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Another vote for putting the pressure on Surefoot to make your feet happy. It is so hit or miss at these places with the Store Manager tending to be the most experienced and others are luck of the draw. My two Surefoot experiences were very different with great result at Park City store and not so good in NYC.

If you do hit reset I‘ve been very happy with Boot Pro in Ludlow and I’ve always gone to Nate. Great guy and he’s taken care of me and my wife with only a few follow-up visits for fine tuning.
 

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I’ve been to Sport Thoma. It’s right next to where we rent up there. I think Tink works there now as well. If Adam is the man, out of all the recommendations that would probably be the most convenient because it’s right across from where we stay.
There are two Sport Thomas. Are you renting in Lincoln?
 

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I hear Tim Mitchel at Ski MD in Framingham is very good if or go to altar and see PJ at Race Stock in Waterbury VT.
PJ performed a miracle on my RS 130's. He cut open the liners and rebuilt the foam inside to fit the bones and nerve that was getting pinched on my ankles and stitched them back up like a surgeon.
 

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if you are gripping with your toes it may be an indication that the boot(s) are too lose. The gripping is often exacerbated when going downhill. It’s a natural, evolution derived response to uncertainty in stability. I had this problem to a slight degree and it turned out to be a side effect of clonus which is a neurological affliction and which I had addressed. That’s one advantage of having a fitter who is also a pedorithist (sp?) feet are complicated.
 

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Go to Adam Grenier at Sport Thoma in Lincoln NH. It's on the other side of NH from North Conway.. Call first to make an appointment. He's the first and only bootfitter that got my boots right. He explains things carefully, evaluates your foot in depth, and takes a request for a performance fit seriously. Before finding Adam, I went to Richelson's, Roger's, The son of the owner fit me, can't remember his name), Stan and Dan's (Dan fit me once, as did Tink when he worked there; I bought two boots from them), and Bill Haight over in Vermont. I bought new boots from each of these people and had them fit and tweak them for me. All these boots ended up discarded after a season. Lots of seasons and $$ down the drain. But these guys get high recommendations consistently. I believe they are good bootfitters, just not for me. My feet are weird.

Adam grew up training as a racer. Then he coached race kids. He has instructed in the past and is a certified Level III instructor by PSIA. That's the highest cert level before going into examiner territory. At this point in his career he has made bootfitting his professional choice. He's a certified pedorthist, and he makes his own tools when the right one for the job can't be bought. He knows what he's doing.

Sport Thoma in Lincoln has a race room. Adam does the racer's boot fitting at the start of the season, then he works mostly with recreational skiers and the occasional racer. What a racer needs for a good performance fit can be a demanding challenge and Adam is the right guy to do this. He used these skills for recreational skiers.

I highly recommend him to anybody in the area. Call to make an appointment before going. Take your old boots, take your ski socks, and wear pants that you can roll up above your knees. Be ready to spend a couple of hours if necessary.

The shop is a good one too, and it carries a large selection of boots.
https://www.sportthoma.com
I cannot emphasize this enough. I recently had a session with Adam and it was night and day compared to every other shop I had a "boot fitting" session with. Adam's work history and experience is quite an impressive resume. He's not only skilled in boot fitting, he also immediately recognizes foot conditions (high instep, arch, corns, bunions, etc...) and has his own workshop where he can make custom orthotics. The man is no joke. On top of that, he's incredibly easy to talk to and friendly as can be.

If I recall correctly, he's currently available in the Lincoln SportThoma store on Fridays and Saturdays, and he's at the Bethel store on Thursdays and Sundays.
 
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if you are gripping with your toes it may be an indication that the boot(s) are too lose. The gripping is often exacerbated when going downhill. It’s a natural, evolution derived response to uncertainty in stability. I had this problem to a slight degree and it turned out to be a side effect of clonus which is a neurological affliction and which I had addressed. That’s one advantage of having a fitter who is also a pedorithist (sp?) feet are complicated.
I feel like the footbeds are playing a part as well. At times it feels like the arch support is like standing on a golf ball. They’ve adjusted the footbed but it still doesn’t feel right.
 

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I feel like the footbeds are playing a part as well. At times it feels like the arch support is like standing on a golf ball. They’ve adjusted the footbed but it still doesn’t feel right.
Are your arches tight? You can tell by using a rubber ball or even a tennis ball and rolling your arch over it. If it’s painful, you need to stretch them out. Tight arches can cause issues with your toes. That doesn’t mean the your feet are the issue it might well be the footbeds but there’s no harm in checking the arches. I had this problem and stretching the arch made a big difference. Your mileage may vary.
 

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the Store Manager tending to be the most experienced
Typical retail sales. Take your best salesman/fitter and make him/her a manager. Most salesman/fitters are that because they like doing that, they are not always the best managers. So, this usually leaves you without your best salesperson/fitter and a marginal manager, a lose/lose.
 
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Nd, could the problem be your feet and not the boots? Does any other footwear cause you discomfort? If you think this might be an avenue to explore, check with a good podiatrist.

If there is something odd about your feet, how about booking a ski trip to Utah, and before you go to the hill get some custom made boots from DaleBoot...or a Northeast outlet for them: https://daleboot.com/north-america/
https://daleboot.com/daleboot-technology/
No other footwear gives me issues. It’s always just been ski boots. Frustrating!
 

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Typical retail sales. Take your best salesman/fitter and make him/her a manager. Most salesman/fitters are that because they like doing that, they are not always the best managers. So, this usually leaves you without your best salesperson/fitter and a marginal manager, a lose/lose.
Common in many businesses, Promoting people out of their area of expertise.
 

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No other footwear gives me issues. It’s always just been ski boots. Frustrating!
Try taking out the custom footbeds and put in the thinnest flattest stock foot bed you can find and give it a try. I have at least 10 different pair of custom footbeds made by multiple talented shops over the years. I just cannot wear them. Usually shops have a pile of the old stock ones they have taken out of boots that they have put custom ones in.
 

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At the risk of everyone just recommending the bootfitter they personally use… Adam Greenier at Sport Thoma (I think he’s in Lincoln, NH 2 days and Bethel, ME 2 days). He’s a L3 instructor as well as a pedorthist.

After being told by two different shops (one of which was a well respected bootfitter) that my previous boots were “the right boot,” he got me into a boot that fit and actually listened when I talked about what I was feeling and what I needed.

Edit: I ski mostly in Vermont these days but return to Lincoln for boot things and a tune I trust.
I second adam at sport thoma. He has put in major time getting me the right fit. I have a wide foot and skinny ankle... a boot fitters nightmare. I can't say enough positive things about him and the process
 

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I feel like the footbeds are playing a part as well. At times it feels like the arch support is like standing on a golf ball. They’ve adjusted the footbed but it still doesn’t feel right.
Most shops sell aftermarket footbeds. If you know your arch and foot volume from your SureFoot experience, then pick out one that matches and give it a try. It will cost you a little money but may give you some insight.

I have heard positive AND negative experiences with SureFoot. So maybe their process works for some but not all. I had my MasterFit footbeds made by Hal at Northern Ski Works down the Killington access road and fitted in some Lange RS 130, and they work great for me. But I forgot them one trip so resorted to some SuperFeet footbeds from Potter Bros in Snowshed lodge. I showed the fitter my boots and told him I had a high arch with poor dorsiflexion based on my Masterfit experience. He looked skeptical but confirmed this during the footbed fitting and added a heel lift to get the fit right. Almost as good with no foot pain, and cheaper, but I would still prefer my custom footbeds. Full disclosure: Other size 14 B feet in LV 30.5 boots (!), I don't have "problem" feet.
 
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