Hi, I have a couple of questions about my boots and asking about some recommendations. Most of the threads I searched are a few years old.
So, some background. I have Nordica SM12 that I have skied for the past 4 seasons, 110flex then last year on 120 flex. I got them fitted at a ski shop near Tacoma, WA. I kept the original liner for the first year until they packed out then was fitted with intuition liners. They worked great through last year, then about 5 days into this season my feet began to hurt, worse when on the lift, better when flexed in a turn, left more than right and I could feel my heels swimming around a lot more. So, I tightened the buckles and that fixed the looseness, but my feet went numb and my left big toenail turned purple. I took them to the boot fitter where I ski at Crystal Mountain and he said the shells were too big for my footsize, when I remember the original fitter saying he was giving me a boot that was a little too small. He recasted the liners and the footbeds (they looked like a pretzel) and put a wedge in the heel. They feel great now, nice and tight and not cutting the circulation off. So, my questions are:
1) Do the shells stretch over time or was I more likely to have been given the wrong boot size?
2) Do I need new boots or is the wedge in the heel a reasonable long term solution?
3) I have a narrow heel, long, but wide foot. The Nordicas seem to fit my foot very well except the heel. Are there other manufacturers with a similar toe box, but narrower heel? If not, is this something that is typically corrected by the boot fitter?
Thanks for your help.