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Shoe Hack: Make Your TOMS More User Friendly

I cut OrthoLite Fusion Insoles to fit inside my TOMS in mere minutes—this is my kind of DIY project!

I cut OrthoLite Fusion Insoles to fit inside my TOMS in mere minutes—this is my kind of DIY project!

TOMS have become a wardrobe staple in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I couldn’t be more pleased. My injury-prone hip region prefers a cute flat to a sexy heel most days (and nights…and weekends…). But while they’re easier on the legs and lower back, TOMS aren’t so great for your arches. Like flip-flops, they don’t offer most feet enough support to accomplish a full day of commuting, running errands, walking three blocks in the wrong direction because you misread your map app, and more. Which is why I came up with this shoe hack.

Step 1: Find New Insoles There are tons of insert options on the market these days, but it’s important to find one that’s customizable. TOMS are on the narrow side, and many insoles are too wide to fit inside the foot bed. A good option: OrthoLite Fusion Insoles. Designed for athletic shoes, these inserts offer comfy padding and light arch support, and they wick away moisture and prevent odor. You can buy them online, or if you’re lucky, like I was, you’ll meet some OrthoLite reps and they’ll hand you a pair just for saying, “Hi.”

Step 2: Cut to Fit Getting your insoles to fit inside your shoes is very simple. I simply traced the bottom of my TOMS onto the OrthoLite insert with a pen, and then used some fancy orange scissors to snip away the excess padding. You might need to carefully trim away a bit more to get a perfect fit.

Commuting to San Francisco in style and comfort. (Notice the dorky backpack—that takes pressure off the lower back and hip region, too.)

Commuting to San Francisco in style and comfort. (Notice the dorky backpack—that takes pressure off the lower back and hip region, too.)

Step 3: Slip ‘Em In and Enjoy! TOMS have a hump built into the arch of the foot bed, but it’s tiny so your new insoles will have no trouble sitting on top to give your feet even more support and cushioning.

Do you have special insoles in your running shoes? Have you ever added insoles to your casual shoes?

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OrthoLite Fusion Insoles free of charge. I was not paid to review OrthoLite, and I did not promise to include the brand in a post. All opinions are mine and unbiased.

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