Read the instructions

We know reading the instructions is a bit of a bore; however we really recommend you do take the time to familiarise yourself with this info. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your shushu fix in the right spot.

Before you start remember to:

  • Read and follow the instructions card that came in your package (please do!)
  • Have a practice run and pop the product in place before you remove the sticky backing. Do this for each foot, because each foot is slightly different (as it is best to only stick them down once)
  • Stick the product down one side at a time (peeling off the plastic backing as you go)

None of our products should be visible in open toe shoes (not a good look!). And if something feels strange or uncomfortable, it's in the wrong place. So take a bit of time to get the placement right. Once positioned correctly, and after a few wears, our products should mold to your feet (so you don't even notice they're there).

There are no 'sizes' as such. If you have quite small feet then you could always trim the insoles but in most cases, one size fits all. For most fixes there is a left and right. So work out which is which. And then make sure you've clear what is the front and back or top and bottom. It's not difficult but take the time to make sure you've not got them topsy turvy.

 

Here's specific instructions for each fix. If you're not sure, feel free to drop us a line at hello@shushu.co.nz and we can help.

Mini insoles:

  1. Work out which one is left and right; and what is the front and back. The wider part of the cushion goes to the front of your shoe and the back cuts away under your foot arch
  2. Position widthways: so the outer side sits against the outer seam of your shoe (they won't be completely centred)
  3. Then lengthways: the widest part of the insole should sit under the ball of your foot where your big toe sticks out
  4. Stick ‘em down

If in the right spot, you shouldn’t see the front in open toe shoes and the insole should end just as your foot arches.

Bubble insoles:

  1. Work out which one is left and right; and what is the front and back. The flat part of the cushion goes to the front of your shoe and the bubble sits in your foot arch
  2. Position widthways: so the outer side of the insole sits against the outer seam of your shoe (they won't be completely centred)
  3. Then lengthways: this insole has two parts, the textured front and the bubble at the back. The right spot positions the bubble just behind (not under) the the fleshy ball of your foot
  4. Stick ‘em down, working front to back 

Spend a bit of time getting this one right. If the bubble is annoying you, it’s too far forward; if you can’t feel the bubble, it’s too far back. Remember, the bubble should be just behind the fleshy ball of your foot, not under the ball, and not too far back so that it's useless under your arch.

Maxi insoles:

  1. Work out which one is left and right; and what is the front and back. The flat part of the cushion goes to the front of your shoe 
  2. Position widthways: centre in your shoe
  3. Then lengthways: the thick gel cushion should sit just behind the fleshy ball of your foot (with the cushion supporting the base of your foot arch)
  4. Stick ‘em down, working front to back

Make sure that this is far enough back that you’re not standing on the cushion. It should sit just behind the fleshy part of your foot to take some of the weight.

Footprint insoles:

  1. There is no left or right so just work out what is the front and back. The wide part of the cushion goes to the front of your shoe
  2. Position widthways: centre in your shoe. The wide front should sit close to the seams on each side of your shoe
  3. Then lengthways: the wide front should sit under the fleshy ball of your foot. The back end will finish approx. 1cm from the back seam (depending on how big your foot is obviously)
  4. Stick ‘em down, working front to back 

If in the right spot, you shouldn’t see the front in open toe shoes. Match your foot to the footprint shape and things should be pretty good. If you have smaller feet you could always trim the back a little.

Heel huggers:

  1. There is no left or right, so just work out which is the top and the bottom. Once in, you should see a capital T shape in the back of your shoe (when looking into the shoe from the front)
  2. Keeping the backing on at this stage, start by positioning the gel spot so it sits smack bang under the ball of your heel (you'll be standing on this nice little cushion)
  3. Then run the graduated T up the back of your shoe. It will sit quite low at a mid heel level (centre it using the back seam of the shoe)
  4. Once happy with the placement, remove the backing and stick the gel spot down first. Hold the T ends against each other and then stick the down one side at a time to make sure things are centred

This hugger sits quite low in the back of your shoe and hugs from the base rather than the top (which helpfully stops it catching as you slip your foot into your shoes). Saying that, we recommend you use a shushu shoe tongue to extend the stick of your huggers. These stick best to leather or synthetic shoe backs; they will not stick as well to fabric backed shoes unfortunately.

