I am a new skier, currently working on getting comfortable on all the blues I encounter and gingerly trying to stay alive on blacks. I have just decided to bite the bullet and buy my own gear, since I plan to be out a lot and learn as fast as I can - it just made sense, with a good deal from L9 I'll save money over rental within a couple of seasons.
I have odd feet, I know I'm not the only one. For street shoes, I tend to be between 10.5 and 11 men, with quite narrow feet (I bought women's climbing shoes in the past…). I know that by the rules of snug fitting I should go with 28.5 over 29.5. But, the issue is when I try the 28s on, my toes are slightly curled into the front of the boot. Not just touching, a bit curled when upright. Leaning in proper position forward they move back a bit, but they still feel cramped. In the 29.5s on the other hand, my toes just barely touch the front when upright, and when leaning forward I can wiggle them without a ton of effort. Based on this experienced I went ahead and ordered a pair of Technica Inferno Blaze 29s. They are above my level, but based on the above I figured a) they give me a target skill level to grow into and b) they are very narrow, which should make a better fit for my dainty feet.
Am I making a mistake? Is it a better idea to suffer a bit with the curling toes (it's not painful, just feels really small) and the lining will pack in enough to make those fit just right? Or am I over-thinking this and what I am getting will be just right? Does adding something like SuperFeet make a measurable difference?
Thank you for any advice or help.