CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA -- When my wife and I had our feet analyzed in the fitness facility on a cruise, I figured we were being presented with snake oil. I am the ultimate skeptic. The trainer put the inserts in our shoes and said to go try them out (I guess since we were on a cruise, we couldn't walk away with them). I'm a walker and have had serious foot pain in my toes when walking since a life-threatening incident last year. I immediately got relief with Good Feet arches. My wife has been continually buying walking shoes and retail inserts and has never been happy. She felt relief as well.
We sprung for the $200 for each of us and have not regretted it since. Pretty much the only shoe I've worn since I bought them is the one the inserts are in. Yesterday I went to the gym with another pair of shoes - no arches. After 30 minutes on the treadmill my feet were hurting as before. Today, I wore the shoes with the arches and had no issues on the treadmill. Feet felt fine.
My only issue with Good Feet is that I would like to have arches for all my shoes. Since it's really just a piece of 'high tech' plastic, it would be nice to be able to avoid the $200 cost of a 2nd and 3rd set of arches (I'm too lazy to be moving the arches between shoes). Since we're not on the cruise anymore, I don't know what the options are. Can anybody help?
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -- I had bilateral TKA, got an infection and took months to rehab. I was on a cruise before I finished getting back to normal. The ship's spa area had a person who was selling Good Feet inserts. He sold them based on stability while you were walking. I was somewhat skeptical knowing that they were expensive, but decided some stability would be a very good thing for me at that point. I found that they made a significant improvement in my ability to walk well. They are expensive (although they were sold at a discount on the cruise). I only need one pair because I just use velcro to change them to other shoes.
I've had them a year now and use them everyday almost all day. I'm finding that they help the most when I need to walk a lot now. I can walk without them in the house, but I use them whenever I expect to walk more than a mile. My husband bought a pair at the same time and he also loves them. I was told the sale was final with no returns so you shouldn't buy these unless you know that.
They have helped both my husband and me in walking, but we both wanted to increase our distance walking. I don't remember needing any adjustment time to get used to them. I use them in almost every pair of shoes. Moving them to different shoes is somewhat of a pain, but worth it to ensure that I can walk well. I use them most often in Crocs so I get a soft walk and support at the same time.
MASSACHUSETTS -- I am an avid runner, beginning in 1988. I had considered running my first marathon in 2004 and developed plantar fasciitis, severely limiting my training and derailing my plans. I decided to try this store out and ended up purchasing the Classic insoles. After a few weeks, at most, the pain went away. 12 years later, I still use them and the plantar fasciitis never came back!
They were worth every penny, in my opinion, and I am surprised to see all the negative comments here. I guess it depends on where you get them and what problem you are trying to resolve. You also need to make sure you follow the instructions for breaking them in and be patient. I am very happy with this purchase.
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- I was having hip pain and have very flat feet. I thought extra support would help align my legs and back and alleviate the hip pain. I had X-rays done and there was no problem with my hip. The clerk sold me the three inserts and explained the process of wearing them and included the instructions. The clerk said any discomfort would go away as I wore them. He said that he had a whole box of custom orthotics in the back room that customers had left behind after wearing their product.
Bottom line was, I tried the supports and wore them as instructed. They caused more pain in my feet and legs and I haven't worn them since. The kicker was they had me sign that I understood that there were no returns. Why I fell for that I will never know! My advice is that if they won't let you return them RUN! You can get custom orthotics for a quarter of the price and they will be soft, not hard plastic and returnable.
WICHITA, KANSAS -- Went to store. Ron a tech meet me at the door. We talked about my issue with my feet. Plantars Faciitus (sp). Ron worked with me on inserts. I have had them since Sat July 26th. They are helping, but I did find that they all didn't work in all my shoes. He did say they would work in all. I find that when I am walking on them for long periods of time my feet still hurt. I hope over time this will be corrected. I miss walking for exercise. I will say they were kind and helpful although somewhat expensive. I hope I will have good results. Thank You Good Feet Store for helping me.
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON -- I bought the Good Feet insoles while I was on a cruise. I have an $800, custom made orthotic, but I have to wear it in a heavy duty running type shoe, and I wanted something less... clunky, w/ my formal gown. The Good Feet insoles were $200, and the man who sold them to me, said I could try them on the cruise & if I wanted my money back, he would honor that. I have an arthritic cyst in my foot, and periodically ragged edges of tissue around the cyst, get caught (rather like ragged edges of the meniscus get caught in your knee). In both cases, it is very painful!
Since I started using the Good Feet insoles, there has been no catching of the edges of tissue around the cyst, BUT, the only time in the last 6 weeks that I used the custom orthotic, my foot went out after about 3 hours. I was in excruciating pain. Please understand, my foot still gets sore and achy, so the insoles are not a "cure" for my problem (there is no cure), but I can be on my feet for 3 or 4 hours w/o the excruciating pain happening. I still think they're terribly expensive for what you get, but I can wear other, nice shoes and they have definitely helped me.
SANDY, UTAH -- Spend $30 or $40 to get the same relief from an insert at a running store. Prostep or the like work well for good arch and foot support. Good Feet says their products are better than others, but they are not, and they charge 10x the price, and do NOT ACCEPT RETURNS. Run away from this store.
TUKWILA, WASHINGTON -- Went with foot pain. Bought shoes and 3 pairs of arches. Felt fine at first. Told the sales person 3 times shoes were too big. Gave me a size smaller. Followed the instructions the shoes and arches, were doing more harm than good. More damage to my arthritic knee until I'm fearing that I might need surgery. I wished I would have read the reviews that they are scammers. I wish I could get group of consumers who bought this product and file a suit with the Attorney General's Office.
I purchased the inserts because of plantar fasciitis. After 3 months the problem persisted and standing on the arch supports was very uncomfortable. I returned to the store and was told I had the wrong insert. That I needed one with more aggressive arch support and the "golf ball" feeling. The plantar fasciitis persisted and I now have a numb spot on the ball of the other foot. Be very careful if you buy these inserts as they are very expensive and not returnable. I won't be going back.
SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA -- Do not go in the store - it is high pressure sales. The arch supports do not work. I went back five times and was given five different sets of supports - none of them worked. They will not give my money back. They claim I just haven't got the right "fit" yet. DO NOT GO IN THE STORE!