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Questions about custom molded footbeds/innersoles
I got some innersoles molded near the end of last season (NZ = Oct/Nov) and they're good but aren't they supposed to be rigid and flat along the bottom?
At the moment you can see all the contours on the bottom of them so I think they lose their intended shape a bit once they're in the boot and being used, especially arch support.
Was this becuase of a nub bootfitter who didn't finish the job or what?
they aren't supposed to be flat along the bottom (as your feet arent flat along the bottom - which is why you replace the standard innersoles of a skiboot, because they are flat and feet generally arent) but the base of them should be like hard plastic - supported through your arch, fairly flat in the forefoot area and almost like a cup around the heel if that makes sense
you've misread my question...
when I say "I think the footbed should be flat along the bottom", I mean it the same way as if I said "I think my pair of vans shoes should be flat along the bottom" or, "I think my ski boots should be flat along the bottom".
So, I'm thinking the footbed should be flat along the bottom and contoured to the foot on the top.
This would offer more support than having contoured top and bottom.
it can be done both ways. When they are flat along the bottom it's because the bootfitter is posting. Posting is aligning your ankle in the sub talur neutral position so you have better lateral movement in both directions. Bottom line you probably are losing arch support when its inside the boot, and your foot maybe be slightly pronated when in your boot.
As far as changing them getting news ones, if there comfortable I'd stay with it. if they are not you should go to a ski shop that makes custom orthotics (Gravity Jones in Vail if your near). They make some of the most highly regarded footbeds in the industry. But they come with a price tag.
The footbeds that I have, definitely came with a pricetag. I doubt I'll get new ones to replace them but I might try and get them modified to have a flat base.
The price I paid for them is kinda why I asked this, it seems strange to me that my ones are contoured top and bottom whereas others I've seen have only been contoured on the top...
The other concerns with my current boots is that I think I need to get one spot popped out (remolded) a bit on the top of the boot (just between two of the buckles, it rubs on the tendon that goes to my big toe)... would this be easy for a bootfitter (who has the right equipment) to do? I mean, in terms of it being so close to the buckles?
And the one other concern is that the boot itself is a race model and very stiff (115-135 Flex - Nordica). Is that gonna be a problem for me learning jump tricks? You can have boot flex softened too can't you?
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