Powerstep and Superfeet are two of the biggest insole brands on the market. And both make a variety of insoles for every foot type, activity, and shoe.
But what’s the difference between these two brands? Is one better than the other?
Here’s all you need to know about choosing the right Powerstep or Superfeet insole for you.
Reasons to Use an Insole
Insoles aren’t just for people who have serious foot problems. They can be helpful for a multitude of things, and even runners with perfectly healthy, normal feet might find that the right insoles can benefit them.
Many common foot and lower leg pain conditions come from wearing the wrong shoes. The “wrong shoes” means footwear with inadequate or wrongly positioned arch support and shock absorption.
Choosing an insole that helps keep your feet in the right position can drastically reduce the amount of pain you experience due to conditions like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, heel spurs, and knee pain.
Not only can the right insole cushion your foot better, but it can also provide support in the right place for your foot type.
For example, if you’ve been wearing a pair of neutral running shoes but you’re actually an overpronator, an insole that supports your arch and prevents your foot from rolling over can reduce pain that flares up as a result of the unnatural movement of the foot.
In turn, a reduction in pain can dramatically improve your running performance. Your form will naturally be better, and your chances of becoming injured will be reduced.
As mentioned above, if you aren’t getting the right kind of support for your foot/arch type, you’ll never run as well as you could.
A supportive insole that cushions where necessary and strengthens where necessary offers a chance at improving your performance.
There’s no need to go out and buy a whole new pair of shoes if you’ve just discovered that you need a stability shoe rather than a neutral pair.
Opt for a supportive and stable insole first. If it works for you, then you only need to replace your shoes much later down the line.
If you don’t need stability but your feet could do with some more cushion, an insole can offer that too. Just like shoes, insoles come in varying degrees of cushion.
If you try on a pair of shoes but they feel a little too firm to you, many shoes allow you to remove the insole and add your own. It’s a lot more affordable to do it this way than to buy a whole new pair of shoes that’s more cushioned!
If you can find a pair of insoles that really works for you, you’ll find yourself spending less money on new shoes. Of course, when the outsole of your shoe wears down, it’s a good idea to replace them.
But in many cases, the inner cushioning flattens before the outsole wears away. With insoles, you can simply buy another one, slip it into the shoe, and carry on with the same pair of shoes for much longer!
Powerstep vs Superfeet
Powerstep insoles were created in 1991 by Les Appel, a runner and podiatrist. He recognized the need for runners (and others) to have a tool to help reduce foot pain and make walking, running, and everyday life easier and more comfortable.
He began comparing the custom orthotics of his patients and started noticing important patterns that were used to combat pain and instability. Using this knowledge, coupled with his love for running, he created Powerstep insoles with the help of a company called Remington Products.
Remington Products has been creating foot care products since 1934. In 2004, their Powerstep insoles became the top clinically recommended insole brand.
Superfeet had a 9-year head start on Powerstep. They began mass production in 1982, and by 1985 had their first storefront in Canada, where they targeted skiers looking for extra foot support.
By 1986, they broke into the medical market, and a year later they were doing well enough to need a dedicated customer service unit. Their unique Trim-to-Fit insoles came out in 1993, increasing their popularity.
Both companies have gone from strength to strength since their beginnings, and are among the top insoles you can find on the market.
Powerstep insoles tend towards being low-profile and skinny, easy to fit into just about any shoe.
Superfeet’s most popular and well-loved insoles include high-profile, high-volume insoles – not as easy as Powerstep’s to fit into any shoe, but more cushioned and springy underfoot.
Superfeet creates some of their insoles in a gender-specific design. This means they have separate versions of the insole model for men and women, with slight differences to accommodate the typical foot of each gender.
Another noticeable difference is that Superfeet’s insoles can be trimmed to fit the size of your shoe comfortably. Powerstep insoles are not able to be trimmed, so they may not quite fit into some shoes perfectly.
6 Best Powerstep and Superfeet Inserts
Best-Selling Superfeet Insole
1. Superfeet GREEN
Superfeet’s GREEN insole is their most popular. It’s a high-volume insole, which means it takes up a fair bit of space in your shoe. You’ll most likely have to take out the existing insole to fit these in your running shoes. It’s also high-profile, which means it’s quite shapely underfoot.
The base layer of these insoles is a firm carbon fiber stabilizer cap. It provides strong support under the rearfoot and adds an extra element of stability to the spongy foam that rests on top of it.
Layered over the stability cap is a full-length high-density foam piece in Superfeet’s signature shape. The combination of the heel cap and foam layer offer excellent arch support in the midfoot, and a deep heel cup keeps the foot locked in place so the arch always rests in the right place.
It’s an added bonus that the closed-cell foam layer also features an odor-control coating, keeping your feet fresh in all situations. The end of the foam layer is designed to be trimmed so you can achieve a perfect fit for your shoes.
