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Flat foot ski boots.

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Sometimes life just isn't fair :(

 

I'm usually in a bunch of pain when I walk and even more when I ski. I was born without arches in my feet. I have a bunch of extra bones in my feet, as well as an achilles tendon that doesn't stretch properly, arthritas and foot problems/ pain up the whazoo. I've had reconstructive surgery which hasn't helped much and am far beyond being able to be helped by custom made foot beds and orthodics.

 

I have a size 4E wide. I don't just need a wide toe box, I need the whole boot to be wide. My feet are thicker top to bottom than most feet. I also pronate inwards with every step.

 

I'm in need of a new pair of ski boots. Currently I have a pair of black Soloman's that have been heated up and stretched to accomidate my flat foot. They aren't too comfortable for me, but have been better than anything else I've tried.

 

I'm looking for a boot that has ZERO arch support and a lot of ankle support. I also need it to be wide and roomy from top to bottom to fit my horrible feet. I could care less about performance as I just want something that fits. I'm tired of being in extra pain when I'm on my skis.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations on what kind of boots I should look for? Does any company make a boot with zero arch support? Are there any ski boots which are soft and roomy like snowboard boots? Are there any ski bindings that I could retrofit snowboard boots on?

 

Are there any companies that make custom ski boots built to spec? I'd appreciate some help if anyone could chime in. I love skiing, I just hate being in pain :(

post #2 of 12

you are best to look for a good boot fitter (not a boot) as ANY boot will need a lot of work for you.  If the fitter is good, they will have a OK starting point, but the ability to do LOTS of work to take that starting point to where you need it.

 

what area are you in?  we can point you in the right direction.

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

you are best to look for a good boot fitter (not a boot) as ANY boot will need a lot of work for you.  If the fitter is good, they will have a OK starting point, but the ability to do LOTS of work to take that starting point to where you need it.

 

what area are you in?  we can point you in the right direction.



I'm in Connecticut. Any good boot fitters in New England?

post #4 of 12

You might want to consider Dale Boots, custom made to fit your feet.  They're located in Utah but I understand they can send you something so you can take a mold of your feet.

post #5 of 12

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/boot-fitters-on-epicski

 

or post this 2nd question in the "ask the boot guys" area

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/boot-fitters-on-epicski

 

or post this 2nd question in the "ask the boot guys" area



just started a new thread in the boot area. Thanks for the heads up :)

post #7 of 12

I am not a fitter but have a foot somewhat similar to yours as it is as flat as anything you've ever seen and is what fitters call a "combination last" (wide to wide ish forefoot with narrow ankle/heel area). I've been skiing for 40 years and unfortunately have gained much boot knowledge along the way trying to get a decent fit. I am finally very happy in a three year old pair of Salomon Falcon Race boots with foam liners which are very similar to Salomon's current "CS" series (custom shell).  The CS boots have panels of material on either side of the forefoot which when heated by the fitter stretch (I believe adding up to about 6 mm of forefoot width).  The race/higher level boots in the series have a low instep as well. These are easily softened by notching the shell if the forward flex is not to your liking but its a way to get you the low instep and wide forefoot you need in an off the shelf setup.  You will obviously need a foot bed posted for your pronation but this might be a good place to start.  I feel your pain; good luck. 

post #8 of 12

Here's another source for good boot fitters: http://www.bootfitters.com/oldsite/FIND_SHOP.htm

 

I've worked with a few of these guys over the years, both for fitting of new boots and tweaks and been quite pleased.

post #9 of 12

He's not in New England but I would highly recommend you see Billy Kaplan in Feasterville, PA. He's a pedorthist and does the most thorough analysis of the foot that I've ever seen, along with alignment. Has some really cool equipment and jigs. I think his info is in the list of master bootfitters here. He doesn't sell boots either so he might be able to recommend a boot for you based on his experience and your foot.

post #10 of 12

Find a good boot fitter, there are a few boots that may work for you. Just understand it takes on going work to make a boot, nothing off the shelf will fit with out work. Greg at Heino's in NJ does this kind of fitting.

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Drive up I-91 to Stratton and see the guys at Green Mountain Orthotics Lab.  Google them...best to make an appointment.

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I'm in Connecticut. Any good boot fitters in New England?

post #12 of 12

Another boot to give a good look at is Strolz.  Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester does 'em right, and they come in various bottom and cuff combinations.

 

Flat feet? My right foot "suctions" to any wet, smooth surface, i.e. bathroom floor, with an audible "thuk!" each time I lift it for a step.  You need a custom footbed for that, - not one off the shelf.

 

 

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