Foxxy-BangThen Im going to tell my boot fitter what boots I'm interested in and he can order them and let me choose for myself while still giving me professional advice.
Have zero preference of what boot to buy when buying new boots. It could possibly lead you to buying boot that kinda fits but still suck.
I go back to Minnesota (I ski in Colorado) for bootfitting cause I have not found a better bootfitter than my boot guy. Plus he does lots boot work for beer.
Things you can do before going to a bootfitter to actually help yourself:
1.Sandals flatten feet. This could lead to the feeling you need a bigger boot and more work than necessary. I will always go to ski shops during the summer and try stuff but will wait til I start wearing closed shoes again in the fall before I buy. This just gets me a better fit.
2.Write down things about your self as a skier. Your height,weight ability, how often do you ski, what was the flex of your last boot. The only thing about what kinda of boot you want is AT or Alpine in terms of what kinda.
3. Find a good bootfitter. If you walk into ski shop for boot buying and they ask you what boots you want to try or ask what your foot size is, I would leave. Those two questions tell me they have no idea of they are doing. If you have no choice in the matter (next ski shop or fitter is more than 2 states away) It would be okay to try boots at least. But be cautious cause it sound like they don't ski or give a shit at all.
4.Labels mean nothing. Doesn't matter what the label says. If says racer extreme 400 but fits well and flex feels good buy that and ski it the park. Torin Yater still rocks a pair womans Nordica. http://www.newschoolers.com/forum/thread/766169/What-boots-does-Torin-have-
Spark notes: Physically try boots on, Find a good fitter, doesn't matter what kinda of a boot just needs to fit well and perform well.