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Altra Shoes Replacement Insoles

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Has anyone found an insole that will fit properly in Altra shoes? I have a pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5's that are really comfortable and I would like to wear them on the Camino this summer. The problem is that I would like a spare set of insoles in case the ones that come with the shoes get wet, I can swap them out.

The problem I have had finding replacements is that none of them are wide enough in the toe area to fit the "foot shaped" design of the shoe. I'm worried about getting blisters from my toes sitting on the edge of the aftermarket insole. I've tried the cheap Dr. Scholl's cut to fit insoles, which were the widest I could find at a drug store, but they still aren't wide enough in the toe area. They also didn't conform well to the heal and arch area.

I also checked Altra's website, but I don't see anything regarding replacement insoles. Their shoes seem to be pretty popular with thru hiker's, I would think there would be a market for them. I guess they would rather you just by another pair of shoes! I've seen some posts on backpacking forums recommending Superfeet green or Superfeet Trailblazer insoles for Altra's, but they still appear to be very pointy in the toe area and don't look like they would completely fill up the shoe. I don't really want to spend the dinero to find out, so I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
I have used Orthosoles from Millets, which you could buy large and cut to size if they are still too pointed. (I found their sizing to be fairly accurate.) They are also available from Blacks who probably have a wider selection. Availability is possibly dependent on where you live.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016, Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre and Muxia 2017, Camino Aragones 2018
Have you called the customer service number for Altra? They might be able to help.

I buy insoles from the Insolestore.com. They may be able to recommend insoles that would suit your needs from their extensive selection.
 
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econodan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Catalan, Aragones, part of Frances, Ruta del Salavador, Primitivo, and Finisterre (2012);
Cammino San Pellegrino, Italy (2013);
Lebaniego, Vadiniense, and Invierno (July 2014)
I've been using Superfeet (Green) in my Altra Lone Peaks, with no problem. I just checked with my fingers, and I can't feel any gap at the sides.
 

Caminolou

The Netherlands
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances sep 2018/2019 - camino catalan 2019 - camino primitivo 2019
Not exactly on topic but how do these superfeet smell after a week or so? Up untill now only leather insoles prevent my shoes from going smelly. Dont know why, I even use treeoil on my feet before I start walking. Tried few of them “plastic” ones but no good for me. Comfortable but stinkey after some good walks.
 

Leibniz

Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from Astorga (2018)
Frances/Invierno from SJPP (2019)
I haven’t had problems with my superfeet insoles but I take them out of the shoe every night to air.
 

Shazenalan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2018
I’ve had no issues with Superfeet insoles, I also wear Bridgedale Fusion socks which are a mix of coolmax and merino for temperature regulation, and change socks midway through my day. No blisters, no pong. 👍
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
I have used Orthosoles from Millets, which you could buy large and cut to size if they are still too pointed. (I found their sizing to be fairly accurate.) They are also available from Blacks who probably have a wider selection. Availability is possibly dependent on where you live.
Thank you, I will take a look.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Have you called the customer service number for Altra? They might be able to help.

I buy insoles from the Insolestore.com. They may be able to recommend insoles that would suit your needs from their extensive selection.
On one of the backpack forums someone said that Altra recommended they use the Superfeet, but it was an older post. I should probably contact Altra myself and see if this is still what they recommend. I'm sure there are new products coming out all of the time.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
I've been using Superfeet (Green) in my Altra Lone Peaks, with no problem. I just checked with my fingers, and I can't feel any gap at the sides.
Excellent, thank you for checking!
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I always replace my Altra insoles with orange superfeet because I need the extra cushioning. When I trim them to fit there is an 1/8th inch or so gap on one side of the top but it doesn't cause any problems. I walked in daily rain last May and i removed the insoles for drying. Both the shoes and the insoles were dry before morning. Actually the shoes dried faster than the newspaper stuffed boots that many wear. I also made a pair of flip-flops out of the original insoles to wear around the albergue. I accidentally stepped in a puddle and found they dried quickly after I blotted them with a paper towel. So my point is you probably don't need extra insoles and if you do decide you want them you can buy great insoles in Spain.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
I always replace my Altra insoles with orange superfeet because I need the extra cushioning. When I trim them to fit there is an 1/8th inch or so gap on one side of the top but it doesn't cause any problems. I walked in daily rain last May and i removed the insoles for drying. Both the shoes and the insoles were dry before morning. Actually the shoes dried faster than the newspaper stuffed boots that many wear. I also made a pair of flip-flops out of the original insoles to wear around the albergue. I accidentally stepped in a puddle and found they dried quickly after I blotted them with a paper towel. So my point is you probably don't need extra insoles and if you do decide you want them you can buy great insoles in Spain.
Yes, I'm sure I would be fine with 1 pair of insoles, but I like over preparing for pretty much everything. I also wouldn't mind having extra cushioning since the original insole doesn't offer much. A local running shoe store carries Superfeet so I will go take a look.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
My insoles are Currex medium. I've never had a problem.
Good luck with this.
 

Jbirk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, SJPP to Finesterre April (2018)
Via Francigena Italy Sept (2018)
Del Norte Aug (2019)
I have used the Dr Scholls for two Caminos with both TIMPs and Lone Peak 4.0 mids.
They are the custom fit Dr Scholls you step on the machine to size. I used the
CF 420. About $50 US
I tried and used Superfeet orange and green but feel the edge on my toes due to the wide foot box of the Altras. The Dr Scholls only go half way down the shoes. They have lasted 1500 kms this year.
 

