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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Think: a soft, padded insole made with moisture-wicking merino wool that reduces foot odors and breathable mesh knit fabric throughout the shoe—all made with sustainable, recycled materials for a machine-washable shoe with unrivaled comfort. Chelsey Hamilton,, "The Cult-Favorite Sneakers That Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More Celebs Love Just Launched the Cutest New Styles," 9 July 2019 The awning motif extends to the shoe’s insole, which has the familiar green and white striping. Jennifer Larino,, "This French Quarter shop is releasing a Cafe du Monde-inspired sneaker," 18 June 2019 Made with rugged yet breathable fabrics, with insoles that are as comfortable as the best running shoes, and waterproofing (on some models) that actually keeps your feet dry. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 Orthofeet also offers an assortment of shoe styles, but this slipper is a bestseller thanks to its orthotic insole and comfy cushioning around the heel and ball of your foot. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 One thing to note: Sachs did say that the wool insoles got a little hot in the Orlando humidity, so these may be more suited for colder months to keep your feet cozy. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Allbirds Sneakers Are the Perfect Last-Minute Christmas Gift for Your Mom," 18 Dec. 2018 Despite the steep heel height and pointed-toe fit, cushioned insoles make these velvety smooth suede shoes surprisingly comfortable. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 6 Brands of Shoes Meghan Markle Always Has in Her Closet," 10 Dec. 2018 Double thick felt in the insoles mean those hardwoods won’t feel so hard anyway. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Pair of Slippers I’ll Buy," 23 Nov. 2018 Its products range from foam rollers and fitness gloves to hand warmers and insoles. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Berkshire Partners-Backed Fitness Accessories Maker Explores a Sale," 24 Oct. 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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