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Boots With Arch Support?

Is there any one brand of hiking boots that you recommend that has excellent arch support? Currently I use an insole in my hiking boot which helps but I still have issues.

Question:

I have high arches so bad that the top of my right foot hurts. Is there any one brand of hiking boots that you recommend that has excellent arch support? Currently I use an insole in my hiking boot which helps but I still have issues.

Submitted by - D.B., Wallingford, CT

Answer:

Here’s the deal: Arch support comes from the insoles, not the boot itself. Your best bet is to find a boot you love—for its fit, weight, traction and support—and augment it with a super-supportive insole designed for high arches. Just about every boot I’ve ever tested comes with a really flimsy footbed that warrants replacing. And it’s not just high-arched people that can benefit from after-market insoles: They can enhance the comfort of any boot and give support to every shape of foot. Two of our favorites for high arches are Sole’s Softec Ultras and Superfeet Premium Green; both are designed to give extra support where high arches need it most.

But if your arches are really high, your best bet is to go to a podiatrist and get a custom made insert. You’ll pay a bit more, but it’s worth it. And they can easily be transferred from your boots to any other shoe you wear, giving you maximum bang for your buck.

2 Comments

  1. topoguide

    Yes I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone else runs across this the answer given is terrible. A well made boot (or any shoe) will fit your foot properly, including arch support. Boots are made on a last, proper lasts are made to be the shape of your foot and have built in arch support. It is a farse that the support comes from the insole, this is only something that has become popular with cheaply made (and overpriced) boots.

    I have owned dozens of great boots for hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and work. All of which have been made properly and have fit properly, including arch support. Don’t believe me, go ask to try on some good wildland firefighting boots, which will be in the range of $300+, and there is so much arch support most people will find them uncomfortable at first; like standing on a broom stick.

    When you are trying on boots make sure to get a boot that fits your foot without an added insole. You and your pocketbook will be much happier.

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  2. Bill

    The copper-colored “Superfeet” have much more flexibility, so are more comfortable than the green. You could wear them with comfortable tennis-shoes to give you support for carrying a backpack. I have yet to find a comfortable pair of hiking-boots.

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