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Monday, January 10, 2022

Shearling Fleece Shoe and Boot Inserts



I mentioned the other day my hoped-for new shearling shoe inserts. My daughter did get them for me as a Christmas gift. I thought I'd share with you how I'm using them and how else others use them.

I told you I've turned my old athletic shoes into indoor "slippers". I need support for my feet even for casual use and can't wear cheap slippers. I priced high-quality slippers, and those were more expensive than I'd ask for as a gift. 

So, this is one of the fleece inserts. They're sold in pairs and either cut to fit or sized. Some come with arch support or extra foam cushioning. Mine are sized so no trimming required. For a shoe insert, you take the old insole out and just place the fleece insert in its place. If your shoe is extra roomy, the insert may fit inside on top of the original insole. For a boot insert, if the boot is roomy, you simply slide the fleece insert into the boot.


I'm using these to make my shoes comfy-cozy (with or without socks) to wear as slippers. Many folks, though, use shearling inserts to make favorite shoes or boots warmer in winter. Wool fleece does a good job regulating temperature to keep feet from freezing in cold weather. It's recommended to hand-wash and line dry shearling fleece inserts periodically.

In reading reviews online, I discovered that many folks buy these to make their slippers warmer or more cushioned. I think that if one has closed-back slippers with worn fleece insoles, these would refurb the slippers for a lot less than buying a new pair. Price wise, most of what I found online were under $20 for a pair. I'd never heard of these before finding them in a catalog in fall, so I thought I'd share my info.

As for my pair of new "slippers", I'm really enjoying the fleece insoles. Soft and warm -- what's not to love?

9 comments:

  1. Soft and warm. Sounds wonderful. I don't have new fleece liners, but I do have some new really soft and warm socks that I got for Christmas. When my feet are happy, I'm happy, too. :)

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    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      Really soft and warm socks are a nice gift, too! I'm glad your feet are comfy-cozy now.

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  2. I had never thought of purchasing fleece inserts, but I will now. I do have some rubber boots that I love but would be even better with inserts. Thank you for sharing. As always - I learn much from you!

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    1. Hi Ruthie,
      I'm glad to be of help. About your follow-up question on where, my daughter is teaching this morning but I'll ask her at lunch. My guess is she bought them through Amazon. But I can't find this brand (Xondys) listed there for the insoles. I'll ask and get back to you.

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  3. These sound fantastic! I'm with Ruthie. Using them in boots would be nice. Last winter when I had to do window visits at my mom's assisted living, I used foot warmers, and they helped, but I was never completely sold on them. Wish I had known about these!

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    1. Hi Kris,
      I wonder how much of an improvement you would have had with shearling insoles plus the foot warmers (if it would have been possible to do both). In reading reviews, many women who used these in boots in states where it gets very cold said the insoles helped keep their feet warmer.

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  4. I looked them up - did you get them from Amazon? Would you mind sharing the link?

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    1. Hi again Ruthie,
      My daughter said she got them from Amazon. But I couldn't find this brand of insoles on their site. Here's a link to a product that looks good and similar (priced at $11.98/pair):

      https://www.amazon.com/Australian-Sheepskin-Insoles,Thick-Insole,Women-Replacement/dp/B07GWXCZPG/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=sheepskin%2Binsert&qid=1642016172&s=hpc&sr=1-4&th=1

      What I would say to look for -- an extra leather layer sewn onto the bottom, to keep the insole stiff enough on the underside to not ripple under your foot, sizing instead of cut to fit. My shoe is 7.5 women's. My daughter bought the 8 women's. It fits perfectly. So if you're a half-size like I am, go up to the next full size instead of down.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Thank you - I will definitely look in to them

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