How to Add Toe Room to Snowboard Boots

When you stand, your toes shoudn't touch the front edge of the boot.

When you stand, your toes shoudn't touch the front edge of the boot.

Undersized snowboard boots that make your toes curl up can cause pain and take the fun out of your time on the slopes. It's okay for your toes to touch the inside edge of the boot when you put them on, but once you stand on your board and bend your knees, your toes should not be touching the front edge. Replace your existing equipment with thinner fabrics for a quick fix or modify the form of the boot itself for a permanent boot-sizing solution.

Replace your boot's stock footbed with a thinner insole. A thin replacement footbed will add space and provide better support than the insoles provided in most recreational snowboard boots.

Purchase thinner snowboarding socks. Thinner socks will increase your toes' wiggle room and are better than thick socks for keeping your feet warm.

Add a heel raise to your boot to add toe room and increase support. A heel raise is a small lift that affixes against the back of the boot underneath the liner. Elevating the heel slightly brings the foot back, adding toe room and securing the foot in place against the back of the boot. Don't use a heel raise if you have a high arch.

Remove the liner from your boot and stretch it over a broom handle. Work the liner from side to side over the top of the handle, compressing the liner material to increase the space for your toes.

Bring your snowboard boots to a repair shop for heat molding if do-it-yourself methods don't suffice. The repair technician will heat the inside of the boot with special equipment and reform it to match the dimensions of your foot.

Items you will need

  • Broom
  • Heel lift
 

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Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.

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