Bont has been creating custom skates since 1975 and is the world’s largest producer of custom made skates producing up to 120 pairs per week. In the mid 90’s Mr. Inze Bont tried molding socks to create a mold of skater’s feet and found it to be simple, clean and light weight for shipping.
Before we start, make sure you have these items.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your Achilles tendon is straight when you are molding. To achieve this, get someone to stand behind you while you move your feet further apart or closer together until they are straight. Usually, your feet should be shoulder width apart. When you get them in the right place, remember to keep your feet in that position when you are molding them.
Make sure that you keep your heels on the ground with your weight slightly forward. Don’t lean on any objects while molding. It is very important that you are standing up while molding. Do not sit down. Make sure that you have a flat hard surface to stand on. Do not stand on any soft materials while you mold your feet.
Let’s begin. Take the protective strip and place it on the front of the foot in line with the big toe. Tape it to the foot in 3 places.
Next, place the plastic bag over the foot and put your gloves on.
The sock reacts with moisture in the air so don’t open it until you are ready to use it. It will set quickly. Open the sock and dip it in the bucket of water making sure it is wet. Turn the sock inside out so that the smooth part is against your foot.
Put the sock on making sure that the seam is on top of the toes and that the sock is pulled all the way up.
Make a small cut in the bottom of the sock on top of the black protective strip so it will be easier to take off later.
Make a second cut at the top of the sock.
Wet your hands and begin to rub the sock. Pay special attention to the Achilles tendon and the arch of the foot. Make sure the person is standing with their feet apart so that their Achilles tendon is straight like we tested earlier. The socks will begin to heat up and they may become quite hot for a minute or so. The resin will react with the water and begin bubbling.
Keep putting water on your hands and rubbing the sock up and down to make it fit close to the foot. After about 5 minutes, the sock will cool down and become hard. If you are not sure if it is hard enough, just leave it to set for another minute.
Use the special scissors to cut along the black protective strip and cut the sock off. Then open the stock and the foot will slip out. Pull the plastic out of the sock if it has remained inside.
Hold the sock together and tape it up.
Use a permanent marker to mark any foot problems that we should look out for such as bunions or spurs on your feet. Write your name on the bottom of the mold.
Your completed mold should look like this. If it doesn’t, then it is better to make a new one than to send us a bad mold.
Dry the socks and pack them in foam, bubble wrap or newspaper to ship to us. Make sure they are packed well so they are not damaged in transit.