Cadence Insoles — the best insoles out there for your hiking this summer.

Cadence Insoles – the best I’ve found

Last summer I blogged about Cadence Insoles.  I have mine embedded in my Vasque Breeze hiking boots and love them. To refresh you, Cadence is a small business run by a Physical Therapist from Southern California. The insoles are VERY comfortable – like pillows under my heels. Plus they provide stability as you are bounding down the Mist Trail. Many readers have gotten a pair at 10% discount. Cadence offers this to anyone who uses the order code MRHALFDOME. You can see his ad off to the right.

To express how much I like them, I made this YouTube testimonial. Give it a view, it’s short but highlights the whole world of insoles. Take out your cardboard factory ones and give Cadence a try.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I was sad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. So I said, “Got any shoes you’re not using?” ― Steven Wright 

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One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to Cadence Insoles — the best insoles out there for your hiking this summer.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Just hiked Half Dome for the first time (and was in Yosemite for the first time) on May 31st and in the Merrell Women’s Barefoot Pace Glove (like the men’s Trail Glove, but for some reason the women’s line needs fancy names!). It had just enough protection (1mm rock plate, toe bumper, sturdy Vibram rubber soles) without restricting my movement, a roomy toe box for toe splay, mesh upper so it breathed and stretched to my feet, and a sole that would move and flex as my foot would.

    As far as orthotics or insoles go, I had previously used a similarly cushioned and supportive insole (Superfeet) and did find that it helped over other insoles, but ultimately the problem was the shoes themselves. Hiking boots and shoes are typically made to give the support you talk about and are extremely “sturdy” (read: stiff). I’m not talking about cushion or lack thereof but rather they don’t bend or flex. They’d actually caused me injury on several occasions because those grippy lugs aren’t made for those smaller smooth rounded rocks that you’ll encounter on trails, maybe hidden under a bed of pine needles, and the sturdiness of those shoes means that my whole foot slides off the stone instead, letting the next articulate section take the injury – usually twisting my ankles or knees. Funny thing was, they were a sturdy pair of Merrell’s (again) traditional hiking boots that I’d paid a pretty penny for as well!

    Since I’ve used minimalist footwear on walks, runs, hikes, my knees hurt less, my arches are less likely to feel stiff and tired (because they actually get to stretch out and spring back when moving), and when I encounter those pesky smooth rocks, my foot can just curve around them and distribute the pressure the same way I would if I were barefoot, rather than sliding off them and rolling an ankle or tweaking my knee. I’m no longer convinced orthotics or insoles actually help – they just seem to bandaid and accommodate a greater problem: weak foot muscles and lack of feedback from the road to let people realise problems in their movement or react to obstacles on the trail. I know that I now react more quickly and do not commit my weight to a step when I feel something potentially unstable or injurious in my path, whereas I previously would have only realised after I’d set most of my weight down.

    Of course, I’m not recommending people go and hike Half Dome for the first time barefoot or in minimalist shoes. I don’t wear shoes in my home and grew up training barefoot for martial arts. Learning 1.5 years ago to run again barefoot and in minimalist shoes for trails littered with potentially dangerous debris was also a new experience, making me realise my feet and calves were not as strong as I’d thought, being tired after only 1 mile, so it definitely requires training and strengthening.

    But I really do believe that insoles will not fix flaws in shoe design and lack of strength in your own feet! I had neither the cushion nor the “stability” that you mention in your testimonial as necessary, and my feet were far less fatigued than the others in my group, who complained of sore feet, hot spots, knee pain, sore toes from banging against the stiff fronts of their shoes, and aching and strained arches (probably from bracing against the stiff shank of their shoes!). My feet and arches had been moving, stretching, and breathing all day!

    Feet are wonderfully made things. They’re designed to take feedback from the road. Your arches were made to store up energy to let you spring efficiently into your next step and reduce fatigue to your muscles – why would you restrict their movement and handicap them?

    • Elizabeth,

      That was the longest comment I have ever gotten :>) Thanks for sharing your experience. I say whatever works for you. Your comments about insoles may be true…but you have not tried Cadence.

      I know we are born with unshorn feet, but humans for 50,000+ years have been wearing some sort of foot coverings (shoes). We also were born nude, but our culture favors clothes.

      On hikes I prefer the solid shank so that I can step on pointed granite and not be fatigued. Ankle support with high tops keep me from spraining an ankle.

      But if it works for you – go for it.

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