In the first package they included 3 items for me, plus one for my husband. But when they found out Paul is plagued by foot problems (indeed, I recently got him started soaking his feet in Epsom salts, although initially he scoffed at me over it) including plantar fasciitis, they sent Paul his own separate package!
Paul was very excited to put all his new "gear" to test. He's an accountant, did you know? Which means an analytical mind. So when I asked him to get me his thoughts on these products, first off he wanted an extension to try them longer. I explained that typically companies like a 2 week turnaround on a review. So he pulled it together (after all, nothing like a good deadline to get your accountant in action) and sent me a 3 page document review. Single typed. Hopefully he'll forgive me for my extensive condensing!
Okay, so my stuff first. I used the lines on the shoe inserts to cut them to size. This worked great for me. Paul said some of his didn't seem quite on size, so he preferred to take his old inserts out of the shoe and use those as a guide for cutting.
I have not tried the PF inserts, as I don't currently have any Plantar Fasciitis issues (but I have in the past, so I will hold on to them to put to good use as needed). The moleskin is great. We've used moleskin a lot when hiking for sore spots, and it's a must have for hikers. This moleskin is the softest I have ever felt - which in reading the package is because it is made from Velvetex, a breathable material softer and more durable than ordinary moleskin. Sometimes I do get hot spots on very long runs, so this will come in handy!
Now, for Paul's reviews. His favorite was also the 2 oz. Miracle Custom Molding Insoles. Here's what he had to say:
First impression was amazing! Any skepticism whether I’ll like these inserts has vanished. The soft foam was very noticeable both on the heel and in the forefoot section. I liked the feel of the softness in the forefoot surprisingly because it gave me confidence to pick up the pace and run with good form...at least for the first two miles. Then my lack of fitness started to catch up to me and I slowed for the last two miles of my four mile run. The foam under my heal also felt almost massaging and not once did I feel any pain from that area. That was very surprising to me because lately I can do no exercise and wake up the next morning with huge heel pain. I blame this mainly on overuse by chasing three little kids and walking on hardwood floors at home without any support.
Another interesting thing I noticed about the inserts is they remembered every shape to the point of even taking on my sock thread pattern and flakes of little rocks that worked their way into my shoe. After the run the heel padding was barely noticeable.
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