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Old 12-10-2009, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need some boot advice - problem

So I bought some boots last year, they are some Vans Encore, I tried them out at the store, size 8 (same as my regular shoe size) guy was like I should have space (I figured out that he was totally wrong after I got my boots), and then I bought the previous seasons Vans Encore for 50% off online (2nd mistake). So it's my second season in, and I'm figuring out that these boots are really soft and loose on the inside. I have replaced the insole with some Sof Sole Graphite (for flat feet, I have flat feet), which I had used them for some time in my athletic shoes (potentially 3rd mistake). So my boots are broken in, and I don't feel that I am improving because I'm having trouble transitioning my turns on the steeper stuff. It seems like there's too much give in the boot before I can make the turn, and it's tiring out my feet and legs.

So I'm not sure if it's the insoles because they've been used on other shoes. But I am thinking of maybe replacing the soles with some Super Feet. Should I do this? Redhot, Blue, or Black? I think I emailed superfeet about it a year ago, and I think one of their rep told me Redhot cause it's for snowboarding.

Or should I change boots completely? I spent like $100 on it, and don't want to dump it and spend another $200 on boots early into the season.

3rd side question about boots in general. Does the tech, stiffness, and price of the boots matter? I know the Vans Encore is the cheapest of the Vans line, and is also one of the softest. I notice when I crank down on the Boa, it tightens hard around the ankles.

EDIT: Does against buying boots online still apply after you have tried on with the same size at the shop?

Last edited by gamer539; 12-10-2009 at 03:01 AM.
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