Storelli knows that the stock insoles found in every new pair of soccer cleats are not optimized for traction, causing your feet to slide and slowing your reaction time when it makes all the difference. That’s why they created their new SpeedGrip insole. By adding grip to your cleats, they help you gain traction and focus on your game. We put them to the test to find out how they perform and if they’re worth the $40 price tag.
The idea of anti-slip insoles would sound good to any athlete, but how exactly do they work? The top layer of the insole is made of a proprietary suede-like grip material that is very effective at gripping socks, therefore eliminating slippage underneath your feet during play. It offers increased traction in both dry and wet conditions. Besides grip, these insoles are designed to give you a more responsive feel, more stability, and more speed, hence the name “SpeedGrip.”
The SpeedGrip insoles measure a mere 3mm thin and weigh around one ounce, about the same thickness and weight as the stock insoles that come with every new pair of soccer cleats. They feature a patented heel cup design to lock your feet in place and give you that extra grip that stock insoles don’t give you. In addition, they’re enhanced with anti-bacterial treatment to reduce germs and odors. However, these insoles aren’t for everyone; they’re not recommended to players with very sensitive feet.
Upon first glance, you’re probably wondering why these insoles have a tail, or a piece of material extending upwards at the back of the heel. Made of the same suede-like grip material as seen on the insole itself, the tail or heel tab serves a purpose of smoothing out the heel cup crinkles that are created when you put on the boots. All it takes is some slight adjusting and tugging on the heel tab to get the heel cup to sit flush with the boot’s heel liner. If you were thinking of cutting the tail off, that’s not such a good idea; it’s the only way to smooth out the heel cup inside the boot for a comfortable fit.Not many soccer insoles feature this built-in heel cup and heel tab, but it’s very effective at eliminating slippage in the heel liner area, an area highly susceptible to blisters (and we all know friction causes blisters). Storelli’s SpeedGrip insoles cover all bases when it comes to providing grip; the forefoot, mid foot, heel, and heel liner, where most soccer insoles only cover the first three areas and skimp on the last one.At the back of the heel tab and underneath the toes, there are stickers that you need to peel off before inserting the insoles into your boots; they ensure that the insoles remain stationary inside your boots. The foam base of the insole is nothing too fancy; it’s just a single layer of foam with perforations in the forefoot area. These insoles are very thin and low profile, so they’ll definitely fit into any pair of soccer cleats. If anything, the heel area is slightly thicker than what you’ll find on stock insoles, but these will still easily fit into any pair of boots (it might be trickier to fit the heel cup/heel tab into boots with more padded heel liners, though).The suede-like grip material covering the surface of the insole is very effective at eliminating slippage and increasing grip inside your boots. By gripping well to socks, it allows you to have a more instantaneous reaction time and get a more responsive feel during play. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing these SpeedGrip insoles over stock insoles because of the noticeable grip they provide underfoot. For those who are familiar with TRUsox grip socks, these insoles would be considered in competition with them. TRUsox socks provide grip between your foot and the sock and your sock and the boot, whereas Storelli SpeedGrip insoles only provide grip between your sock and the boot. However, after testing both products separately, I wouldn’t say one is necessarily more effective than the other; both do a great job of providing grip inside your boots.
Forty dollars might seem like a hefty price to pay for a pair of insoles, but considering how effective these are in reducing slippage, we believe they’re worth it. With their unique heel cup/heel tab construction and a width and weight similar to that of stock insoles, they truly are unlike anything else on the market. Plus, you can use them for other sports, too; they’re best suited for sports where agility, sprinting, and foot control are particularly important. Want a pair for yourself? Click here.