News; Discount New Balance 998 Chaussures Homme Vert

Published: vendredi 08 dcembre 2017

Bespoke comfort Tradition is the thing at Strolz, in the Austrian village of Lech, which made its first pair of ski boots in 1921. True, the boots are no longer made of leather, nor hobnailed; and the fitting process doesn't now involve making wooden models of customers' feet, called "lasts". But this family business still makes the closest Chaussures New Balance thingto a bespoke ski boot that is compatible with seriesproduction. For a dozen years I have been using the same, plain black pair I chose black because it was the only colour available in my boot type. They are outmoded now, since Strolz updates its designs about once a decade; but so discreet is the boots' style that I hadn't noticed the changes (new buckles; easier entry). In contrast, mass produced boots are shouty, and always changing. Each season I hear the spiel about new models, but as a Strolz owner remain unimpressed. Yet I did listen when Eric Davies of Salomon made the bold claim that his company's "Custom Shell" product would match my boots for comfort.

A snow sport equipment expert who has been at Salomon for 36 years (but is soon retiring to spend more time with his surfboard), Davies was persuasive. Strolz moulds customers' plastic boot shells malleable when heated around an off the shelf last, customised with cork strips. But Salomon doesn't bother with a facsimile; it moulds the shell around the customer's foot, in the shop. Logical? Obviously. Iaccepted the challenge. A Custom Shell boot fitting takes an hour or New Balance 998 Chaussures more. Once the optimum shape and size of boot has been chosen, the first step is to create footbeds, which support and position the feet; to create them you stand on a squidgy platform into which your feet sink. Next, the boot shells are popped in the oven and, once cooked, buckled tight on to the foot to take its shape. Finally the boot liners get the heat treatment, and when they are malleable, the finished product is assembled. The customer puts on the boots, and waits 20 minutes for the liner to harden. The end result? As I stood at the top of the slope at the indoor Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, with different boots on either foot, I was confident the worn in Strolz (left foot) would be more comfortable. Wrongly so: my new Salomon X Pro (right foot) was just as good, bar the slight toe pinching of a brand new boot. The Strolz boots are a more positive, bespoke item: their pressurised foam lining exactly follows the foot's contours. But they cost 650 per pair, plus 50 for footbeds. The X Pro costs 290, plus 70 80. This wasn't a true comparison, of like with like; but the boots were equally comfortable. Eric Davies won his challenge. On Adblock click "Don't run on pages on this domain". If you are Private Browsing in Firefox, "Tracking Protection" may cause the adblock notice to show. It can be temporarily disabled by clicking the "shield" icon in the address bar.