I'm in my early 40's and have become tired of my 9 to 5 cube farm working life. Lately I've learned to do fitting work (punches, grinds and liner molding) on my own and friends boots and had good results. I've been an avid skier my whole life with many connections in the local skiing community and it got me thinking how satisfying it would be if my work lined up more with my passion for skiing and the outdoors. As someone with "problem" feet I've always been interested in boot fitting and believe there's nothing more important to someones success as a skier than being in a comfortable properly fit boot. I've had varying degrees of success with local fitters and have ideas on how the experience could be improved that I believe could make me stand out in the local market. I'm patient, a good listener and problem solver which I think would fit (no pun intended) well with being a boot fitter.
My questions for the boot fitters out there:
- How did you get started? Formal training or apprenticeship or just learning the hard way?
- I realize this is sort of a midlife crisis moment =). I don't mind learning something new and making less money than my current career but I don't think I want to start in retail at some random ski shop. Am I being realistic?
- Is it worth doing a full Pedorthotics training course or is something like MasterFit University good enough to get started?
- What's the best part of being a boot fitter?
- What's the worst?
- Are you in business for yourself or do you work for a shop?