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onenerdykidA boot-fitter will take the following measurements as a place to start: length, forefoot width, instep height, heel width, calf circumference, and ankle flexibility. However, even if you know those measurements about your foot you will not find them listed as specs on a website (especially for each shell size since they differ per shell size!). A boot-fitter takes these measurements because he knows how all of the boots fit in relation to these measurements.
Moreover, simply knowing these measurements does not yield the answer of what boot will work. The ultimate/final measurement is seeing your foot inside the shell and making sure the shell contours match your foot, which cannot be done online. This is why the response is to go to a boot-fitter simply because they are able to perform this task.
So, long story short, you can measure your feet in any dimension you want, it still doesn't tell you what boot will work. It only gives you a basic starting point. From there you need to do a shell check.
Julius_SteezerOk, I was kinda hoping you specifically would answer my question so thanks very much for that.
So unsurprisingly, I was asking as there's a bargain boot online. Its on eBay and fortunately, the guy doesn't live too far from me so I was gonna go round and see him about them. I am not a bootfitter and don't pretend to be but these a brand new ghosts for £20 (I don't know if its too good to be true which is why I wanna go round and see them). Could I check the shell contours myself (are there any obvious things to check for?) or is it only something you can get from years of experience?