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Buying Boots in Val Thorens

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
My mate needs some new boots.
He's thinking of waiting until we are out in Val Thorens to get them so that any tweeks necessary can be done after some days skiing.
Can anyone recommend a boot fitter there and does anyone know where we can see prices beforehand as a comparison please?
Thanks
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Anyone?
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Yup...ski down the road to the Les Bruyeres area in Les Menuires. Armando (or "Lurch" as I nickname him-I challenge you not think of Lurch from the Addams Family smile as you open the door and you find him there in his white coat) is excellent, and really knows about feet as he is a orthopaedic podiatist who sells boots. I bought a pair there about 6 years ago and friends and family have also done so. I went from pain to no pain, and these days I do my boots up in the morning and forget about my feet all day! (Have changed boots, but same brand, and same footbed and heel lifts he made for me).

His shop is a little hard to find (I assume he hasn't moved). As you come down the blue Boyes piste from above, stay right on the last straight before the bottom. There is a restaurant, the name of which escapes me (sorry not been there for about 3 years!) facing the slope with a terrace in front of it. (This is above the right turn that takes you to the Doron Chair).
The last time I was there, there was netting just below the restaurant and a path that led to the back of the adjacent apartment building and his shop. A small sign-a sort of yellow disc with a black outlined yellow 3 toed feet was stuck in the snow, and that's about the only thing to guide you round the corner.

His prices may not be the cheapest, but he really really knows what he is doing. His english is fine.

Make sure you book an appointment though, it's not like popping into a mainstream ski shop. He will do you the basic fitting, send you off and tell you to come back after a couple of days for adjustments (and any day after that if they are still not right!).

Orthopedist Au pied des Pistes - Armando
Bât, Soldanelles
Reberty 1850
73440 Les Menuires Telephone : +33(0) 4 79 07 30 87 Very Happy
Sarah
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