Your new snowboard boots fit perfect, but they’re still causing you foot pain.
Here’s how you can fix this problem with custom footbeds and heat molding.
What are footbeds?
They’re the things directly under your feet when you wear your boot.
Why do I need custom footbeds?
The free footbeds that come with your boots suck. They don’t offer any support and that results in painful feet. Even a perfectly fitting boot can cause painful feet if you have a bad footbed.
Everyone’s foot is different. Some of us have high arches and some of us have flat feet. You need a footbed that’s aimed at supporting your foot type.
How much are custom footbeds?
That depends on the type of customization you want.
For those on a budget
You can get simple, ready made custom footbeds for $20-50. The most common brand is ‘Superfeet’ and most snowboard shops will have them for sale.
Even these cheaper custom footbeds are a HUGE step up from the junk footbeds that come with your boots.
For those who snowboard a lot and/or want the best footbeds
For about $175-250 you can pick up some custom footbeds that are molded exactly to your foot type. These are available at some bigger snowboard/ski shops and at any good bootfitting shop.
These footbeds are molded and cut exactly to your foot shape.
You’ll find A LOT of avid snowboarders and skiers who will swear by their custom footbeds, myself included. It really makes a difference if you spend a lot of time on the hill.
What is heat molding?
Basically, it’s when the shop sticks your boots on a special heater and you then wear the heated boots to mold them to your feet.
Note: Not all boots are heat moldable, make sure yours are heat moldable before trying this!
Why do I want to heat mold my boots?
Snowboard boots are usually painful for the first week or two when you’re still breaking them in. The padding and liner take time to compress and mold to your feet.
Heat molding speeds up this whole process and can help to get rid of any painful pressure spots.
Does it cost anything?
Most stores will do this for free, if you bought the boots from them, otherwise them may charge you a small fee of about $10-20.
Are custom footbeds & heat molding worth it?
Custom footbeds are easily worth the money. Even if you only buy the cheap $20-50 ones, they make a huge difference in supporting your feet.
As for heat molding, it’s optional, but you can always try your boots on the hill first and go back to the store to get them heat molded later.
I hope this helps you to get your boots nice and comfortable! Let me know if you have anymore questions or feedback.