Before we talk about the Steel-Flex Insoles, let me preface this entire post with the fact that in my lifetime, I have had three nails go through my feet and one sharp piece of rusted steel go through my shoes and cut the bottom of my foot pretty badly.
That's right...3...in through the bottom and out the top....3 times.
Now that we all know my history, when I was given the opportunity to receive a pair of Steel-Flex Insoles, my memory instantly brought back fresh mental pictures of 3 different nails sticking out of the top of my shoe with my foot still in it. Once I got over the heebie-jeebies of those pictures, I jumped on the opportunity.
And why wouldn't I? I work in an industry that involves nails and screws along with other assorted sharp things laying on the ground and I tend to fish in very urban waters that host a cornucopia of feet piercing treasure.
I have been wearing them in my everyday shoes for about a month at this point in time. When I first got them, I was surprised at how light they were. When you think of the name "Steel-Flex", you pretty much assume that they are going to be heavy so the lightness was a pleasant surprise.
It took a couple of days of fitting and trimming to get the soles to fit the shape of the shoe and another couple of days to get used to the arch, support, etc...(basically the feel) of them but a month later I can honestly say they are quite comfortable. For me, they seem to elevate me at the heel instead of the shoes original soles which were quite flat.
This past weekend, I had a chance to switch them over to my wading boots and I have to say that I also noticed a positive difference in those. When stepping on rocks with sharp edges, I noticed less flex in the boot and less focused pressure on a specific area of the foot. In other words, the pressure seemed to be distributed across my whole foot.
In terms of puncture resistance from nails and other things, I haven't really had the opportunity to put it through any sort of actual test and I really don't have much of a desire to purposely step on a nail for the sake of trying them out. According to the manufacturer, they meet all kinds of different requirements/codes for protection so I am just taking their word that they will do the job.
With all of that, I can't really say that they are a cure for foot pronation, flat feet, or any other podiatry issues (because I just don't know) but they are comfortable and they also protect you from seeing a nail stick through the top of your foot. If you find yourself in situations where the possibility of stepping on something bad like a nail or screw, these are a great alternative to buying heavy work shoes/boots.
They come in a ton of different sizes for men and women's shoes so I am pretty sure you can find a size that works for you. They should be available for purchase starting on May 1st online and in retail stores. For pricing, ordering, and all that other good stuff the website would be the best place to start!