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I need some help knowing how my boots should feel in a static position.  A boot fitter has made some adjustments, heel lifts, cant and punched the ankle on the medial side.  The definitely feel much better standing in my kitchen in an athletic position. I feel in balance with good weight distribution from heel to the balls of my feet, and can move forward and backwards fairly easy and stay in balance. 

 

Standing in my kitchen with my boots on, when I move my left foot forward like the first motion of taking a step forward, or rotate the left hip forward around center, I feel pressure on the ball of my right foot right away.  My right side from my foot all the way up my leg and upper body feels very strong and stable. The same as if I were walking with shoes on.  It take only a very slight motion of either of these to feel really solid/stacked on my right leg and with downward pressure on my right foot, mostly on the ball.  This seems right.

 

What am not sure about is this:

Alternatively, standing in a static athletic position, feet shoulder width apart and parallel, when I let my weight drop naturally and flex at the knees, the pressure goes to my heels, and off the balls of my feet.  My feet feel like they are pronating and are very relaxed.  (I have a strong pronation and very flexible ankle and foot joints).  Is the right,,normal? 

 

Cheers!  Cal

post #2 of 6

cal,

 

sounds like you have the perfect set-up for the kitchen. are you going to do any cooking? or just keep updating us with other areas of the house where the boots are not working as well or possibly better.rolleyes.gif

 

if you ever get out skiing, drop us a line. i am curious to know how your boots perform on the snow?icon14.gif

 

all seriousness aside...... why are you concerned with the static position of your boots? there are some kooky boot fitters out here that actually believe that you could tell more about your set-up by going skiing on real snow. eek.gif

 

to be clear, i am not one of those kooky boot fitters that believes that you must go skiing to figure out your boot set-up. i am in your camp, where i believe that there are different set-ups that you should use for every room in the house. in fact, i am writing this from my bathroom with my boots on. cool.gif

 

jim

post #3 of 6

cal,

 

Jim's sarcasm is great, but he makes the point, you got to go skiing, it is a dynamic sport not a static one, there is one thing standing in the boot and it feeling good around your foot, but balance stance things need to be skied to be experienced, then a visit or 2 back to the fitter to make adjustments if required

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

I suspected my post would be an easy target for some good humor, thanks, I got a good chuckle.   Actually I was making Buffalo tacos and wearing my new boot just because I could.  Yes, I can't wait to ski with them....I live in Minnesota and hopefully what little snow we sticks around for the weekend. 

 

My question was born out of a personal trait to understand how things work, and belief that balance on the hill starts with among other things proper alignment of my foot in my boot.  My question is simple....standing in an athletic position, should there be pressure along the full length of my foot? and when the knees are flexed and pressure is put on the cuff, should pressure on the balls of the foot go away?   If these are immaterial that would nice to know.  But if they are I want to correct them before going out and skiing on them.  

 

Cheers!  Cal

post #5 of 6

Cal,

 

     As others before have said----go ski.  The pressure applied when skiing will start at the ball of the foot and then (middle of turn) along the entire uphill edge of the downhill foot (including the heel) and then as you exit each turn, it will then move back to the front of the foot to allow you to transition into the next turn (probably stuff you already knew).

 

     Static pressure means nothing, except, you should be able to pressure the entire surface of the bottom of your foot (ball of foot to heel) before the back of your calf makes contact (pressure) with the upper cuff.

 

mike

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Mike, thanks!

 

Cal

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