I have an older pair of boots (size 27.5) that I learned in, but now that I have 40-50 days under my belt, I'm ready for a much smaller boot. I have no pain in my current boots, but I can feel how loose my foot is inside while skiing. I wear a size 9 in most street shoes. After trying a self-fit shell fit, I decided to pull the trigger on some size 25 Nordicas. In the shell fit, the edges of my foot (around the ball) lightly brush the sides of the boot and when the tip of my big toe touches the front, I have about one highlighter's worth of space behind my heel.
On Sunday, I took the new boots skiing. After 2.5 hours, my toes were completely numb and frozen. Upon removing them from the boot, I found they were solid white, stiff, and freezing cold.
A few details:
- All buckles were as loose as possible, the whole time I wore them
- Used only 1 thin ski-specific Smartwool sock (nothing else in the boot)
- The numbness/frozen feet was confined almost exclusive to my toes. The balls of my feet all the way through my heels felt fairly normal and were warm to the touch.
- I had no other pressure points or discomfort (aside from the fact that I couldn't feel my toes)
- I've never had my toes go numb/freeze before
So, all of that being said, the question is: Does this sound like a problem that can be fixed by the combination of packing out the boot liner and grinding out the shell in the toe? How much space can I realistically gain in that way? Or do I need to look at a different/larger boot altogether?
Any help and insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks!