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Footbed Question....

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
To make a long story short I purchased ski boots from one shop and had custom footbeds made at another shop. Now here is the problem...... I messed up and got a pair of boots that were too big , then I had footbeds made for the size boot. I am going to purchase a correctly fitting pair of boots and I want to reuse my footbeds. Can the bootfitter at the shop trim my footbeds to fit into my new boots or do I need to get another pair of footbeds made? I would like to reuse them if possible and don't really feel like spending another $140 for new footbeds if I don't need to.
This might be a really stupid question but all answers will be helpful!
post #2 of 15
What about bringing them back to the original person who made them for the adjustment? If he did a good job, I'd let him work on them.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thats what I meant, I was going to get the new boots at the shop that made the footbeds for me. They did a great job! I just didn't know if I could reuse the footbeds (get them trimmed to size) or if I needed to get new footbeds made.
post #4 of 15
At the least they will just trim the toe area of the footbed to put it in a smaller boot.

A really good shop will do a bunch of different things to make it interface better with the new boot and not just make it fit lengthwise.

I'm not sure what kind of footbed it is but if they did any kind of custom posting up then they will need to tweak it in the new boot.

Probably not a big deal either way.
post #5 of 15
If the boot is the same boot (other than size) then they should be able to trim the footbed. An issue would come up is you changed brands/models to something that had a drastically different footboard. Just take the new boots and footbeds to the guy who did the footbeds and he should be able to fix them pretty easiy. Usually, all they do is pull out the footboard, trace it onto the footbed and trim the footbed to fit on the footboard.
post #6 of 15
Since he is going into a smaller shell I don't think he will have an issue either way.
post #7 of 15
inserts/foot bed was made for foot not boot...should fit in your sneaker or cowboy boot or your dress shoe should not matter
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by skidbump
inserts/foot bed was made for foot not boot...should fit in your sneaker or cowboy boot or your dress shoe should not matter
Not really. Not only do (should) most people ski in ski boots that are smaller than their street shoes (mine are a full size to a size and a half apart), but the shape of the platform that the footbed sits on is different. While it's true that it's molded to your foot, it's then trimmed for the shape of the ski boot (or shoe)
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your answers so far!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by skidbump
inserts/foot bed was made for foot not boot...should fit in your sneaker or cowboy boot or your dress shoe should not matter
That's what I thought too. Not that I would use them for anything other than my ski boots but my foot beds were custom made for MY FOOT. Why would they make a custom footbed where there is excess material extending beyond the contours of your feet? Trim what? I think you could just use them in any boot liner that fits your foot. No?
post #11 of 15
As mentioned the footbeds are made to fit the foot and should be treated as such. A word of caution; when fitting a snug (proper) fitting boot the liner is often very tight initially. The tendancy is to cut the footbed to fit the liner. Again the footbed should never be cut down further than to fit the foot. If the liner needs to be stretched to acccomodate the footbed (and by extension the foot) than that needs to be done. Not cutting the footbed just to fit the liner.


edit since I first wrote never cut down further than to fit the boot and should have been foot.
post #12 of 15
I had custom footbed made lst year for in a Pair of Lange boots that were size 11....I bought new Lange Comp 120 FR's this year and they are 10.5's so I just pulled the stock footbed out and traced it onto the cutom one and cut of the excess tow material....it feels and fits perfect...I can't wait till I get 4 or 5 days skiing in these new boots to get the liners nice and shaped...if the top of the boot is tight around my leg using the stock strap will I see any benefit from a Booster strap? Thanks
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by gretch6364
if the top of the boot is tight around my leg using the stock strap will I see any benefit from a Booster strap? Thanks
Is the top of the boot tight in general or just tight when you pull the strap?

If your lower leg is big and already resting very snug against the tongue a booster strap probably won't give you as much rebound as it was designed for so it probably isn't necessary.

What it may do is give you some elasticity to make it more comfortable unless your buckles are maxed out and your leg is cramped.
post #14 of 15
I have pretty thick legs from mountain biking and my buckles are defenetly not maxed out and it is pretty snug before I pull the strap tight
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by gretch6364
I have pretty thick legs from mountain biking and my buckles are defenetly not maxed out and it is pretty snug before I pull the strap tight
It would be more of a preference thing then.

Some people love them and some people think they are no better then the stock straps.

I would say to try them if you can without permanently removing your original ones.

If you like them then you can install them permanently.
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