I work for a performance ski rental shop and this year we are also selling kids boots. I am more of a boot salesman than boot fitter so i was very interested in the product knowledge session with the western Canada Nordica rep. What follows is a para-phrasing of what he showed us.
Pulling the boot liner and having a kid put a foot in the shell with the toes just touching the end of the shell and then doing the one or two finger measurement at the heel is dicey at best with a small child. Are the toes properly touching the end of the boot? With a small child, who knows? Having the child put a foot in the liner and then squeezing the toe of the liner to feel where the foot ends is also not too precise.
Instead: take the footbed out of the liner and place it on the ski shops foot measure device. Then have the child place a foot on the foot bed with the heel against the back of the device as if you were measuring the foot. Then measure a thumb width between the end of the child's toes and the end of the footbed.This should give enough room to guarantee a season long fit even if the child's foot grows and may allow enough room for a second season of use without the boot being too roomy to start with.
I am wondering if the boot fitters out there have heard of or use this sizing method and what do you guys think of this or what do you do to fit a child in a boot?
Edited by DanoT - 12/12/11 at 3:34pm