Originally Posted by Josh784
I went into Sturtevant's today and had a pretty positive experience. I'm a student at UW, and live on campus so Fiorini is close, but they don't have the selection that Sturtevant's does.
I worked with a guy who was fairly new there, but he was very helpful and did a good job finding a boot that fit well. He just didn't know much about footbeds. I didn't buy anything today...I ended up in a Beast 10 26.5, but I want to try a 26.0 and the Beast 12, neither of which they had in stock.
Would it be a bad idea to buy the boots through Sturtevant's, have them do the footbeds, etc, then take them to Jim as soon as I can for alignment work, etc? The only qualm I have about Sturtevant's is that I was told that all of their footbeds are heat moldable. I know next to nothing about custom footbeds, but isn't there a little more to a $100+ footbed than just heat molding it? Sturtevant does the Superfeet insoles, along with a couple other brands that I don't remember.
I would make the trip to Redmond if I could. I don't have a car up here so the bus system is the only way I have of getting around.
You can get into to see Jim before january.
Have Mates do the work! I know all the guys at Fiorini's well! I know Martin well. Jeff fiorini is a personal friend of mine, Martin and everyone at Sturtevant's also knows my on a first name basis! I have had martin do bootwork for me too.
I have Jim Mates do all of our boot work. Although i had Gil at fiorin;s make my current footbeds. They are a non-posted conformable, but had mates do all my bootwork.
If you go to Fiorini's either work with Jeff, Gil or Dan. tommy is also very good and a certified pedorthist.
Have mates do the bootworkI would have Mates also do your footbeds.
You are better off getting it all done by one guy and holding him accountable for success!