Insoles for sole pain

Finally convinced my new Lowa Camino boots to stop butchering my heels (had to resort to Engo Patches, which work great, as none of my other tricks worked), only to find that the soles (balls and heels) of my feet are getting very sore after just an hour of hiking. I tried some running insoles, which eased the hell pain a bit but took none of the sting off the balls. I trailrun and can hike all day in my old boots, so I don't have soft feet. Anyone know of a suitable insole for this problem?
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I had real trouble with foot pain in my Meindl boots but then I got the budget Warehouse insoles - they seem to be a dense foam material with cotton tops. They cost about $20 a pair and last for months. Underneath that I pack half an insole from a running shoe (ie: the bit from the foot arch to the toe) which gives extra cushioning to the balls of my feet. This makes a massive difference for long days in the Tararuas.
I rate myself as an expert :-) in sole comfort as I have a significant disability which gives me forefoot grief. I use Scholl Gel Sports insoles (the blue ones.) Although they can be destroyed I have found that if I put them on top of another thin sole, like the original insole, they have lasted. I go for a larger boot than usual as there's more toe room and can stick two soles in if I wish. Historically gel soles can get damaged when they move around inside the boot so after river crossings or if I feel any discomfort I check that they're still in place; so far so good. $40 a pair but better than limiting yourself to short days and crippling pain. I also have invested in Stoney Creek Greywacke boots as these are by far the softest/thickest forefoot. Not a mountaineering boot but still pretty stable as they have a high upper. For example, I have gone from 5 hour days before these boots to 8 hour when wearing them.
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Do you still have the old boots? Have a look to see what the differences are and figure out how to resolve them. It might mean going back to a new version of the old boot. One thing that might work is a layer of snow foam as an insole if it will fit in the boot. Generaly the softer the boot the more comfortable but the less suitable off track. I dont know how true this is but I know my 3/4 season boots give me ankle ache on a long hard surface walk. I now wear gym shoes of good surface tracks for Sunday walks which helps a lot. Little or no risk to the ankles on those tracks. You cant put crampons on a soft boot
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On 7 November 2016
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