sharhodesDear boot chumps,
There are no such things as half sizes nor park boots
follow these steps and I assure you will find a properly fitting and performing boot
1. take out liner
2. put foot in shell and push toes to front
3. look behind heel to see how much space
- 1/2 to 3/4 inch = ski boss
- around 3/4 inch = nice fit
- closer to 1 inch = sloppy in 2 years
4. skinny foot = last 97/ fat foot = last 102/ somewhere between = figure it out
5. realize the liner is going to break in and quit being a bitch
- you already figured out your foot was gonna fit in the first 3 steps
6. Buckle from the top buckles down, this pulls your heel to the back of the boot
7. break those sons of bitches in...DONT WALK IN THEM AND KEEP YOUR DAMN KNEES BENT.....flex them instead for 5 solid minutes
- can't flex? flex too much? pick new boot and repeat
- any specific pain points? pick new boot and repeat
- feels very snug but no specific points? buy boot and continue break in process
I suggest getting a footbed to give yourself some support and some grinding or punching may be necessary
DISCLAIMER: some may fall outside of these rules. Take these steps as detailed general guidelines
a boot fitter
Dear chump who thinks he knows about boots, you don't.
Your advice above is pretty flawed as it does not take into account a lot of factors or really explain why you need to grind and punch a shell. Nor does it actually describe how last works... Or even custom liners which are required for a lot of people.
Also you haven't even touched on in step, canting and angles...
Its really simple, you go to a decent boot fitter and let them sort it all out for you.
Usually to be found working in the alps with 'Staff' on the back of my jacket pretending to know whats occurring while I slink off to go ski.