I am looking for ski boots, but can't seem to find a pair that suits me... I rented for years, which never reallly worked because of pain, or no control at all (e.g. Head Cube)... the problem is almost always that the boots are too tight at the instep and forefoot (outside of little toe/just above), and the top part of my calf, but at the same time are way too loose around the heel, i.e. it doesn't really touch the ground/my leg hangs in the shaft (with calf cramp as a result > loosening buckles there means the lower ones need to be loosened too/no control anymore). Also, there is often so much padding around the achilles tendon (which I think is rather short in my case) so that I can never really get my heel into the heel pocket (which is more V-shaped) no matter how hard I push, with a big several cm gap in the back as a result.
Now I have measured my feet using an instruction on the internet (https://patriotfootbeds.com/blogs/bootorials/48749889-ski-boot-sizing...
) and they are about 230 mm long, 100 mm wide, with an instep of 265 mm. Calves max. 37 cm, ankles max. 24 cm. So pretty wide feet/high instep (equivalent of 106 mm for standard size). In December I bought, based on this info, the Nordica Sportmachine 85W 23.5, which felt reasonable in the store (tongue was made thinner to create instep room/custom insoles were made but that was a bad idea/only resulted in cramps under my feet), but during skiing I hardly had any control/I got cramps in the usual places. A local store/bootfitter then told me they were completely the wrong shoes, and because I was so disappointed I went with his suggestions... his philosophy was that you need to have a proper heelpocket and the rest can be adjusted. So I bought the Salomon Quest Pro 100 W 23.0, which had a better fit at the heel (not as good as the Lange's, Atomics, and Head 110 Evo W though, but these were really too tight in other places). They were heated in the oven (with padding on the instep), C-shaped stickers around my ankles, pushed out a bit near the toe, and seemed to be okayish. Only at my instep they were way too tight, with cramps under the foot/cutting off of bloodflow on top. So he put a larger buckle on the boot at the instep. Also, he put two pieces of insole under the heel to reduce the excess space around the heel. The result is a shoe with good control (skis actually do what I want/I feel as if heel movement translates into ski movement!), but pretty bad pressure points in multiple places (usual spots minus calf, plus bone on the inside of the foot under the heel bone) and sleeping feet at home within minutes. Bootfitter said never walk on shoes, unbuckle at every lift, you have difficult feet but still... can't go down even a single slope at once without having to get some blood going again halfway. The worst part however is the tongue, which is U-shaped rather than flattish and cuts off blood flow by pressing into my instep (see pic).
Sorry, a bit of a long story, but by now I am rather desperate that I will ever find good shoes, skiing holiday was pretty disappointing... has someone got tips for me? Did I buy the wrong shoes/are there others that are better (Dalbello Kyra 95? Lange SX 90?)? Or should I go to a bootfitter and get small things fixed? I read something about heel lifts, could that help? Thanks in advance!