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Our customers often ask us: What is the difference between men and women's ski boots?
While most ski boot manufacturers use the same ski boot mold for both men and women's ski boots, they will affix a shorter cuff to the lower portion of the ski boot. This results in a ski boot shell that is slightly lower in calf height. The reasoning behind this is the anatomic difference in regards to a typically lower women's calf compared to men. Therefore, the boot cuff puts less pressure on the lower leg and corrects the awkward stance created without the anatomical considerations. Unfortunately, ski boot manufacturers do not always adapt the liner from men and women's boots properly, causing pressure on the calf by not providing a liner to accommodate both the ladies specific cuff and the actual calf of a particular woman.
There are other critical differences between men and women's feet that need to be considered when fitting ski boots. Women's feet are more narrow and have lower insteps than men's; therefore, causing a tendency for inconsistent stability in a ski boot. A common complaint from women is that the foot is moving within the ski boot thus causing further discomfort.
Wearing high heeled shoes often causes bunions on women's feet; these are bony bumps on the first metatarsal (big toe). They can be very painful in ski boots due to the close proximity of the plastic shell through the liner, which may assert pressure on the abnormal areas of the foot. Another consequence of high heeled shoes is the shortening of the achilles tendon and hamstrings. Due to the aforementioned afflictions as well as a typically narrower ankle and heel, women often experience heel lift in a seemingly proper fitting ski boot.
To produce a women's specific ski boot, Surefoot has created a number of procedures which focus on the particular issues mentioned above. These procedures create a more personalized fit from top ski boot brands such as Lange, Nordica, Tecnica, Salomon and Dalbello. Book an appointment at a Surefoot location or just come on in and get a properly fitted ski boot so you can enjoy your day on the hill! Book Now.