***Update: (17/10/2017) *** I am no longer using Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles. I will actively be avoiding them going forward. They have a design flaw. A rubber ring in the heel becomes pronounced when the gel starts failing. As it happens gradually, it’s not immediately noticeable. It caused me pain and aggravated my plantar fasciitis.
As a traveller, the most important piece of equipment is my shoes. I only have the one pair, so I wear them everyday. Some days, I put them on in the first thing and take them off before going to bed.
When I started this trip, I had a pair of Keen Targhee II shoes.
They were excellent for wet weather in Vancouver. They also did a really good job in the -24 degree weather in Montreal. You can read more about that in my post about travelling in Eastern Canada.
Near the end of my first week travelling, I found I had to replace them. They were too heavy and they were giving me turf toe.
I purchased a pair of Adidas Supernova on sale for cheap in Paris. After wearing them for a couple weeks but found my heel was bothering me something badly. Some time later, I found it was Plantar Fasciitis. It wasn’t the shoes. Well, it was a combination of walking 3-4 hours a day, intermixed walking with an extra 15 Kilograms in my backpack, and not quite enough heel support.
I bought up some Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles and that made all the difference. I now will buy inexpensive shoes and expensive insoles.
These shoes were great. They had been to Greece, Rome, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Andorra, Germany, and Romania. According to Google Timeline, I put approximately 2000 Kilometres on them in 4.5 months. This surprised me. Breaking it down, that’s about 14 Kilometres per day. Not bad!
Sadly, it was time to replace them. I found the sole had stiffened up quite a bit and wasn’t providing any cushioning. I was starting to get Plantar Fascitis again. You can see the sole is very worn down and I didn’t do any burnouts in them!
Out with the old, in with the new.
I picked up some Reebok Triplehall runners. They are working pretty well so far.
Excuse the dirt. I had to try my new toys out. So far, the insole is pretty good. My heel pain has started to fade, so I’m happy. Perhaps I’ll upgrade the insoles in a month or so. Also, I think going forward, I’ll start looking for new shoes around the 3 month mark.