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do custom (cork) footbeds wear out?

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As I mentioned in an earlier thread, I had to replace a pair of old Tecnica TC3s after one literally broke in half. 

Now that I've skied in my new Dalbello Surges for 4 days, I took them back to get the fit adjusted.  My only real complaint was cramp-style pain under the ball of one foot.  The advice of the boot fitter (at Helm in San Jose) was that the first thing to try was better footbeds to replace the stock ones.

I still have the custom footbeds from my old boots, and after some checking determined they fit and work fine in my new boots.

Obviously, I'm happy not to spend $100+ for new custom-molded cork footbeds, and I never had this pain with these footbeds in my old boots, so I'm hoping this will solve my problem.

My question, after this long preface, is if footbeds "wear out" like liners, and if so what should I look for in terms of wear?  The footbeds in question are Superfeet heat-molded cork (inside a silver metallic-look outer shell), about 15 years

Thanks for any advice ya'll can offer.

Bob
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 Unless you have gotten the footbeds very hot or your feet have changed the old footbeds will work fine. The cork material is very durable and does not break down in a ski boot. 
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Thread Starter 
Awesome, that's what I was hoping for.  I just didn't know if footbeds might be like liners and do whatever the equivalent of packing out would be (packing down?).  I'll just keep using them and not worry, in any case.

thanks,
Bob
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