If your feet are killing you, it's hard to enjoy even the most beautiful hike. Luckily, there are insoles specifically designed for hiking boots, and ones that have extra features, like odor blocking soles, that make them perfect for hikers. But what else distinguishes the best insoles for hiking from an average insole?
The first is support. While the amount of support you want will depend on your own personal preferences, pay special attention to the shape and cushioning of each insole. Because hiking involves so much continuous time on your feet, support is going to be an even more critical element of your search. So consider how much cushioning you need and where you need it. Do you need something with support in the heel, or is it the front of your feet that usually hurt more? What are your arches like?
Then it comes down to moisture management and odor control, which are features you'll definitely want if you're out on an all-day hike. For example, insoles with a cork design are lightweight, naturally moisture-wicking, and soft yet sturdy for extra support and comfort. As far as odor control goes, look for insoles with an extra layer of coating designed to prevent bacteria from growing and your shoes from smelling.