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best non-custom made footbed?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I know that custom made footbeds are highly recommended, but I would appreciate your opinions on what other options are significantly better and worth buying (if any) than the stock insole that comes with a new boot.

Thanks
post #2 of 7

birkelb,

 

The average, healthy foot has several arches which need to be supported in order to spread load and improve control---it is important to support the medial arch from heel to ball of foot, something that seldom happens in an over the counter insole.  There is also an arch on the pinky toe side of the foot that is never supported in an over the counter insole, at least I haven't seen one that did.  In most feet there is also a metatarsal arch going across the forefoot at the met heads, also not supported.

 

The over the counter footbeds are better than most factory insoles as they (factory) are usually just a pad, and no support at all, most over the counter footbeds will have a deeper heel cup, which will center the foot/heel in the shell better.

 

mike

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mike,

Are there any specific over the counter footbeds that you would recommend? I want to try this route first as the average cost of custom footbeds by the bootfitters in SLC I've called has been $250 and I simply can't afford that for both my wife and me.

Brian
post #4 of 7

Try a bunch of brands and go with the one that matches your feet the best.

 

mike

post #5 of 7

what mike said.    try and see what fits YOU best

 

 

I sell and really like the Sole footbeds,   seem to fit well to start with and are ajustable/heatable/grindable to fit, and a good return policy

post #6 of 7

superfeet may be a good option.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, much appreciated. I will take my boots with me and will try on as many different ones as I can find to see what fits my feet the best.
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