Hey guys, be careful about labling your feet as "Lange Feet", or "Tecnica Feet". All boot makers have different lasts they use to make different boots. If you try on a Tecnica Icon Carbon, Innotec RX, and Explosion 8, they will all fit differently. But, any one of these could ski well for a good skier. Don't dismiss a brand because one boot did not fit, they may have one that does. Of couse, there are no truely stiff high volume boots, and no really soft narrow/low volume boots. This is totally lame on the part of all the boot companies, but does keep bootfitters busy. On the footbed or not thing. An expensive footbed made by a hack will suck. A varus wedge can sometimes work almost as well as a custom footbed. A lot of feet will be just as happy in a Superfeet trim to fit, as they would be in a custom that costs four times as much.
My boots fit very snug. My left foot shell sizes at about 1/4th of an inch. I use a stock silicon liner, and an Instaprint footbed. All of my buckles end up on one or two. My toes touch the front of the boot firmly, until I flex them. Actually they ski remarkably well unbuckled. I have done some minor liner hacking, and medial/lateral shims for my right foot, but nothing major. I wear them eight hours a day, seven days a week all season long. No problem.
My biggest modification to the boot was changing the forward lean, and the ramp angle. When I first skied in them, I knew something was wrong. My balance was all screwed up. Going off jumps, I was always thrown forward. My thighs burned on the steeps. I compared them to my old boots (same company). The new boots had qiuite a bit more forward lean, and ramp angle. I considered an under binding toe lift, but decided against it. Instead, I ground the rear of the upper cuff, and wedged it upright. I had to add a couple rivits to keep the rearward integrity. They were placed low, so they would not stiffen the forward flex. I also cut the top 1 inch of rear cuff off. Then, all I had to do was grind down the zeppa in the heel, and build it up a touch in the fore foot. Now, I had a very neutral stance. Before, the boot forced my lower legs forward, so my body tried to compensate by leaning back. This is very common, especially with boot fitter throwing heel lits all over the place. Get your stance checked.
Oh yeah, if you have not tried this, put your power strap on first, so that it is under the shell. Especially , if you have small calves. Do it very snuggly. Now flex. Oh yea, much better. One of the best kept secrets in skiing.