- Overall, A Comfortable Cork Insole
- The environment the insoles were tested in
- Unboxing the Fulton Classic insoles
- First Impressions
- What features do these Fulton footbeds have?
- What are these Fulton inserts good for?
- Can these help with flat feet pain?
- Will they help with plantar fasciitis?
- What sizes do they come in?
- Can you wash them in the washing machine?
- Can you use them in safety work boots?
- Can you use these in normal shoes?
- What’s the thickness of these Fulton cork insoles?
- How wide are these insoles?
- What’s the weight of each insole?
- Do they have a metatarsal pad?
- How’s the arch support? (stiff or flexible)
- What other people are saying about these Fulton cork Insoles?
- How long do these Fulton Classic insoles last?
- Where can you buy these insoles?
- Last words on this Fulton Classic insole review
- Comfortable Cork Insoles
- UPDATE: First week wearing the Fulton Classic insole
- UPDATE: Two months wearing these insoles
The environment the insoles were tested in
I’m a construction worker. This means that I need to wear safety-toe work boots for the majority of the day. That’s 6 or sometimes 7 days a week, a minimum of 10 hours per day.
Construction is not for everybody. Long hours, hard work, a lot of sweat, a lot of walking up and down the site, up and down the ladders. This takes a toll on your feet and legs.
This is one of the reasons I always replace the insoles that come with my work boots with something more comfortable that provides better stability, better cushioning, and better support under my feet.
So let’s learn more about these insoles…
Unboxing the Fulton Classic insoles
On the box itself you’ll find some extra information about how to best use your Fulton insoles.
I wasn’t aware these insoles were made with a cork base until I opened the box. Fulton’s team said they’ll send me something but I didn’t know what was it.
This is great since we’ve had the chance to test other cork insoles like the SOLE Performance.
The arch is not as high as we’ve seen in the above-mentioned insoles.
That makes me think it’s a great insole for those of you with flat feet or low arches since the arch support won’t dig into your arches and create pain or discomfort.
They might not be the best for those of you with high arches though.
The surface of the insole is very smooth, unlike the majority of the insoles myself or someone in the BestForMyFeet team had.
It looks like a great feature to have since it makes it easy to clean but if you work on uneven terrains or do a lot of activity your feet will slide a lot inside your shoes/boots. We’ll see how that goes.
What features do these Fulton footbeds have?
What are these Fulton inserts good for?
Can these help with flat feet pain?
As mentioned above, many of the insoles my team and I have tried have higher arches and that could be a con for someone with low arches or flat feet.
That’s because the insole’s arch support can dig into your arches causing discomfort and many times pain.
It could be other problems!
If you have flat feet and you never had insoles before, these Fulton Classic insole is a good starting point.
Will they help with plantar fasciitis?
Fulton doesn’t claim their insole help with plantar fasciitis.
And personally, based on my experience, I don’t think they will help alleviate plantar fasciitis pain for the same reason mentioned above. Low arch support.
What you want to see in an insole for plantar fasciitis is a decent medium/high arch support that’s rigid or at least semi-rigid.
That’s because the arch support will take away the pressure caused by the walking action and will allow your plantar fascia ligament to relax and hopefully recover, making the pain go away.
These Fulton insoles do have a semi-rigid arch support, but it’s too low for most people. Again, a good option if you have flat feet and suffer from plantar fasciitis.
My wife suffered from plantar fasciitis. When she wasn’t wearing insoles she had quite a lot of pain when going out for a long walk, visiting places, or even sometimes when we were shopping for the whole day.
What sizes do they come in?
|Men sizes||Women sizes|
|Smallest size: 8||Smallest size: 5|
|Biggest size: 14||Biggest size: 12|
Can you wash them in the washing machine?
Can you use them in safety work boots?
Can you use these in normal shoes?
What’s the thickness of these Fulton cork insoles?
How wide are these insoles?
Here’s something interesting about these insoles. I took measurements of the insoles when I did the unboxing and also a couple of months later when I wrote this review.
The insole became “bigger”, and wider with time. For example, initially, the width of the insole at the heel cup area was 44.2 mm. Not it’s 70.8mm
Same with the arch and forefoot area. So I think this insole expands as you wear it and it really adapts to your feet. Very interesting.
What’s the weight of each insole?
Do they have a metatarsal pad?
How’s the arch support? (stiff or flexible)
What other people are saying about these Fulton cork Insoles?
Good product, but expensive
Most people are happy to pay for quality insoles. Mainly because many times these insoles are as good as custom orthotics which cost hundreds.
On the other hand, people are saying they wish the insoles could be less expensive. That way they could buy a few more so they can rotate the insoles and avoid stinky feet.
Worth the break-in time
As I mentioned as well in this review article, these insoles felt a bit uncomfortable for the first few days. For me was very uncomfortable at the arch area.
But as I was wearing them, the cork started to compress and adapt to the shape of my arches and my feet in general. Now it’s just as comfortable as any other good insole I’ve had.
Some verified customers are sharing a similar experience. Once the insoles are broken in, they’re very comfortable.
No more leg aches
Other users are commenting that after buying and starting to wear these insoles, their leg pain was gone.
They do provide some cushioning and the heel cup really helps to have more stability.
In my experience, when my feet move a lot inside my work boots is when my legs are getting super fatigued, and sometimes this creates some pain in the lower parts of my legs.
How long do these Fulton Classic insoles last?
Where can you buy these insoles?
Last words on this Fulton Classic insole review
The shiny, smooth surface makes them a bit too slippery for me. My feet move more than I would like to inside my work boots because of this.
On the positive side, it’s very easy to clean them. The other insoles I have need brushing while these Fulton’s simply require a quick wipe using some wet towels or some cotton with alcohol to help disinfect them.
UPDATE: First week wearing the Fulton Classic insole
I guess that’s one positive point of cork insoles over EVA or another type of material you’ll find in insoles. Cork is more flexible and moldable in this case and it will adapt to your feet.
UPDATE: Two months wearing these insoles
Yes, now I can say these insoles are comfortable. I don’t have anything bad to say about them at this point.
When wearing this type of work boots my feet are a bit loose inside the boots. So there’s a bit of movement.
Add to that the smooth surface of these insoles and your feet will dance inside your work boots all day … not necessarily what you want for 10 hours a day.
This might cause you a lot of calf and leg fatigue. If you’d like to try these insoles I suggest you wear them with your lace-up work boots or any footwear of your choice that comes with laces.