Wakeboard Boots for Flat Feet and Unstable Ankles

Today we’re discussing a bit different topic – I just want to make a recommendation on a wakeboard boot for those with flat feet and unstable ankles.  For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the sport, wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of water.  It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques.

Several seasons ago, I bought the Slingshot PB Floyd since I have extremely flat feet, wear orthotics and need a lot of control.  This is a great binding for those with flat or unstable feet – or anyone with a history of ankle injury or unstable ankles. The PB Floyd is now retired, but as an alternative the Slingshot KTV is a very similar boot with helpful updates like their Trifecta S Velcro closure system.

As a podiatrist and wakeboarder, I would recommend this binding to anyone wanting extra support and an extremely comfortable boot.  An optional inner boot support functions as an ankle brace.  While the “heat moldable” insole is a bit gimmicky, it is still very comfortable.  The insole is made of a foam called EVA that will conform to your foot after a few rides regardless of whether you heat it.

Once again, I would recommend this boot to most anyone, but especially those with unstable feet and ankles.  And for women, the Slingshot Jewel is essentially the same boot.

I was introduced to Slingshot boots by my wakeboard instructor – Greg at Northwest Riders. If you need lessons in the Seattle area, Greg is a talented instructor and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

And if anyone in the Seattle area needs a third for wakeboarding, let me know!

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Dr. Larry Huppin

Podiatrist specializing in biomechanics at Foot & Ankle Center of Washington
Lawrence Z.Huppin, DPM is an internationally recognized lecturer and teacher on orthotic therapy and biomechanics.In his Seattle private practice his focus in on treatment of mechanical problems such as heel pain, bunions, ball of foot pain, athletic injuries and children’s foot conditions.In addition he specializes in toenail problems including ingrown and fungal toenail conditions. He is always focused on helping patients avoid surgery if at all possible and keeping your medical costs as low as possible.
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