Originally Posted by Sinecure
My son pronates a lot and has flat feet and they've done wonders for him with a combination of footbeds and punching out shells. He'd be miserable with stock boots/insoles - or end up with boots 2 sizes too big.
My son (age 11) HAD flat feet when he was younger. By age 5, he was constantly complaining that he feet hurt after only walking a very short distance. Took him to see the podiatrist, who said that flat feet in children can usually be permanetly corrected with orthodics if it is caught early enough. The insurance company paid the $275 for the custom orthodics (after a fight) twice and now his feet have a more normal stance. His feet quit hurting the minute we put the orthodics in his shoes. Seriously look into orthodics for your son with flat feet for his everyday shoes ASAP.
I have heard good and bad about the major footbeds available, one person loves it, another hates it. The product themselves are probably all good, I'm sure they all have their advantages and disadvantages, but it appears to be more the bootfitter behind the product that is the biggest issue. The bootfitter must basically be a sculpter with a really good knowledge of the anatomy of the feet. He/she is an artist and some are better than others. ---Just my opinion after watching my bootfitter, grind here and there on my footbeds until they were perfect ---