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Old 01-31-2011, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Most comfortable boot brand?

This thread may help identify foot types that work well with particular brands of boots. Let me break it down in more detail so you all can answer more accurately.

Please list your arch type and foot width type. We can operate under the assumption that everyone can find a length that fits them. So list your stats and tell us the boot brand you've had good luck with, and if you've added insoles and what stiffness boot your prefer.

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3 arch types: flat arch, normal arch, high arch
3 foot widths: narrow, normal, wide

I'll go first.

I like to ride everything. Normally stay away from pipe though. My foot has a flat arch and is in between narrow and normal width. I've ridden Vans boots, Burton Boots, and Thirty Two. I like medium stiff boots. I've had the most luck with thirty Two in terms of comfortableness. I currently rock the ultra-lights. I have heat molded them and use a-line insoles. I still think my feet could be more comfortable though.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't love the fit of 32's myself actually, they have great tech and wicked designs but i've just never liked the way they fit me. my favorite boot brand is K2. i've got a pair of darko's heat molded with ultra cushy burton socks and it's like putting my feet into a bowl of marshmellows.

and my feet have normal arch and slightly narrower width.
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Like you said this is way to subjective...But here I go
Not sure about my arches, normal or high maybe?
Feet are wide (EE)
I have found Nothwaves to be the most comfortable, I don't use insoles although I think they would help since they work so well on my work boots. I have tried 32's, the 307's which were a stiff top of the line boot and they hurt my feet like crazy after a few runs to the point of me having to take a break and untie them for some relief.
I have the decades now, they are very stiff.
I ride evrything mostly freeride in the trees, some pipe, and very little park.
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i don't love the fit of 32's myself actually, they have great tech and wicked designs but i've just never liked the way they fit me. my favorite boot brand is K2. i've got a pair of darko's heat molded with ultra cushy burton socks and it's like putting my feet into a bowl of marshmellows.

and my feet have normal arch and slightly narrower width.
I was actually thinking about trying out some k2 boots. I would like to try some Ride boots as well.

You know what sucks though? Since all these companies ultimately design boots for their own bindings, it's kind of a pita to figure out which boots match up with which bindings. Some boots are being made narrower now, while some binding manufacturers still have a wide-ish base.
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<3 Northwave. I've got practically no arch and medium, maybe slightly wide feet. The only problem is that they're not exactly low profile boots, but I don't have big feet so it doesn't matter. I'm sure any kind of boot that has a moldable liner is also super comfy.
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Since all these companies ultimately design boots for their own bindings...
Not all boot companies make bindings. You could look for a pair from one of them of a company that makes both...
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Not all boot companies make bindings. You could look for a pair from one of them of a company that makes both...
I realize this. I was exaggerating. Ride, K2, Burton, Solomon, Rome, etc. A lot of companies make boots to fit their own bindings best. That's all I meant.
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Any experts that could recommend a boot for a size 11, mid arches, big calfs, and over 2 bills
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I've only ridden one pair of DC boas, and just bought a pair of 2009 Burton freestyles for super cheap ($45). I've ridden about 14 hours in consecutive days on the Burtons, but holy crap are they comfortable! It's like riding with my feet in huge pillows. It took a bit of riding to get use to them, they aren't as responsive as the DC boots, but I love them so far.
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Like you said this is way to subjective...But here I go
Not sure about my arches, normal or high maybe?
Feet are wide (EE)
I have found Nothwaves to be the most comfortable, I don't use insoles although I think they would help since they work so well on my work boots. I have tried 32's, the 307's which were a stiff top of the line boot and they hurt my feet like crazy after a few runs to the point of me having to take a break and untie them for some relief.
I have the decades now, they are very stiff.
I ride evrything mostly freeride in the trees, some pipe, and very little park.
This idea is that if you post your foot stats, and mention that a boot is really comfortable, it's safe(r) to assume that "A/B/C" foot dimensions work well with/or work poorly with "Brand X" boots. From there people might get a good idea of what to try out first.

I wish more people participated in this thread, because it could actually be very useful. I've never seen a thread asking people's foot dimensions and what boots are comfy/un-comfy.
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