PORON insoles vs PORON inserts - 1.5 hours walk test in 3" high heels

October 10, 2017

PORON insoles vs PORON inserts - 1.5 hours walk test in 3" high heels

PORON insoles vs PORON inserts -  1.5 hours walk test in 3 inch heels

I was multi-tasking by doing some product testing of my sculpted high heel inserts - Killer Heels Comfort - made of PORON foam to see how they compared in performance with a to a flat high heel insole that is also made from PORON foam.   I took a walk to the local Shoppers Drug Mart to send some of my orders and do some shopping. I left at 2:16 PM from my house across the street from the church wearing 3 inch stiletto heels with peep toes.  Inside my left shoe was a PORON foam flat insole and inside my right shoe was a set of PORON foam contoured inserts. Both feet felt equally comfortable at the bottom, however the shoe insole made the left foot shoe feel tighter than the right one. The following is the result of my product test. 

I left my house about 2:30 PM to walk a kilometer to the post office and store to send some orders from the post office and do some shopping. Soon after leaving my house I stopped to talk to a neighbour for about 15 minutes. Both feet continued to be very comfortable during this time standing on a cement sidewalk. I then continued walking for about 20 minutes to the store mostly downhill on a slight grade. (My house is near the top of a gradual slope that is about 3 kilometres from the Rideau River.) It was while walking on the slight downward grade that I noticed the difference in my two feet after ten minutes of walking. My right foot felt very comfortable but my left foot began to move forward inside my shoe. The movement of my foot forward on the flat insole created pressure on my third and fourth toe where they pressed into the side of the toe box. The heel area of my left foot felt unstable as my heel moved forward from its’ proper position in the heel of the shoe.  There was some movement sideways of my forefoot but most of the movement was forward. As I walked I felt more and more pressure on my third and fourth toes on my left foot. My left foot felt more unstable than my right foot. It seemed as if the heel of my left shoe was loose. I checked the heels of both shoes and both were intact. 

After about 15 minutes of walking, and after having been on my feet in three inch stilettos for 35 minutes my left foot began to hurt at the centre under the ball of my foot. My toes pressed tighter into the inside of the toe box of my left shoe with each step as my route was all downhill.  The toes of the left foot stuck out about a quarter inch further from the peep toe on the left foot than on the right foot.

As I approached the mall with the store my route became flatter in the parking lot of the mall.  As I crossed the parking lot of the mall at a fast walk my left shoe slipped off my heel several times. My heel did not hurt but it felt like my left shoe was much looser than my right shoe at the heel end.  

After sending my orders from the post office and doing some shopping I left the store at about 3:22 PM to return back to my house. The walk back was uphill on a slight grade for most of the trip. walking uphill eased the pressure and pain in my left foot toes, and my shoe also stayed on my foot better. However the pain in the ball of my foot that had started on my trip to the store became more intense during the trip back. The pain seemed to spread from the centre of the ball of the foot to the area under the big toe joint.  When the route become level about two blocks from my house  I began to feel more pressure on my toes and there was more wobble at the heel end of the shoe.  By the end of my walk the ball of my left foot hurt, my toes were in pain from being crushed into the side of my shoe and the heel of my left shoe had a wobble. I also felt some strain in the top of my left foot from trying to keep my shoe on my foot.  In my right foot I felt some numbness under the ball of my foot but no pain anywhere in my right foot. Compared to the left foot my right foot felt very stable in my shoe. 

After removing my high heels the toes of my left foot felt cramped. The cramping disappeared after some foot stretches. After a few minutes the pain in the ball of my left foot began to disappear and was gone completely in about ten minutes. 

My conclusion from my experiment is that contoured PORON inserts are superior to flat PORON insoles in keeping your foot comfortable in high heels in several ways. By preventing the foot from moving about inside high heels the foot is more comfortable. When the foot does not get pushed into the front of the shoe the toes don't get crushed, the heel does not gap causing instability of the shoe and the ball of the foot is cushioned more effectively when the thickest part of the ball of foot cushion stays in place directly under the center of the foot. 

I invite any readers of this blog post to try the same comparison test experiment that I tried with their own high heels.  I will provide anyone who wants to try it a set of sculpted PORON high heel inserts to use for their test and a second set when they write back to me about the results of their test. 

 



1 Response

Lina
Lina

January 11, 2018

Hi. I would like to try the comparison test please.

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