Friday, January 07, 2011

Sof Sole Review + Giveaway


Sof Sole recently offered to send me a couple of their products to try out. I've heard great things about the brand and had been interested in trying out some insoles, so I jumped at the opportunity.




Airr® Insole

Website Info:

  • combines air cushioning with moisture control technology
  • Encapsulated air technology featured in the heel and arch are air chambers used to provide exceptional comfort while increasing shock absorption
  • Coolmax® fabric cover absorbs moisture and provides breathability
  • Lightweight insole can be used in all types of shoes
  • Coolmax® technology for climate control
  • Polymer gel forefoot cushioning



Trial:

My current shoes have about 500KM on them, which is getting pretty close to the time when I would typically retire them. I thought this would be a good time to test out the insoles and maybe even squeeze some extra life out of my shoes thanks to a fresh cushion.

Out with the old, in with the new:





It was interesting to compare Sof Sole with the standard insole from my shoe. At a glance, they clearly appear to offer a lot more cushioning and support.




When I first slid my feet into my newly Sof Soled shoes, it felt a little unusual. I could tell that my feet were sitting quite a bit higher and the arch was very noticeable. Next step: lace up and hit the streets!

I have flat feet and expected the arch to feel uncomfortable. In actuality, I could tell that the extra support was there, but it felt good.

I noticed my heel slipping slightly out of the back of the shoe, most likely due to the extra rise from the insoles. I thought I might have to re-lace my shoes (looping through the very top holes), but when I tied them a bit tighter on the next run, I didn't have a problem.

The extra cushion was very noticeable; you know that feeling when you put on a brand new pair of shoes, like you're wearing pillows or clouds on your feet? They felt like that and the feeling has lasted through each and every run.

I've been using the Sof Soles constantly for over a month now and I'm definitely sold. They feel fantastic and I'm thinking they might even help me squeeze some extra life out of my shoes. Does anyone know many miles you can typically get out of a set of insoles?


Coolmax Trainer Sock

Website Info:
  • Wick away moisture to keep feet dry 
  • Fine-knit and lightweight
  • Seamless toe
  • Deep heel pocket to minimize movement and friction
  • Banded instep for secure fit and arch comfort
  • Nonbinding top for comfort


Trial:

These socks are super cute and comfy. They sit very low on the ankle, which I love for summer running but not so much in the winter (brrr, my ankles freeze so I've had to pull out my high socks). For the time being, I've been using them for most of my gym runs and workouts and I really like them. They have a nice cushion without being too thick or heavy. I haven't been able to test them on a particularly long run since I'm only using them indoors, but so far - no blisters!








GIVEAWAY:

Sof Sole has generously offered up an additional pair of Airr® Insoles and Coolmax Trainer Socks to one lucky reader!

To Enter: (one comment per entry please!)

1. Tell me how you look after your tootsies and/or why you'd like to try Sof Sole
3. Leave a comment about this giveaway on the Sofe Sole Wall
5. Tweet about this giveaway - be sure to include @sofsole and @marleneruns
6. Follow this blog

Giveaway closes on Thursday, January 13th!


Thank you Sof Sole!


LAST DAY FOR HBBC!
Week of Jan. 1 - 7

Jan. 1 - 0
Jan. 2 - run (17.1)
Jan. 3 - cardio (3), weights (1), F&V (1) = 5
Jan. 4 - 0
Jan. 5 - run (9.4), F&V (1) = 10.4
Jan. 6 - run (12.9), F&V (1) = 13.9
Jan. 7 - run (5), F&V(1)
=52.4

86 comments:

Jogging with Fiction said...

follower!

Jogging with Fiction said...

I don't really do anything special for my feet to take care of them, you know, aside from random pedicures now and again. I did buy some fantastic dryfit socks the other day, though.

Lisa said...

i'm a follower

Denise said...

i wore sof sole socks this morning!! the only thing i do to take care of my toes is to clip my toe nails. they are so ugly, it's not worth doing anything else! :-)

Lisa said...

i usually wear dri-fit socks from target that have some cushion, because i'm too cheap to buy name brand socks, but know that I can't just get away with anything. I've tried better insoles a few times, but seem to have gotten lazy with that lately. So really, I *need* to win. :-)

runRedrun said...

I'd love to try the insoles so i can get more mileage out of my shoes.

runRedrun said...

I'm a follower.

lish said...

I am a follower!

Aneta said...

id love to get one of the insole thingies! this might help with my knee problems.
i so want to get back into running but my knee only alows for about 20 mins at a time!
this might help me!

lish said...

I "liked" them on Facebook!

Aneta said...

oh and i am also a follower! :)

lish said...

I "like" sof sole on Twitter!

J said...

I have been rolling my foot/arches on a tennis ball lately which makes them feel much better! I feel like I need new insoles in my older shoes.

J said...

I am a follower!

lish said...

I posted the giveaway on their facebook page!

lish said...

I try to take care of my feet but I must admit that they are pretty sore. My orthotics haven't been working well so I think sof sole would be a great product to try!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I'm a follower!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I like Sof Sole on FB.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I told Sof Sole on FB that you sent me!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Linked your giveaway on my sidebar. Thank you for hosting!

Still Running said...

I'm a follower!

Still Running said...

Pedicure do a world of good for me! I have high arches too, so I think these would be a great help.

TNTcoach Ken said...

