in·​sole | \ ˈin-ˌsōl How to pronounce insole (audio) \

Definition of insole

1 : an inside sole of a shoe
2 : a loose thin strip placed inside a shoe for warmth or comfort

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Recent Examples on the Web That meant wearing very stiff running shoes, like HOKA and New Balance, and using insoles that actually do something, like Superfeet. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "I Can Stand All Day in the Kitchen, Thanks to These Insoles," 31 Mar. 2020 Today, mullein leaves are occasionally used to fashion insoles for weary hikers. Popular Science, "Nature’s best toilet paper substitutes," 28 Mar. 2020 An anatomically contoured footbed, foam insoles made from castor beans, and a flared heel offer the arch support needed for a comfortable fit. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "I Tried Allbirds’ New Running Shoes — and They’re My Favorite Addition to My At-home Workouts," 28 Apr. 2020 With the deepest heel cup and extra support, these insoles kept me on my feet, with a 60-pound pack, for three months. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "I Can Stand All Day in the Kitchen, Thanks to These Insoles," 31 Mar. 2020 Ideal for runners, Cross Fit devotees, climbers, hikers, and other dedicated sporters, these insoles provide enhanced arch support with a non-slip top layer that increases support. Popular Science, "The best shoe inserts for your uncomfortable kicks," 4 Feb. 2020 Full sock warmers offer options (depending on the model) that heat the instep (top of foot), toe, or entire bottom (insole) of your foot. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Things to Consider Before You Buy Insole Foot Warmers," 23 Oct. 2019 Same goes for the insole, which feels boxy but takes no time to soften up and form to your foot. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Waterproof Hiking Boots, Tested," 8 Oct. 2019 The process of forming the boot and placing it onto insoles and outsoles follows a similar form to other factories with a last placed on a lasting post, and leather uppers stretched around the last. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making a Danner Boot," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of insole

circa 1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Insole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of insole

: the bottom of the inside of a shoe
: a thin piece of material that you put at the bottom of the inside of a shoe for comfort

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