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Best boot fitter in England?

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Im looking for some new boots and would like to buy in England preferably. Some adjustments will need to be made when fitting. I’m in Kent but do not mind travelling for a good fitter.


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ProFeet in Fulham.

Plenty of recommendations from snowHeads who’ve had a positive experience.

Personally, I found them exceptionally good. I had one minor issue, post purchase, that required a bit of re-fitting on one boot which they resolved upon my return from a skiing holiday. Never had an issue again and the boots have served me very well since (30-40 or so cumulative weeks of skiing, with just liner replacement).
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+1 for Profeet, 2 pairs of excellently fitted boots in 12 years, one tweaked free of charge a couple of years later to accommodate an injury
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i'm in danger of loosing the £1 bet i had with myself!
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@hobbiteater, I'll help you out!! Laughing

Colin at Solutions4feet in Bicester
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Do the boot shops in England have as much variety of boots in stock compared to in resort? Also how much does the price differ from in resort to the above recommendations
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Perhaps a little closer to home for you, Captain's Cabin in Sevenoaks have a boot fitting service. They seem to know their stuff and have a good selection.
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Myself and the OH both use profeet. I've had a few adjustments since buying the boots from them (my feet changed slightly), this was using their fit guarantee - very good service.
My other half has really low and wide calves which caused her so many problems, they sorted the problem out quickly and efficiently.
Zero complaints.

As for the best, maybe there needs to be some kind of battle?
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If you're up for a little adventure, traveling for a good fitter sounds like a solid plan.
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No idea if he's the best, but I went to Colin at Solutions4Feet and have been happy with my boots for many years. Still going strong.

Jnr went to Ski Racing Supplies in Sheffield and was suitably impressed.
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At pro feet do you ask for a specific fitter? And how does the pricing work, do you pay for the boots and then a fitting fee?
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Joehdhchdhd wrote:
Do the boot shops in England have as much variety of boots in stock compared to in resort? Also how much does the price differ from in resort to the above recommendations

Their stock will depend on the time of year. For that reason Sept/Oct is best as they will have full stock. By March/April will be hitting a low. It would not differ to a resort.

However, a good fitter will not give you an unsuitable boot just because they don't have something suitable in stock. And clearly they won't do much business late season if they have very little.

However, a good fitter will have a fairly full appointment list so temper your expectations on that front.

Price wise - don't think it would differ greatly. In general, you take a punt on an off the shelf boot and think you are saving a lot of money. But it will be a punt. Going to a good boot fitter will not be cheap because they will charge for the process and they will charge for a custom footbed. But they will do modifications for free, should there be an issue when you actually use them. And it's almost guaranteed you will have trouble free boots. If you spread the cost over the 20 weeks or more you use them it softens the blow. My wife and son got some new recently and it was ~£700. As it happens my wife is going to the fitter today to resolve some issues she had.
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Joehdhchdhd wrote:
At pro feet do you ask for a specific fitter? And how does the pricing work, do you pay for the boots and then a fitting fee?

See answer just given. You pay for boot + footbed + fitting.
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Solutions 4 feet in Bicester If you can get an appointment

www.solutions4feet.co.uk
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boredsurfin wrote:
Solutions 4 feet in Bicester If you can get an appointment

www.solutions4feet.co.uk



currently first week of march (then i am away for 10 days from the 7th ) snowHead
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@CEM, Are you off doing Boot/Ski tests again?
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Solutions 4 Feet in Bicester. My OH and I both bought new boots from there and have just skied 12 days in them. Absolutely no problems with them at all. Very satisfied.
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Is stretching or any other invasive amendments included in the fitting fee or is that extra normally?
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boredsurfin wrote:
@CEM, Are you off doing Boot/Ski tests again?
nope just having a break this time
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@CEM, Good for you! I bet you could do with it.
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Joehdhchdhd wrote:
Is stretching or any other invasive amendments included in the fitting fee or is that extra normally?


In my case, ProFeet had to slightly “blow” one of the boots and shave a bit off an insole. All included in the original price. As mentioned before, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough - they also appeared to have a wide range of boot options.

