Boot doctor: What can I expect from a boot fitting appointment?

Our resident boot doctor Janine Winter on what you should expect from your next boot fitting

The level of analysis and service is going to vary greatly depending on the store and experience of the boot fitter. I would highly encourage you to spend the time and money initially with a reputable boot fitter who will put you in the correct size and shape boot for your foot and carry out any necessary custom work to prevent you getting problems.

First off, the boot fitter will ask a series of questions to help determine the type of boot that will suit your needs, such as: the level of skier you are, if you have any injuries/problems that may affect the boot fit etc. Then an extensive foot analysis will be carried out to measure length and width, check dorsiflexion (ankle flexion), instep height, leg shape and noting anything else that may affect the fit. 

Getting custom soles made at Profeet | Yolanda Carslaw
Getting custom soles made at Profeet | Yolanda Carslaw

The fitter will then be able to use his/her knowledge of shell lasts to narrow down the boot selection to two/three models which will best suit your foot. After checking your foot in the shell to ensure it is the correct size and shape, you will then need to try them on to find the one that gives a snug, even fit around the foot.

Once the best boot has been selected, the fitter will discuss options to replace the standard insole. It is highly recommended to replace this with a footbed which will even out pressure under the foot, eliminating hot spots. 

If you feel any pressure points from the boot, the fitter will now be able to carry out any adaptions by stretching or grinding the plastic so that it better matches the shape of your foot.  Most liners can also be heat moulded to help with the initial break-in period.