The First Appointment
At your initial consultation, we will take numerous size and volume measurements of the lower leg, instep and forefoot, and carry out a complete athletic and bio-mechanic assessment. This is done through a series of tests which will determine your dorsiflexion and plantar flexion in the ankle joint, arch rigidity, and the degree of pronation/supination during forward flexion. We will discuss any previous issues experienced with skiing and ski boots, and any injuries or anatomical anomalies that may contribute to these problems.
We will also have a conversation about your requirements, preferences and style as a skier. What can be a perfect fit for one person may not be the right choice for someone else. This information, along with all the results of your tests and measurements, will allow us to come to a decision together about which boot model will suit you the best.
Building the Boot
Based on all the information acquired at the first appointment, the boot will be built to your necessary specifications. Metal lasts are used to shape the plastic shells and, if required, they are further morphed to comfortably fit any protrusions on the foot or ankle.
The Second Appointment
Customising the Liner
Now the clogs have been made to measure, we need to mould the liners to the shape of your feet.
To do this, we heat the liners to a malleable temperature and carefully place pads on any areas of your feet and lower legs which are sensitive to pressure, such as ankle bones and bunions. We will then get you into the boots and as the liners cool they will maintain this form to give an unrivalled fit and feel. We have five different liners in each size to accommodate every size, shape and performance preference.
We will adjust the soles on your boots to the correct degree which aligns your knees directly above the midline of the boots and creates a flat ski underfoot. This puts your knees in a much stronger and safer position, and also eliminates a weaker turn. A weaker/stronger turn is often mistakenly attributed to a dominant/stronger leg, however in most cases it is caused by your stance (bowlegged, knock kneed, windswept or neutral) and the angle that this positions your ski in relation to the snow.
The boots are now complete! You will be able to leave the second appointment with your finished product.