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Boots for flat feet, low instep
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Perhaps you can help ....

I evidently have a very low instep, flat and narrow feet. I'm looking
for a not-quite racing boot - I'm a former high school and college
racer and have been skiing my whole life - I consider myself an expert
skier, but I'm getting older and want a little more comfort that I have
in my Tecnica TNS boots that I've had for about 15-20 years or so.

I've been to a couple of boot fitters (MasterFit U folks and others)
and tried on a number of stock models to get started with
modifications. The boot that was the most comfortable was the Salomon
Falcon 10 - well regarded by the magazines, and I skied the old Salomon
rear entry boots before my Tecnica's. The best thing about the old
Salomons was the cable system that could lock your heel in. They were
really uncomfortable, but nothing fit me better at the time.

At this point, I've been professionally fit (in a 27.5), and skied
about 5 days in the new boots. Seems like they are too large already -
my ski tips can shake several inches without any pressure applied to
the boot unless I crank them down and cut off my circulation. Then I
have the control I want, but I'm pretty uncomfortable. Back to square
one ...

Questions:
1. Should I get the same boot, smaller size? I tried on a 26.5 in the
past and my toes were initially crunched at the end. That said, in the
27.5, my toes barely touch the ends when standing, and come away with
plenty of room when in a turn.

2. Should I get a wider boot and crank them down more? I've noticed
that cranking down the Falcon make the boot narrower, as well as
decreasing some of the room over the instep. That can hurt. Should I go
wider (100mm last instead of 98mm) and be a little more comfortable
when tightening?

3. Should I just add padding? Tongue pads, insoles under the custom
inner sole can take up some room.

Any help/advice appreciated!

Buckaroo

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Messages In This Thread
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by Buckaroo - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by JQ - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by Buckaroo - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by JQ - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by Buckaroo - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by lal_truckee - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
Boots for flat feet, low instep - by Suzieflame - 01-24-2008, 01:23 PM

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