OMG! You have no arch!

Nicole said...

Omg I would LOVE some of these! I just dropped 300 bucks on orthotics and when i wear them they hurt my feet!

Nicole said...

I'm a follower & i liked them both on fbook & twitter! :)

Nicole said...

anddd i tweeted it! :)

Lily on the Road said...

you always have such super duper give aways!! The socks do look super cute!! I'm a Wright sock girl my self...however, I would never pass up the opportunity to try something new.

Hope you are feeling a little better!

RunningLaur said...

I have a few pairs of the SofSol socks, and I really like them! (and I'm not all that big on 'special' socks, but I tend to grab these from the drawer first :) )

Jill said...

Well, I've tried about 4 billion insoles out there to alleviate my heel pain with no success, so maybe these puppies are the answer - so I think I need them!!! :)

Jill said...

I already am a FB fan!!

Jill said...

And I'm a loyal follower :).

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I follow and linked you in today.. HIGH FIVE.. Lordy I need new socks..

Karen said...

I follow you.

Karen said...

I'm obsessive about replacing shoes in a timely manner, and I'm pretty picky about socks. Under Armour socks are my favorite.

Jamie said...

I show my feet some love with good socks, replacing my running shoes timely, and pedicures!

Jamie said...

Im a follower!

Tara said...

Following on twitter!

Tara said...

Tweeted the giveaway

Tara said...

i'm a follower of this blog.

Tara said...

liked SofSole on FB!

Tara said...

I take care of my feet by making sure I replace my shoes in a timely manner. I would really like to try the insoles to see if they help this lingering hip issue I've been having!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I love Sof Sole and wear their socks and use their insoles. Don't enter me into the giveaway since I semi-recently won one. Let's give someone else the change to love their feet a little.

Thanks!

Laura said...

I am the blister queen so I will try anything to finally get rid of them...

Laura said...

I follow...

abbi said...

Follower

abbi said...

The only thing I try to do is wear decent socks...I used to get blisters but after changing to a different sock brand, they've stayed away!

lilmeg said...

I AM OBSESSED WITH RUNNING SOCKS.

I think you know this? Obsessed. I can only run in certain kinds. I stick with smart wool and Wright. I have one other pair that I'm starting to like too. This is how I look after my tootsies.

I want to try a new kind! (pickmepick mepick me)

lilmeg said...

Liked Sof Sole on good ole fb

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lilmeg said...

bahaha commented on Sof Sole. I can't believe you're friends with me.

lilmeg said...

I have no twitter (do you???) so I blogged it in my giveaway section. I hope that counts. I'm not very "cool" so am tweetless.

lilmeg said...

Aaaand I follow.

Ashley said...

Right now I'm using dr. Scholls insoles in my shoes.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Honestly, I'd like to win for a friend of mine who is having issues with stress fractures... but I think I'd have to snag the socks for myself!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Definitely a follower...

Detroit Runner said...

I'm a follower

Liz said...

I'm a follower. :)

Liz said...

My feet are starting to feel the mileage; I need to replace my shoes, but we just won't have the money for another month. The insoles would really help. ;)

Stephanie Anne said...

I use yoga toes to take care of my feet

Stephanie Anne said...

im a follower

Julie said...

I follow this blog :)

Julie said...

I take care of my feet by rotating my running shoes :)

Julie said...

I like Sof Sole on FB

Julie said...

I left a comment on the Sof Sole wall.

Julie said...

I posted this on my blog and on FB :)

dietitianontherun.com said...

I'm constantly on the search for good Insoles - that picture with your feet squeezed together? Mine would have a big gap in the middle, hello Arches! haha :)

I'm glad these worked out for you!! Maybe something I'll look into! Or win?? We shall see! :)

edmontonjb said...

I sleep in socks with lotion slathered on my feet to keep my feet soft and smooth.

edmontonjb said...

I follow sofsole on twitter as edmontonjb

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb said...

I follow with GFC

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

rinusrunning said...

Looks good and goodluck.
www.rinusrunning.nl

sneakersister.com said...

Hey girl! Long time no see.

I love the Sof Sole products. I tested them out last year and the insoles are still going strong. I would recommend highly that people give them a try. Search for where you can purchase them and DO. In fact, you should have a pair in every pair of shoes you run in. They are far superior to the manufacturer insoles that come with the shoes.

The socks are awesome as well! I love mine, especially in the fall. They are a bit too thick for my summer running but are great socks. I agree that the short style is NOT ideal for winter running.

Take care Marlene!

Tanya Patrice said...

I follow SofSole on Twitter. I already have a pair (I think it's the athletics one) and LOVE it! 1st thing I do on mew sneakers is to switch out the insole.

destination262 said...

I look after my tootsies by getting pedicures. In need of one baddddly!!

Allison said...

MASSAGES!!!!

Allison said...

I like sofsole on FB

Allison said...

I follow you!

Stacie said...

I look after my feet by always wearing good quality socks and shoes that work best for me.

Stacie said...

I like Sof Sole on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I follow Sof Sole on Twitter.

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

I tweeted ~ windyrunner

Stacie said...

I posted on the Sof Sole Wall.

Deb said...

I don't really look after my feet much at all. Have to change that!

Deb said...

I like sof sole on facebook.

Deb said...

I left a comment about the giveaway.

Deb said...

I'm a follower.