You’ve done it! Having (hopefully) had your feet poked and prodded, your biomechanics assessed, and feet measured down to the millimetre, you’ve taken the plunge and purchased your own set of ski boots.
Although the shop should’ve done everything they could to get you to the most comfortable point pre-skiing, your new ski boots still need to be used for their intended purpose…skiing! This is where, at least initially, things can get a little uncomfortable.
Just like any other piece of footwear has a breaking in process, it’s no different for ski boots. It’s very common to experience some pain or discomfort over the first few days breaking in your ski boots. You may have molded the liners of your boots in store, but it really takes the force and acceleration of skiing to truly compress and mold the foam liner. Remember, thin socks are best to avoid too much pressure on your foot.
Fingers crossed you opted for custom footbeds as well. Ask almost anyone who uses them and they’ll say the increase in performance and comfort from standing on a surface that makes 100% contact with your foot is worth it. That’s the thing though, not a lot of people are used to having the feeling of full contact underneath their arch, and this can cause some discomfort too. Just like your ski boots though, give your feet and all of its little muscles, tendons, and ligaments time to get used to your new arch supports.
After 3-5 days of skiing if you’re still in some discomfort the chances are a trip back to your ski boot fitter is on the cards. They’ll be able to perform any alterations that may need completing to get you skiing in absolute comfort. If you purchased your boots from us at Aussieskier, the time and labour spent on those modifications will be free.