WalkFit Reviews: Expert Opinions on Orthotic Insoles

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WalkFit orthotics are advertised and sold via infomercials and are also available for purchase online. Testimonials claim they can help alleviate foot pain and correct posture, but the reviews are often mixed.

To put them to the test, we tried them out. If you're unsure whether WalkFit inserts are the right shoe inserts for you, learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of this product.

What Are Shoe Inserts?

Shoe inserts, insoles, or inner soles, also known as foot orthoses or orthotics, are removable inserts designed to relieve foot discomfort and offer arch support. There are many different options available online and at shoe stores, and some are even prescribed by a podiatrist and custom-built for your feet.

Shoe inserts can help treat a number of ailments, from plantar fasciitis to foot pain, arthritis, and overuse injuries. Or, some people use inserts to enhance their height, correct postural alignment, and even enhance athletic performance. However, the research on the effectiveness of various types of shoe inserts is mixed.

The Upsides of WalkFit Inserts

We took a pair of WalkFit inserts on walks several miles each day for 12 days and overall, were not impressed by what they had to offer. There are some benefits of WalkFit orthotics worth considering, however, such as the company's lifetime warranty plan.

WalkFit inserts are well-made and feature ventilation holes that few other orthotics and inserts seem to have, which could help evaporate foot sweat. Note that the heels of the orthotics look like they have cracks, especially as you continue to wear them, but this is simply a part of the design.

Each order of Walkfit orthotics contains three types to choose from to match different arch heights. While this allows for customization, it does not take the full spectrum of arch heights into account. The inserts are clearly marked with stickers and mold-marks that identify them as "low," "medium," and "high," which makes them easy to identify and try out. Although the stickers are color-coded, once you remove them to uncover the vent holes it becomes trickier to tell which is which. "Left" and "right" are very clearly marked, however.

The instructions call for pulling any existing inserts out from your shoes before inserting the WalkFit insoles. This is a helpful reminder. Once these are removed, you anchor the new WalkFit inserts into your shoes using peel-and-stick Velcro dots.

Many shoes have inserts that pull out, but some are glued in, which presents a problem. Use extra caution when ripping out glued-in shoe inserts to avoid damaging the interiors of your shoes.

The Downsides of WalkFit Inserts

Our first impression of WalkFit orthotics was an unfavorable one, and after careful consideration and continued use, this did not change. We found the WalkFit orthotics to be stiff and the arches were too high, even in the lowest inserts. This could cause foot pain among active individuals, especially runners. The incline was so significant that it felt like wearing negative heel shoes.

The instructions do state that you need to give the WalkFit orthotics time for your feet to adjust. The company recommends using them for an hour to start and gradually adding time as you gain comfort. We followed this advice in our testing, as this is good practice for any orthotics. Still, we found the WalkFit inserts very uncomfortable, from the first few steps through the half-mile walk on day 10 to the 4-mile walk on day 11.

Walking in WalkFit orthotics placed too much bodyweight in the arch of the foot. While this would reduce pressure on the heel or toes if that is where you have pain, it can result in arch pain instead. As such, we could not continue to wear the inserts beyond day 12.

Your cheapest option, in the long run, is to get personal advice from a podiatrist. Search for a local pedorthist shop (such as the Foot Solutions chain). The staff there can do a foot analysis and modify inserts and insoles to work better for you at a cheaper price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do WalkFit inserts really work? 

Depending on your foot condition, WalkFit inserts may not be a good choice for you. WalkFit's arches are likely too high for many people, especially those with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and bunions. In many cases, orthotics with low arches that provide a snug, conformed fit are most often recommended by podiatrists for individuals with these conditions.

How long do WalkFit shoe inserts last?

The lifespan of your WalkFit orthotics will depend on how often you use them and during which activities. Some proponents claim they last for several years or more. Regardless, it is not advisable to wear insoles or orthotics that are worn out, since this can cause damage to the feet.

Which are the best orthotic insoles?

If you have chronic foot pain, your best best is to consult with an expert like a podiatrist before you invest in orthotic insoles. The "best" insoles will almost always vary based on an individual's needs. Of course, some brands are better than others, which is why it's important to do your research. A podiatrist can likely recommend some options to help you narrow down your selections.

A Word From Verywell

When it comes to shoe inserts, over-the-counter options will help some people but not work for others. It is often a matter of trial and error to find out what works best for your feet, and sometimes, that can end up costing a lot of money.

Remember that not all shoe inserts are one-size-fits-all. Talk to your doctor to see which inserts are best for you and if it is worth trying different brands. You may find out you prefer to wear shoe inserts that offer more arch support vs. less, or your doctor may prescribe custom orthotics to provide personalized comfort and support.

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By Wendy Bumgardner
Wendy Bumgardner is a freelance writer covering walking and other health and fitness topics and has competed in more than 1,000 walking events.