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Slush Puppie 11-23-2012 03:50 PM

Why get custom insoles?
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Because aftermarket insoles just don't come in the same shape as your foot!

This comes up regularly and people mostly look for the cheaper option (I did first time around).

So I thought I'd post these pics. When you see what a properly fitted custom insole looks like, hopefully it will be obvious why an aftermarket one probably doesn't get even close. Obviously my arches are fairly high but benefit is there to some degree for everyone.

BurtonAvenger 11-23-2012 07:01 PM

To bad those look like Sorefoot I mean Surefoot.

Slush Puppie 11-24-2012 02:15 AM

Too bad you're wrong! They're made by the French company Sidas (a nation obsessed by their feet).

BurtonAvenger 11-24-2012 10:17 AM

Still the Amfit system I can tell by the plastic they use. Great for hard boots or ski boots horrible for a snowboard boot they don't have enough flex and give in them.

61ragtop 11-24-2012 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger (Post 542852)
Still the Amfit system I can tell by the plastic they use. Great for hard boots or ski boots horrible for a snowboard boot they don't have enough flex and give in them.

BA in your experience what would you recommend for a snowboard boot?

BurtonAvenger 11-24-2012 11:05 AM

You need something with a softer foam and a dual density posting foam that flexes with the sole of the snowboard boot.

61ragtop 11-24-2012 11:14 AM

Any brands or models that stand out as a good choice or are they all fairly similar?

Sassicaia 11-24-2012 11:30 AM

Last year I went and got a pair of the Dr Sholls. The kind you get when you stand on that machine and do a few balance tests then it tells you which sole to get. I had them in my boots all season and they felt great.

Just and option.

61ragtop 11-24-2012 11:42 AM

Thanks for the input Sass....

Slush Puppie 11-24-2012 12:10 PM

Yeah I hear ya on the issue of being too rigid, luckily not the case here.

The rear part of these is fairly solid enough to support the arch without deforming - but the lighter material that you see the forefoot made out of is reasonably flexible, enough to allow it to flex with the foot. No problem roll onto the toes of the boot, they move fine for that, you could fold this in two if you really tried.

They feel about the right balance between support and flex. The fitting was done by standing (maybe sitting I cant remember) with feet on deformable pillows, then the insoles heated placed on the (somehow now solid) pads and feet back on top until set.

Anyway, this isn't an advert for that brand/type, I'm sure there are better systems. The point is that the it should be obvious to people with problem (or even 'normal' feet) why it's worth bothering with customs at all.

Let's look at the cost too..

Customs insoles price: 85 (and the guy added some shaped foam behind heal of the liner for free at the same time).

Total cost: 140

Why more?? Because I bought a pair of Gamechangers first. They are sat gathering dust. I paid out for them then had to get customs done anyway, they were literally a waste of money.

Not knocking Gamechangers particularly here, they will be ok for some people - just be aware of any aftermarket insoles limitations. And if you have difficult feet, don't be tight. It will cost you more in the long run.

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