|Originally posted by cski:
I am 33 yrs. old, 6' tall, 195lbs.,been skiing a long time (aggressively) and cannot find boots. They all tell me I have a normal foot. Every boot i try on makes my last three toes numb. The head boots that i bought 2 yrs. ago are so uncomfortable i can no longer wear them. I have been to a lot of the local (nyc) stores and they all want to sell me boots and then they will work on them to take away the numbness. i tried this with the boots i own now, custom footbeds, and widened all the way, it did not work. A lot of money and wasted time skiing in pain, I throw myself to you epicski readers what should i do?
I have tough feet to fit, here's what worked for me.
I went to Surefoot in NYC...
- Got measured for custom orthodics
- Found a good shell for me (fitted it using the orthodic...first without liner, then with liner). You want the boot that is as close as possible to your neutral natural anatomy. Then you make small modifications from there.
- I had a liquid foam-injected liner created for me (a very odd sensation while you go through it).
Now my racing boots are warm, and fit so well they feel more like socks than ski-boots. The sensitivity has increased, as has the support. No more numb toes. Custom liners are the way to go.
A few ski companies sell shells on their own, and you can go to a place like GMO or Surefoot to get the custom foam liner. GMO and Surefoot both sell the high level Lange shells seperately.
Here is a cost example:
Orthodic - $185 (sometimes you can get insurance to cover part)
Lange Comp 130 shell, $300-400
Custom Foam injected liner , $250-350