Heel grippers:

  1. There is no left or right, so just work out which is the top and the bottom.The flat side is the top and the curved side the base
  2. These sit centred in the back of your shoe, so use the middle seam of your shoe for guidance
  3. Make sure you position each gripper about half a cm from the top edge so that you can’t see them, and to stop them catching each time you pop your foot in your shoe (which will affect how well and long they stay put)
  4. Fold the ends against each other and then stick ‘em one side at a time and push to adhere

We recommend you use a shushu shoe tongue to extend the stick of your huggers. These stick best to leather or synthetic shoe backs; they will not stick as well to fabric backed shoes unfortunately.

Heel chaps:

  1. There is no left or right, so just work out which is the top and the bottom.The flat side is the top and the curved side the base
  2. These sit centred in the back of your shoe, so use the middle seam of your shoe for guidance
  3. Position a few mms from the top seam of the shoe so you can't see them
  4. Fold the ends against each other and then stick ‘em one side at a time and push to adhere

Judder bars:

  1. Work out which one is left and right; and what is the front and back. The cushion goes to the front of your shoe and the wider part of the cushion sits agains the inner seam of your shoe
  2. Position widthways: so the wider part of the cushion sits against the inner seam of your shoe (they won't be completely centred)
  3. Then lengthways: the judder bar should sit in front of the fleshy ball of your foot and create a ridge where your toes meet your foot (to keep your foot back in your shoe)
  4. Stick ‘em down, working inside to outside

If in the right spot, you shouldn’t see the front in open toe shoes and the judder bars should create nice little judder bar (not surprisingly) for the ball of each foot. Genius!

Toe stuffers:

  1. There is no left or right per se, simply flip one over it it looks like you have two lefts. The arc or triangle point of the stuffer needs to fit into the arc of your shoe (this is how you work out left and right)
  2. Push them into the front of your shoe so that triangle point fits snuggly

You can’t get these wrong really as long as they’re in with the triangle point to the front. After a couple of wears the foam will form a perfect little shape around your toes to fill a big or smaller space.

Kind spots:

  1. There is no left or right or up and down with these. You can use them however and wherever you want
  2. Firstly work out what it is in your shoe that is causing the annoyance
  3. Cover the annoyance with a Kind spot. Position the Kind spot so the annoyance is right in the centre so it can cove this completely. If it’s a tight little spot, you could always trim the spot down a little

If you can, depending on where the sore bit is, stick the spots approx. half a cm from the top edge of your shoe so you can’t see the spot from outside.

Strappy strips:

These are a wonderfully flexible fix. There is no left or right, or top or bottom. You can use them as you wish. They're designed to sit along a strap to hold it in place or stop it rubbing, but they can be used anywhere, a little like a thin kind spot.

  1. If you're using these on a stroppy strap, position on the strap, with the dot right in the centre of where you need hold or relief
  2. Peel off the back and stick it down. Pushing down on the top of the strips to make sure it adheres

Eskimo heels:

  1. These heel protectors are pretty self-explanatory. There is no a left or a right
  2. Work out which size is right for the heel of your shoe. The heel should be firm and tight so they don't fall off or get left behind in uneven ground
  3. Slide the heel of your shoe into the hole. Don’t force things! Do it slowly so you don't mark or tear leather-lined heels
  4. If the heel of your shoe is too big for the large size, then these heels are probably ok on wet or soft surfaces

When you’re done, whip them off and your shoes return to normal. Keep the little box handy so you don't lose one.

 

That's it - everything explained. Hopefully that all makes sense. If you do have any questions or problems simply get in touch at hello@shushu.co.nz