Ski Boot Buying Guide
Ski boot fitting is something we take very seriously at Gnomes. It requires a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to see you right. There are serveral factors to consider when fitting boots including but not limited to: foot shape, foot profile, size, ability, age, biomechanics, goals and previous issues. It is always recommended you visit us instore for a full custom ski boot fit.
Below is an example of our fit profile, every boot fits differently and every foot is a different shape. This guide helps determine which boot may suit your foot shape/profile. To guarantee the perfect fit please contact one of our technicians for advice.
- Heel – Narrow, Medium, wide
- Forefoot – Narrow, Medium, Wide
- Instep – Low, Medium, High
Using the latest technology, we take a scan of the foot on a pressure mapping system showing us images that can’t be seen by the naked eye like weight distribution and anatomical structure of the feet. This can help us identify the areas you need support. Gnomes experienced technicians evaluate your stance, posture and bio-mechanical makeup identifying your foot shape, flexibility, previous sporting injuries and any problem areas that may occur within a ski boot.
We mould the custom footbed directly to the contours of the feet while you wait. The feet are the foundations of the entire body, therefore we must support them correctly, otherwise major problems will occur. Pronation and supination are normal bio-mechanical motions that the foot must do to perform correctly, when either of these motions becomes excessive they can cause foot fatigue, knee, hip and back pain, a Gnomes custom footbeds will prevent this from happening. All foot types including neutral feet benefit from custom footbeds by improving comfort, performance and weight distribution while aligning the lower leg they decrease fatigue, impact and shock.
At Gnomes we have a large range of different fitting ski boots to accommodate all foot types, and abilities. After your foot analysis your technician will choose a selection of a maximum 3 ski boots that are correct for your foot shape, ability, fitness level and future goals. Together you and your technician will the find the best fit. Once the final boot has been selected you will add in your custom made footbeds and completed the following if needed:
We may need to carry out some strentching to the plastic shell of the ski boot to accommodate the foot using our ski boot press this is a simple process and makes for a fully custom shell offering maximum comfort.
Liners can be molded and modified as needed in order to aid in initial comfort. There are also options for aftermarket liners that can have added benefits over the stock liners.
Once you have the correct ski boot for your foot shape, and custom footbeds supporting your foot in the correct way, we need to align the cuff for the correct weight distribution on your skis. Bearing in mind that some of the miss aliment happening in your lower leg can be caused from over tight or miss- balanced muscles, your technician will work through a program that helps you to improve this.