Level Six to Seven skiier, thirties, 6'4", 205lbs. Recently just got better thanks to lessons.
Foot measures 31.5 cm. I usually wear a size 14 US shoe, sometimes a 15. Never a 13. I think my feet pronate.
Currently ski in 31.5 Salomon Performa 7.0 boots.
Medial ankle bones, tibia and talus I guess, get wrecked from skiing. I now wear mole skin (sticky pads on skin) to help, but one day makes them raw and the second day we're past the skin. Third day in a row skiing is currently not possible without a lot of pain and swelling.
Have Superfeet footbed and a wedge in my current boot, which I think should help. My ankles are bony, and the pronation makes the bones stick out even further which results in the rawness.
I really want to get a better boot, and work on getting that to fit right. Current one is killing me and don't want to mess around with a 8 year old boot with a 80 flex.
Selection is VERY limited in my size, but currently I have a mail order pair of Salomon Mission 10 RS boots (100 flex, 102mm last) at the house, and another pair of Rossignol Sensor 3 100 (100mm last) on the way. I'd love to walk into a store and try things on, but at my size, it's a fantasy which will never happen. I've called and asked around. Most places have max of one boot in my size. So the best I can do is order a few boots, and pay the return shipping on all of them which I don't keep. It's not ideal, but after 20 years of shopping for shoes, I'm used to taking what I can find.
Now, with the Mission 10 RS, I tried out the shell fitting. I've got about an inch of space behind my heel when my toes lightly touch. I've heard that's too much from the FAQ on this site, but another site said 1 1/2 to 2 fingers width, which for me would be just over an inch. The thing is, the other criteria for the length fitting seems right. If I put the boot on with no buckles and stand up, my toes are hitting the front with a good deal of pressure. Buckle up the boot, and my toes are just lightly touching the front. Lean forward, and they just pull back.
In comparison to my old boots, the new boots feel FANTASTIC. So much better! Pressure seems evenly distributed. Also, when I just put on just the liner of the new boot, my foot actually stretches it a bit. It's not uncomfortable, but it's snug. My old boots, the liner is loose. I would transfer my Superfeet to the new boots, which would only make then more snug ( a good thing).
Once you get to bigger boot sizes, does the shell fit a bit bigger as well? Because it seems like these boots fit well with the liners in, even if the shell is big according to the boot fitting FAQ. The only better fit I'm thinking I can get is to try the Rossi's or another boot with a 100mm last. I'd love to try a 98mm last boot, but they seem to not even exist in my size from any boot manufacturer I've looked up.
I've thought about trying a 31.0 size boot, but they don't exist in most models. I did find ONE with a 100mm last, a Nordica Speedmachine 110. Should I give this boot a shot?
I'm wondering if the new boots feel great now, but will soon feel too big once they start getting broken in. But every boot I try which doesn't work costs me maybe $40 in shipping, so I'd rather not waste any money unnecessarily.
Anyone who's read this whole thing, I thank you for your patience and help!