I have what I hope is an easy question to answer from the vastly more experienced here on the boards. This season, I was finally able to get into my first pair of custom fit boots, a sweet pair of Dalbello Boss ID's. They're a 25.5 if that matters. My street size hovers between a 9.5 and a 10 depending on the shoe. Left foot slightly longer than the right by about a quarter inch and pretty wide on both - I think I was measured at an E? Pretty tall arches as well.
Obviously It's been quite an eye-opener compared to the "demo-level" rentals and the odd borrowed pair I've been used to for the past few years. One of the areas I seem to have an inordinate amount of difficulty with however is the fit over the metatarsal area of both feet. I have a rather difficult time getting the bottom buckle down on anything other than the very first catch (longest span possible) - even with the micro adjustment spun all the way out. It feels like it's putting a painful amount of pressure across the top of each foot.
Bear in mind, this is after custom DFB beds and the whole thermal ID liner fitting have been done. Now, I've never been through this experience with a fit before - but even on boots that were up to four sizes larger, I've never had an easy or even remotely comfortable time getting buckles closed across the tops of my feet. I often ski without that buckle latched at all, but I can't imagine it's good for either control, or for the general long term health of the shell when under load.
I've looked at it upside down and backwards, and can't see any other means apart from the tiny amount the micro-adjust twist offers, to extend that catch. Am I missing something obvious? Do I have freak feet that were never meant to wear alpine boots? Does this require some form of shop modification I'm not as yet aware of? I understand that this fit is going to be far far tighter than anything I've experienced before, and of course, I haven't had them out on the mountain yet to be fair, but should it be rally quite painful? Perhaps moving on the mountain will change everything dramatically. But as I mentioned before, even boots that were well packed out and much larger than what I should have been in still tended to feel uncomfortably tight.
Grasping at straws on this one. The rest of the fit is very tight, but not painful per se, just that darn metatarsal area. I understand any advice will be best guesses as you can't see the fit over the web here, but I'd sure appreciate any light you guys might be able to help shed. Thanks in advance!
At any rate, the boot looks really cool, and is all orange and stuff so that will make me ski faster right? Right?? hehehe
* ^^^ Bet THAT guy wishes he had orange boots too!