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OTC Insoles - Selecting a size

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I am seeking advice on selecting the right size OTC insole for my ski boots.

 

My feet measure ~27.5 mm and I wear a 10/10.5 street shoe

 

My boots (yet to purchase) will be either 26.5 or 25.5 (if I can fit into the latter).

 

I understand that I can get a 26 or 25 insole to fit the boot but this may not match up well with the topography of my 27.5 foot. And so I am wondering if the experts have any guidance on this.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

-John

post #2 of 4

it will depend a lot on the product you are buying, for example if you were buying the superfeet OTC product, i would be looking at the heel width and arch length, making sure that the product matches your foot then trimming the end to fit in the boot. if there isn't a product which works well for your foot shape and fits into the boot well (including the need for trimming) then a custom device will be best

 

my thought is you will most likely not get into a 25.5 (unless you have a lot of time to spend with your boot tech and ski all year round).....especially as you say your feet measure 27.5

post #3 of 4

Thumbs Up what CEM said---Plus,

 

Since "all most" all human feet have a lateral arch (pinky toe side of the foot) and OTC insoles aren't usually designed to support this area, you will not end up with the same kind of  control as you would with a well made custom insole.  With that said, an OTC is still better than the factory insole provided by the manufacturer.  Feet are like snowflakes---no 2 alike---OTC's are generic and customs only fit you.

 

mike 

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks @CEM and @miketsc for your responses. I'm not against full-custom but want to explore OTC first for economic reasons and needed some guidelines on ways to approach this, which you have amply provided.

 

Love the "feet are like snowflakes" metaphor, Mike.

 

 

Colin, you noted:

 

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my thought is you will most likely not get into a 25.5 

 

Yeah - it's a ridiculous idea, but in the specific boot (Salomon X Max 130) in 26.5 I have ~1.5 fingers (15-20 mm) "heel space" in the shell fit and am tightening the upper cuff buckles to mid-ladder (w/brand new liner). Given the ability for this shell to stretch (via bake) I thought it worth the small cost to at least try on a 25. Seeking out that "performance fit" :)

 

Thanks again, fellas.

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