*This is a sponsored post. I received payment for sharing news about the launch of the Tread Labs company.
For years, I’ve loved my Chacos. In college, I wore the traditional strappy sandals that go around the ankle to hike parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When I began blogging, I was excited to partner with Chacos on several reviews on women’s shoes, men’s shoes, and kid’s shoes. The support Chacos offer has made them a favorite for my family as well as for several of my friends. Recently, I was contacted by the brand Tread Labs, which is founded by the former CEO and founder of Chaco, Mark Paigen. Since Tread Labs is a newly launched company that offers Chaco like comfort for shoes, trying the insoles out gave me insight into whether I could convert my otherwise flat shoes into something as supportive as my Chacos.
Tread Labs Insoles
When coordinating the review, I was impressed that the company needed to know specifics about my arch in order to best choose an insole for me. Some of the information you provide includes your shoe size, the width of your shoe, and your arch height. I’ve known since I was little that I have flat arches, which has really limited the types of shoes I can wear. Getting arch support from my insoles was a key factor in choosing a pair, which come in a wide variety of sizes and widths.
While trying out the insoles, I had to practice putting them in my shoes a couple times. At first, I pushed the back of the insole into the heel, and I couldn’t get the toe part of the insole to lie flat. I realized that the best strategy was to push the toe of the insole all the way to the end of the shoe first, and then to push the back of the insole all the way down in the heel. Then, smooth the insole down and double check that it didn’t bunch up anywhere. When the insole was inserted correctly, I found that it fit my work shoes well.
I also tried the insoles in a pair of flats that had absolutely no arch support in them. Because the shoes provided no support usually, I didn’t often wear them. I inserted the insoles, which fit the shoes well. With better arch support, I could wear the shoes I wanted to wear without worrying about twisting my ankle. You can see the difference in the arch support in the below photo, with the top shoe having the Tread Labs insole and the bottom shoe having no arch support.
One thing I noticed while trying out the insoles was that some of my shoes felt tighter, which would be the case with adding any insoles to your shoes. I found that the insoles fit the best in my tennis shoes. Years ago, I bought a pair of tennis shoes that had high reviews, but since the arch support was lacking, I twisted my ankle the first time I wore the shoes. With the insoles added to my tennis shoes, I headed out for a walk around the neighborhood. I had improved balance with better support. My shoes were more comfortable and didn’t feel so flat anymore.
There are a few tips to improve the fit of the shoes while wearing the insoles. First, double check that you take the factory insole out of the shoes. Having two insoles can make shoes become uncomfortable and cramped. Next, you want to make sure that the insole is the proper fit for your shoes. Line the factory insole up with your Tread Labs insole to see if there is a major difference. If there is, trace the extra space with a pen and cut it off to ensure that the insoles will properly fit your shoe. Still not sure if the insoles will be the right fit for you? Receive a free trial and you won’t be charged for the product initially.
To contact Tread Labs, check out their Facebook page. Also visit their Instagram page where you can see how durable their insoles really are in a video that shows a car running over the insoles and the insoles staying intact.
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I received a free product as well as payment from Tread Labs for writing this article.