in·sole | \ˈin-ˌsōl \

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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Shoemakers wanted to use their own, existing footbeds, to save time and money, and few were willing to hew to her designs for a new type of last and insole. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Keeping women off their toes," 22 Jan. 2018 So my insole is sculpted and contoured to follow the curvature of the bottom of the foot with an arch support. Colleen Kratofil,, "We Tried It: On-Trend High Heels That Promise a Full Day of Wear," 20 Feb. 2018 The removable insole means your feet can rest directly on the cushy, grippy EVA midsole if full immersion is on the menu. Outside Online, "The Best Water Shoes of 2018," 15 May 2018 Hike: Your footwear should be perfect — just the right hiking boot, insole and sock. Tom Stienstra,, "Tom Stienstra’s 10 must-dos when you head outdoors for vacation," 2 July 2018 Loading View on Instagram The shoe features a knit upper and sock-like ankle, a blue guard along the insole, a pebbled white outsole that gradiates into a thin orange band towards the back. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Can Sell The People Anything—Even Sneakers," 30 June 2018 Teaming up with researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, the company added graphene to its Freshoes sandal outsoles and insoles. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018 The Kingsport Times-News reports the former Wellco Enterprises Inc. executives sold boots falsely advertised as being made in the U.S. The boot uppers and insoles were manufactured in China. Fox News, "5 executives sentenced in 'Made in USA' boots scheme," 13 June 2018 Treat him to these cool kicks, made in Ferndale, Washington, that include the company’s lauded Supercork premium insoles for support and comfort all day long. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Father’s Day gifts for dads with Seattle style," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of insole

circa 1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of insole was circa 1861

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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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