I've been skiing in Dalbello Proton P8 boots for the past few seasons and I've always wondered if my boots were slightly too big, which perhaps is holding me back in my progress. My feet measure 11 1/2 and I'm in 295 boots, in which my original fitter said I was a 'tough case' at the time as I was in between sizes but ultimately he felt I was closer to the 295 area than 290 sized boots. I just did a shell test for the first time and I'm at exactly 1 inch spacing between the heel and shell, with the sides of my feet almost touching the shell as well. As for skiing, I feel like my feet move around a bit too much unless I really tighten up the buckles, in which I then have to worry about pain/circulation issues. In the end, I find a happy medium with comfort and overall performance. Speaking of fit, I've always assumed that your feet shouldn't move much at all in your boots regardless, but more and more I'm reading that its okay for your feet to move some in a relaxed state...just that they shouldn't move much if at all when in a skiing position (bent knees, etc.); the good news for me is they seem mostly snug in the skiing position with little heel movement. In a relaxed, non-skiing position I can move my heel up and down quite easily.
With all that being said, does this sound like my boots are too big or am I fairly dialed in overall? Finally, last year this time I took my boots back in and they put an additional insole underneath my surefoot foot bed and recommended that I wear thicker socks if needed. The additional foot bed helped but I never bothered wearing thicker socks, but for whatever reason I still feel like my boots should be more snug and I'm worried its holding back my progress as a strong intermediate skier, especially on the harder runs. Thoughts anyone? Thanks in advance.