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There’s nothing better than the feeling of comfortable ski boots… and with modern boot technology your ski boots don’t need to be the first thing you want to take off at the end of the day! Boots are central to your skiing experience, both in regard to the ability to turn your skis and your day long comfort. Whether it's the ski boot sizing or the actual fitting, it is important to get it right when purchasing custom boots.  

All movements in your skiing start with the closest link to the snow, your feet, illustrating why your ski boots are one of the most important elements to enjoying your skiing. Your ski boots perform very much like the suspension in your car, sucking up the bumps and helping you turn. Skiing in the correct boots for your ability level, foot shape and physique will make the biggest difference to your skiing comfort and your overall enjoyment.

All ski boot brands now include some form of heat mouldable customisation in their boots, including the inner liner and in some cases the plastic shell. The heat mouldable boot plastics contour to the individual lumps and bumps of your unique foot shape, whether you’ve got bunions, a high instep, ‘strong’ calves or the complete opposite and can’t get adequate hold around your foot there’s now no reason not to have a good fitting ski boot.

When you invest in your next pair of ski boots, make sure you get the correct advice from a specialist ski shop with a reputation for boot fitting expertise. The following 7-point checklist is a must in every professional boot-fitting:

  1. Great communication between you and the boot fitter is paramount – a knowledgeable boot fitter will help and guide you to choosing the appropriate boot.
  2. Your boot fitter will take the time to analyse your individual feet – they’ll measure the length and width of your foot and take in to consideration the overall shape and movement of your foot and leg.
  3. The correct fit of your ski boots is crucial – you need a combination of comfort and control.
  4. Custom moulded footbeds – giving you added support under your foot for increased comfort, control and warmth.
  5. The style of ski boot should match your ability and skiing aspirations - the correct flex will help you stay in balance on your skis and keep you progressing and having fun.
  6. Having a good range of boots to choose from – A shop with a good range of boots means the boot fitter can recommend an appropriate model for your foot shape, skiing ability and style of skiing.
  7. Don’t be hung up on appearance or models - every foot is different so it is important to be open-minded and let your foot choose the boot!

A good fitting ski boot means increased comfort, better edge grip, smoother turns, better posture on your skis, more performance and less aching legs!

If you’re keen on your skiing and want to get the most enjoyment from your trips, never compromise on the comfort, fit and performance of your ski boots!

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