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Old May 14th, 2019, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Stretching Moldable Boots for Width

Bought a pair of Atom Pros and they are really nice for the price. However, I must have some duck feet or something because they just plain put my feet to sleep after about five minutes. Tried the heat molding, but what I really need to do is give myself some more width at the ball of my feet.

How should I go about doing that?

Do I need to bake them or just local heating with a heat gun?

What's the best way to push them out from the inside? Shoe stretcher?
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Old May 14th, 2019, 09:43 PM   #2
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This is NOT a helpful reply. I only offer you sympathy. I have duck feet. For years I bought boots in standard sizes/widths that, in a short time, would squeezed all feeling out of my feet and caused blistering. I suffered with this problem for years. I twice used an improvised scissor-like flat bar set-up, with a c-clamp, and pieces of wood to spread the toe box. It helped, but these were leather boots. They would stretch with use, even without using a stretching device. The Atom boots are, I think, all synthetic with a shell made of carbon fiber and mold-able fiber. I donít know how that material would respond to stretching. Anyway, I now have to order custom-made boots to fit my freakish feet. But hey, its important to have a good fit. You need to be comfortable and its critical to have feeling in your feet when you skate.
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Old May 15th, 2019, 04:26 PM   #3
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How much stretch you can get on a boot, rather depends on how much you need to budge the area across the bunion. Stock boots are not always a Cinderella story, every mgfr uses a different last to build boots on.

If you have not done a basic oven heating, I'd suggest to try that first. Too many are concerned with damaging the boots, but they are designed to be molded for optimal fit. Prior to molding them, adhere a thick piece of mole skin to your bunion(maybe even double it up), and a strip along the outer 5th metatarsal, the fleshy area below the pinkie toe. This will feel horribly tight when molding, but will help push out the boots in the spots you need.

If that does not resolve the issue go after those spots with a heat gun and Hoke tool - and, with some patience you can work on those areas with the heat gun to create more space around the bunion area.

If you are really fighting the width, to the point the foot is painfully pressured across the ball of foot, be warned, that continued pressure could result in a neuroma. When I find skaters having wider feet, or just splayed toes, I will shift them to a Bont boot, as Bont is more square in the toe box, plus they are the only company to offer semi-custom widths based on the skaters foot profile (for a minimal upcharge fee).

Hope these tips help. If not, it might be worth exploring other boot options.
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Old May 19th, 2019, 11:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the helpful replies!
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Old May 20th, 2019, 11:59 AM   #5
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You don't list a location, but walk into a good ski boot fitting shop, they can stretch any part of the boot in any direction, and make custom orthotics which will free up some room also.
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Old May 20th, 2019, 12:51 PM   #6
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Thatís the direction Iím leaning. Found a ski shop that does custom molding and stretching. Since itís the off-season it has been hard to get together with the owner because his shop has very limited hours. Heís never done a speed boot but has done hockey skates before.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 07:14 AM   #7
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Well I have same issue; wide feet
Triedd to heatmolding (oven) Luigino Challenge to have some more width.
Too bad material remains hard to deform.....
Only material around ankle will pliable....
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