The big project this last week was to get the new shopping cart software up and running. We got that going and so with the ability to add more variables the cork composite footbeds are now available. Enjoy!
We’ve had a lot of emails and phone calls with questions about the new cork footbeds. Because there have been so many questions, I’ve decided to write more details about the footbeds here.
The Cork is nice for wet conditions since the raw rubber can get slippery when it is wet. The cork is smooth but gives a better grip against the skin than rubber. It also helps with slipping in muddy conditions but mud still causes some slipping.
Some people have adverse reactions to raw rubber so the cork gives the foot a more natural surface to rest. For some, it reduces sweating and cork is naturally anti-microbial.
The added footbed looks nice for casual situations.
It adds 1/8th inch (about 3mm) of thickness to the sole so take that into consideration when choosing a sole.
The footbed also reduces the flexibility of the sole. This is especially noticeable with the Wokova Feather model.
Also, be aware that the footbeds are not 100% cork. The cork is ground up and mixed with a polymer to bind it together. This makes it more durable.