5 Stars By Swavey on 2016-02-03
but this is a great product. I am a chiropractor and very familiar ...
I very seldom write a review, but this is a great product. I am a chiropractor and very familiar with several different types of Orthotics. I am very active in racquet sports and developed severe plantar fascitis. primarily left heel pain. I continued to work with it exercises, stretches etc. along with different types of orthotics without much success. Finally I tried the expensive custom hard plastic orthotics, which even after gradually breaking them in, my feet just generally hurt so I decided to search online for a better orthotic.
I wanted a very firm orthotic but also one that would also cushion your feet and absorb shock. My research lead me to the Spenco Total Maximum Orthotic insole. While I won't say that it alone cured my plantar fasciitis, I will say that along with everything else I was doing it was a huge help. I have 2 pairs of the orthotics and use them in most of my shoes including my slippers. This is a great product and I highly recommend it. Remove the insoles that are in your current shoes and replace with the Spenco Orthotic.
5 Stars By Stratocaster on 2013-03-10
Currently Saving My Feet
I work in an industrial environment and spend the entire day (9-10 hours) on my feet walking on concrete floors. I've tried many different products, and thought I'd probably just have to live with sore, aching arches and heels. I was wrong.
After wearing these inserts for a few days I realized that my feet just didn't hurt nearly as much when I got home from work. They literally improved the condition by about 80%, which is at least twice as much as anything else I've tried, and probably about all that I can reasonably ask of any product given my occupation.
They are a bit more expensive than other similar products, but the results have not been similar in my case, so the extra cost has been well worth it so far. The only thing I can't yet speak to is longevity, as I've only been wearing them for about a month. Even at this point (around a dollar a day) I'd consider them a slightly expensive necessity for me. If they make it three months I'm going to start using words like "miracle".
Like any product of this type it's probably safe to say that people's experiences will be different, as people's bodies and activities differ. However, if you've been living with the daily pain as I have, I would highly recommend trying these insoles if you haven't yet.
Update 7/28/2013: After using these insoles for over four months, I've noticed that my foot pain has been returning gradually very recently. I guess it's time to order a new pair, and I'll gladly do it! These have been absolutely amazing for me.
4 Stars By Tough critic on 2016-03-02
Good product but almost too much support
I have the flattest of flat feet and always use an arch support insole. Had a different model of Spenco in a pair of Keens for many years and was very happy with them. I'm using these in a pair of Brooks Beast athletic shoes. They provide very firm support and are great as long as you don't wear them for more than about 2 hours. Wearing them too long can be uncomfortable because they have very little flex. I'll buy Spenco again but will drop down a notch to a more flexible model.
5 Stars By Brad on 2016-09-21
Asics are best without, but dress shoes and work boots need ...
I get severe heal pain from undiagnosed plantar fasciitis in unsupportive shoes. Asics are best without, but dress shoes and work boots need these. I put these in my work boots and moved 10 city dump truck loads of storm debris with no heel pain. They are still structurally sound even after the work I put them through.
5 Stars By Bufatutu on 2017-02-05
Helps Keep Me Hiking and Skiing
I have too many problems with my feet--achilles/plantar/neuroma/nerves--yet I'm still an active person. My podiatrist fitted me for custom orthotics with a metatarsal pad, which are fine for every day use. But when I hike or ski they quickly start banging around or become uncomfortable. So in consultation with the podiatrist, I tried several brands of off the shelf insoles, including Superfeet and New Balance, both of which I've used extensively in the past with positive results. The Superfeet don't have the metatarsal pad and the pads on the NBs are spongy. These Spenco Max insoles have a strong met pad and serious arch support. So these help me ski and hike for a couple of hours in spite of my many problems. Good product for a big active guy like me. Highly recommend.
5 Stars By MSR on 2017-12-05
Hugely diminished plantar fasciitis and allows me to run again!
I am dumbfounded at how good these are. I have been battling rather extreme plantar fasciitis. Two rounds of corticosteroid shots have given me only temporary relief. I had not been able to run in months. These have allowed me not only run, but to run with only minimal after-effects. These are a lifestyle enabler.
When first donning these, the arch feels too high and intrusive. The arch support almost hurts. Right when I start running I think the arch support is bothersome enough to keep me from going more than half a mile or so.... But, once I hit about a half-mile, instead of intensifying, the sensation disappears. By the end of the run I don't even notice the arch support. So, keep that in mind if you try them on to walk around the house and also experience arch support issues.
3 Stars By Aij on 2018-01-23
Arch support not in correct place on my foot, otherwise would be great!
I would give this item 5 stars based on quality and comfort, but the placement of the arch support does not line up with my arch.
