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foam for MYOG insoles
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Jeffrey List
(jlist) - M

Locale: Cape Cod
foam for MYOG insoles on 12/26/2011 17:17:14 MST Print View

Can anyone give me a specific source for sheet foam that would be good for making my own insoles? This would be to both replace worn out insoles and to create an extra layer of light insulation in winter. I've tried commerical insoles of various sorts and most have way too much arch support for me. I've ordered sheet foam from a couple sources, but it's always been too flexibe, or the material has crushed down flat permanently.

Anyone know a sheet foam that is light, not too flexible, and doesn't crush?
I saw it mentioned in an old thread that blue closed cell foam (CCF) works, but where can you get that in something like 1/8" or 1/4" thicknesses?


Locale: Piedmont of the Carolinas
foam on 12/26/2011 17:30:24 MST Print View

This stuff is cheap and 1/8" thick. Also good for shoulder straps and hipbelts on a light pack too.

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Spenco on 12/26/2011 17:37:47 MST Print View

Spenco makes a insole with zero arch support.

David Goodyear
(dmgoody) - MLife

Locale: mid-west
neos on 12/26/2011 18:29:13 MST Print View

I've used the neos insole for that same purpose.




Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: foam for MYOG insoles on 12/26/2011 18:42:43 MST Print View

There are a few interesting winter insoles out there, with no arch support (just flat, or at least they look that way):

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: foam for MYOG insoles on 12/26/2011 18:45:45 MST Print View

I have made sandals out of blue CCF that also doubles as insoles. They work okay around camp, but are so thick that my heel feels like it's going to fall off the side. I would also like to find foam that's both thinner and stiffer. I believe EVA foam sleeping pads have a density around 24. Stiffer EVA foam is made, but it's tough to buy it in small amounts. I believe someone here bought EVA foam from and said it was stiffer than expected, so that might be a good candidate for insoles.

Having said all that, those NEOS insoles are probably the way to go.

Jeffrey List
(jlist) - M

Locale: Cape Cod
Re: foam for MYOG insoles on 12/27/2011 18:53:08 MST Print View

Thanks for the suggestions; I will try them all.

Lisa Frugoli
(alfresco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
foam for MYOG insoles on 12/27/2011 19:18:13 MST Print View

I hiked with someone who used carpet padding.
Might be worth a shot.