Definition of insole in US English:



  • 1A removable sole worn in a shoe for warmth, as a deodorizer, or to improve the fit.

    • ‘For example, a professional golfer with chronic back pain or arthritis might try a copper bracelet on his wrist or magnetic insoles in his shoes.’
    • ‘They are made of breathable Sheltex and feature removable insoles.’
    • ‘The school trainer told me to put in insoles, so I did, but it's not helping.’
    • ‘The really nice thing about these insoles is they can be placed inside any boot so women will no longer have to be concerned about changing boots based on the temperature outside.’
    • ‘Show your feet you care this season - and prevent a date with a surgeon - with Birkenstock's shoe insoles / arch supports.’
    • ‘Patients can then be fitted for extra-depth shoes with custom insoles or orthotics to accommodate any residual deformity.’
    • ‘Wear insoles in shoes for a smoother fit and use acrylic or polyester socks rather than cotton or wool.’
    • ‘Foot pain is commonly a result of metatarsalgia, which should respond to correction of poor shoe position and cushioning insoles or pads.’
    • ‘And then one day, just before his bar mitzvah, they put insoles in his shoes, and suddenly the guy was a whole new person.’
    • ‘Take the insole out, even if the shoes are new, and put in an insole that absorbs up to 50% of the shock from the foot.’
    • ‘I guess the only walk I'll be doing is to the drug store to buy insoles for my newest shoes.’
    • ‘Ideally, shoes should have removable insoles.’
    • ‘They don't offer a whole lot of arch support, but the insole is removable, which makes it easy to add one that gives you more if you need it.’
    • ‘Used to be if you wanted a pair of Dr. Scholl's Air-Pillo cushioned insoles, you only needed to know your gender and shoe size.’
    • ‘The insoles fit neatly inside your shoes and are intended to be worn for up to a couple of hours a day, preferably while walking.’
    • ‘Insert gel-filled insoles or soft cushions (available in drugstores) into thin- or hard-bottomed shoes.’
    • ‘No powder, no exercise, no stretch, just wear the shoes or insoles and you will shoot from 165 to 175 cm.’
    • ‘If a shoe is very uncomfortable while you're in the shoe store, insoles can provide a limited amount of comfort, but won't necessarily make the shoe comfortable.’
    • ‘To reduce swaying, they developed gel-based insoles embedded with battery-powered mechanical vibrators.’
    • ‘If a shoe is already tight though, the insole will make it less comfortable.’
    1. 1.1 The fixed inner sole of a boot or shoe.
      • ‘But it was only when she decided to lift the insoles up that she found to her horror the boots were not all they seemed.’
      • ‘This means that the tops of the four smaller toes, when resting on the insole of a shoe, should be about level with one another.’
      • ‘Slip-lasted climbing shoes have thinner midsoles and insoles, which allows them to be sensitive and flexible.’
      • ‘One way to elevate your stature is by wearing height-increasing footwear or apparatuses such as lifts, thicker insoles, elevator shoes, and shoes with thicker soles.’
      • ‘The pastry chef wears the Birkenstock professional work clogs, which are entirely plastic except for the insoles.’
      • ‘The insoles are very prominently shaped, and take about 5 miles of walking to feel completely natural.’
      • ‘We recommend to anyone who can do this that they lift up the insole of the shoe and slide the plastic bottom plate underneath the insole of the shoe.’
      • ‘Insoles might also be worth checking - a second pair of boots I bought had uncomfortable insoles, so I replaced them with a set that is more comfy but also seems to make them squeak.’
      • ‘Jones has been provided with specially designed insoles for his shoes to alleviate the stress on his feet.’
      • ‘The metal bit in your absolute staple cowboy boots that means they need new insoles is not going to go away just by leaving them in the corner of the room.’
      • ‘Footwear should have a soft insole, heel counter and Velcro straps.’
      • ‘On the other hand, that wouldn't help you much with the dampness, so should only be tried after the insoles have dried out.’
      • ‘It smells kind of new, but also kind of stale - like the insole of a two-month old trainer.’
      • ‘Go for flexible but supportive shoes with cushioned insoles.’
      • ‘See if you can pry the insole up and see what's going on in the inner workings.’
      • ‘It is possible to tell the height and build of an individual by looking at the depth and area of a print, which could even come from the insole of a shoe.’
      • ‘They may remove the insoles that are in the boot and replace them with soft off-the-shelf orthotics to improve the fit and the alignment of your foot within the boot.’
      • ‘Because neoprene doesn't breathe well, some companies now use mesh arches or air-punched insoles to improve aeration and moisture control, such as the newest Capezio Dansneaker or the Bloch Enduro-Techs.’
      • ‘Made in Italy, they offer a cushioned insole, leather lining, and a sturdy rubber sole.’
      • ‘The insoles of golf shoes will have energy-producing materials that are activated with each step, transmitted to your body to reduce stress and fatigue.’