This thread is a repost from the gear section. Hoping to get some help...
So, I just bought a pair of Full Tilt First Chair boots off of Backcountry after trying on a similar Full Tilt Boot in the only ski store around Sun n Ski Sports. Unfortunately, although the guys at the store are avid skiers, I don't think they qualify as expert bootfitters. I did a shell fit in the store on both a 28.5 and 27.5, and the guys said that both fit. With the liners in, the 28.5 was basically comfortable, and my toes were touching the end and the 27.5 was a bit shorter. The first time I went, they measured my Mondo size as a 28.5, and the second time it was a 28. I think the 28 was a more accurate measurement. Just for good measure, I traced my foot this morning on 8.5x11 piece of paper and I had at least a quarter inch of toe sticking over the edge. 11.25 inches is roughly 28.57 centimeters,
Figuring obviously that the tighter the better, I went ahead and bought the First Chairs off of Backcountry in the 27.5. Tried em on yesterday around the house and they seemed way too tight even after a potential heat mold. In the shell of the right foot, I have maybe about 5mm (judging by the width of my index finger), but in the left, I basically have zero space unless I crunch my toes in front. With the liners in, both sides basically become rockclimbing shoes.
From your experiences, can this be heatmolded out even with a footbed in or should I send em back and get a 28.5 even though it might be a tad big?
I'm going skiing in Park City with family friends on 12/23 - 12/30, and while that would clearly be a perfect time/place to get fitted for boots, since I'm a guest on the vacation, I'm not sure exactly what the plans are going to be. It's also possible that I'd be heading up to Denver for a few days before that, but not sure yet.
If it helps at all, the most comfortable and accurately fit pair of shoes I own are 2 pairs of Allen Edmonds Strands in a 10.5. According to their website, the last used on these shoes is a "5 Last (65) This is the longest in length of all of our lasts; best for a long, narrow foot." In running shoes I wear a 11.5 or 12.
I'd describe my foot as having a low arch, but certainly not flat and probably an average height instep. I know from running that I have a neutral gait. My current running shoes are these: http://www.zappos.com/asics-gel-ds-sky-speed-2-royal-white-black
Also, if there are any bootfitters in Dallas, I'd be more than happy to drive there from Houston.
Thanks for the help.