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Can a Livefit shell be stretched?

post #1 of 4
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Hey Guys. 

 

I am looking Atomic livefit boots for my very wide, duck-like feet to relieve bunion/bunionette pain.  The forefoot feel great, but the arch (mid-foot) area feels really tight.  I have talked to couple of good bootfitters in my area about whether the hard shell portions can be stretched/punched.  One bootfitter says he has never done it but can't see why it could not be done.  The other bootfitter says that he won't stretch the shell because he is worried that it might compromise the structural strength of the boot.  I was wondering if any of the bootfitters here have had any experience with these boots?

 

Thanks. I appreciate any feedback you could give me because this is my last resort before going to a custom boot.

post #2 of 4

Yes, you can stretch the shell. We do it all the time. You do have to be careful around the live fit areas but we have had success in stretching. Low heat slow stretching time. Good Luck...

post #3 of 4

not a major problem to do, not quite as straightforward as a single injection PU shell but with care you can get a pretty large amount of movement

post #4 of 4

How does a custom boot differ from a boot modified by your local fitters and how wide is your foot?

 

Lou

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