At the time, I was seeking replacement boots from my first pair that would cater to my then skiing level but that would also have scope for anticipated/hoped for improvement. At the time, I would have classed myself as an early intermediate.
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Joehdhchdhd wrote:
Is stretching or any other invasive amendments included in the fitting fee or is that extra normally?

Included
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+2 for Colin at S4F in Bicester when I was Alpining. With Telemark there are only 3 boot suppliers and I found that Scott Voodoo NTN were perfect out of the box. Or my skiing had improved Puzzled
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In 1st place (IMO) Solutions4Feet. Colin.
2nd place for Profeet.

In 99th place most ski shops in the mountains.

Specialists...well the name says it really...they specialize in boot fitting, they are not doubling up on jackets, skis, shoes, toboggan etc

I'm a great believer in the old adage:
Buy cheap, buy twice.
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rungsp wrote:
In 1st place (IMO) Solutions4Feet. Colin.
2nd place for Profeet.

In 99th place most ski shops in the mountains.

Specialists...well the name says it really...they specialize in boot fitting, they are not doubling up on jackets, skis, shoes, toboggan etc

I'm a great believer in the old adage:
Buy cheap, buy twice.

Plenty of specialists in the mountains, you've just got to find them. Generally at least one shop per town will have an excellent boot fitter - find who the racers see.


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rungsp wrote:
In 99th place most ski shops in the mountains.


And behind them Snow and Rock/ Ellis Brigham.
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@Joehdhchdhd, where you going skiing?
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I’m in courchevel currently and had my boots adjusted but hasn’t rectified. Looking to go again in March so would like some new ones before then
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@rungsp, while I think [b]most[/] ski shops in the alps are a gamble at best, yep, most busier resorts will have at least one shop that will do a decent job.

Or, one nearby enough to drive to. E.g. Concept (and I'm sure SOLE, possibly Sanglard) in Chamonix attract visitors from all over the place.
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I’m firmly in “Team S4F”. Although they’re the only proper fitters I’ve used. Ellis Brigham put me in boots that did the job at the time but were actually THREE sizes too big! (25.5 vs 22.5!!!)
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Get it done in resort, so much easier to sort any issues that only really become apparent when you've been out skiing for the day.

I didn't have a good experience buying from one of the guys mentioned above and ended up getting things sorted in resort.
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Solution 4 Feet, sorted our the three of us never had a problem, identified a problem with my daughters old boots, recognised I have narrow feet and put me in LV boots, Colin selects the boot based on your ability and foot shape.
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Just as a counterpoint to all the positivity for Profeet on this thread, I got my first boots there with custom liners and long story short they were a full size too big for me. I ended up flogging them on ebay. On the other hand my wife got boots at the same time in Profeet but with a different fitter and she loves them and has been skiing in them for years now. So I'd advise getting a recommendation for a specific fitter rather than a particular shop (and it's hard to see past Colin at Solutions 4 Feet given the universal praise on this forum).
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I’ve seen pro feet have a ‘master fit’ option. They have a choice of 2 senior technicians that do this fitting, obviously for an increased price. Sam is one of them, has anyone been fitted by him at pro feet before?
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@EricTheRed, you might wonder why some people recommend Profeet and not S4F...some have tried both
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@Joehdhchdhd, As you are in Courchevel you could pop into The Boot Lab in Meribel, they are really good but this time of year may be busy..
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Joehdhchdhd wrote:
Im looking for some new boots and would like to buy in England preferably. I have wide feet but skinny ankles so some adjustments will need to be made when fitting. I’m in Kent but do not mind travelling for a good fitter.


Captains Cabin in Sevenoaks is your answer. Not only local to you, but the guys and girls there are excellent. Both me and my OH have had our boots fitted there (and I have really awkward feet) and on our recommendation 4 of our skiing friends have as well. All very, very happy. They will also adjust your boots free of charge if after fitting you need a few further tweaks.
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I did go there to try and sort out my current boots and was told I ideally need new ones, but they couldn’t book me in that day. And now I’ve just landed at gloomy Gatwick
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@Fridge03, I was looking for a more specialist place as I want to buy the best ones for me. But, I may have a look as you’re the second suggestion now for them.
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All the Captains Cabin fitters have done the MasterFit training in Kitzbuhel for what it's worth - the same as Profeet
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