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Old 12-18-2009   #11
Highlands Ranch, CO Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Oct 2003
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Sorry my boot fitter mind wasn't completely turned on,the boot you have is a men's boot so the issue isn't size as much as it volume.

Especially with Garmonts they tend to have more volume especially around the instep, compared to the other brands; then you put a wm's foot into a men's boot and voila you have too crank on the buckle to get your foot in tight but then you are applying to much pressure which then creates that pain.

Try the shims they might work but you really should consider getting a wm's boot.

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Old 12-19-2009   #12
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I got hooked on superfeet insoles a few years back. I tried custom (Dr. made) and SureFoot foot beds after I had discovered superfeet. The customs were nice, but only half cut and the SureFoot beds were done by some kid that did not really care and that affected the way they worked for me. To hard and not the correct shape. I use superfeet in my hiking boots, sbowboard boots and in my daily kicks (skate shoes). I love the way they help me stay centered and after a long day on my feet, I don't feel half as bad as i do when wearing a pair of shoes without them.

Ok...enough of a plug there.

Hope you can find a happy medium.

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Old 12-24-2009   #13
boulder, Colorado
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Not to be a total bummer and call out a brand but I had Scarpas and they were Chinese torture devices. I tried everything to get them to work. I even went to a boot fitter and he worked with me. Bottom line when all was said and done I had to try different boots. Turns out my flat feet were never going to feel comfy in Scarpas. Not their fault, they just have normal arches and I don't.

BD and Garmonts both work for me with my slabs of meat for feet.

I hope this helps because until you fix a boot issue you will have no fun and isn't that what we're out there for?

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