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Boot Adjustments Because of Cold Toes

post #1 of 6
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I got a pair of boots last spring to replace a pair of boots that were too big. The ones I got were a bit on the tight side, but I was happy with their performance despite losing a toe nail. I got the front of the boots pushed out and that helped with the tightness issue. My first time to really try out the adjustment was December (I was still dealing with a swollen toe from the impact in the tight boots last spring) and I didn't have the obvious tightness I had last year. However even on the warm days when it was sunny and mid-30's I found my toes getting cold very fast and it was even worse the day it was single digit temps. The tightness was not nearly as bad as last year, but the colder it got the more painful it was to take any kind of impact where I would be pushed forward.

 

I noticed that the outside of my toes was bruised particularly the left big toe which was not pushed out as far. I also noticed that when I would pull my feet out to warm them up that it seemed like the fourth toe was being pushed underneath the third and last toe. I know you can't make a true prognosis without looking at my feet and boots, but with those symptoms what would you expect to be the issue? I'm thinking that the boots need widened in the toe/ball of my foot area to allow a bit more room and circulation. I am going to a boot fitter on Sat. afternoon to have him make some adjustments, but I wanted to get some ideas from the fitters here. He is the best fitter in within at least an hour and a half drive, but as I live in the middle of no where ski wise that isn't a very high standard and his prognosis has not been as accurate in the past as I would like so I just want some ideas to suggest for him to look at.

post #2 of 6

It does sound like your boots are a bit to narrow, there are several solutions for this type of thing including stretching the toe box, listed below is another thing to consider. 

 

Are you using support footbed?  Either a premolded or custom will help stabilize the foot and will help keep the foot from moving around inside the boot.  AGAIN, THIS IS ONE PIECE OF THE SOLUTION NOT A FINAL SOLUTION.

 

Good luck...

 

(All professional boot fitters are boot sales people, however, not all boot sales people are good boot fitters)

post #3 of 6
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I have been actively considering a footbed, however as I have yet to get these boots to fit right I'm holding off on doing so until I get a fit I am happy with.

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Originally Posted by Strolz_Boot_Guy View Post

It does sound like your boots are a bit to narrow, there are several solutions for this type of thing including stretching the toe box, listed below is another thing to consider. 

 

Are you using support footbed?  Either a premolded or custom will help stabilize the foot and will help keep the foot from moving around inside the boot.  AGAIN, THIS IS ONE PIECE OF THE SOLUTION NOT A FINAL SOLUTION.

 

Good luck...

 

(All professional boot fitters are boot sales people, however, not all boot sales people are good boot fitters)

post #4 of 6

It might make sense to get your ski boots to fit right before having a footbed installed, many years ago before I started fitting I used to think that way too, so completely understand. However, most (I would have to say all) professional boot fitters start with at least a premolded footbed like a Superfeet or Conformable to stabilize the foot inside the boot. It is virtually impossible to ski on a boot and get it to fit right - stabilize the foot - without supporting the foot first.

 

Good luck, boot fitting can be a process, but well worth the effort.

 

Don

 

PS - Just for the record I would be curious if there are any other fitters that feel different about the footbed issue.

post #5 of 6

what he said about footbeds.

 

I'm wondering if the heel pocket is too big.   If you are moving around, and toes hitting the front, if rather then making more room for the toes, maybe look at holding down the heel better?   keeps the toes off the front, and keeps the width of the foot, in the wider part of the boot.

 

without seeing you, and the boots, hard to tell however

post #6 of 6
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It definitely was not too big of a heel pocket. I wear a 10.5/11 street shoe (and I like a tight fit in those too) and I'm in a 27.5 ski boot. The heel fits nice in snug with only minimal movement in my right heel. 

 

I took them in today and he pushed out the toe pocket. I'll know how successful it was in two weeks when I get to Utah.

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