In part two of this special feature on Profeet’s state-of-the-art 3D Biomechanical Analysis Motion Lab, our writer and keen runner Stuart Appleby shares his experiences wearing Profeet’s custom-made insoles.
It has been a few months since I visited Profeet’s shop at the heart of Fulham Road in South West London, where I worked with the excellent Tom Scales, Profeet’s Assistant Manager and Senior Technician, to create a pair of insoles tailored exactly for me at the 3D Motion Lab.
From analysis of my running technique and gait on the in-store treadmill, to crunching data and reviewing 3D imagery which served to highlight any imbalances in my body and therefore help to reduce the risk of injury down the track, a trip to the one-stop shop Lab is the perfect way to invest in yourself and gather more options and answers to work towards your goals, short or long-term.
Since leaving the store with my custom-made pair of insoles, which were built using high-definition vacuum technology and hand finished to perfection by Tom, I have worn them frequently – at least four to five times each week when running, walking and at the gym.
I was expecting the custom composite insoles to offer greater support, which they do, but I was taken aback by just how comforting and connected the insoles make you feel, working with your feet and shoe as you move.
Despite having a background in long-distance running, this was the first time I had used insoles for any length of time and therefore it was only right that I closely examined how they felt.
Wearing appropriate foot support, despite – touch wood – not having had any serious injuries to my feet in the past, is something I have always considered as integral to developing poise and a solid foundation.
This perhaps comes from the fact that, as a runner, I naturally run with a high-pronating stance. In the past, I have tried a series of brands of running shoes which have been equipped with greater support and stability, and – on the whole – while they have been shrewd investments, they have never felt completely tailored to me.