I wear a size 7 narrow shoe, but my feet are actually between 6 1/2 and 7. (one foot is 6 1/2 and the other is s few millimeters over size 6 1/2). I ordered size 2, following the measurements on the size chart. The insoles are quite a bit too long- probably about 3 inches from the point to the top of my longest toe, but if trimmed they would have fit in my shoe perfectly.
Since I didn't want to trim them before I knew if they would work for me, I tried them out both by placing the arch supports on the floor and standing on them, and by placing them in an open toe shoe, so the excess length could fit out the front.
My heel fit well in the heel cup. I have very narrow feet, so that was a thrill to me. The level of support, height of the arch, and cushioning was perfect. I liked how there was a springy gel-like insert under the rigid heel.
However, when my foot was placed correctly in the heel cup, the arch support was not in the correct place on my foot. It was about 1/2 to 1 inch too far back.
If they fit my foot right, these would have been by far the best arch supports I've ever found
5 Stars By Drummer Boy on 2016-11-14
) The reason the Spenco Total Support Max don't work for me is because this model is more like an orthotic
Although they don't work for me, I gave them 5 stars because they are very well constructed, and MUCH nicer than the rip-off $44-$54 Superfeet insoles. (I think the people who make Superfeet are no different than the Epi-Pen makers!) The reason the Spenco Total Support Max don't work for me is because this model is more like an orthotic. It is very rigid for my neutral/medium arches. They work great when I am walking, however, when simply standing, I can tell there is too much arch support for me. I called Spenco, and the customer support rep said that the Max is indeed more of an orthotic, and that if I liked the support, but don't need an orthotic, I should exchange them for the Total Support Original, which flexes in the arch. They also alternatively offered me a full refund, even though I didn't buy them from them directly, because they have an unconditional guarantee. Wow! That's the way shopping should be!
When I bought these, I also bought Superfeet Green at the same time, because they are all the rave at places like REI. But, there really is no comparison. Superfeet Green simply has a top fabric over closed-cell foam, with the addition of a plastic mold under the arch and heel. That's it. The Spenco Total Support Max has three layers - an anti-microbial top fabric, foam, padding, and a plastic mold under the heel and arch. They also have 3 strategically placed pads on the very bottom below the plastic.
Another nice thing about the Spenco insoles is that they have vent holes under the ball of the foot, and I can tell you that these made a huge difference in my leather Keen Citizen boots. The stock insoles, like the Superfeet insoles, had no holes under the ball portion, and when I removed the insoles after wearing them at work all day, they were soaked with sweat. When I ran my fingers across the footbed of the shoes, my fingers were dripping. While I did not wear the Superfeet insoles for that long, I could see they would do the same thing, and I can see how the moisture would affect the close-cell foam of the insole, as well. But, this did not happen with the Spenco insoles. The footbed of the shoe was not wet at all when I removed them, and the insole itself was not soaking wet, either. I honestly can't believe having holes in the insoles would matter that much, because I would think the moisture of the sweat would still be there, but apparently holes in the insoles make a huge difference.
How the makers of Superfeet can justify charging so much more for their product when it's easy to see how much cheaper it must be to make than the Spenco product smells like pure greed to me. I prefer to support Spenco because they produce a better product AND at a fair price. I returned the Superfeet Greens I ordered, and am in the process of an exchange with Spenco the Total Support Max model I bought for the Total Support Original model, as Spenco's customer service rep suggested.
5 Stars By MAC on 2017-09-04
Keep it up Spenco, you've made my workouts enjoyable again!
My poor ol' feet have been giving me trouble with fallen arches & achy bones. I always had such high arches but during the few years from 40-45yrs I look down & their pretty much gone! Where did they go?? I keep hearing "You're just a baby" but someone forgot to tell my feet. So I do some research to help with my new friend over pronation. These insoles are recommended by a few sites for me & my "friend". Spenco Total Support Max Shoe Insoles have really made a difference. I feel a stability in my heel and ankle that has been missing & the insoles offer a nice amount of cushion too. I'm very pleased with these & I think they are better than my Superfeet orange insole! Keep it up Spenco, you've made my workouts enjoyable again!
4 Stars By Bearon N. on 2017-12-09
Very Good, but Still Looking for My Ideal!
I am 6' 4" tall, weigh 220 lbs and have a pretty normal foot (medium width, normal arch, heels might be slightly narrow). I do not consider my stride either overly pronated or supinated. I have used a number of different insoles in my hiking boots over the years and none of them (including these) have been ideal. I like the stability that both the Superfeet Orange and Green provide, but have never been thrilled with the cushioning. These provide better cushioning which I really like, but the heel area is a bit more open and therefore are lacking (slightly) in stability. That being said, it is likely I will buy another pair of these in the future.