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Glide & Slide Independent Ski Shop UK Boot Fitting

Expert Ski Boot Fitting in the heart of Yorkshire.

With over 30+ years’ experience, Glide & Slide are specialists in all aspects of Ski Boot Fitting and Customisation.

We are also proud to be the exclusive supplier of Hannes Strolz custom-made ski boots in the UK. Full details of the in-depth fitting process and costs for Strolz Ski Boots can be found here

We also carry a comprehensive range of Custom Fit ski boots from the ski industry’s best manufacturers. We offer a comprehensive, appointment-based service, incorporating biomechanical assessment, ski boot selection and modification and custom insole fabrication. All backed by our class leading Boot Fit Guarantee.

Who we are:

Our team of boot fitters have a combined experience of well over 30 years and we make a point of keeping updated with the latest technical understanding and developments by regularly attending training courses and visiting supplier factories.

Ally Bolton

Ally Bolton

Ally is the co-owner of Glide & Slide and has been boot fitting since he first joined the team back in 2004. Prior to joining Glide & Slide Ally was working as a CSIA Ski instructor in Banff, Canada which gave him an in depth understanding of the technical aspects of skiing.

In his 18 plus years of experience Ally has built a reputation as one of the most respected boot fitters in the UK. He is certified by the BSBA and Sidas Academy. He has also been trained by the Hannes Strolz master boot fitters in Lech.

Frazer Shand

Frazer Shand

Frazer joined Glide & Slide at the start of the 2021 season. With over 15 years’ experience, he has done multiple ski seasons in Canada and France culminating with the last 7 years as Buyer, Manager and Trainer at Profeet in London.

Recognised as one of the top ski boot fitters in the UK, Frazer holds Masterfit Masters Plus, Sidas Academy and BSBA 301 Certification and is a Member of the Society of Shoe Fitters.

Alongside his boot fitting experience, he is a CSIA qualified ski instructor and certified ski technician. He is also in the process of completing a Sports and Exercise Science degree with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Process (What we do)

No matter your ability level our appointment based fitting service delivers the best experience for every client.

Biomechanical Assessment and Pressure Analysis.

Your ski boot fitting begins with a hands-on assessment of your lower limb mechanics. Evaluating range of motion, foot function and structure.

We then we assess posture, alignment and plantar force distribution using the latest pressure scanning technology.

Static Scan

Finally, we measure your feet, both loaded and unloaded, using a 4-point process.

Ski Boot Selection.

Selecting the correct boot is paramount. Considering your ability, biomechanics, and the measurements taken, we are then able to offer a concise selections of ski boot models which may be suitable.

This is the hardest part of the fitting process and is completely subjective. From your feedback we develop your options, trying different models and discussing solutions to possible problems. Working together find the best starting point.

Custom Insole Fabrication.

Forming the foundation of your custom fitted ski boots.

Footbed Grinding Footbed Moulding

Our custom insoles are a multi layered, heat mouldable composite product, that conforms exactly to the shape of your feet. They are fabricated in house within your appointment time.

By increasing contact and distributing plantar pressure we improve the stability of the whole body, enhancing proprioception and balance. Through this we reduced fatigue and maximise both comfort and performance

A properly made insole will also optimise the foots position within the boot improving alignment and the effectiveness of any modifications that may be required.

Modification and Optimisation.

Boot Strech

When it comes to customisation, we truly are experts. Our workshop features an extensive range of tooling and materials allowing us to create a truly personalised fit. By modifying your boots, we alleviate pressure points and improve comfort and performance.

We also offer a range of custom liners from Strolz and Intuition. This allows us to further tailor your ski boots. Custom liners offer additional solutions to both comfort and performance. For instance, prominent ankle bones, slim or wide feet and athletic (large/wide) calves. They are also an excellent upgrade for those looking for a precise performance orientated fit from their boots.

Further enhancements can be made with the addition of Thermic boot heaters and Booster power straps. We also offer a comprehensive range of technical ski socks.

Fit Guarantee

If you discover any issues with your ski boots that were not apparent during your fitting then we will gladly refit your boots, liners and insoles free of charge. We recommend testing your boots at an indoor slope before your first skiing holiday so that any issues can be addressed prior to your first trip.

Please call the shop on 01943 461136 to talk to one of our boot fitters who may be able to help you over the phone. If this is not possible then we will book a boot adjustment / refit appointment.

If we are not able to satisfactorily resolve the issues (after being given sufficient opportunity) then we will exchange your boots for another model.

Ts & Cs

  • You must provide proof of purchase
  • The fitting fee is non-refundable
  • You must follow any guidance and advice given during your fitting regarding care and breaking in of the boots
  • You must give us sufficient opportunity to adjust and refit your boots to solve any fit issues
  • We are not responsible for issued caused by product misuse or damage caused by the customer
  • The guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear, changes in requirement (such as ski ability) , or changes in foot shape.
  • This guarantee is in addition to the boot manufactures warranty and does not affect your rights under the Sale of Goods Act

Ski Boot Appointments and Pricing

1hr Initial Consultation for Strolz Custom-made Ski Boots.

For more information about the Strolz fitting process and to book your initial fitting appointment please click here

2hr Ski Boot Fitting Appointment - £140 + Ski Boots.

For those looking to purchase ski boots.

Your appointment includes:

  • Biomechanical assessment and pressure analysis.
  • Ski Boot selection and customisation.
  • Custom insole fabrication.
  • G&S Fit Guarantee.

We are also able to offer Custom Liners, Thermic Boot Heater installation during your fitting. These may be recommended to improve comfort and performance but are optional extras.

Please note this appointment is not for Strolz Custom-made boots. To book a Strolz fitting please click here

1hr Boot Adjustment covered by our Fit Guarantee Appointment – FREE.

Every step in our fitting process is there to have you comfy and happy in your boots from day one. However further adjustments may be required once you have skied. This is part of the custom fitting process and why every boot we sell is covered by our comprehensive Fit Guarantee.

If you are having any issues or concerns, we are here to help! So please contact us on………

1hr Ski Boot Adjustment Appointment – £80 (boots bought elsewhere)

The appointment to have boots fitted which were purchased elsewhere.

The appointment include:

  • Required shell modification/liner modification.
  • Basic set up.

The appointment does not include:

  • Custom Insole Fabrication
  • G&S Fit Guarantee

More time and return visits may be required and will be charge at the above hourly rate.

If you have any requirements outside of this framework, then please contact us.

1hr Custom Insole Appointment - £140

The appointment to get Custom Insoles for ski boots purchased elsewhere.

The appointment includes:

  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Custom Insole Fabrication.

The appointment does not include:

  • Ski Boot Modification
  • G&S Fit Guarantee

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