Foot mapping is WHAT?

Why do I need foot mapping for a pair of boots?

I had no idea before I talked to Lathrop and sons. I'm 100% NOT a podiatrist and have pretty much 0 knowledge on the subject, other than I've had some plantar issues in the past. I want a pair of boots to do several functions when I'm using them. I want comfort, stability, strength, performance, and I want them to last. Is that really asking to much now come one. Below is a discussion with Lathrop and Sons boots and why they do foot mapping as part of their boot company.

When I was full of youth, I swear to you, I could hike for days in a pair of slip on shoes. Not feel a bit of pain or strain on my feet. Now that would be a recipe for disaster. I've come to realize and appreciate the importance of getting a boot that fits properly and will function with me and the weight I carry. I was guiding elk hunts with Bull Ridge guide service in Nevada last year. We went after a bull and not 20 minutes into the hike I rolled my ankle pretty good. Of course we killed the bull and a pack out would be going down that night. The uphill did not bother me so much. But the sidehill with all my gear and a hind quarter was to say the least SLOW going. I've never had a bad wheel like that before and it made me start to really think about what type of boots I wear and how they handle the demands I put on them.

Synergy foot beds

When I was researching out and getting different views on Mtn boots. I didn't really see anyone that had gave technical feedback or a reason why they like or dislike their boot besides how the boot felt. Going into a retail shop and trying on boots is a great place to start but how fo you really know the boots are going to perform for you. All you get from a sales associate is what size are you and how do they feel in the store. Here are the questions Steve and James Lathrop asked me when I consulted with them. This is really what sold me on their knowledge of how to put me in the proper boot.

  1. What type of hiking are you doing?
  2. How heavy is your pack?
  3. What kind of shape are you in?
  4. Have you had any problems before with boot wear?
  5. Do you use insoles?
  6. Do you wear a sock liner?

Some of those questions I didn’t have answers for because I have never really considered them as part of my boot buying process. Those are all the things which you should consider when buying a pari of mtn boots. So I started the process of going through Lathrop and Sons foot mapping, synergy foot beds custom boot system addresses those questions and more. Below are the first steps I took to get the mapping foot bed started. The foot mapping kit is a process in which the foot imprint is analyzed to determine boot type and design to maximize the comfort and ability to function not only for basic trekking but also alpine walking. The kit has you take imprints of each foot 3 times to determine the most consistent way your feet can be mapped. 

James Lathrop explains the foot mapping process in detail
-Understanding the mechanics of the lower extremity, we can see key info that tells us how a persons foot would function or operate in side of shoe or boot…After a consultation has been performed we finalize the package which includes the foot gear…
-Normally speaking a footbed can be made in 3 or 4 days.
-Completely depends on the person and if they are wearing the proper foot gear with the insert but most should see a significant improvement…especially in these stiff shanked boots!
-The material is quit resistant to the strain of pulling and twisting that a metatarsal puts to it.  Ive seen them go as long as 6 7 years for guys, they probably should have been changed out before then but that long….after the second year they should be checked out…
-If we are using the same style of boot then we will make it the same unless feed back tells us differently….Custom boot systems are always evolving,  if from feed back an adjustment is in order then we would implement that for the next pair…Persons body weight might have changed, boot type need might be different so the formula can be different for each case…