Today’s reader question:
What are your recommendations for aftermarket footbeds? I’m thinking about getting a pair when I buy new boots this season, are there any particular brands I should check out?
Firstly, great decision, aftermarket footbeds are easily worth the money for anyone who snowboards more than a few days a year (heck – I’d still buy them if I only snowboarded a few days a year).
As far as brands go, I can give a few options to check out, but keep in mind that every foot is different so what may work great for most people, may not be right for your foot, and this applies to aftermarket footbeds too.
Entry level footbeds
I’ll give 3 companies to check out here and you can check each one out yourself and see which suits you the best.
1) Remind Insoles
These are probably the first aftermarket footbeds I’d try if you’re after an entry level footbed that you can buy off the shelf. They’re about $30-$50 for a pair depending on which model/shape you get.
They’re one of the best entry level aftermarket footbeds you can buy and more and more of my friends have been using them in recent years, so I’d highly recommend checking em out.
These are probably the most commonly found and recommended aftermarket insoles and they’re what I used to use back before I moved to more customized footbeds.
Superfeet are roughly around $50 for a pair of entry level footbeds and come in a few shapes.
Sole are another commonly recommended brand of entry level aftermarket footbeds and they’ll set you back about $40-60 depending on the model you pick.
With all 3 of these brands, be aware that you may have to do further adjustment and if your feet are particularly troublesome or you want a truly perfect fit, you may require more custom/higher end aftermarket footbeds.
Higher end aftermarket footbeds
If you want a truly customized footbed that’s shaped perfectly for your foot shape or if you still have foot pain after trying basic entry level footbeds, you’ll want to look at a custom cut footbed made just for you, instead of the off the shelf footbeds.
You’ll need to find someone who has a lot of experience with bootfitting and experience making custom footbeds and is willing to work with you in order to get the best footbed made for your feet.
Word of warning, be prepared to pay a decent amount of money because truly custom footbeds are not cheap.
Where to find experienced custom footbed specialists?
These days there are a ton of foot/boot specialist shops that can help you with making a custom footbed and they typically have highly experienced bootfitters who can help you out.
Just be careful of the ones that just scan your foot and send you on your way with a ‘custom footbed’ because with a custom footbed you really want someone who will work with your foot hands on and make adjustments and tweak it to be perfect for your foot instead of just printing a random scan off a computer.
In Whistler, it’s actually not a footbed specialist shop, but rather a very good ski boot shop that makes some of the best custom footbeds in town, so don’t be afraid to look around at your different options to find the best place to get your custom footbeds made.
Another option is podiatrists and chiropractors who can also make custom footbeds. Just be aware that just like if you were getting it made with a bootfitter, you want a good podiatrist or chiropractor who has a lot of experience and skill with custom footbeds.
The key is your custom footbed may take a bunch of adjustments to get it tweaked and working just right, so you want to pick a highly experienced place that will get hands on with you and has experience working with the customer to get the footbed just right.