Finding the right boot fit means more than just trying on a pair or two of boots. Take the time to have the boots fit professionally.
The difference in fit is worth the time and money. Beware of on-line sites that offer discount boots. Your local shop can get you properly measured and you have the opportunity to try on several different types of boots. Before you buy boots online, check your local shop for a price match. In his article How to Find the Perfect Ski Boot Leonid Feldman from youcanski.com gives some important tips for a great boot fit.
First: Get measured! Ski boot brands and models all vary in their sizing. A 9 medium will not necessarily correspond with the same size in a different brand or model. Your ski shop boot fitter will know the size characteristics of the brands they offer. I have yet to see an online retailer be able to measure your feet on a Brannock device.
Second: Be honest with your boot fitter about your skiing ability and habits. They will guide you to the best boot for your level. Your goal is to get a secure, snug fit around your foot. It will make skiing much more enjoyable.
Third: Trying different boots and wearing them inside the store for at least 15-20 minutes is the key. Boot liners are soft at first, but they will conform to your foot in 10-15 minutes. The correct boot should feel snug all over without pressure points. You should be able to flex the boots in the shop. If you can’t flex the boots easily in the shop it’s better to get a softer boot. They will stiffen up a little in the cold.
Finally: Be patient, boots take a few days to really break in. The Paoli Pro Shop’s knowledgeable boot fitters can get you into a great boot fit. We’re serious about making your on-snow time enjoyable!