Thanks in advance!
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Thanks in advance!
Like anything in New York expensive. I'm guessing the rent for space in New York probably doubles the cost of a footbed. $150 - $200 seems about right getting it done by someone that is experienced and capable at a good ski shop.
I'm a bad pronator and about two years ago I put a stock Super Feet insole in my jogging shoes. Very impressed for $30 how good a product these stock insole products are. The heel pocket really stabalized my heel and keeps it from rolling over . Not wearing out my shoes on the inside of my soles like I used to.
Jeff Rich made footbeds for my ski boots about 5 years ago and has since made several pairs for my shoes. I've been very happy with his work and would not hesitate to recommend him. That said, he was never cheap and has gotten much more expensive over the years. My initial consult way back when was $80, and $250 for the footbeds. Don't know about his current pricing for ski boot footbeds, but the ones for my shoes have gone from $200 to $400.
I'm not making excuses for the guy, but here are several possible reasons for why he's so expensive:
a) His midtown Manhattan location
b) His process is somewhat labor intensive because, like a podiatrist, he makes a plaster cast of your foot (you get the cast to keep and it can be re-used)
c) He doesn't sell boots, so the footbeds are his only source revenue
d) Especially these days, he has other business interests (footbed related) and while he still enjoys doing ski boots, it has never really been more than a sideline.
Again, he's very good, but you would probably be better served by a good bootfitter at or near somewhere you ski regularly, both in terms of cost and convenience. Unless you're mechanically inclined or have some basic bootfitting skills, you're S.O.L. when your new boots are killing you and your bootfitter is 100 miles away.