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Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
I just got Currex runpro medium insoles at the local running shoe store. They used a 3D scan of my feet to determine my arch type and recommended a version of the Currex and Superfeet green. I liked the feel of the Currex a little better. Also the heal on the Currex wasn't raised as much, which keeps it pretty close to the zero drop design of the Altra. The store cut them down to size and installed them for me. There is a very small gap in one area of the front due to the shape of the Altras, but my toes are not close to it at all.
 

Andrew Dunning

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Sept/Oct
Has anyone found an insole that will fit properly in Altra shoes? I have a pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5's that are really comfortable and I would like to wear them on the Camino this summer. The problem is that I would like a spare set of insoles in case the ones that come with the shoes get wet, I can swap them out.

The problem I have had finding replacements is that none of them are wide enough in the toe area to fit the "foot shaped" design of the shoe. I'm worried about getting blisters from my toes sitting on the edge of the aftermarket insole. I've tried the cheap Dr. Scholl's cut to fit insoles, which were the widest I could find at a drug store, but they still aren't wide enough in the toe area. They also didn't conform well to the heal and arch area.

I also checked Altra's website, but I don't see anything regarding replacement insoles. Their shoes seem to be pretty popular with thru hiker's, I would think there would be a market for them. I guess they would rather you just by another pair of shoes! I've seen some posts on backpacking forums recommending Superfeet green or Superfeet Trailblazer insoles for Altra's, but they still appear to be very pointy in the toe area and don't look like they would completely fill up the shoe. I don't really want to spend the dinero to find out, so I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
Just bring a pair of waterproof socks. Check out DexShell. The innersoles will dry out fast, but the Altras let water in fast. Use the socks on rainy days. Really work well
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Just bring a pair of waterproof socks. Check out DexShell. The innersoles will dry out fast, but the Altras let water in fast. Use the socks on rainy days. Really work well
Thank you Andrew, I'm going to order a pair and give them a try.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Below is the response I got after emailing Altra about recommended insoles. The CurrexSole runpro are working well for me.

"Thank you for contacting Altra. At this time we do not have replacement insoles available. We are looking to fix that and offer them in the future. However the 2 companies that we recommend are Sof Sole and CurrexSole. They have foot shape insoles that have worked well in our shoes."
 

howlsthunder

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
Interesting thread. I actually used some sort of Dr Scholls *after* the Camino to revive my poor, worn Altras. Every other part of the shoe was doing fine! Just no the insole. :) I didn't notice any width issues with mine but did notice the Dr Scholls were not as nice as what came in my Altras.
 

Ken Plattner

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
1st time after dreaming about it for 30+ years (2019)
Has anyone found an insole that will fit properly in Altra shoes? I have a pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5's that are really comfortable and I would like to wear them on the Camino this summer. The problem is that I would like a spare set of insoles in case the ones that come with the shoes get wet, I can swap them out.

The problem I have had finding replacements is that none of them are wide enough in the toe area to fit the "foot shaped" design of the shoe. I'm worried about getting blisters from my toes sitting on the edge of the aftermarket insole. I've tried the cheap Dr. Scholl's cut to fit insoles, which were the widest I could find at a drug store, but they still aren't wide enough in the toe area. They also didn't conform well to the heal and arch area.

I also checked Altra's website, but I don't see anything regarding replacement insoles. Their shoes seem to be pretty popular with thru hiker's, I would think there would be a market for them. I guess they would rather you just by another pair of shoes! I've seen some posts on backpacking forums recommending Superfeet green or Superfeet Trailblazer insoles for Altra's, but they still appear to be very pointy in the toe area and don't look like they would completely fill up the shoe. I don't really want to spend the dinero to find out, so I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
 

Ken Plattner

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
1st time after dreaming about it for 30+ years (2019)
My foot is long and narrow - my arches are flat and my ankles are weak. I'm a big boy, and my feet are my weakest link. Now comes the Good News...
I have green Superfeet in my Altra Lone Peak MD4's. I too was worried that these inserts were too pointy. But when they were cut to fit the shoe, I was surprised how I couldn't feel anything but the beauty of my splayed toes and happily supported metatarsals. I'm very pleased with this combination of Altra Lone Peak and Green Superfeet inserts.
 

econodan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Catalan, Aragones, part of Frances, Ruta del Salavador, Primitivo, and Finisterre (2012);
Cammino San Pellegrino, Italy (2013);
Lebaniego, Vadiniense, and Invierno (July 2014)
I've been using regular Superfeet greens in my Altras, no problem. I bought the same size as the shoe and they fit great with no trimming. I've not noticed any gaps at all, in at the toe or along the side.

I recently bought a pair of wide Superfeet greens which were recommended for the Altras. These I had to trim, but I don't find them any improvement over the regulars. Next time I will just buy the regular ones.
 

Andrew Dunning

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Sept/Oct
I'm using Lone Peak 4 on my Camino. I have 2 pairs. One for training and one for Spain (these shoes don't last more than 1000km). I will be bringing a pair of waterproof socks for wet days. The L.P. 4 has drain holes in the sole. Not sure if the 3 has them. Otherwise I haven't found any insoles that fit
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
I'm using Lone Peak 4 on my Camino. I have 2 pairs. One for training and one for Spain (these shoes don't last more than 1000km). I will be bringing a pair of waterproof socks for wet days. The L.P. 4 has drain holes in the sole. Not sure if the 3 has them. Otherwise I haven't found any insoles that fit
You are right Lone Peaks last about 1 Camino Frances.
 

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