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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
ok, so i tried my new boots at home tonight. the right boot felt alot roomier than the left boot. i concluded because the right boot was on display and i guess alot of people could've tried it while the left boot was left in the box. could that be a possibility?

anyways, i have two concerns.
1) i have pain in the arch of my left foot, will a foot bed fix it?
2) my instep gets pins and needles (esp when i sit down), will it go away? or am i doomed with skiing with pins and needles for life?

the boot is a good fit just with those minor problems. the width could be looked at at the forefoot, but the left arch is where the main concern is.
post #2 of 22
Issues you have aren't big worries...

pins and needles are from you walking around in them for an extended period of time... unfortunately ski boots aren't all that good for walking. You shouldn't have this problem on the hill when skiing.

orthotics should help the pain in the arch, but I wouldn't be buying them only to solve that problem, there are dozens of other good reasons to get them.
post #3 of 22
Originally Posted by Strider
ok, so i tried my new boots at home tonight. the right boot felt alot roomier than the left boot. i concluded because the right boot was on display and i guess alot of people could've tried it while the left boot was left in the box. could that be a possibility?
Put the right one on backwards---that'll take up some volume!! :

Seriously, best bet---if available---is to get thee to a bootfitter, next best bet---takem back, if loose now, it'll be like a bedroom slipper within a few ski days.

I agree there are many good reasons for footbeds, and getting them, in most cases, can't hurt
post #4 of 22
You probably have a bigger left foot. Your boot should not feel loose! To get a good fit you have to start from a tight fit and work on the hot spots, numbness. Talk to a boot fitter, or at least get some help where you bought them.

Custom footbeds are GREAT!
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
ohoh they're not loose
it feels more roomy

i get pins and needles on both feet
and yeah my footbeds are for free. should i get them widen now? or wait till i go skiing (next year)?:
post #6 of 22
It's generally better to ski a day or two before making any adjustments, but if your in danger of loosing your toes due to lack of circulation you have to do something now. How do they feel with bare feet in the boots? If you feet go numb in 20 minutes in bare feet, imho thats a little too small.

Also, when skiing you will lever the feet back into the heel pocket more and the foot will not be pushed as far forward as when walking around they house.
post #7 of 22

Where did you get your boots? Any competent shop should have addressed these issues. That is why we patronize brick and mortar stores with competent bootfitters.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
i bought mine from larry adler in sydney australia.
yup i'm going to them to get my footbeds made. i'm asking so i'll have a better idea of what meant to be done, so i can make sure he's not doing a half assed job (the season is almost over, the boots were on sale)
post #9 of 22
Strider, my experience with Larry Adler's is that they will give you a Strolz footbed out of a pack and send you on your way. The Strolz footbed, unless you are lucky, is about as useful as packing out you boots with damp spaghetti (mine are now in my fly fishing waders).

Your footbed needs to be adjusted for all of the lumps, bumps and pressure points for your feet. Each footbed is likely to be different. And they will likely need adjustment after some skiing time.

IMO, you should get Larry Adler's store in Jinabyne to do the footbed and if you have any problems, you are only 40 minutes away from either PB or Thredbo to get them adjusted.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
taxman, i'll make sure he keeps his promise of guaranteeing the fit. i'll be quite annoyed if he doesnt do a prober job with the footbeds as promised
post #11 of 22


There's no way in h.ll he can guarantee a good fit if you've chosen a shell size too large!....that you'll constantly be shifting around in when skiing........
post #12 of 22
Guaranteeing a fit should first off involve fitting the boot WITH a proper footbed already in place. Depending on your foot the shape of it may change dramatically with a footbed and fitting the boot before that becomes somewhat pointless. If there is an over the counter footbed that gets your foot close that can often be used just for shell size and shape selection but it should all be done in one package to get the right boot for you.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
thats what i'm thinking...
i'm going to see him during my break, bought my boots to work and is sitting next to me. he better do a good job, otherwise ill make sure the whole world knows how crap they are
post #14 of 22
I think ur feet very a bit from day to day and some people like me have a smaller left and bigger right foot......if it feels roomy the day u got them return it if it feel TOO tight return it if u feel pain REAL pain return it other wise try it for a day or so
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
just came back from fitter
got the custom strolz footbeds made. it's obviously not a high quality one, but it felt heaps better than the original diablo one.
i'm missing a right foot diablo footbed at size 27.5, if someone have one and dont need it, wanna send it over?
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
the strolz footbeds are quite good. are there better footbeds i can get? they give me quite reasonable arch support
post #17 of 22
Did they give you a noodle out of the pack (Adler's have a container load of the Strolz's to get rid of), or did they craft it after a proper examination of your feet?
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
noodle out of the pack
heat it up, stick it in the boot, got me to put my feet in and waited for it to mold
post #19 of 22
Probably better than the noodle they gave me. Give it some skiing time and see how it goes. IMO the Strolz are too soft to provide proper support... Soft = noodle.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
yeah i think the same.
ahh wellz, ill give it a few days and see how it goes. they still owe me the original tecnica one
post #21 of 22
To get an idea of how the boots will be, and to break your feet in to them, don't walk around in them. It buggers up the boots, and doesn't mimic skiing. Better to stand in them, rocking back and forth and moving sideways on your soles (I used to do this while ironing). Standing on some foam is even better.
If you find cramping or hot spots happening, you can mark them on your feet with a texta, to ensure the bootfitter tackles the right spots.

This is quite a good way of getting your feet generally ready for skiing, too.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
sweet thanks
really good advice cheers
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