Canting my boot soles by grinding has always worked better for me than posting the footbed and I've noticed some high performance/race boots have cantable soles (the new Lange RS 130 comes to mind) where shims can be inserted between the actual boot sole and the removable/replaceable toe and heel pieces. Unfortunately for me the Lange's cuff volume is too big for my stovepipe lower legs; the shell that seems to fit me the best is the Salomon X3. But the Salomon has a solid boot sole so my question is can a boot with a solid sole be machined down to accept cant shims and aftermarket or generic replaceable toe and heel pieces?
Boot Sole Machining to Accept Cant Shims?
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boots like the salomon with solid soles are easily cantable. most often the cant is planed into the bottom of the boot sole on a jointer, then a lift plate is screwed on over the planed sole, then the top of of the boot lugs are routered down to DIN specifications. the lift plates that are available for finishing off the sole are available in many different heights, hardness of material, and traction patterns.
the cant shims you are referring to for the langes are produced by a third party vendor. they are currently only available to fit the newer lange models with removable vibram style soles.
when you use those shims to cant a lange, the toe lugs will still need to be routered back to DIN so that the boot fits and release properly from the binding.
any reasonable bootfitter should be able to get the lange upper cuff wrapped nicely around any leg shape, thick or thin.
the easiest fix is to find one of those reasonable boot fitters that can salvage the fit of your langes.