If you’re a runner, hiker or just work a job that has you on your feet all day, foot pain is probably a very real part of your everyday life. Wearing the right shoes can help, but the right insoles can make a world of difference in your level of pain and your quality of life.
We’ve reviewed a lot of insoles here at Happy Feet Review, and the Nikken Kenko and Samurai Shoe insoles are two of the most popular.
Both insoles have their unique benefits, but let’s compare the two to see which one is best for you.
Nikken Kenko’s mStrides insoles offer 100% magnetic coverage at multiple angles. DynaFlux technology places magnets in polar opposition at several points along the foot for added relief.
Made from polyethylene, these insoles are durable, do not absorb moisture and are ventilated to keep your feet cool.
Nikken Kenko’s mStrides are designed for people with foot pain caused by:
These are, in my opinion, the best shoe inserts for walking on uneven surfaces, like on trails. The DynaFlux technology allows each magnet to have a controlled degree of movement. When pushed against a surface, there’s a shift in the magnet’s angle that moves opposing magnets into positions relative to each other.
I recommend these insoles for shoes when arch support isn’t an issue.
The only complaint with this insole is that it doesn’t provide any arch support. I wouldn’t recommend these insoles for anyone who has flat feet or collapsed arches from weight gain.
But if you’re on your feet all day at work or like to run or hike, these insoles can help prevent pain and fatigue thanks to its magnetic technology.
If you have flat feet or collapsed arches, the Samurai Shoe is a better fit for you. These aren’t like the memory foam shoe inserts you see advertised everywhere. These inserts were actually designed by a podiatrist. They’re lightweight and they hide the orthotic inside of a larger, comfortable insole.
Unlike the Nikken Kenko insoles, these shoe inserts have arch support to help with:
If you’re a runner, you know how painful it can be to run with flat feet. If you don’t have flat feet, you may be battling plantar fasciitis. In either case, arch support insoles can help provide relief. That’s exactly what Samurai Insoles provides.
What I love about these inserts is that they come in standard shoe sizes. This means that you don’t have to waste time measuring and cutting the insole to get the right fit. The insole should easily slip right into your shoe.
And you can wear these with any type of shoe, including clogs, tennis shoes and dressy shoes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the biggest issue with Samurai is that the insoles wear away very quickly. I think they’re an excellent choice for arch support, but you need to be prepared for their low durability. They’ll need to be replaced every few months. With that said, these insoles do work very well.
Nikken Kenko and Samurai inserts both have their benefits, but ultimately, these insoles are designed for different things.
If you’re battling chronic foot pain because you’re always on your feet, then Nikken Kenko may be a good fit for you. We also recommend these insoles for people who go hiking or running. The magnetic technology can help prevent pain while balancing your energy.
Many runners and athletes swear by magnets for pain prevention. And Nikken Kenko sells replacement magnets in case you lose or damage any during use.
Even if you don’t have any foot pain, these inserts can be helpful in boosting circulation and preventing pain in the future. If you’re a very active person, you may want to consider taking steps to care for your feet now before pain becomes a problem in the future.
If you have flat feet or dropped arches, then the Samurai is a better fit for you. These insoles provide arch support in a comfortable insert. I like that these insoles are thin and lightweight, which allows them to fit inside just about any shoe. They also come in standard shoe sizes, so you don’t have to fight with scissors to cut them down to the right size. With the Nikken Kenko insoles, you will have to cut them down to fit your feet. This means that you’ll have to spend 10-20 minutes measuring and cutting down the insole to find the right fit. It can take a few tries to get it right.
Yes, Samurai has its durability issues, but these insoles really do work. And I like that they take the guesswork out of sizing the insole. Just choose your shoe size, and you’re good to go.
Both inserts use different technologies to provide relief. Samurai uses conventional orthotics to provide arch support, while Nikken Kenko uses magnets and pressure points to help prevent and/or alleviate pain. There are about 100 magnets on these insoles, and they can even help to alleviate back pain.
Both insoles are great for foot pain. The right one for you will depend on the cause of the pain. I’ve given both options excellent rating. Although they aren’t perfect or work as well as MindInSole, they do provide relief and comfort.
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Achy, painful feet are no fun. No one wants to walk around in pain, day in and day out. You want to have a step that feels good. But, a lot of people, I am talking most of the people around you, will suffer from some form of foot pain this year.