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What do bootfitters do?
Hi... feel free to let me know if there's a thread on this already
I'm wondering if someone can tell me what exactly a bootfitter does to make boots fit (does he physically modify the boot?). It's going to be a while before I can get to one and i'm stuck with the boots I got now till then so I wanna see if there's anything at all I can do to make the boots fit better!
Bootfitters, will look at the interaction of you and the boot. This can start by checking how much space you have inside the shell, length, heel, instep ect. They can modify the shape bigger to accomadate but not make a shell smaller, why we buy boots small not big.
They can adjust the liner, packing it out, adding foam, cuting, reshaping.
They can make custom footbeds. These are so inportant. Your foot needs to be in as neautral postion possible for the biomechanics of your leg to function correctly. Aftermarket liners such as intuition or even better foam injection liners can be fitted.
They can align the boot. Maybe just using the canting (although this is being phased out on boots) or by using shims o align the leg inside the boot. Usally done once a footbed is made.
Shell adjustments in terms of flex and upright stance can be made. Cuff adjustments can also be done in width, again usally bigger, but padding can be added to make a cuff smaller.
They will also do genrall boot work like moving/replacing buckles/ladders. Replacing Din pads, and boot damms ect ect ect.
So as you see there is lots that can be done. As I said making a small boot fit is easier then making a big boot fit, so buy small kids.
very good info thanks man!
So i already know what's hurting me... its the inside part of the roof of my feet. (sort of just above the inner ankles where the boot forms the L shape i guess)
any idea if that means my boot is too big or too small? or just doesn't fit in general...
Go see a bootfitter!!!!111!!! for real. Don't try and diagnose it on your own because chances are you'll be wrong. They have all these nifty tools and alignment lasers and stuff that can make your boot feel like slippers.
Your best bet, infact proberbly only way, is to go to a bootfitter.
I imagine though its one of two possibly 3 things.
1) Your foot proberbly pronates and this means when you ski your feet and leaning inwards and of course then rest on the inside of the boot. A footbed would keep your foot in a more neutral postion taking the pressure off the inside of the foot.
2) there could be two much room in the instep. This would make sense if your foot pronates as it would drop the instep. So footbeds again could help possibly this time with a heel lift built on to raise you more up to the top of the instep of the boot.
3) it could possibly be too narrow for you, but usally you would feel it on both sides so its more lickly how your foot is sitting in the boot.
So unfortunatly there is nothing you can do to help it. Bootfitter it is, and expect to pay $150-200 for the footbeds.
alright yeah I guess there's not much I can do then.
pretty tempted to just go and buy a new pair of boots lol.
Thanks for the help guys
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