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MindyO Posted - 09/20/2012 : 06:49:45 AM
Yes please! I wear Halflinger shoes, boiled wool on a cork bed. I love them, but they wear out and the first to go is the insole. I've been thinking if felting a new insole for awhile now, maybe I should do that next week. It's back to real shoe weather here in MN.

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MindyO Posted - 11/09/2012 : 08:26:45 AM
No I haven't tried those yet. Halflingers are usually a one pair of shoes every 3 years kind of thing, they're expensive! Mine have suddenly become horribly uncomfortable, on my feet for 8 hours and I had so much heel pain, it was ridiculous. I think I might try those liners and see if extra padding helps.

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LauMay Posted - 09/27/2012 : 12:00:07 PM
Oh, and I should add that after I knit and felted the long rectangle, I cut out two insoles to size.
LauMay Posted - 09/27/2012 : 11:55:25 AM
Or, knit and felt the insoles. I did this for fleece-lined slippers where one insole had split side-to-side across the heel. I knit a long rectangle out of yarns that I knew were good felters, allowing for the standard 30% vertical shrinkage and 10% horizontal.

For a thinner (but still sturdy) insole, I would use Manos Silk Wool. It makes a beautiful felt fabric, and one of the variegated ones would look very pretty.

Also, have you tried the fleece-lined Haflingers? I got a closed-back one called "Siberia" a couple of years ago. Coziest slippers EVER! They don't make it anymore, but I bet the clog "Snowbird" would be good too.
DonnaR Posted - 09/27/2012 : 06:44:35 AM
I would knit some pieces with felting wool at least a third larger than you need for each insole, felt it, then cut out your insoles in the size to fit your shoes.

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