Hey, I realize this is probably sacrilege, but I have a set of insoles/footbeds that I was measured for and got at The Walking Company, which I use in my everyday shoes. Would these work in ski boots, or are shoe and ski footbeds different enough that they can't cross over?
Shoe orthotics in boots? Probably a dumb question...
Not a dumb question at all. Personally I think a footbed for skiing should promote natural foot function and many times the very hard supportive orthotics used inside shoes are in my opinion too stiff for the inside of a boot. However, that said, if the hard foot orthotic succesfully treats a medical condition I will absolutely use it.
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They're not a full-on hard orthotic, just the insoles where you stand on a scanner thing and it analyzes how you put pressure on your feet, and then they go in the back and make you a pair that balances your feet better and makes the shoes more comfortable. They seem to be a custom-made "sandwich" of varying densities of foam, and are relatively soft, about as hard as the off-the-shelf Dr. Scholls insoles that you can buy.
From the pictures I've seen online, Ski footbeds look very similar. I'm not really trying to treat any sort of condition, I just noticed that ski footbeds seem to be made with a similar scanner and I thought maybe I could cheap out by using these.
I just tried putting them in my boots, though, and it's hard enough that I don't think constantly swapping them back and forth will be worth it.