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Conform'able Custom Foot beds- Bad Fitting?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I recently decided to buy a pair of Conforma'able Custom Foot Beds for my boots. After reading various reviews and feedback from friends it seemed like a good idea. Reading up on various internet sites (including this) the main bit of advice was along the lines of "Having a good fitter is the most important thing". Now not knowing how to tell if someone is a good fitter I have put my trust in my local shop. The Initial process of leaving my foot print in the gel bed seemed fairly standard but when I asked about my weight distribution, in essence the question was "should I pretend I'm skiing?" I was told no just stand up right. Is this correct?

During the next stage of shaping the insole I felt a lot of weight on the back of my right heel, almost as if I was standing slightly too far back in my original imprint, when I asked about this I was told it was normal but we can check at the end.

The final stage involved the guy cutting the shape of the insole to fit into my boot, this was done very quickly and roughly with a pair of scissors. The end result has little if any heel cup on them and when put in the boot (well the left boot at least) it is a fairly loose fit and slides forward when ever I insert my foot.

Now the question is, is any of this a problem? Knowing me I could be worrying over nothing.

Thanks in advance for the replies,

Screamer
post #2 of 9
Hard knowing, not seeing. However it never hurts to get a second opinion from a reliable expert, like those found on this site. See the sticky at the top of this forum for a pro near you.

jim
post #3 of 9
Screamer,

I've seen an awful lot of really poorly made Sidas/Comformable footbeds. It's a great product, but requires someone with good skills (assessment, technique, craftsmanship) to make them. If in doubt, ask for your money back and go with an off the shelf Sidas or Superfeet product. A generic preformed product is better than a poorly made custom.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,

I suppose the best way to tell is go ski, so I'll see how they feel tomorrow.

Should the innersole be an exact fit in the linner with no room for movement?

When I'm skiing what should I be looking/feeling for to give me clues as to whether or not the foot beds were done properly, as I presume if the're incorrect I may still feel some improvement, so is there any tell tale signs?

Thanks once for the responces,

Screamer
post #5 of 9
Yes, the footbed should be an exact fit to the inner boot. No gap front to rear, and no gap side to side. Should not be pushing out the front of the liner or pinched by the liner width.

If well done, you should only feel perfect contact on the plantar (bottom) ) surface of the foot. In other words, if well made and well trimmed, you will not feel anything pushing, poking, hard or soft under your foot.

jim
post #6 of 9
I'm not sure about the rest of you but I always make my Conformable footbeds with the customer sitting down in a non-weight berring position so the foot and arch do not collapse and the heel cup area is well defined.

I use a template or the stock footbed as a template for trimming to make sure the footbed fits perfectly inside the liner.
post #7 of 9

yeah...junkshow

Sounds like a hack-job to me.
Even with SuperFeet (vac-bag cork) which I am not a big fan of, the leg is in a forward lean position.
Lang fit pillows too.
Also, I ALWAYS finish my footbeds so that they look nice and have a decent heel cup, and FIT the liner.

It is true. The footbed is only as good as the tech building it.

Hope they ski well!
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by screamer View Post

The end result has little if any heel cup on them and when put in the boot (well the left boot at least) it is a fairly loose fit and slides forward when ever I insert my foot.
In the past, with very racey shell fits, the liner packs out- they all do eventually- and sometimes the custom footbed can end up shorter than the stock footbed. I've seen this a few times, but only on the tightest shell fits. Ask the shop to refit the footbed. The forefoot of a Conformab'able can be heated and stretched to fill any gaps that may exist. If this is more than a few mms ask for a new footbed or refund.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the answers guys,

I had a couple of days skiing last weekend and although the boot was more comfortable, I could feel little improvement in terms of performance. The bottom of the foot bed is quite rounded and I feel there may be some roll going on (although minute given the good fit of the liner) I'm sure this must effect energy/weight transfer, is this correct.

Either way I think I'll be returning and asking for a rework.

Thanks again,

Screamer
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