Dr Ned Buckley
Owner, Specialist Podiatric Surgeon, Master Bootfitter
Almost by chance, Ned landed his first boot fitting role in London in 2001. Having been a passionate skier all his life, Ned quickly developed a strong interest in the role, and with one thing leading to the next, he embarked on a journey that would see him fitting boots across the globe for the next 14 years.
After several years in the industry, Ned had a desire to take his boot fitting to a new level. He had a great deal of technical knowledge of ski boots and how to custom fit them for different foot types, but he yearned to fully understand the biomechanics and anatomy of the lower limb so he could offer a truly holistic boot fitting service for his clients. This led him to complete a Podiatric Medicine degree at the University of Western Australia, followed by a Doctorate of Clinical Podiatry. Ned now operates Ned Buckley Podiatry in West Perth as a Specialist Podiatric Surgeon. Ned is also a trainer with Masterfit University and travels to Melbourne annually to run a boot fitting course.
Ned founded Boot Solutions in 2006 and as it has grown year on year, Ned has carefully handpicked his team from all over the world. A number of our bootfitters are also podiatrists, and all our bootfitters are highly skilled and experienced. Most importantly, they are all passionate about their job, our industry, and helping our clients have the best possible experience.
Niseko Hirafu Manager, Master Bootfitter, Ski Instructor
Born in Scotland, and having worked in an enviable number of exotic ski locations for the past 10 years as a bootfitter and ski instructor, Ruairidh now calls Niseko home. He joined the Boot Solutions team in 2012 and manages our Niseko store.
When asked what he loves most about being a bootfitter, Ruairidh says it’s the interactional nature of the job.
“This role affords an amazing opportunity to meet clients from all over the world. And simply talking to our clients is the most powerful and effective diagnostic tool we have.”
In recent years, Ruairidh has travelled extensively throughout Japan and is currently learning Japanese.
London-born Brad entered the ski industry in 2008 as a ski instructor in Switzerland. He then moved into bootfitting in 2011, and has since been honing his skills in England, Switzerland and New Zealand.
Brad loves to be able to completely change people’s outlook on skiing with the help of a well-fitting ski boot.
“Having customers coming back after their first day in their new boots and saying it was the best day they’ve ever had is why I continue to boot fit.”
When Brad’s not doing park laps on the mountain, you’ll probably find him with his nose buried in a book.
Brad’s ultimate adventure would be spending a whole Winter road tripping through European ski resorts, and would love to one day call Wanaka in New Zealand home.
Bootfitter (Niseko Village)
Florian was born and raised in the French Alps and for the past seven years has been boot fitting in France and New Zealand in Megeve ,Val Thorens and Queenstown.
Prior to bootfitting, Florian spent five years as a marketing manager for ski brand Rossignol.
Florian loves to be able to help people enjoy their holidays by sharing his passion for skiing and providing the best gear for them.
In the off season, he loves to escape to the mountains or an island and enjoy the simple things in life.
His motto is “there are no friends on a powder day, KUFO”.
Bootfitter, Ski Instructor (Niseko)
Raised in Glasgow, Chris has been working in the ski industry for the past 8 years doing everything from fitting boots, building indoor terrain parks, coaching high end park skiers and teaching beginners.
When he’s not on the slopes skiing, working on his skis or watching skiing, Chris enjoys spending time editing ski videos he’s made from his own footage.
As a dual citizen of the UK and US, Chris often travels to the States to visit family and friends, ski (of course!) and watch his favourite American Football team.
On the top of Chris’ bucket list has always been to experience Japanese powder. And now that’s he’s in Niseko for his first season, he says he wants to “get out and send some big steezy cork 7s into some nipple deep pow off a natural jump.”
Sydney-born Mike has been a boot fitter for 5 years, worked in the Australian ski industry for 11 years and has been skiing for as long as he can remember. He now calls Jindabyne in NSW home.
“I love being able to help people experience the snow and enjoy skiing as much as I do, and seeing their faces when boots are actually comfortable!”
Mike enjoys writing, reading, watching TV and movies and spending time with his mates.
And when asked what’s on top of his bucket list? “To design a better bucket”.