Should I put footbeds in my ski and snow boots?
SHORT ANSWER: YES. Almost everyone can benefit from putting footbeds (also called insoles, inserts or orthotics, depending where you shop) in their boots.
A quality supportive footbed really is the foundation of a good fit in a boot, shoe or sneaker. As a hiker, biker, skier or boarder, you deserve the very best fit from your new covering. The footbed should always be an integral part of the fitting process for any foot covering as you evaluate your purchase.
Every good boot fitting should start with an assessment. The assessment process conducted by your fitter is critical in establishing important concerns regarding the shape, flexibility and adaptability of your foot and structure. Issues to evaluate include:
- How much does your foot length change between you being seated and standing up?
- How about when you apply weight as you flex?
- How far can you foot flex up in sitting and outstretched positions?
- Do your legs bow out?
- Do your legs curl in?
- Does your arch collapse when you are sitting or standing?
These questions, along with other observations, should guide the fitter towards the right level of support for you within your shoe covering.
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Here at Ski Center Ltd, we are specialists in boot fitting and evaluating footbeds as part of the process of ensuring your ski and board experience is one that is comfortable and fun. We have taken the time to train our staff on proper foot evaluation and footbed evaluation to create a custom footbed when your situation warrants the extra comfort a custom insert can provide.
Brian Beaumont – A certified podiatrist, experienced skier and exceptional evaluator of even the most complicated foot issues having over 35 years of experience.
Bill Curley – A certified podiatrist, experienced skier and exceptional evaluator of even the most complicated foot issues having over 35 years of experience.
Greg Holden – Recently receiving a certification as master boot fitter by Masterfit University, Greg’s knowledge of foot issues and boot technology is well suited to help our customers find the best fit possible.
James Kerich – Recently receiving a certification as master boot fitter by Masterfit University, James knowledge of foot issues and boot technology is well suited to help our customers find the best fit possible.
Peter Sisler – Peter has the skills and depth of knowledge that rival our certified staff as his years of experience with boot fitting allows Peter to help staff maximize comfort.