Sustainable Inserts For Every Kind Of Shoe
After a looong day of standing, walking, or just about anything active, we’re ready to kick our feet up and rest. But what if we could avoid discomfort and pain to begin with?
Consider adding some insoles to your soles! Shoe inserts can provide additional arch support, relieve pain from plantar fasciitis and pronation issues (among others), and keep our shoes in tip-top condition.
Look to these five brands below crafting sustainable inserts using cork, recycled materials, and even plant-based foams—and get ready to feel like you’re walking on a cloud. (And for more activewear, check out these sustainable running shoes!)
Best For | FSA- & HSA-friendly plans
Materials | Cork, latex foam, cactus leather
Ships To | Worldwide
Price | $48
These sustainable shoe insoles from Fulton are soft and offer us the very best support. Handcrafted in Porto, Portugal, Fulton inserts are made with three layers: Carbon-negative cork for shock absorption, latex foam for added comfort, and a cactus leather liner. After about 10 hours of wear, Fulton insoles will mold to the shape of your foot. Great arch support, eco-friendly materials, and FSA-friendly? Yes, please.
2. Tread & Butter
Best For | Outdoor wear
Materials | Cork, foam, Bluesign-approved lining
Ships To | US
Price | $39.95-$49.95
Love the great outdoors? Whether you prefer hiking, running, or cycling, Tread & Butter has the adventure-ready insoles for you. This brand carries four types of insoles—each made with the same sustainable cork—but tailored for lower or higher arches. These inserts are designed in Bend, Oregon then handcrafted in Portugal where its partner factory is partially powered by cork dust! (And did we mention the entire brand is Climate Neutral Certified?) Find women’s sizes 5-11 and men’s sizes 8-14 and enjoy your next day outside.
Best For | Performance wear, pain & injury relief
Materials | Recycled cork, algae-based foam
Ships To | Worldwide
Price | $55-$59
Founded in Canada in 2001, SOLE helps improve our health and wellness with its clinically crafted insoles. Live with plantar fasciitis? Have flat feet? Need thick performance insoles? Whatever you’re dealing with, SOLE has thoughtful solutions—most notably made with recycled wine corks! SOLE is also carbon-negative, gives back via 1% For The Planet, and donates to local Canadian organizations. Happy earth, happy feet.
Best For | Orthotics & comfort insoles
Materials | Nylon & carbon fibers, foam, knit top
Ships To | US, Canada, UK
Price | $49.95-$59.95
With Superfeet’s wide range of orthotic and comfort insoles, you’ll find relief and comfort in no time. Start with the Superfeet Insole Finder Quiz for tailored recommendations, choose your regular size, and trim them upon arrival (if needed) for the perfect fit. There’s an organic odor control coating on each pair, and some are even made with carbon fibers for a minimal footprint. Durable, thoughtfully made, and gives back to environmental initiatives.
5. Dr. Scholl’s
Best For | Affordable sustainable insoles
Materials | Cork, plant-based foam, recycled plastic
Ships To | Contiguous US
Price | $13.99
Dr. Scholl’s is a longtime leader in foot health and comfort. Now, you can even enjoy sustainable insoles from the brand too, with its Eco-Foam™ All-Day Insoles. They’re made with a majority of recycled and sustainable materials, including cork arch support, plant-based foam cushioning, and recycled plastic liners for odor protection. Available at major chains and retailers or to order online, this is an affordable and accessible option for everyday comfort (or your money back!).
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