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A: When your boots fit well (and don't hurt), you feel secure and balanced, as if you can fly. When you start taking them for granted, you know…

A: When your boots fit well (and don’t hurt), you feel secure and balanced, as if you can fly. When you start taking them for granted, you know you’ve finally got them right.

B: If you know your edges are going to hold, you can become more dynamic, allowing your feet to flow out from under you for even more edge.

B: If you know your edges are going to hold, you can become more dynamic, allowing your feet to flow out from under you for even more edge.

C: The feeling of control is empowering. When you issue a request to the skis through your feet, they respond immediately. What's more, the skis talk…

C: The feeling of control is empowering. When you issue a request to the skis through your feet, they respond immediately. What’s more, the skis talk back, letting you know exactly what’s going on between them and the snow. Great boots may be tight, but they set you free.

D:What you see here is the rule more than the exception. Because this skier bought boots that are too big (or have packed out with use), he's trying…

D:What you see here is the rule more than the exception. Because this skier bought boots that are too big (or have packed out with use), he’s trying to buckle his boots on the tightest possible setting to gain control and feel. Boots that fit well are normally buckled on the first or second notch.

Left: Made for you in a ski shop and inserted in your new boots, custom footbeds give you better feel, more control, and correct a multitude of sins…

Left: Made for you in a ski shop and inserted in your new boots, custom footbeds give you better feel, more control, and correct a multitude of sins in imperfect feet. When Mike removes his footbed, his ski rides on its inside edge.
Right: When Mike reinserts the footbed, his stance is corrected, and his ski lies flat on the snow. He can move easily to either edge. And that’s only part of what a footbed can do. A custom footbed comforts high arches, relieves flat feet and lets your foot lie relaxed in the boot.