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Doug

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A few months ago I asked for a recommendation for someone who might be able to tweak my boots to get them to fit better. A business called Custom Boot Fitters run by a guy named Jim Mates was recommended.

I finally went to see him. I think he fixed me up, was very fast, very nice guy to b.s. with and his prices were very reasonable. He specializes in Ski Boots, Hiking Boots & In-Line Skates. Consider this an endorsement for him:

Custom Boot Service6500 4th Ave. NWSeattle, WA 98117

(206) 297-9298

As an added bonus, you get to go to Ballard to see him!

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Hey Doug, Does this guy do custom rock shoes? I've always had work done by Gary Mekan in Salt Lake city because he's the only one I really know in the United States that specializes in custom rock shoes, but would be interested in knowing if there was someone locally who makes custome rock shoes.

Thanks

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No Toes,

It didn't look like he was set up to make shoes. Try calling Ramuta's Shoe Service in Seattle, he may be able to point you in the right direction.

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There's two cobblers in Seattle who make shoes- one is "Mobeta Shoes" down on Western Ave just below the Pike Place Market, and the other is ??? who had a shop up on capitol hill in a small shop right close to Charlie's on Broadway. I imagine there's more but none I know of.

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Custom Boots - Jim Mates will give you as good a fit as you can get from whatever boots you bring in. He started with fitting ski boots and has a lot of local ski patrolers and racers as repeats. He has gotten into fitting hiking boots and other sports as well. I had him work with me on a pair of rock shoes. He didn't resew anything or do anything structural. He added some padded lumps to direct my bones to where they were supposed to go. It helped a lot. I highly recommend this guy.

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If you got extra big feet this guy might be able to help you out: biggestshoes_indiaAP410x303.jpg

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They might help for hitchhiking to the crags, just grab the back bumper and hold on...

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you could die doing that. you need to get adequate training before using those wheel shoes. otherwise we'll charge your ass for the related rescue costs. as a taxpayer I'm sick of paying for all these rescues involving wheel shoes. yuppy wheel shoe users. sue their asses! [Mad]

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