Originally Posted by ssh
HarvardTiger, my recommendation would be to have a good boot fitter fit you both in a boot and with a custom insole. If you already have your boots, this may be a bit more difficult, because they may not be fit correctly in the first place.
That said, why would you want footbeds? What are you trying to get by using them?
Well, I have a pair of boots that fit Ok. I'm not happy with them. The toes on my right foot are jammed against the end of the boot, very uncomfortably, and there are significant pressure points on each foot caused by the boot at the same place on each boot.
I have not skied them. And the place I bought them from has a "fit guarantee" whereby they will either make the boots fit properly or will get you into the right pair. The original fit was handled according to, what I have learned is, the general procedure outlined by the America's Best Bootfitters info. Shell fit first, etc., etc.
I have identified a guy in the shop (it's way out of town) who is supposed to be a really good bootfitter. I have talked with him on the phone and will make an appointment to go see him. I am fairly confident he will get it right.
He is not one of the top three or four bootfitters in the country. But, this is the best I can do given where I live...unless I want to travel and invest about $2,000 in expenses to get a decent intermediate, recreational boot. Also, I'd prefer to get this taken care of before a ski trip as opposed to while on one. (I'd rather be skiing!).
As for the custom footbeds (insoles?), I ask because everyone says they make an incredible difference in the fit and comfort and performance of the boot. I've read herein where guys say they will never ski without their custom footbeds. Thus, my interest in them.
My wife was fitted for her boots by a guy in Tahoe. And she got the custom footbeds. She is very happy with both and says her boots are quite comfortable. I guess I'm looking for the same thing.
So, my plan is to go back to the ski shop on a non-busy morning or afternoon, take all the time necessary to get the right boot, and then consider custom footbeds to get the added support and "quality" that others report.