I bought brand new Langes at the end of last season - I went in ready to spend a lot of money, take a lot of time deciding, and have the boots for a really long time. In short, I didn't want a do-over
the first few days I skied on them, I had some major foot cramping - which I attributed to breaking the boots in, as well as skiing on some seriously slushy late spring moguls (the only option for me to try the new boots on that season). I took them back to the bootfitter to have the shell heated a bit, and hoped that next season it would be better.
This season was GREAT - I skied 14 days loving my new boots. However, on day 15 I experienced agonizing foot cramps almost as soon as I hit the snow. I tried resting it a few hours and then going back out, but I couldn't even get down a green without the cramp coming back. It was in my right foot only, which is my dominant foot. The cramping was intense in the ball of my foot and along the outside edge
I went straight to the Surefoot at the base of the mountain, and the guy said my boots were too big, and that custom footbeds would help but not solve the size problem. So disappointing to hear that my brand new boots, which I had spent a lot of time fitting, were actually too big! Taking them back to the shop is not really an option, since I bought them in Vermont and now live in Colorado.
I am hoping to fix my current boots, rather than start over again. I believe my boots are only slightly too large, since Surefoot had me try on the size down and my toes were squashed up against the front. I'm thinking I got cramps so late in the season because the liner hadn't been packed in. Also, I have extremely short but relatively full/wide feet - my current boots are 22.5, which is almost as small as they get. Perhaps I was put in a larger size because of the width of my feet. I did try on every boot in the shop when I bought them!
Wondering what the next step is - I've been told by people that my problem is probably fixable. I've been getting conflicting answers on whether a custom footbed or an Intuition liner would help. I'd definitely prefer that to getting new boots, but I don't want to invest if it's not actually going to help. Will footbeds provide the support I need to prevent cramping, even in slightly-too-large boots? Will Intuition liners compensate for the extra space and keep my foot snugly in place?
Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!