Many people believe that when they purchase a pair of shoes claiming to be made for a specific activity, they are protecting their feet because of the shoe design. In some respects that would be correct, but the fact is, manufacturers spend their designing and development money on the shoe, not the insole that comes with it. In fact, regardless of the price of the shoes, the cheapest component is the standard factory. All shoes can be improved for shock absorbing cushioning and arch support by adding a good quality pair of Insoles or Orthotic Arch Supports. Add in the factor that many brands of Insoles are clinically designed for a specific activity and you will discover that by combining the shoes with the insoles, you can enhance your performance, reduce the possibility of injury, reduce stress on your feet, ankles, knees, hip and lower back and have no more tired, sore feet after participating in a game, practice or long run. Americans are being encouraged to become more active, and many are following the advice by taking up a new sport or just walking around the neighborhood. What some people do not realize is how these activities affect the foot. With every step, the foot absorbs at least 3 times your body weight. Walking, running or participating in a sport on a hard surface can increase this pounding and when you consider the length of time for participation, you can easily understand why our feet feel sore afterwards. A pair of good quality Insoles will absorb shock, return energy to the heel strike area, offer arch support, and forefoot cushioning for when you push off in taking a step. Some Insoles combine excellent cushioning qualities with comfortable arch support. Use a pair of Insoles that offers both of these features along with a metatarsal pad and your foot will thank you. Spenco presents the Polysorb line of Insoles for ultimate cushioning comfort. The newly re-designed Polysorb Walker Runner Insoles provide deep heel cupping for unsurpassed shock absorption, arch support, forefoot cushioning, a metatarsal pad and are covered with a friction resistant, anti-microbial top cloth to help prevent blisters and control odors. Other top styles that will make a positive difference in how you feel and perform are the Spenco Polysorb Total Support Insoles for unbeatable cushioning combined with arch support and a metatarsal pad, the Polysorb Cross Trainer Insoles, the Sof Sole Athlete Performance Insoles for all day cushioning comfort, the new Sof Sole Airr Performance Insoles that have received nothing but rave reviews, and the Sof Sole Arch Performance Insoles for cushioning combined with moderate arch support push up bras. The Sof Sole Hike Performance Insoles are ideal for hiking, backpacking or long walks. These lightweight insoles give unbelievable cushioning and arch support in a very comfortable insole. Add in the benefit that Insoles have proven to lengthen the life of your shoe coupled with the immediate difference you will feel and you will wonder how you managed to do without them. For details about the Spenco and Sof Sole Insoles styles discussed above or other fine quality foot care products, visit Direct Insoles today!