the fabric top. There are several different prints that you can choose for the top layer, from a topo map to bacon and eggs. Once you’ve taken your pictures and picked your styles, you put in your order. The shipping is free and you get status updates throughout the whole process.
Wiivv provides a 30-Day Happiness Guarantee, basically saying that if you aren’t 100% satisfied with your new insoles, you can return them for a full refund. They also have a Manufactures Warranty that guarantees that the insoles will last for at least 1 year or they will replace them with a brand new pair.
I love that I can get a well-made custom insole that is made for my feet at a decent price. Fellow runners have told me that they spent more than $300 for a pair of custom insoles from their podiatrist and they felt that the Wiivv insoles were a better fit for running. I used my Wiivv insoles before and after I got my Cortisone shot and it was an important step for me to get over my Plantar Fasciitis. After more than 3 months of use, the insoles still look almost new and really help my feet with a heavy training schedule of 40-60 miles a week of running.
You can get your Wiivv insoles for $99 (for their full-length version) and $79 (for the ¾ length insoles).
Custom made based on your actual feet
Can be ordered in less than 5 minutes
Made with premium materials and 3D printing
Sweatproof and waterproof
Excellent price ($99 full-length, $79 ¾ length)
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Taking care of your feet is one of the most important things you can do to remain injury free. My health care provider doesn’t do orthotic insoles and to see a podiatrist out of pocket would be pricy. Then you add the $300+ for custom made insoles that could take weeks to get back. I am thrilled that Wiivv has taken this process and made it painless. The product is amazing and I love that I can customize the insoles. I will be using my insoles to keep my feet healthy and recommend them if you are in need of some insoles. Don’t settle for insoles that were made for the masses. If you get a pair, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.