When I was offered the chance to review the Scholl GelActiv insoles I was quite excited as I often find myself on my feet all day in work or at the gym and I do struggle with pain in the arch of my foot when on my feet for long periods of time.
The Scholl GelActiv insoles claim to help prevent tired and painful feet
and they currently come suitable for 3 occasions:
1. GelActiv Everyday
This is the version that I received to sample and is recommended for
everyday use to support your feet. These seem to meet my needs quite
well as they are for day to day shoes as well as ankle boots and for use
2. GelActiv Sport
This version is for those that carry out a lot of physical activity to
help absorb shock and to reduce the pressure on joints.
3. GelActiv Work
This version is ideal for those working on their feet all day. Softening
the impact you feel when your feet hit the ground and offer long lasting support.
So Scholl have developed 3 versions to suit each different person's
Insoles are designed to offer comfort and non-stop cushioning and they
also help if your shoes are a little loose to offer a more snug fit.
For me this is perfect as I find that a lot of my shoes are slightly big
and the insole helps to prevent the shoes from slipping off.
Although it is not recommended you can wear the insoles with bare feet
and if they need to be cleaned then you simply wipe with a soapy cloth
and leave to dry.
The Scholl GelActiv comprises of two different types of gel that work
efficiently together to absorb the smallest shocks and effectively
reduce the impact felt when walking and running.
I decided to try the insoles in my work shoes as this would be where I
would wear them for most of the time.
The insoles are provided in strong packaging with a plastic covering and
cardboard backing with information on the product.
Retailing at GBP14.99 this is quite an expensive product but it is
clear to see from the packaging and when you remove the product from the
packaging that this is of far superior quality to other insoles
currently on the market.
The insoles are currently available in 2 sizes:
Women Shoe Size 38-42
Men Shoe Size 42-48.
There is no difference between the men and women's insole apart from the
The insoles are suitable to use in all seasons, however if the insoles
do get humid it is recommended that you remove from the shoe to dry.
To cut the insole to size I took a sharp pair of scissors and cut along
the first line at the top, the different sizes were labelled A,B and C.
Cutting along line A, I checked to see if it fit inside the shoe and
continued until I eventually cut line C to get the perfect fit.
I replaced the current insole within my shoe which was not particularly
cushioned and ensured that it fit into the shoe snugly.
When I first placed the insoles into the shoes, I wasn't sure about
wearing them for a long length of time as the shoes felt tighter but the
sole of the foot definitely felt more cushioned.
The cushioning was
firm this I assume is to be due to the two types of gel proven to absorb
the smallest shocks and reduce the impact felt when walking and
The firmer gel supports the arches of the feet and heels and the
softer gel provides high quality cushioning.
I soon realised that I couldn't wear my normal work shoes with the insoles as they were just too tight and uncomfortable, so I replaced them in my everyday boots and well the difference was amazing.
I have noticed that I am having less aching in my legs when using the
insoles in my work shoes although I have decided not to use in my
trainers as I currently have a "Fit sole" in my trainers which offers
the right level of cushioning whilst I work out.
If you suffer from tired, aching feet then these insoles will help and
provide support where you need it.
The only real downside for me is that the insoles feel very cold at times, especially when wearing in colder weather, the gel is obviously cool and if you don't have thick socks I found that I could feel a cold sensation at times. As I suffer with cold feet this is not ideal but the comfort they offers superseded the cool sensation!
I don't know if they are worth the RRP of GBP14.99 but if they were on offer I would consider purchasing a further pair for the future.