Our Ski Boot Fitting Labs
With boot labs in the majority of our stores, we’re here to help solve your foot problems quickly and correctly with instant foot solutions such as Superfeet or custom moulded liners and foodbeds for your ski boots, snowboard boots, walking boots, and running shoes.
Here’s how it works.
Knowing your foot profile, or shape, helps you to identify which boots are more suitable so we start by assessing your feet to create a 3D foot profile. Your technician will ask you about your needs and look at the mobility and flexibility in your foot, ankle, and calf by focusing on the following three factors:
- Width; looking at how wide your foot spreads across the forefoot when standing
- Volume; the height of the instep and the arch of your foot
- Heel and Achilles; the width of the heel, the Achilles as well as the width of your ankle bone
They will then ask you about your sports and fitness, whether you have any injuries and future goals before looking at your foot gait to determine how your foot pronates, whether it supinates (rolls outward), overpronates (rolls inwards) or remains neutral.
All feet pronate or supinate to some degree to absorb shock and propel your body forwards. Usually, it’s only if your foot overpronates or oversupinates that problems occur.
It’s important we identify your gait when suggesting or making a foodbed as keeping your foot in the most neutral position possible will help with your balance, motion control, and reduce your risk of injuries.
The technician will then be able to help you select the correct technical socks for ultimate comfort and temperature control before choosing a maximum of 2 ski boots that suit your anatomical foot shape, ability, and aims.
Once you’ve found the right ski boot, your technician will advise on the right insole or footbed to further enhance comfort and performance.
If custom insoles are right for you, they are then moulded to the contours of your feet to gain a neutral position and align lower limbs. A stabilising block or tabs are added to the insole and then ground to increase stability.
Final adjustments are made to liners and shells to further increase comfort. This could be expanding the shell and adding or removing foam. Canting on ski boot cuffs is done to optimise the lower leg alignment.
Your technician may discuss with you exercises and stretches that will increase comfort and improve your skiing technique.
The boot will take a few days to get to its optimal comfort level; any problems after that return to your technician and ask them to adjust accordingly but don’t worry, this is common practice.
Bespoke footbeds are created with the SIDAS custom Moulding system.
Once your foot has been analysed by our boot fitter you will stand on soft malleable silicon pillows which take an imprint of your foot.
The footbeds, having been warmed in a specially heated oven will then be placed in the moulds your feet have made.
When you stand back in the pillows the now soft and flexible material of the footbed is ready to be shaped to perfectly replicate your foot.
Once cooled, and depending on your activity goals, a stabiliser will be placed to ensure your foot stays in the correct biomechanical position for your needs.
The entire footbed including the stabiliser is then further ground and shaped to fit into you boots or shoes.
Enjoy the very best in comfort and performance!