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Old 12-20-2009, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's up guys? I've been riding on and off for the last 7 years. I do mostly freeriding with some occasional trips to the park. I have a pair of Burton Drivers that I bought back at the end of season in 2003. I am riding a Burton Balance 57.5 with Burton Mission bindings. I am flat footed and I get severe foot cramping and general foot pain when I ride. I don't remember if I had pain the first time I used them but I did have pain every time afterwards. I can count on one hand how many times I used these boots. My friend has the same foot problems as me. He bought a pair of K2 T1's and he loves them. So I was thinking about going that route. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-21-2009, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where specifically is the foot pain?

I too am flat footed (all my shoes at home have arch supports in them), but I wouldnt buy those boot because a friend suggested them, only buy them if they fit correctly. Seems if you've ridden them more than a few times they shouldve molded to you feet by now, but getting them heat molded too is an option. We all have different shaped feet, irregardless if you're flat footed or not, so proper fit should take care of the foot pain. You might try superfeet foot beds too.
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I'm flatfooted also and love my Vans Cirro boots. But I have kind of a wide foot also....

I would recommend trying out the following brands. And don't forget, you can't pick a boot, the boot picks you. I know it sounds stupid, but it's true.

Vans
Nike
New Balance
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Ride

Some people like DC boots if they have a narrow foot and Salomons also.... Supposedly Rome also makes a good boot but I don't know personally.

In the end you have to try on a bunch of boots and see what feels best. Nobody can tell you exactly what boot to get.

Oh and spare no expense on boots. They're the most important item in your arsenal. That doesn't mean you HAVE to spend $400 on boots though.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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BurtonX8 - my foot pain is across the bottom of my feet and also a small spot of the outside of my feet.

Thanks for the info from both of you!
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I too have flat feet. When I say flat feet I mean there is no arch whatsoever on my foot. If I make an imprint of my feet on the ground when my foot is wet you see the whole foot. If my shoes or boots have a high arch support, it causes more pain in my feet than one that is fairly flat. Therefore most of my shoes and my snowboard boots have a fairly flat footbed (minimal arch support). The boots that I use and find extremely comfy and can ride all day in are my Northwave legends. However like with all my snowboard boots I toss out the supplied footbed and change it with a comfy gell one that I like.
My last pair of boots were a burton something.. cant remember the model but I found those extremely uncomfortable. I had foot aches and pains from the arch support that I would only be able to ride about half the day before my feet hurt. When I say my feet hurt I mean I cant bend my toes because since I pretty much have no arch on my foot it felt like my toes were stretching the base of my foot which were really tight. With the boots I have now I can ride all day with them and have no foot pains.
By as everyone before me has said, go to a store and try every pair of boots you can to find one that fits your foot best. Northwaves work for me, you might find that you have lots of heel lift in them. Take your time and find the right one for you.
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I also recommend trying superfeet. the shops around here let you try them on in your boot and you can also check if there is a superfeet center around you and they'd give you a lot of assistance.
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Yeah superfeet insoles sound like a good test at this point, they are a little pricey but could help alot.

Edit: is that you stunting on the beach?

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thanks for the suggestions guys.

and BurtonX8, yes sir that is me. we were filming a session on the beach in daytona florida during bike week last year. we shot the session with a HD video camera at sun rise. we wrapped some some pretty tight shots. the whole clip is on our high def video if you would like to see it.
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Got flat feet too. I have some burton ruler boots. Early last year I swapped out the insole in the boot liner with some superfeet insoles. Then I got some real orthodics for my shoes. I swapped the superfeet with the custom made orthodics and now its pretty comfy in there. I can ride 3 days in a row with no pain in my feet.

Custom made ones are expensive so when you get fitted for a pair I suggest you buy two.
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Got flat feet too. I have some burton ruler boots. Early last year I swapped out the insole in the boot liner with some superfeet insoles. Then I got some real orthodics for my shoes. I swapped the superfeet with the custom made orthodics and now its pretty comfy in there. I can ride 3 days in a row with no pain in my feet.

Custom made ones are expensive so when you get fitted for a pair I suggest you buy two.
Running the same boots here, good idea suggesting the custom insoles for him.

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and BurtonX8, yes sir that is me. we were filming a session on the beach in daytona florida during bike week last year. we shot the session with a HD video camera at sun rise. we wrapped some some pretty tight shots. the whole clip is on our high def video if you would like to see it.
Awesome, I just started riding last spring, looking at a bigger bike next spring. Gixxer or CBR 6 I hope. I'm lucky enough to live near Akron and shared the roads years ago (in a car) watching the Starboyz (FTP) ride.
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