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Boots for large feet

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I live in the Denver area and have been looking for replacement boots.  My current boots are almost 20 years old.  Technicas (can't remember what model, but they are advanced boots) that were about a size 12.  Since I've owned the boots, my feet have grown at least two sizes even though I'm nearing age 50.  I can still wear the Technicas, but I have to wear them barefoot with no socks.  I have to say they are the best boots I've ever owned -- always warm regardless of temperatures and not wearing socks, and I can wear them as many as 5 days in a row without pain.  But all things eventually must come to an end.  I really need new and larger boots, and I'd prefer an advanced to expert boot (plus, it would be nice to find a pair that you can adjust the flex).

 

My problem is that no ski shop carries anything larger than a 30 mondopoint size.  I am guessing I need to look for sizes between 31.5 and 32.5 to make sure I get the right size (I wear size 14 street shoes, and size 15 running shoes, since I need a little extra room for the toes when running).  Any suggestions on where and how to look for a boot?  Everyone says you need to be sized in person, but I'm kind of SOL in this region (went to Christie Sports and Boulder Ski Deals so far).

post #2 of 6

So you have these boots that fit great...except you cant wear socks....so now you need larger boots to accomdate socks....how thick are these socks anyway????????????????

 

I understand you need new boots anyway, but to suggest you need a whole larger size because you want to add 1-2mm of sock, is not a good idea.  If you provde the model to a knowledgable fitter, he might be able to tell you the "last" those boots where made from, and which boots still use that "last" today...might be different model etc...but it will have the same fit, and that is what counts here.


Edited by Skidude72 - 11/15/12 at 10:10pm
post #3 of 6

How hard did you make the shops work for you? Did you ask the staff about making a special order?

If they are a good dealer, they will go the extra mile and get on the horn with the manufacturers to help you out. 

 

Or, maybe call up technica and ask them directly for a dealer that can give you that special service.

 

Anyway, maybe go through the list of authorized dealers near you and call and talk to the manager if they can help you. Don't waste your time going, call first.

 

 

http://2.tecnicausa.com/DealerSearch/DealerSearchResults.html

post #4 of 6
I'm a 14 to 15 in most shoes, and ski 29 boot. If you foot is not very wide, the lagerest boot you should be in is 30. Find a shop with a good boot fitter. You want less then a 2 finger shell fit.
post #5 of 6
Dude, you are NOT SOL in CO at all. You have 3 of the probably top 10 bootfitters in the nation right here. Lee at The Custom Foot in Denver, Larry at Larrys Boot Fitting in Boulder and Greg Hoffman at Ski Boot Fitting in Vail. Go see any one of them. People literally FLY to CO to see these guys. They'll get you sorted out the right way. I prefer Greg at SBF, since they occupy the hut at the top of Chair 4. You can ski a couple runs, go in, get an adjustment and go ski another couple runs and know immediately if it helped or didn't. Lee's an awesome guy too and Larry knows his stuff. One of them will definitely get you in a properly fitted boot.
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Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post

Dude, you are NOT SOL in CO at all. You have 3 of the probably top 10 bootfitters in the nation right here. Lee at The Custom Foot in Denver, Larry at Larrys Boot Fitting in Boulder and Greg Hoffman at Ski Boot Fitting in Vail. Go see any one of them. People literally FLY to CO to see these guys. They'll get you sorted out the right way. I prefer Greg at SBF, since they occupy the hut at the top of Chair 4. You can ski a couple runs, go in, get an adjustment and go ski another couple runs and know immediately if it helped or didn't. Lee's an awesome guy too and Larry knows his stuff. One of them will definitely get you in a properly fitted boot.

You missed one.  Jeff Bergeron in both Breckenridge and working with Lee in Denver. (last I heard at least)  While not right on the hill it is possible to ski, break for lunch and get an adjustment if he knows your coming and head back out, or have him work on things at the end of the day.  He is right on main street in Breckenridge.

 

You are absolutely correct that people come from all over to see all these guys.  

 

I can also vouch for Greg Hoffmann.  I've known him since the late 70's.  He's a great guy and knows his stuff.  

 

I suspect it would be hard to find a more concentrated group of well known expert boot fitters anywhere when you consider how many are in  Denver, Summit and Eagle counties in Colorado.

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