Last season, I bought my first pair of ski boots from Tahoe. I live in the UK. I am female.
I wear a size 5 shoe (UK size) and the boots are a 23.5. I was advised to get a boot one size too small, which I agreed to. When flexed into the boots, my toes are able to wiggle.
I skied for a week and on the last day (a very powdery day), I got black toe nails which eventually fell off (both big toe nails). I went to the boot shop and they punched out the shell a little around where the big toes are. I left the next day and did not get a chance to try them out.
Now, I am going skiing again in 2 weeks time. I have been wearing the boots about an hour each day. By the end of the hour, my feet are throbbing. When I take them off, there are white pressure marks under the forefoot and occasionally, I get a strange ache within the forefoot. It feels as if my forefeet might be being flattened. I don't do up the front buckles.
I have an instep and a heel raise.
I know I have a long way to go to getting the boots worn in, and I am happy to do so. I am concerned that the pain and discomfort I am experiencing could be a sign that the boots are wrong, rather than being a sign that I need to wear them in more! I do not want to injure my feet.
Do any of the symptoms sound like there is anything obviously wrong, or does it sound like normal 'new boot' issues?