A Perfect Fit

Jen Karnan  

Mountainside Outfitters has taken on a boot fitter for the 15-16 season (a Mountainside Bootfitter, if you will) and the "Boot Shack" is officially open for business. Brian McCall, the "Boot Guy," is a Certified Pedorthist and Masterfit Certified Boot Fitter for over 12 years. Some might say he has a foot fetish, but that definitely comes with a creepy undertone. He knows his way around a foot? Mehh... He's got a way with the feets... There's really no way to say this without sounding weird: Brian McCall specializes in feet, and his mission is to enhance his clients' enjoyment of their activities by increasing their comfort level. 

Like many of the locals that call Gunstock their home mountain, Brian has been on skis since the age of eight. He grew up loving the sport, ski racing competitively through both high school and college. Brian's other passion is cycling; he's participated in many forms of bicycle racing since the age of 13, owned and operated Lakes Region Cyclery in Moultonborough, NH, and attained a semi pro license as a mountain bike racer. Brian's constant search for biomechanical efficiency and comfort for his bicycle fitting customers led him to a job with Richelson's Feet First in Plymouth, NH. During his time there, he realized that the feet are similar to the "pistons of a vehicle," and that their alignment is a key component to comfort and performance. While working for Richelson's, Brian became well-versed in many facets of medical and sports orthotic fabrication and became an expert in snowsports evaluation and equipment modification. His experience ranges from Nordic racers to freestyle athletes. He's also worked with many area race teams, private school race teams, and PSIA intructor staffs to improve their knowledge of equipment and biomechanics.

Brian's employment at Richelson's culminated in his Pedorthist certification. You may be asking yourself why this is the first time you're hearing this word, and the answer is that it's a very specialized and very rare expertise. Brian defines the word simply as a "pharmacist for the feet." Specifically, a pedorthist is a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs.

Brian is excited to bring his expertise to his home mountain and says he "wouldn't want to do it anywhere else." The Boot Shack is offering a full range of services from basic pain relief to premier sport orthotic construction.

For more information, click here. Brian can be reached for appointments through Mountainside Outfitters at 603-737-4331.

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