– Hey guys, Jeremy here
with the hockey movement. In our last video of this series, we talked about baking skates and how it can help alleviate foot pain. The big take away from that video is first get skates that fit you properly. You need the right length
and the right width for you foot. After you get that, then
baking them is going to help eliminate that break-in period, or at least reduce it quite a bit. If you have proper fitting skates, and you’ve had them baked, and you still have foot pain, well then you might need
to look into footbeds. Footbeds are another way that
you can customize your skates for better fit, better
support, better comfort, and possibly better performance. But instead of hearing
me blab on about it, I’m gonna grab the camera, and we’re gonna head down
to the local hockey shop, and talk to Glen Sharpley. (crowd cheers) – [Announcer] Glen Sharpley
a first round choice of the North Star’s in ’76, we’ll take it. – He’s helped thousands of people get the right fit for their hockey skate right off the start, and countless others who have come in with foot pain, and he’s helped fix it. So hang tight, we’ll head down to the shop and meet Glen. (gentle music) – [Jeremy] Back at the
shop, with Glen Sharpley, from Sharpely Source for Sports. We’re going to go over foot beds today, so we’ve got them all laid out, and Glen is just going to walk us through the different options that are available. – Let’s start off with the footbeds that come stock in a CCM skate. Very thin, not much to them. Likewise with some, the Bauer ones. This comes with a little higher end one. It’s a little stiffer, a
little bit more support. We then go into Superfeet. That is an after-market product. We then go into Situs, and they make the after-market
footbeds for Graf, and they also come with some Graf skates. Now we go into the Curex, branded by CCM but they are made by Curex. And they come in these three arch heights. And then we go into the Bauer footbed. This is the Speedplate, and that comes with high-end Bauer skates. – [Jeremy] Is it okay to just stick with your standard footbed? Or do you always recommend upgrading to maybe a Superfeet, or
some of the after-market, like CCM or the Speedplates? – Unless you’re having foot problems, and you’re having discomfort, stock footbeds are just fine. But even if you don’t have discomfort, maybe trying some of the after-market ones whether it be CCM or the Bauer. They do enhance the
feeling inside the skate, they are more comfortable, and there is a claim that they actually offer
better performance. – [Jeremy] What’s gonna change from your standard footbeds moving up to I guess the after-markets, and then to some of the more, I guess, high-end after-market skate footbeds. – The stock footbeds
either from Bauer or CCM, they offer basic protection, rivet protection from
the bottom of your foot. Very marginal as you can
see, marginal arch support. You can move up then again, into a little bit better one from Bauer. Offers a little bit more rivet protection for the front of your foot. And then moving into the Superfeet. Again, a little better rivet protection for your fore-foot, and now
considerable arch support. Getting into Situs from Graf, they offer actually a little gel pad in the heel for you calcaneus, they offer a flexible arch. The CCM by Curex, they have
great rivet protection, great arch support, but this
is flexible arch support, and they have a little bit
of cushioning in the heel. Now for the Speedplate from Bauer, it comes completely flat, you know, we heat mold it, and it has great rivet protection, and pretty dramatic arch support, but it’s not as forgiving. – [Jeremy] If I come into the shop, the extra footbeds are
about 40 to 50 dollars. Is it okay to just stay
in the standard footbed? Or should you always do the upgrade? – Jeremy if you don’t have foot problems there’s nothing wrong
with the standard footbed. It’s the same quality
of footbed that comes with running shoes. They honestly, they’re really thin. There’s not a lot of arch support. But if you have, if you’re a pronator, if you’re a supinator, it is nice to be able
to buy a nicer footbed. For sure you’re going to
have enhanced comfort. Whether you have enhanced performance? Only you’re going to be able to tell. Every one of these, even though there’s
different arch heights, even within the size of these, they are different. From a small, medium, and a large even the flex pattern in that arch will change within the medium arch, likewise with the low arch. So they’ve spent a lot of time. Research and development. I don’t think anybody comes close to spending the money that
these folks spend on it. Our feedback from our consumer is they love it. And you know, there’s nothing better than a good honest testimonial
to help sell a product. The fact that you have more comfort, you’re able to play longer and better, and you know, you’re focused on the game rather than your foot pain. – [Jeremy] Last video we did
some customization of skates. Is there any customization
available to the footbeds? And does it change from the stock ones to maybe like the higher end footbeds? – There’s no customization
with a stock footbed. There’s no need to trim,
that’s the way they come. After that, any of the after-markets or the ones that come
