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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
well, its time to get some cusome insoles for my ski boots and I was wondering if paying 200 bucks at surefoot is worth it . I know they have that nice state of the art machine but I just want a insole that does not cost half the price of my boots .
post #2 of 9
it is the craftsmen not the tools that makes the difference.

customs are nice, but why do you want/need them? Try an off the rack one and see if it does what you need it to do first?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Cutom insoles

I have tried the cut to fit insoles and I did not like them.
post #4 of 9
Ok, just keep in mind that the sure foot program is simply this, they have several different preprogramed shapes in the computer and when they scan your foot it is not an exact repleca of the foot. It is a close aproximation. So as far as custom it is not the actual reproduction of your foot. Not at all like a mold of your foot. This being said most people will find this more agreeable than just the stock sock liner. But, custom it is not.

Remember a computer is only as smart as the person using it.
post #5 of 9
Remember too, that a well made custom footbed will last you through a couple pair of boots. Most shops charge more around $150-175.
post #6 of 9
Agreed. Surefoot is not a custom insole and surprised at prices. You should be able to find good custom footbed for under $200.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
well, I made a stop into one of their shops and they talk about the fancy machine that looks at the hot spots on your feet and how it creates an exact replication of both feet . The whole weighted vs un weighted issue has been confusing to me from day one . I just want to slap my boots on and go down the hill .
post #8 of 9
Look this is very simple but our acceptance of computers as magic make it difficult. I used the machine your are talking about to make foot orthotics for my MSc and prior to that worked with similar technology in the prosthetic orthotic industry. The advantages of the machine you are talking about is two.

First you can save a file of the foot imaging and create several identical footbeds. That is not possible when making them by hand. Also it is faster much faster than the methods used by orthotists to make slipper casts, then a positive then finally the orthotic device. Oh yes they require little skill to use if your only goal is to make something.

simply they have pins every 1 cm I believe. Therefore they know the position of the plantar surface of your foot every cm. In between those areas is a mystery. The software has built in algorithims to determine curve shapes in between. There is no way this is more accurate or results in a better shape than direct molding. Impossible.

As far as weight bearing/ non weight bearing that is another topic. However most but not all systems used in shops are weight bearing. In my opinion (my opinion) there are advantages. Weight bearing footbeds result in a lower arch in the footbed which doesn't as much restrict foot movement and is often more comfortable. Yes you can make a non-weight bearing footbed perform the same but it requires more skill and time. Since the goal in a store is usually to make something comfortable that gives better foot contact in the boot rather than to perform corrections I prefer weight bearing. Definitely there will be people here that disagree. So listen to their opinions and weigh them for yourself. In the end you can get good footbeds either way if you find someone knowledgeable to make them.

post #9 of 9
In my experiance Surefoot is not nearly as good as what they think they are at bootfitting or anything that has to do with it.
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