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post #1 of 7
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Hello Boot Guys,

 

My wife was shopping for new boots last year, and she found her feet liked a pair of Dalbello (Krypton? They reminded me of old Raichle) boots.  The thing was, they were definitely too small for her, and the salesman at the store, whom I've known and worked with for a few years, told us that Dalbello doesn't make woman's boots in sizes larger.  This seemed very odd to me, but I certainly didn't have the knowledge to call shenanigans on the issue.  We plan to start shopping for new boots this fall, and before we head out, I'd like to know if there's a general maximum size sold for various brands?  My wife usually wears a US size 10 (woman's of course).  I don't remember what size of boot she had tried on sadly, as this occurred last fall.

 

If there is some magical ceiling on woman's boot sizes, what issues should we look out for when having her try on men's boots?

 

Thank you,

 

Eric

post #2 of 7

The largest women's boot, graphically speaking is a 27.5 shell, usually  315-318mm depending on manufacturer. I would still say treat her to a day at the ski boot spa (AKA, a good boot fitter) and let him/her find a boot that is the best shape for HER foot. 

post #3 of 7

http://www.epicski.com/t/68780/why-women-s-gear-sucks

 

ask public enemy said "dont bellieve the hype",  boots are boots,   and dont know what sex you are.  if she needs a ladies 10, then about a 27 should be a good starting point. 

 

also reading the wikis about boot fitting on this site will help a lot too.  

 

post #4 of 7

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     I suggest you and your wife read (about shell sizing) the WIKI at the top of this section about "which boot should fit".

 

     A woman's size 10 is the same as a mans size 9 in a shoe---most size 9 men can fit into a 26.0 shell  (305mm) and except for the faux faux features on women's boots almost all (men's and women's boots) are exactly the same.

 

     Although some women's models are more upright, allowing room for a woman's longer calf muscle, which goes further down into the boot.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

The largest women's boot, graphically speaking is a 27.5 shell, usually  315-318mm depending on manufacturer. I would still say treat her to a day at the ski boot spa (AKA, a good boot fitter) and let him/her find a boot that is the best shape for HER foot. 

 

Thank you.  Visiting the bootfitter is the plan (for both of us) this season.  I've visited Mr Steve Bagley(?) at Snowbird once before, and I hear that there's a Masterfit bootfitter at Alta.  I just wish they opened their shops earlier in the season.
 

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     I suggest you and your wife read (about shell sizing) the WIKI at the top of this section about "which boot should fit".

 

I'm guessing you meant this article: Boot Fitting Which Boot Will Work For Me?  Or perhaps Boot Fitting Terms and Glossary? In any event, I've reviewed both, so thank you for pointing me to those articles.  If I've missed a useful page in my search, could you please suggest some search terms or provide a link?  Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post

     A woman's size 10 is the same as a mans size 9 in a shoe---most size 9 men can fit into a 26.0 shell  (305mm) and except for the faux faux features on women's boots almost all (men's and women's boots) are exactly the same.

 

     Although some women's models are more upright, allowing room for a woman's longer calf muscle, which goes further down into the boot.

 

I'm very glad to read this.  I hope I can convince my wife of the same.  I've been told many times about the differences (or lack thereof) in women's skis, but I had never heard the same for boots.

 

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http://www.epicski.com/t/68780/why-women-s-gear-sucks

 

ask public enemy said "dont bellieve the hype",  boots are boots,   and dont know what sex you are.  if she needs a ladies 10, then about a 27 should be a good starting point. 

 

also reading the wikis about boot fitting on this site will help a lot too.  

 


I'm glad to read more confirmation that "boots are boots".  Thank you for the link to your previous post, I found it interesting to read what folks had to say.

 

I myself am male, though I don't have trouble finding boots in my size.  I'll get my wife into the bootfitter and see which sizes they come up with. remembering 27 as a general guideline.

 

Thanks again for all your help everyone!

 

Eric

post #6 of 7

As they've said "Why a woman's boot?"  The Storm and Kryzma will fit the same if called the Krypton Pro.  I worked for Steve for one year before I moved to Calgary to do my own thing.  See him and you won't be sorry.

 

Lou

post #7 of 7

all good responses to your questions so far.

 

i would like to point out 3 important things that have not been covered.

 

normally a size 10 women's foot would not be a 27. it would be a 26. secondly we have all been taking your lead that she really is a sz 10 women's foot. this is the part that the boot fitter needs to figure out by doing a good assessment of size and shape of her foot to make the best boot match.

 

the last issue is that most women's feet size 10 or larger tend to be narrow and low volume. that makes this whole discussion about what size boot to buy morph into what shape boot can i find that will match my wife's foot and lower leg, and be the appropriate flex for her skiing style.

 

it makes your task that much harder, because you need to find a good boot fitter as suggested, but that fitter has to be working in a ski shop that recognizes your wifes foot size, shape, and flex needs, and have a boot on the shelf that meets those needs for her to try.

 

jim

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