free with high-end skates. Yes, there is customization. Superfeet as an after-market, has different arch heights, and it’s all trimmed to fit. The Situs from Graf, the same thing. It’s all trimmed to fit, and
that’s the customization there. For the Curex, because they
have different arch heights, what we have, and this
is provided by them, it’s just a heat-sensitive pad, really a gel-pad, that you stand on. And it gives us an outline of your foot, but it does indicate arch height. And you can see that here, and that’s how we start to size you. And then after that, we
size you for skate size, and there is also trim
to fit on the Curex. So with the Bauer’s Speedplate, it’s trim to fit also,
and totally heat moldable. So this is customizable
right into your skate boot. So we heat one at a time, and we mold it, and it’s totally
customizable to your foot. – As you can tell, Glen
loves the CCM insoles. They’ve been on the market for a while, and his had good success in his store. The key selling feature
here is that the Curex lab basically, just studies feet. They’ve been doing
insoles for running shoes for the longest time, and CCM partnered with them
to make this skating insole. So there’s a lot of
science, a lot of research, and data backing up what
goes into these insoles. But Bauer has a new product on the market, which is a Speedplate, and they also sent me a pair
of skates for this video. So I figured I’d give them a fair shake. First let’s talk about how these work. Well these are hard plastics,
so you’re probably thinking, how is that going to feel comfortable? It’s kind of a neat design,
they’re hard plastic now, but if you put them in the oven, they get kind of mushy. And then you put them in your skates, and then you stand on them. And the idea is that it perfectly fits to the bottom of your feet. So no matter what the
shape of your feet is, or the arch, it’s going to perfectly wrap around that foot. So then when you put
your feet in your skates, there is absolutely no negative space, or very little negative space. The idea is that your feet aren’t going to move around at all. So when you push, it’s
going directly to the blade. There’s no wiggling around, and bumping, or pushing on any part of your foot. Basically, your whole foot is
taking all of the pressure, instead of one specific point. So you shouldn’t feel any
discomfort from these. Now, I did hear online
that they were cracking. And I talked to the guys at Bauer, and they said that in the
first release of these they did have some issues with cracking, but they have resolved it. And I could definitely see, especially if there is a
rivet poking up in your skate and it’s pushing on this, I could see that it could crack. Let me show you. If you look along the
bottom of the insole, you can see where the rivets are that are digging into the insole. So if one of them was poking
out more than the other, I could see how that may
cause this to possibly crack. Also thinking about how
these are suppose to work, they’re hard at first, they get soft, they form perfectly to
the bottom of your foot, and then they harden up again. Now if that process was done incorrectly, maybe they weren’t put
in the skates properly, or something went wrong, that could cause a lot of problem because they’re not perfectly
formed to your feet. The nice thing is that the
plastic it has a recovery alloy, which means you can put these in the oven over, and over, and over, and over again, and keep on re-baking them
until you get it right. So if you are using them and you’ve had some problems with them, take ’em in, get ’em baked again, and see if that fixes it. So, should you get a footbed? And if you’re going to get one, which one should you get? I think for most hockey players, just your standard footbed should be fine. I played with just the standard
ones for the longest time. If you’re still feeling foot pain, or you want a little bit more comfort, then that’s when you would
start to look at footbeds. The Superfeet have been on the market for a really long time, and a lot of people have
had success with those. Based on basically my
research shooting this video and talking to Glen in the shop, for support and comfort the Curex seems to be a really good option from CCM. If you’re looking for maximum support, you have oddly shaped feet,
you want better balance, and possibly better performance, then the Bauer Speedplates
might be the one to go to based on that purely custom fit. They wrap right around your foot. Of course you never really know
which one is the best option until you’ve tried them all. Unfortunately at 50 dollars a pop, it could be expensive to try
every option for yourself. Lucky for you guys, I’ve got
every single option right here. So I’ve got just the standard footbed, I’ve got the Superfeet,
I have the CCM Curex, and I have the Speedplates. Eventually I will get
these all in my skates, test them all out, And maybe in a few months
I’ll probably have a video up. Talking about what I actually felt, if I felt any difference in performance, and definitely if I felt
a difference in comfort. So hit that subscribe button. I do new videos every single week, and I’ll see you guys in the next video. (upbeat rock music)