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Ahhhhhh... I think I might need a totally custom boot - feet are just too wide.

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I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and I got my first pair of boots from Helm.

 

They offer free customization services with each boot purchase.

 

The poor guy took so much time and made so many adjustments, so many bulges, on the already wide boot and it still doesn't work.

 

Wearing it is downright painful, especially in bumpy terrain.

 

1. Last season the nail on my big toe came off wearing these boots.

2. This season the nail on my other big toe feels like it's coming off every time I hit a bump. It's like someone hitting my toe with a hammer.

3. The midsection of my feet still feel incredibly squished. 

 

The boot fitter said that I had the widest feet he had ever fit over the years, and wasn't sure if any other off the shelf boot would be any better with adjustments.

 

I've always had an incredibly difficult time getting any type of shoes. Any advice?

post #2 of 8

boots are almost never too small so I'd almost always take the bet on to large.  But impossibe to say with the information you've provided.  More would be helpful.'

post #3 of 8

If you are in a 4 buckle boot, try tightening the ankle buckle (2nd from top) to hold your heels back in the boots,

(tighten till it hurts, then back off till it is just comfortable) you might need to move the bails to achieve this level of tightness.

we have found most folks like to over tighten the foot, it is better to tighten the ankle as this is the only one which

has a chance of keeping your feet and the liner from sliding forward inside the shell.

 

to see if this would help try tightening the ankles and then kick the floor with the toes of your boots

if your boots have enough room you should not bang your toes.

 

mike

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

boots are almost never too small so I'd almost always take the bet on to large.  But impossibe to say with the information you've provided.  More would be helpful.'

I just went to the boot fitter up in Lake Tahoe and he said that my feet were the widest that he has seen in 10 years. I'm a solid 2E in size 7 1/2 and he commented that I have a fair bit of "meat" on the side of my foot that other people don't have because most feet curve inwards at that point instead of curve outwards like mine. 

 

He put me in a Tecnica Phoenix 120 HVL. It has 106mm in the forefoot width, and with the liner out, both of my foot bones (the one on the big toe knuckle and the other bone on the little toe knuckle) *STILL* touched the plastic. 

 

And this is supposed to be the absolutely widest off the shelf boot.

 

He said that he could try stretching the boot, but at $550, I'm scared to risk it. What if after all that stretching it still doesn't fit or it still hurts my feet? Then I'm out $550 instead of the $300 of my entry level Dalbellos that I had customized.

 

EDIT: I can try taking a photo of my foot later

post #5 of 8

it is easy for a boot fitter to get 5mm per side on a shell.   more if needed.

 

I would start with that boot and see

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I'm going to need new boots. Can someone recommend an awesome boot fitter in the Lake Tahoe area?

 

Yesterday I tried skiing in the forests and moguls and it was utter pain. Every single bump squeezed the bones of my wide feet together and I had to stop multiple times and fall down just to deal with the pain. The groomers are ok for the most part but anything bumpy is basically off limits due to how much it hurts.

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Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny View Post

I just went to the boot fitter up in Lake Tahoe and he said that my feet were the widest that he has seen in 10 years. I'm a solid 2E in size 7 1/2 and he commented that I have a fair bit of "meat" on the side of my foot that other people don't have because most feet curve inwards at that point instead of curve outwards like mine. 

 

He put me in a Tecnica Phoenix 120 HVL. It has 106mm in the forefoot width, and with the liner out, both of my foot bones (the one on the big toe knuckle and the other bone on the little toe knuckle) *STILL* touched the plastic. 

 

And this is supposed to be the absolutely widest off the shelf boot.

 

He said that he could try stretching the boot, but at $550, I'm scared to risk it. What if after all that stretching it still doesn't fit or it still hurts my feet? Then I'm out $550 instead of the $300 of my entry level Dalbellos that I had customized.

 

EDIT: I can try taking a photo of my foot later

Then you didn't go to The Start Haus, we have a young man whose forefoot is a solid 125mm wide. That young man we have in the Phoenix and he is skiing without pain. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Then you didn't go to The Start Haus, we have a young man whose forefoot is a solid 125mm wide. That young man we have in the Phoenix and he is skiing without pain. 

 

Awesome! I went to a place in South Lake Tahoe. I'll definitely be paying Start Haus a visit then.

 

FYI I'm a solid 120mm in a size 7.5.

 

How much is the fitting? Is it like other places where if I buy the boot from them they'll do the fitting for free?

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