Our goal is to find the best blend between comfort and performance so your skiing can progress and you enjoy every moment on the slopes!
Ski boot fitting is both a science and an art which is why we take the time to understand your skiing, analyse the biomechanics of the lower leg and foot, and have an honest conversation about what you want to get from your skiing.
Have you had any past injuries, pains or problems? Where do you like to ski and on what terrain? How often do you ski?
Whether it’s your first pair of boots, you've never found a comfortable pair, or you’re a seasoned racer after high performance, our professional ski boot fitters are ready to listen and we're here to help.
One of the best ways to improve your skiing and increase your enjoyment of the mountains is to have professionally fitted ski boots. Here at aussieskier.com we have developed a 3-step process to give you confidence in your ski boot selection.Discover our 3 Step Bootfitting Process
Walk-in bootfitting customers are also welcomed, and will be served on a first-come-first-served basis, with prior appointments given priority.
We definitely recommend making an appointment especially during busy times such as Saturdays and during the Winter months.
1. What to bring to your appointment
An open mind and a positive attitude! Bring along your old boots and footbeds if you have them. We can use this information of what has and hasn’t worked to help our skier analysis. If you own skis bring them along too, we’ll have to double check your bindings are set correctly.
2. What to expect
Although it may seem like you’re having a foot massage it’s definitely not the case! Your socks will be off so we can really see what’s happening with your feet so make sure they’re clean and your toenails are short like they would be when you’re going skiing. Try to wear shorts or pants that can be pulled up to your knees. Ladies keep in mind we don’t ski in skirts (anymore) so try to avoid wearing them.
After a chat about your skiing history and ambitions, we’ll look at the biomechanics, measurements and shape of your lower limb. Expect to try on a recommended selection of 2-3 boots and then customise the winner with a custom footbed and liner moulding. After this all that’s left to do is go skiing!
3. Where to park
2 hour parking is available on Grattan St, and plentiful paid parking is available on Izett St (Coles/Woolworths/Dan Murphy’s) just through the gardens.
4. What to expect on your first day skiing in new boots
It can take up to 3 days skiing, sometimes longer, for you to get used to your new boots and custom footbeds, and also for them to get used to you. The in-store process of buying new boots involves molding the liners which will accelerate the breaking in of your new boots. However there is only so much we can do in store, you need to go ski them! During this period don’t stress if you have a little bit of discomfort - it’s completely normal. When you come in for your bootfit we’ll run through some strategies to help with any discomfort.
Custom footbeds are a crucial element in ensuring comfortable ski boots. Speak to anybody who has them in their ski boots and they’ll agree. Consider custom footbeds to be the foundations of a well fit boot. They stabilise the foot and hold it in alignment inside the liner and shell. When made correctly they take the perfect shape of the skiers arch and allow the skier to transfer power much more directly and efficiently into the ski increasing performance. By molding the custom footbed to the shape of the plantar (underneath) surface comfort will be enhanced as there is even pressure distribution throughout the foot. Being fit for a ski boot is definitely a step in the right direction to achieving comfort, performance and increasing your enjoyment of skiing, but to really complete the process a custom footbed needs to be included in the equation.
From humble beginnings in Montebelluna in Italy, ski boots have come a long way since leather boots were used. After Bob Lange created the first plastic ski boot in 1962, there have been numerous changes to ski boot design as our needs have progressed and skiing styles have evolved.
Modern ski boot construction takes advantage of developments in materials over the past 50 years to create stronger yet lighter ski boots, with more comfortable and moldable ski boot liners. The ability to modify, adjust and alter ski boots has resulted in boot fitters being able to create custom ski boots. Brands like Atomic, Salomon, Tecnica and Nordica all have technologies that allow for significant customization of their boots. Custom ski boots give the user the chance to have a high level of comfort without sacrificing performance. If this sounds like what you want be sure to book an appointment for a our Melbourne ski shop, located in Prahran.
Another way to increase the comfort of ski boots is to use an aftermarket arch support. We use the Sidas range of Custom Footbeds that are molded to your foot, or Pre-fabricated Insoles that replace the sock liner that comes inside of a ski boot and help to distribute pressure more evenly and transfer power into the ski more efficiently. Nowadays there are a range of other fitting solutions to help alleviate sore spots and give you comfortable ski boots. You can even use heated socks or heated custom footbeds if you suffer from cold feet whilst skiing.
Using proper, thin ski socks made from natural and technical fibers are essential for warm feet and comfort whilst skiing. We all ski in ski socks from Le Bent as we've found their blend of wool and bamboo give a warm, soft and itch free sock that doesn't get smelly!
Our ski boot buying guide has been developed to help take the confusion out of buying boots. If you're looking to upgrade or buy your first pair of ski boots this guide will provide information on the key areas of consideration in making your decision, whether that's in-store with your local ski bootfitter, or online.Ski Boot Buying Guide
Ski boot terms can be confusing. With words like Cabrio and Zeppa it's no wonder most skiers leave it up to bootfitters. That's why we've created this glossary to help you understand and get you up to speed with all things ski boots.Ski Boot Glossary