Best insoles for cycling shoes

Insoles can provide proper support for your ankle up to your mid-back, they can also provide you more pedaling power and create more overall comfort.

This is the reason why it is important to replace the paper-thin factory insoles with your favorite cycling shoes. However, cycling shoe insoles are not self-saving. You should not forget that the basis for a comfortable ride lies in a correct bike fit. Ensure you have the correct bike size, saddle height, saddle type, cleats position, etc.

If you experience excessive pressure, inflamed matatarsalgia, sore feet, feet numbness, or efficiency losses, then cycling insoles may help you. It can also help with foot stability and prevent injuries caused by postural imbalance.

With all that being said, we are sharing with you our list of the best insoles for cycling shoes or footbed options to help you find your best support.

Icebug Slim

  • The icebug slim comes in 3 arch heights: low, medium and high. All featuring a large metatarsal bump and is perfect even for shoes with non-removable footbeds. This slim insole is just around 5 millimeters thick at the heel and 2 millimeters at the forefoot.
  • It is made of a nylon top layer to prevent the foot from slipping and EVA foam layer for comfort without sacrificing performance. Its large metatarsal pad or bump can relieve overuse pressure from cycling and its deep heel cup will ensure that your foot stays in place.
  • This cycling insole has a hard plastic foundation to support the heel, arch, outer foot and forefoot. Its overall design and construction makes it our top choice for the best overall insole.

Pros:

  • Well thought out design
  • Low volume that fits extremely well
  • Comes in 3 arch heights (low arch, medium, tall or high arch)
  • Lightweight and Durable
  • Supportive insoles / Good metatarsal support

Cons:

  • Sizes may be too long for others, but can be trimmed

SOLE Active Thin

  • The Sole Active Thin is our top choice for the most overall comfort and this is because the insoles have several features that make them stand out. It has a heel cup that supports inverted or everted structures and the lateral arch is also built up more than several of the other brands.
  • It is latex-free, contains no animal product and its EVA is made with 20% industrial scrap. It is also medically accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association and has a polygiene coating for active odor-control with the use of recycled silver salt.
  • This insole is density mapped so that it can provide support where it’s needed most, and it can reduce plantar fascia strain, improve balance and promote natural foot alignment.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Medium arch height
  • Heat and wear moldable for customized fit
  • Improves Balance
  • Reduces plantar fascia strain ot plantar fasciitis
  • Distributes weight and pressure equally
  • Can be trimmed

Cons:

  • May be too wide for others

Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey

  • Regardless of its name, the Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey works well in cycling shoes due to its distinct orthotic shape and low-volume design  that can help improve the fit and feel of tight-fitting athletic footwear like cleats and lightweight shoes. 
  • It has a knit polyester top cover, polyethylene foam, and EVOLyte cap made of nylon and carbon fiber for lightweight performance and to provide structure and support. The structured heel cup also helps stabilize and support the foot and positions the heel to naturally absorb impact. 
  • This superfeet insole has a wider forefoot and can accommodate a wider range of footwear and the beveled edge on the foam improves the fit in tighter-fitting shoes. Additionally, the perforations in the foam under the midfoot and forefoot can reduce weight and improve breathability.

Pros:

  • Great power transfer
  • Incredibly comfortable
  • Unique approach on arch support
  • Can be trimmed
  • Works well for hiking, walking, and running shoes  too

Cons:

  • They may be too squeaky

Oboz O FIT Insoles

  • These insoles are popular cycling insoles among people with normal arches because they provide medium arch support. The Oboz O FIT is also our top choice for anyone looking for the best budget insoles. They are anatomically designed to maximize stability and support.
  • The Oboz O FIT is made of high density EVA sculpted arches to offer superior support, high density EVA deep heel cups have the ability to maximize stability and support while improving natural cushioning. It also has these Poron performance pods that provide superior shock absorption and rebound.
  • To prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes in the fabric, the Oboz O FIT features a moisture-wicking top layer with an adaptive soft foam underlay for antimicrobial odor control.

Pros:

  • Moisture Wicking 
  • Absorbs shock and rebound
  • Medium Arch
  • Budget-friendly
  • Deep cushioning heel cups
  • Can be trimmed

Cons:

  • Wears out faster than others

Sof Sole Men’s AIRR Performance Full-Length Insole

  • The Sof Sole Airr insole is our top choice when it comes to ultimate shock absorption, which is a feature brought to you by an encapsulated air chamber in the heel and arch, as well as the Polymer Gel in its forefoot.
  • The Polymer Gel provides comfort while riding and the Skydex air bubbles in the heel and arch will help absorb impact. It is also made with Coolmax fabric top cover to wick away moisture and make your feet feel cool and dry.
  • The inslole’s slim design allows it to fit into all athletic shoes and it also works well for running, walking and cross training. The material is of good quality and it doesn’t slide or move around the bike shoes. 

Pros:

  • Polymer gel layer forefoot protection
  • Skydex air capsules in heel and arch
  • Ideal for low to neutral arch types
  • Shock absorption
  • Slim design
  • Moisture wicking top-cover

Cons:

  • Due to their size, they will reduce the fit of the shoe by half a size.

How cycling insoles help

Improved alignment and efficiency

Cycling insoles support the foot, increase stability and improve knee alignment by providing a stable platform through the pedal stroke.

Hotspot elimination

By distributing pedal pressure over a greater area of the foot, cyclists will reduce the pressure in specific areas that lead to hotspots.

Less strap pressure

Proper insoles in your cycling shoes lock into the contour of the arches of your feet. That means less strap pressure is needed to keep your feet snug in your shoes. 

Slippage Minimization

Insoles make your cycling shoes fit better, which means less friction. Less friction keeps your feet cooler and more comfortable, especially on long rides.

Reduction in forefoot pressure

Forefoot pressure can cause you to feel tingly or fall asleep during your ride. Reducing that pressure can help you avoid the discomfort of numb or tingling feet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are custom insoles worth it cycling?

Custom insoles are also worth it because they can improve cycling performance by supporting your feet where they need it and providing a stable base for the foot through each pedal stroke

Many cyclists or riders suffer from numb spots in their feet and pain in the forefoot or ball of the foot and wearing customized insoles can relieve foot pain and these other ailments by evenly distributing pressure in your feet. 

Do insoles help Morton’s neuroma?

There is significant pain relief when using insoles to treat Morton’s neuroma, as it can provide shock absorption, arch support, cushioning, and correct anatomical alignment issues to help relieve the stress on the nerves.

Adding arch supports or insoles to your shoes can also help reduce pressure and irritation. Injections of a corticosteroid medication can also relieve some of the pain and swelling.

Conclusion

Cycling insoles are designed explicitly for cycling shoes to relieve some of the pressure while you are pedaling.

They are also more efficient than regular shoes since energy is not wasted in keeping your foot stable. Overall, you will have more control over your bicycle and will be able to avoid accidents.

 If you are a beginner and do not have cycling shoes, it is important that you put insoles in any shoes that would aid you while cycling. These inserts will provide the control you require, while simultaneously shielding your feet from any hurt caused by shocks. 

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By Paul P.

Paul Panha is an avid cyclist and sports performance enthusiast. Regularly on the road testing (and buying) new bikes. Paul is a co-owner of GetBike.fit and is the head resident author here.