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How should the front (arch) area of properly fitted boots feel?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

So I'm an intermediate skier.

 

The last 2 pairs of ski boots I had were not fitted properly by a boot fitter, they were bought at a general sports store without much knowledge in that department.

 

I went to a boot fitter this time to get new boots and tried a few.  Ended up picking the Rossignol Electra Sensor3 90s.

 

Now I haven't skiied in them yet, going this weekend but I've been wearing the boots around the house for a bit to let the liner mold to my foot shape.

 

Right now, the length feels right, toes pressing against the front when I stand straight but don't touch/barely barely touch when I bend.

 

My question is about the part between the toes and the ankle though. The arch part if you will. 

 

Should it be really really tight without any space for the foot to move up and down??  From online comments I read about boots being really tight, that area of my boot right now doesn't feel that tight.  I was told by the boot fitter that I shouldn't buckle the buckles really tight because that means the boot is too big?  So right now buckling pretty loosely I can't exactly lift my foot but it's not really tight.  Is that ok? Or does that mean the boot isn't fitting properly?  Should I just buckle tighter or should I try a different model boot?

 

My heel cannot move up, and I definitely cannot slide my foot front and back at all or side to side.

post #2 of 8

Put a better footbed in your boot.  The stock footbed is trash (literally - put it there).

 

This does not necessarily mean that you need a custom footbed - so anything that works for your foot will improve your situation.  Not only will it most likely tighten up your fit through the mid-foot, but it will also shorten your foot due to improved arch support, thus buying you more toe wiggle room.

 

I have extensive experience with Over-the-Counter (OTC) and custom footbeds so let me know if you'd like more specific info on which way to go on this.

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post
I have extensive experience with Over-the-Counter (OTC) and custom footbeds so let me know if you'd like more specific info on which way to go on this.


I would like to hear, especially on recommended brands for OTC footbeds.

post #4 of 8

Here are a couple of brands.

 

Superfeet can be found in most outdoor retailers and ski shops.

 

Masterfit brand insoles can be found in some specialty shops.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice.

 

The shops around here only seem to have Superfeet OTC insoles.  Which one should I consider?   My bootfitter recommended a pink one for me but it the midfoot area feels about the same when I tried it.

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Originally Posted by Michiyo-Fir View Post

Thanks for the advice.

 

The shops around here only seem to have Superfeet OTC insoles.  Which one should I consider?   My bootfitter recommended a pink one for me but it the midfoot area feels about the same when I tried it.



The insole that you want is the one that makes your foot feel fully supported.

post #7 of 8

What about New Balance?

My local shoes store recommended me these insoles:

http://www.amazon.com/NB400-New-Balance-Insole/dp/B0046QUYRS

 

They tested my feet with some device that I stood on, which shows the hot spots on the computer screen.

They said I have a regular feet, although from the boot fitter I know that I have narrow feet (he put me in 98mm width boots, even though I am a beginner).

post #8 of 8

Skiing is very different than wearing boots around the house. Assuming you have a good fit to start with, and it sounds like you do, give it a time or two out on the hill and see how things work before making changes. It takes some patience to get things dialed in as you figure out boot fine tune via your skiing, liners packing out, etc...

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