Hi guys, so an update on my situation. Took my old boots to the local shop with me, and they said that it was way too big! They are 26.5 size, but when measured at the shop my foot comes in at a 25.5 Mondo size - a whole size bigger. Add in the liner packing out and the situation just got even worse. What the bootfitter guessed was the problem was that my feet were trying too hard to maintain my position within the boots so it caused too much stress - hence the cramps. Also, I would buckle down harder in order to try to keep my foot from moving so that was causing a problem too.
So I got new boots - the funny part is that he ended up putting me into the Hawx 120 from 2010 - almost the same boot, but in a smaller size! So I guess the boot was right but the size was not, heh! These Atomics feel good, with good heel hold and good hold in the metatarsals. Snug all around, but not to the level of painfulness that some people say is good(?) for fitting boots. The toes are able to wiggle but he said that that was fine, as long as they weren't loose and swimming. He also recommended Superfeet insoles even though the stock Hawx ones were supposed to be pretty good already. The prices weren't near online pricing ($380 for the boots) but these came with a year's bootfitting guarantee so if I have any problems I can come back and have them fix it at either the Vancouver location or the Whistler location.
Did I get a sold a good boot or one that he just wanted to get rid of?