So, my Foils are getting a little bit small, but they fit perfectly. The width is fine, but the length is a bit small. I guess my question is can a shop punch these out, or stretch them a bit? I need about 1/2 size extra room, especially on my left foot.
There is only one shop in my city that has the equipment to do this type of stuff, but I'm not allowed to go there (long standing story between the owner and myself). Im wondering if it is worth my time to bother with this, or sell my boots and purchase new ones.
Im also wondering about what the process is like, and how much time it takes, and average cost.
Don't you work in a shop? And how have your boots gotten smaller?
You can stretch for length safely by a few mm without interfering with the binding interface but that can make a big difference in fit. That's a last resort though.
Get some good footbeds made first if you haven't got them already - your foot won't elongate as much when weighted. A good pair will last you a lifetime and is worth travelling for (I have fitted boots for patrollers who ski 200+ a year and have had the same footbeds for 7 years and counting). You can stretch the liner for length too and thin out the material at the very front which makes a slight difference. A heel wedge will give you more room at the toes too but will give you a bit more forward lean.
The best thign to do is to go to a reputable shop and ask for someone with a lot of experience. They might recommend somethign new or try to fix your current ones if everything seems good.
you could cut some fins at the end of the liner to give it a little more stretch. vertical slits using an extacto blade, or they are pretty easy to punch out, go see a decent bootfitter and there shouldnt be a issue. Do a quick shell check to see how much room there is behind the heel.