Originally Posted by Jiuk
I'm just using the 'foam crap" that comes with the shell. You are right cranking down the #2 & #3 buckle to the point of shoulder dislocation does nothing but pinch the shell. I do have issues with high arches so you are probably on to something.
OK so do I go back to my orthipedist and get another pair of footbeds or are the ones they make at my running store good enough?
just to be clear, there were 2 things - the footbeds are overall improvements to foot positioning in the boot, the other main thing is to try neutral shims under the liner to reduce the overall space at the instep.
whether you go custom or off the shelf footbeds is really a decision you need to make - you're the only one who can decide.
there are a number of off-the-shelf which are pretty good - there's a fairly recent thread on epic on footbeds. worth the read.
I used to have custom for years, but recently tried the superfeet Reds, after the customs were deemed 'tired'. I like them, a few small mods and I'm really happy with them.
but do try what's available. I would avoid the stuff you find in the chain drug stores, like the squishy Dr Scholl or other gel stuff.
best to get the footbed thing sortted before you start playing with shims - the footbeds will have an affect on how much shimming is needed.
Shims - you can get those at togner, or cut some similar from some non-compressible materials, just use the liner as a cutting template. Ideally, they should be an even thickness from toe to heel. A heel wedge will change the foot/leg attitude in the boot and if not done on both boots will likely screw up your skiing.
if you have to shim much more than 1/8 inch thickness, then you might just be in too large of a boot or you might be better served by a boot with a different config/fit. But, hey, shims are cheap and might get you thru the season enough so you can make further decisions.
Edited by moreoutdoor - 3/9/12 at 10:39pm