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Let's talk about footbeds.

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In the Boot Advice Given thread, Jeff said:

3. Superfeet are ok for some people but are bad for more. Superfeet come with a predetermined amount of material in their arch which is set for the "average" arch. This provides insufficient support for large arches and excessive support for smaller arches. Superfeet can be painful for people with flat arches. They are also basically a stiff gel and will change shape with time. Superfeet are also molded unweighted and do not allow as much control as a weighted product. This is bad for a skilled technician but good for a less skilled one. (Just as a note, the vast majority of shops do not do any work that requires more control than a Superfeet.) Superfeet are also colder than most other footbeds and retain some moisture.

OK, well how many different Superfeet footbeds are there, and how should one know what type of footbed to use?

As far as superfeet goes, I've seen the cut to fits (had a pair), the cork 3/4 vaccum fits (have a pair), the blue plastic looking ones (in my boots now), and full corks which I think are also vaccum fit. That's just superfeet! How many other brands are there, and when should they be used?
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Another off-the-shelf footbed, which I've used and found to be better than the super-feet, are down-unders. They don't seem to be as widely available though as the super-feet are. The're around $35.00 per pair.
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