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onenerdykidThere is no other correct answer.
onenerdykidThis is what you do:
1. Research in your area (or where you will be skiing) which shops are the best boot-fitters
2. Call them and make an appointment (budget at least 1 hour, maybe 2)
3. Trust their boot recommendation that is based on your foot shape, budget, and footbed needs.
4. Enjoy the best boot for you, for all types of skiing.
FYI- at this time of the year, shops do not have all boot options in stock. Some things are sold out already, so you might not find the ideal solution for your needs. Your best bet is do this in September/October when all options are available.
There is no other correct answer.
RparrI have very mixed feelings about this after a lifetime of Midwest skiing. Boot fitters are absolutely useless here in Ohio, it’s always just some generic shop guy that they’ve trained to explain their different boots. It usually just ends with me trying on damn near every pair of “freestyle” boots in the house and picking whichever feels best for me. I imagine it is like this for many non-skiing states. I would love to see a real boot fitter. The only thing they have to offer me around here is the ability to make custom footbeds and order parts for the boots, which I do need
onenerdykidThat is a difficult spot to be in (literally and figuratively).
Do you only ski in Ohio, or do you ever make it out East or West? If you ever go on a ski vacation to a known destination area, it would for sure be a good idea to research which fitters are in/near that ski area. Then you can enjoy your holiday and get dialed at the same time.
While this is by no means an ultimate list, it's a good starting point for anyone in their search for finding the right boot: