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Performing your own boot modification - filling space below calf and back of the boot.

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Has anyone ever tried to take up space below the calf and above the heel portion of the boot.  It's the rear section of the boot that opens up when you flex.  It's also the place where a spoiler might go.

I was thinking of adding some material to that portion of the interior of the shell.  Someone once mentioned the use of cork.

I could use some suggestions as to what material, glue, and any ideas on how to approach this "project".
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If you go to the TOGNAR website they have all kinds of boot fitting aids.  The one pictured is an ankle wrap that goes around both sides of the back of your inner boot to tighten up the heel pocket.  It's about $7 and you can easily put in on yourself.   I think they also have foam of various thicknesses that you can cut, and stick on anyway you want.

If you are trying to modify the shell, as opposed to the inner boot, you might want to consider taking parts from junk boots and bolting on a thicker or double spoiler.
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 There are various thicknesses and densities of foam available which can be cut, ground, molded to fill any voids you may have.  A little ingenuity and common sense and you can solve your problems inexpensively.  I would not mess with messy cork flow material.

Queries like this are what the "Ask a boot fitter" forum is all about!  Post this there and you will get some great advice!

good luck

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Thread Starter 
It's not the heal wrap, it's above that.  I would like to put an additional layer of thickness to fill space behind the portion of leg below the calf.  It would be possible to cut plastic from one of the pair of boots in my junk yard.  I have looked at using a spoiler, but I would prefer to fill the whole area.  Cork was also mentioned as a material.
post #5 of 8
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just saw your post Bud.

I will post in "boot", but it looks private.  Where would you pick up that type of foam?
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Where would you pick up that type of foam?

You can get EVA foam at REI or most kayak stores; they also usually have rasping tools like Dragonskin for shaping the stuff and adhesives.   PU and PE foams like Plastazote are a little bit tougher to find in brick but should be trivial to source online.
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I once filled in above my son's heel with random foam torn from an old matress pad.  It actually worked really well, because it compressed by about 10 to 1 but when fully compressed it was moldable -- had almost a gooey feel to it (though not sticky).  The high compression gave me some margin for error.
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

I once filled in above my son's heel with random foam torn from an old matress pad.  It actually worked really well, because it compressed by about 10 to 1 but when fully compressed it was moldable -- had almost a gooey feel to it (though not sticky).  The high compression gave me some margin for error.

FWIW, quite a lot of the EVA foams are heat moldable, even the high density ones.
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