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High Instep - can't buckle lower buckles

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I have a a meaty instep.  I have normal arches, but a high instep.  If I try to buckle the lower buckles on my boots (even at the loosest setting), the pressure causes the outside of foot to feel crushed.  I always end up skiing with the two bottom buckles undone.  Even then I sometimes get the pain, but not enough or to a level that I've decided to do anything about it. I have had this problem with every boot I buy.

 

I have a pair of X Wave 9's with custom footbeds.  Fit is otherwise pretty good.  My feet are otherwise average width throughout, although I do usually need something with a tight ankle pocket to keep my heel

 

I've moved since purchasing boots, otherwise I would go back to where I bought them to see what could be done.

 

Should I

   a) have my existing boots worked on? Does grinding the bootboard down help?

   b) consider new boots.  Is there something that offers more room over the instep without providing too much arch support? 

post #2 of 3

impossible to say without seeing your foot as to whether the current boot is a workable option, but the X Wave is getting on a bit

 

grinding the baseboard down may help, as would thinning the footbed a little if possible, stretching the shell upwards at the instep, switching the tooth plates from the clips for longer ones to allow you to clip the buckles with less pressure

 

lots of options but seeing a good boot fitter in your area is probably the best one

post #3 of 3

http://www.southernski.com/toe-jam-spreader-instep-jack.html

 

easy job with this tool (click on above), we have pushed the instep of many boots upward by as much as 8mm.

 

mike

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