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 Poster: A snowHead
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I am trying to buy some new ski boots but am having problems. I have fallen arches and require insoles to raise my arches. Once these are fitted and my foot is raised when I put on boots they are too tight across the top of my foot. If I go up a size or have a wider foot box this problem is solved but then the foot box is too wide. Has anyone else had this issue?
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@IainMcT, the best thing to do is to go see a specialist bootfitter. Depending on where you are in the country, someone will be able to recommend one within a reasonable driving distance
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A friend of mine went to Profeet in Fulham, London and was really pleased with the service he got. I think seeing a specialist is the best bet as having boots that fit properly makes all the difference in the world.
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Were your insoles made for skiing? Sounds like they might be built too high for street shoes and you'll need another pair making.
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What @Oleski, says, the lads at Rivington Alpine are great if you are anywhere near the NW
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Go and see a specialist bootfitter. There are a number of boots that offer extra deck height and an experienced fitted will pick those first. There are also a number of "low profile" footbeds available for someone with your issue and a lot of boots have a grind-able baseboard where a good fitter will be able to drop you away from the problem area on the top of your foot.
The good thing about an experienced fitter is that they've seen this many many times, overcoming issues like this is where they come into their own.
Product Knowledge + good stock levels + experience + patience = a happy customer.
Colin at Solutions For Feet, Graham at Rivington Alpine are probably the most recommended if either are within striking distance for you. I'm sure other recommendations will be made.....
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Agreeing with all of the above advice - a specialist boot fitter will also know which boot shells currently suit your foot shape - they are not all the same shape.

I lusted after some Scarpa boots a few years ago and the fitter just grinned and let me fail to force my foot into the bare shell before selecting some which instead fitted me really well. It's a small premium to pay (amortised over the lifetime of the boots) considering the huge difference that a correctly fitted boot has upon your skiing.
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@IainMcT, definitely go and see a proper fitter. I got some new boots the other day at solutions4feet, and I was highly impressed. I cannot wait to give them a run out (next week in a fridge probably).
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I have all sorts of issues - went to profeet and they were amazing
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I have all sorts of issues, very narrow heels, narrow calves and uneven muscle development due to an injury. I'm a very early intermediate and didn't really know what I was looking for - went to Profeet and they were amazing. The boots have been to Hemel a few times but they're hoping for run out a bit further afield soon!
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Markymark29 wrote:
What @Oleski, says, the lads at Rivington Alpine are great if you are anywhere near the NW

Seconded
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Go and see Colin Martin at Solutions 4 Feet in Bicester if you can reach there. He will sort and fit the right boots for you. Normal feet can be hard enough to fit but problem feet like yours definitely need an expert.
I drove over two hours each way to get fitted there earlier this week. It would still have been worth it if it had been four hours each way.
If you live up North, do a search on here for ‘Colin Martin’. You will come across a thread from him that recommends a top boot fitter in the north.
P.S. remember that newly fitted boots will feel very tight still until you have skied on them for a few days.
Hope this helps.
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I have a very similar problem. I have very high arches, also requiring insoles, and I've had to have the area over my arches to be blown out (shell heated and then expanded). Otherwise blood vessels in the top of my feet are closed and I lose feeling in my toes after about 5 minutes, followed 5 minutes later with agonising pain.
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You know it makes sense.
Well thank you for all the advice. After a very disappointing visit to Lockwoods in Leamington Spa (hence my post) I visited Solutions 4 Feet today in Bicester. Instead of trying on several pairs of boots I tried on one. I left with a pair of boots and insoles and total confidence that I have been sold the most suitable boot for my feet and skiing. I’m booked into Milton Keynes for a few hours for a play but have been so impressed with the service and professionalism.
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Same problem ....
For a DIY approach ... I sanded down the bottoms of my custom insoles as much as I dared to get them thinner but maitain the mold shape.
It took some time and effort but it worked a treat for me.
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The problem I have is that my feet are quite wide, but not exceptionally. I have fallen arches. But the heel to heel measurement over the top of my foot where it meets my leg is quite large. Instead of standing on insoles with fallen arches I had them fitted whilst I was sitting without any weight on my feet. The other issue was finding a boot with a high enough foot box but not massively wide. By going to Solutions 4 Feet I’ve ended up trying on one pair of boots with the correct shaped foot box. I’ve got insoles the raise my fallen arches and a boot with a much higher flex to suit my skiing. I cannot recommend them more highly.
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Which boots did you get in the end,if you don't mind me asking?
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The Diabello Panterra 120 GW MS.
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