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Custom made flat foot boot.

post #1 of 9
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I think I posted my Original thread in the wrong section. Anyways-

 

I was born with a multitude of medical foot problems including flat feet (born without an arch) with extra bones in my feet that are twisted and fused together, arthritas, weak ankles and I have a lot of pain when I walk. My feet are a 4e width and are thicker (top to bottom) than most people's feet.  I find ski boots to make the pain even worse. Snowboard boots are a little better, but snowboarding isn't really my thing. I've had reconstructive surgery on my feet which didn't help much and I'm way beyond the point where custom made orthodics and foot beds will help me. I've tried the prescription orthodics and they have done nothing.

 

I've been using a pair of Soloman boots that are a few sizes too big and have been heated up and stretched out of proportion. I find them painful to be in, but they're better than any other boot I've tried.

 

So, I need a ski boot that is very wide that has no arch at all and is roomy enough to accomadate my extra thick feet. I would also like to find something with a lot of ankle support.

 

Since I don't believe a stock boot is made for a person like me. I need to find a bootfitter who can custom make me a boot. Is there someone in New England who could help me?

 

I'm looking into dale boots as well.

 

I'd appreciate any help I could get.

 

post #2 of 9

I agree with you.  There is an incorrect assumption in the ski community that a custom footbed is a magic bullet to cure all fit ills.  Not even close.  It may be part of the system of corrections that leads to a great fitting boot but only rarely is it the only solution.

 

I think in the U.S. you will be best helped by Dale but you could try the wiki at the top of this page for where everyone is located.

 

Lou

post #3 of 9

not going to dissagree with lou as such, but you may not need to go as far as a dale boot, an intuition or similar type liner in the correct shell could solve the problem, really a case of finding the best shell as a start and modifying it appropriately, the intuition is 9-12mm thick on the sole so can give a level of support for a completely flat foot without intrusion

post #4 of 9

OK so here is my thinking.  the footbed isn't a magic bullet but may help as Colin said.  However, I see the 4E as being difficult and Dale has a high volume boot and can do amazing things in their own shop.

 

Starting with a liner though may work and is certainly less expensive than a trip to UT.  Skiing in NE isn't nearly as good though.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

OK so here is my thinking.  the footbed isn't a magic bullet but may help as Colin said.  However, I see the 4E as being difficult and Dale has a high volume boot and can do amazing things in their own shop.

 

Starting with a liner though may work and is certainly less expensive than a trip to UT.  Skiing in NE isn't nearly as good though.

 

Lou

I contacted a Dale Boot dealer in Mass. I would have to go there and get measured and have my measurements sent to dale boot.

 

Doesn't Rossi make a soft ski boot? Would something like that work?
 

post #6 of 9

Forget soft ski boots.  If you want a highly customized boot and no one in your area can deliver with an off the shelf and their own boot fitting services go to the local Dale shop, have them take the measurements or go to SLC, visit them there and ski the boots in the canyons when they are finished.

 

Lou

post #7 of 9

soft is not wide (and they are harder to modify anyways)

post #8 of 9

You might also consider talking to the Strolz retailer / fitters / importer in New Hampshire (contact info below).  Their bootfitters have been trained in Austria at Strolz and can make a number of special modifications to the liner and shell before the custom foaming is completed.  If you are looking for more of a comfort fit, that can be accomplished by modifying the foaming process.

 

I have fit people with your situation without a footbed however molding a footbed with a low arch is also a consideration.

 

New Hampshire Strolz

http://www.strolzboots.com/ 

 

I am the Pacific Northwest retailer and fitter.

Don

Pacific Northwest Strolz

post #9 of 9

Hey Rossness,

You probably contacted us for the Daleboot (Ski Stop in Westwood Ma.) I am sure we can help. We have had great luck with Daleboots and problem feet. Hope to see you soon.

 

Thanks

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