yep, you unsnap from back and then slide forward. if there are not mounted on the board then look at the bottom you can kind of see the clips that hold them in. i kind of squeezed and pushed the first time on those clips.
and let me tell you the hinge disk works and is AWESOME!!!!!
I pull off my footpads after everytime I ride to clean all the snow out from underneath (keep hardware clean) I have 2 pairs of republics and a pair of shakas...... never had an issue with clips (except for on the old design in which the footbeds clipped on the sides and loved to pop out :/) "10/11" I believe