Women complained...a podiatrist listened. Howard Dananberg, DPM, knew his clients wouldn't stop wearing heels despite their discomfort so he set out to find a solution - a smarter way to wear high heels. In partnership with an MIT rocket scientist, they created Vivian Lou Insolia® weight-shifting insoles. And the results are extraordinary.
High heel pain is directly related to foot alignment + weight distribution. Vivian Lou Insolia weight-shifting insoles subtly adjust the pitch + position of the foot in high heels so women can wear high heels without hurting.
The discrete insole ever-so-slightly rotates the heel bone up and back, negating the toe-down motion of the foot at the ankle + shifting weight from the forefoot to the heel.
In a standard 3 inch heel, 75% of a woman's center of pressure is on the forefoot with peak force on the big toe + ball of the foot.
The foot on the left is a woman in a standard 3 inch heel. The red, orange and yellow spots is where we feel the burning and the pain. The foot on the right is the same woman, same shoe, same foot, but with Vivian Lou Insolia weight-shifting insoles. Notice the incredible shift in weight to the heel.
This shift in weight results in significantly reduced forefoot pressure and pain, improved body alignment, straighter posture, more ankle stability, a natural heel-to-toe gait, reduced leg + lower back fatigue + extended wear time. Women can now wear high heels without the hurt!
See for yourself! Using a MoCap Motion Study, we were able to document significant improvements in posture + gait.
With a correctly-aligned center of gravity,
* posture improves,
* standing height increases
* back, hips + knees strain is significantly reduced
Vivian Lou Insolia insoles also support a natural heel-to-toe stride which allows for a 9% increase in the length of stride + decreases the force on the ball of foot when 'landing'.
The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies and the Centre for Biomedical Sciences studied energy efficiency of women wearing Vivian Lou Insolia insoles and concluded that wearing the inner soles results in
* reduced heart rate
* decreased oxygen demand
* increased stride length.
Our insoles ever-so-slightly adjust the position of the foot to shift weight off the forefoot to the heel + prevent the foot from slipping forward. They reduce pressure on the ball of the foot + stop the cause of pain. Gel and foam inserts create the brief illusion of comfort by padding the ball of the foot + masking the real cause of pain.
Because neither are your feet. Vivian Lou Insolia® Insoles are pre-sized for a perfect fit. You don’t need to trim them.
The slim, discrete design and clear resin material make it near impossible to see in a shoe. Unlike ¾ insoles, our inner soles measure less than 7 inches in length. Nothing goes under the forefoot. They do not make shoes feel tight. And they are easy to clean.
Our patented design + resin material don’t ‘wear down’ like other insoles.
Vivian Lou Insolia® Insoles provide a permanent fix once they are properly installed. The product relies on proper placement so we use a strong adhesive to ensure that they won't slip out of place.
Your body is designed to store the energy of your foot’s impact with the ground, and return that energy in the motion of your step. Gel and foam insoles absorb and disperse the stepping motion energy, which can ironically cause foot and back pain.