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Need boot sizing help. We were told two very different sizes for the same foot.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Ok ,so I'm new here and I might be able to find the answer if I do enough digging, but I am in kind of  a rush for the answer. So here is the question.

I am buying a new new ski package for my 16 yol. son. He is moving from rentals to his first pair of twin tips. So we went to the ski shop and I had his foot measured and sized for a new set of boots.because they said that the boot is the most important part of the package. Now my son wears a size 11.5 sneaker, and while I was looking around on the web, and did a comparison chart I figured he would be around a 29-29.5 ski boot. Well the ski shop "expert" says, he is a 27-27.5????? That is like a size 9 shoe size. Does this seem right. I didn't end up buying any boots there because I didn't feel comfortable with the sizing. So we went to another ski shop and there we were told he needs a 28.5-29.5 because the boot will change a little as it "packs out"?

 

So any insite to how to handle this? Which person is right? Could my son really wear a size 11.5 sneaker, but be a size 27.5 ski boot? I need help. Thanks everyone.

post #2 of 10

lots of kids wear oversized shoes, so hard to tell, but I would bet on the smaller size (27) being closest.   what was the shell fit like on the boots?  5-15mm.

do you need any growth room for him?  maybe go up a bit for that if needed.

 

best to read the posts at the top of this forum page, and see if that helps at all.   just that teen shoe size is NOT a good indicator of foot size

post #3 of 10

When i was 16 years old my foot size was a US 9 (26 ish)  my mom bought me a size men's 11 boot thinking i would grow into it. Well I'm still a size 9. That boot never fit me and i skied like sh-t.  If your sons wants to be a racer or is skier really well go with the smaller size. If you foot (dad) is larger than ur sons a larger size may be fine. Generally boys feet stop growing by age 16 to 17 yrs.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

post #4 of 10

did either shop actually measure his feet, or do a shell size check with his barefoot in the shell without the liner inside?

 

your starting point for a good fit begins with assessing his real foot size on a mondopoint sizing tool.

 

jim

post #5 of 10

Just to reiterate everyone is right. Mondo sizing (27, 28 etc) conversion to U.S. sizing is incorrect but is a guideline only.  A shell fit is essential.  Boots do pack out and the feel in the store will not be the same on the slopes.  Do the shell fit as discussed in the Wikis at the top of this site and talk with a good fitter.

 

Most people cannot buy a comfortable boot in the correct size without having the boot modified.  The quest for a comfortable fit from the box instead of after necessary modifications is the reason most skiers wear a boot that is at least one size too large although the record is my store is 4 sizes.

 

Lou

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yes, both places measured his foot. That is why I'm so confused about the size. One store did do a shell check, and said it was a 27.5. Although the other store did size his foot at 29-29.5. I really do appreciate all the info. I think I might take him back and get it sized again.

 

post #7 of 10

I'd start with the store that suggested the smaller size, but shop around and see what happens

post #8 of 10

" Size is only the starting point."

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

post #9 of 10

Agree with these guys but there is something wrong somewhere.  Boots vary in length just like shoes do, but measuring someone as 29.5 and then finding they fit in a 27 is not something I've ever experienced.

 

Lou

post #10 of 10

Lou it does make sense is the fitter wearing sunglasses or just came from happy hour.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

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