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03-12-2012, 05:14 AM
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Flat feet and purchasing new skates

First off, I've always been an advanced player and skater. Played high levels since I was little but I've always gotten the odd pain in my feet, never had a pair of skates that I truly loved and felt complete comfort in. I purchased a decent pair of Bauers last season and although they feel fine, I wouldn't grade them anymore than a 7. What I'm looking for is a skate that's more fitted for someone with flat feet(no arch). I've used CCM and other Bauer skates in the past but I've never really felt complete comfort. I've even used orthotics in an attempt to fix this, still no luck. Even baking has never done the trick. Does anyone else have flat feet and has always had this issue? anyone tried getting a slight heel lift in their skate(I've read about this)? any brands to recommend? I've heard and read that Graf makes a wide variety for all sizes and shapes of feet but I can't remember the last time I tried a pair on. A few friends have suggested high-end Grafs to me but I don't wanna blow that kind of cash unless I'm satisfied. I have wide,flat,long,ugly feet lol.Price isn't an object here so long as it's not too crazy.

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Your friends suggestions are the right way to go. Graf is the best skate for people with special feet. And you say that you barely have arches, Graf have skates with high normal and low arches. The Graf custom SIDA footbeds could help too I guess. A lot of NHL'ers use them even though they don't use Graf skates, so they must be doing something right. I've used Grafs for two years now, with a short break for a pair of Vapors, due to the teams sponsorship. They killed my heels so I had to change back to my Grafs. I will never use another brand again. I'm actually having the G75's shipped to me right now. Really excited about it.

The only way to find out if you're satisfied with skates is to try them on, so I suggest you try as many Grafs on as possible.

People also say that Easton and the Bauer flexlite are good skates for your foot type. I wouldn't go with Eastons though. Worst skate ive had.


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i hv flat arch too but i'm using supreme one75 with my own custom footbed. using 2 pairs of sneakers insole (around 2-3mm thickness i guess), but one is uncut, while the other one i only use its heel and forefoot part. stock insole always sucks.

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I would try the SIDAS insoles as well as Superfeet. I've had people gush over how effective Superfeet was for their flat feet.

I don't know about Graf, but no other skates have arches 'built-in' to their construction. However, while SIDAS and Superfeet might solve your issue, nothing else beats a proper fitting skate first and foremost. If it's CCM or Easton, so be it. Don't dismiss one brand just because someone else had a bad experience with them...

Focus on fit first, there are aftermarket solutions out there to try.

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Your friends suggestions are the right way to go. Graf is the best skate for people with special feet. And you say that you barely have arches, Graf have skates with high normal and low arches. The Graf custom SIDA footbeds could help too I guess. A lot of NHL'ers use them even though they don't use Graf skates, so they must be doing something right. I've used Grafs for two years now, with a short break for a pair of Vapors, due to the teams sponsorship. They killed my heels so I had to change back to my Grafs. I will never use another brand again. I'm actually having the G75's shipped to me right now. Really excited about it.

The only way to find out if you're satisfied with skates is to try them on, so I suggest you try as many Grafs on as possible.

People also say that Easton and the Bauer flexlite are good skates for your foot type. I wouldn't go with Eastons though. Worst skate ive had.
I've heard nothing but good things about Grafs in the past, people love them and never seem to switch. Some of them also cost $800 which seems absolutely insane. When I was in Juniors I would consider it but now? not so much. I'm wondering if maybe I can try and find a really nice used pair at play it again sports or a similar store and just get them put back in the over to reshape them. I need arch support seeing as how I have absolutely none at all and I can feel it. Like I said, I'm a very strong skater but I desire more balance(who doesn't) and Graf, as I've read before seems to be the only company who really goes out of their way to provide really customized skates.

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I would try the SIDAS insoles as well as Superfeet. I've had people gush over how effective Superfeet was for their flat feet.

I don't know about Graf, but no other skates have arches 'built-in' to their construction. However, while SIDAS and Superfeet might solve your issue, nothing else beats a proper fitting skate first and foremost. If it's CCM or Easton, so be it. Don't dismiss one brand just because someone else had a bad experience with them...

Focus on fit first, there are aftermarket solutions out there to try.
I'm not ruling out any brand whatsoever here but past experiences usually lead to present prejudices right? I've read up on the superfeet insoles and people seem to really love them especially for people like me who are completely flat footed which also creates a wider foot because of the lack of arch in the foot itself. I'm going to take a look at other insoles and see how they feel but I'm really in the belief that the boot itself is the issue. You can't get really good skates without spending a high amount.

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From my personal experience with flat feet, I've found superfeet to be too soft. Then again I'm 170lbs and wear a size 4.5EE skate.

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