Just over one year ago I came across a Kickstarter project for custom-fit 3D printed insoles. The project piqued my interest and I decided to support it by ordering a pair.
I received my first pair of insoles nearly a year ago now. Since then I have run many kilometers with them in my shoes. Last year’s Ottawa Marathon was my first race in them.
According to the website, “Wiivv’s Custom-Fit 3D Printed Insoles provide foot support and superior comfort throughout your day and with every step you take. They are designed to reduce foot pain, joint discomfort, and muscle fatigue.”
The process for ordering is very simple. You download an app on your smart phone then take a couple of pictures. The pictures are submitted at the end of the process and designers use the pictures to create your custom insoles.
Before I go on to give you my thoughts on the insoles based on my experience with them I should point out that I am a Wiivv ambassador this year. jf
As mentioned, I received my first pair of insoles shortly before the Ottawa Marathon last year. The website recommends that you get your feet used to them by wearing the insoles in your shoes for short periods for a couple of days before you start using them regularly.
Based on my experience, this is certainly a good idea. if you are not used to wearing insoles with arch support you will certainly notice them the first time you try them.
That said, the feeling goes away quickly once your feet get used to the new found support. As mentioned above, I have run quite a bit of mileage in my insoles and I no longer notice them when I have them in my shoes. However, I do notice when I forget to put them in my shoes (I generally have 2-3 pairs of shoes on the go so I do have to switch my insoles as I alternate shoes).
Fortunately I now have two pairs of insoles, one full-length and one 3/4 length, so I do not forget them often. I plan to wear the full-length ones when I run the Boston Marathon in a few weeks from now.
If you are interested in ordering your own pair of custom-fit insoles you can click here and save 20% on your order.
In addition, Wiivv recently launched a new kickstarter campaign. Their concept is now being applied to sandals. For more information click here to get the details and support the project.