Protalus insoles has an amazing website, and the company makes strong claims, too.
“Highest rated insoles,” and they claim to have over 69,000 reviews.
Well, how could I pass up reviewing this product?
Where are all of these reviews?
I’m not sure.
I hopped on Amazon, and their M100 product has just 58 reviews – that’s the highest that any of their products on Amazon have.
And then, I started looking deeper at the Protalus insoles and realized something right from the start: these insoles are expensive.
I don’t mind paying more money for pain relief. In fact, I am willing to spend a lot of money to relieve my foot pain. The problem is that some of these insoles are so expensive that you’ll be able to purchase a custom insole from a foot specialist for just a little bit more money.
My wallet is feeling the pain just thinking about the price of these insoles.
But price aside, let’s see what these insoles have to offer. Maybe you’ll think that they’re worth the money or will want to give them a try.
You’ll find a lot of different insoles offered, including full-length and 3/4 length options. Which option is best? That depends on your needs. There are bulkier options and then an extra-thin series, which is still a little thick in my opinion.
You’ll also find options for casual footwear, heels, wedges and dress shoes.
Active options are all available.
I guess you’ll have to buy all of them if you want to be able to have options for all of your shoes.
For the sake of brevity, I will go over what the M100 has to offer, and this is designed for bulkier footwear, meant for your:
I know that a major issue for me is the amount of time I stand at work. My feet are screaming for relief by the end of the day. A lot of our readers also say that work is the main cause of their foot pain. That makes the M100 series a great option for your work boots or shoes.
Here’s a closer look at the M100’s features:
Starting with the type options, you’ll find that the Protalus insoles come in exact sizes for men, women and youths.
Thumbs up! I prefer this option, personally.
Alignment along the kinetic chain confused me, but preventing over pronation or supination along with a cushioning system are good things. The cushioning system is designed to absorb shock when you take a step, so you’ll have less impact on your knees and joints.
There’s also what’s called “Tri-planar technology,’ or the company’s patented “TPS system.”
What is a TPS system? According to Protalus reviews, a lot of people had no idea what this meant.
I did a bit of research, and the company claims that this system is backed by science.
The company claims that their insoles better connect the body with the ankles. This means alignment of your ankle, knee, hip, lumbar spine, thoracic spine and cervical spine. And when everything is in alignment, these insoles are said to offer:
But from the company’s own website, the “research” doesn’t even seem to exist. Sure, the company claims that their unique design helps, but they’re not providing the proof I need to convince me.
Where are the studies?
Where are the statistics?
I have no idea.
“Backed by science,” seems to be loosely used on the website.
I have seen a lot of people claim this insole works great for plantar fasciitis, and then others claim it lacks arch support and is a sloppy design. Other comments are more along the lines of what I experienced: not better than other options I have tried.
Maybe I would view these insoles as better if they weren’t so pricey.
Sure, shipping is free, but the product is still very expensive despite the free shipping.
Expensive, pricey, way over-priced – however you define it – these insoles cost a lot. And, for this price, I expect better arch support along with more scientific research to back the insole’s claims. “The Science” page is just a bunch of fancy wording with no mention of the clinical studies or any real science behind the insole.
I’m going to rate Protalus an 88% out of 100%.
Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of these Protalus inserts. They’re just not what I expect when I buy insoles. I have reviewed plenty of other insoles that are simply better in design.
Again, if you’re interested in the best value for your money, these insoles miss the mark.
But MindInsoles is simply better (read our review).
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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.