SKI BOOT SHELL MODIFICATION AND CUSTOMISATION
Every ski boot manufacturer designs their boots to suit the perfect foot. The funny thing is, we very rarely see that foot and given how individual each persons foot shape is, we are not expecting to see the perfect foot anytime soon.
At Footpro, our ski boot fitting process incorporates the use of specialist boot modifying tools and equipment. The fact is that a perfect blend of comfort and performance will require some level of boot modification, either minor or major. From a ski boot technician perspective this takes up time, that is why Footpro ski boot fittings are scheduled to allow for two hours.
Ski boots shells are made of plastic and are unforgiving. If discomfort is minimal we may be able to just stretch or modify the liner, but often we will have to work on the shell by stretching or grinding it, to customise the boot to match the foot shape.
WHEN DO WE NEED TO STRETCH OR GRIND A SHELL?
The main factor that results in the need for shell modification is pressure (around structural features of the foot).
– Ankle pressure, either inside or outside ankle bones
– Bunion’s around the big toe joint
– Tailor’s bunion around the outside of the foot (6th toe area)
– Mid-foot and fore-foot width issues
– Little toe compression
– Boney heel spurs and bumps
– Navicular bone pressure
– Pressure on big toe only
– Numbness in the toes and fore-foot
– Morten’s Neuroma issues
– Or, any other instance when the boot pressure is causing discomfort and upsizing to the next size is too loose.