- Built-in stabilizer cap
- Оdor control coating
- High-profile, high-volume
- Trimmable for a snug fit
- High-profile design may not fit in shoes without removable insoles
Best-Selling Powerstep Insole
2. Powerstep Original
Interestingly, Powerstep’s most well-liked insole is a low-profile, super thin design, the complete opposite to Superfeet’s. It’ll take up quite a bit less space in your shoe, so it would work well in all kinds of shoes, including those without removable insoles.
A supportive heel cradle cups your foot safely and securely, preventing it from moving around unnecessarily. It also offers a good amount of shock absorption, increasing the protection on your feet.
Above the heel cradle is a double layer of cushioning. The cradle and cushion together provide good arch support but remain comfortable whether running or walking. It’s topped with a thin layer of antimicrobial fabric for reducing odors and diminishing the chance of getting blisters.
These insoles can’t be trimmed to fit your shoes. Although they should fit true to size, there’s a chance that they may be slightly too big or small for some people’s shoes.
- Dual-layer cushioning
- Fabric cover with anti-microbial protection
- Firm arch support
- Supportive heel cradle
- Cannot be trimmed to fit shoes
Top Superfeet for Runners
3. Superfeet RUN Comfort
Some insoles are better than others if you’re planning on running with them. This is Superfeet’s premium running insole – the RUN Comfort.
As its name suggests, they’re made to keep your feet comfortable while running. They do provide good support as well, so Superfeet has created the best of both worlds here.
To make sure your feet are best catered for from the start, Superfeet has designed a different RUN Comfort insole for men and for women. The women’s version (which comes in pink, versus the men’s green) has a slimmer arch length and heel than the men’s, specifically to fit comfortably on the average women’s foot.
Like all Superfeet insoles, these ones feature an EVOLyte carbon fiber stabilizer cap. Built into the heel cap is a Heel Impact Technology Pod, which absorbs impact and reduces the chance of injury due to shock.
On top of that, a full-length Aerospring rebounding foam cushion is perfect for runners, giving every step a comfortable cushioning effect and great energetic return at the same time.
The combination of soft cushioning, shock absorption, and rebound make these excellent insoles for runners of all levels.
- Heel Impact Technology Pod
- Aerospring rebounding foam
- EVOLyte stabilizer cap
- Gender-specific dimensions for comfort
- May not be effective for sports other than running
Top Powerstep for Runners
4. Powerstep Endurance
Like their best-selling insoles, the eye-catching Endurance insole has a low-profile design, making it easy to fit into almost any running shoe, whether or not you can remove the insole.
Underneath the insole, a flexible arch shell gives light but comfortable support for your feet. The foam up top is a full-length, water-resistant cushion. High-impact areas of the insole (heel, forefoot) feature Poron cushioning, which is highly shock-absorbent and super comfy underfoot.
There’s no trimming required in order to fit these into your shoes. That can be convenient, but there’s always a chance that they may not fit that well into your running shoes.
- Flexible arch shell underfoot
- Targeted Poron cushioning
- Comfortable foam base
- Low profile design
- Not trimmable, and may not fit properly inside your shoes
Best Superfeet for Dress Shoes
5. Superfeet EVERYDAY Slim Fit
It can be harder to find comfy insoles for dress shoes because there’s far less space in fancy shoes than in everyday trainers or running shoes made for comfort. Superfeet’s answer is the EVERYDAY Slim fit insole: a three-quarter-length insole that offers support, cushion, and such a comfy feel you won’t even know it’s there.
It’s designed to fit easily inside any kind of dress shoe, and it’s the only Superfeet insole on this list with a slim profile. With a heel height of less than an inch, it won’t take up too much space in your shoes.
Like the other Superfeet insoles, this one comes in a men’s and a women’s version, with the women’s being slightly less in both arch length and heel width to accommodate the average female foot.
The carbon fiber cap provides subtle support, while the luxuriously soft Auraluxe Microsuede top cover adds comfort so you can be on your feet as long as you need to.
- Soft, luxurious top cover
- Slim profile, half-length
- Signature Superfeet shape
- Long-lasting odor control
- May slide forward in the shoe if not positioned properly
Best Powerstep for Dress Shoes
6. Powerstep Slimtech 3/4 Length
Like the other Powerstep insoles, the Slimtech is a low-profile insert that will hardly be felt under your foot. The slightly higher heel helps to alleviate foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and other foot conditions.
There’s a handy non-slip pad beneath the heel, so you won’t need to worry about the insole sliding up in your shoe as you walk or move your feet.
Semi-rigid arch support makes these insoles great for a variety of arch types, and the velvety soft antimicrobial fabric top cover adds an element of soft comfort.
Variable Cushioning Technology targets particular areas of the foot for more cushion, to provide the best shock-absorbing, rebounding effect possible.
- Non-slip pad
- Semi-rigid arch support
- Anti-microbial top fabric
- Targeted cushioning
- May not be suitable for open shoes