Early last season I had myself fitted (by a reputable shop in Tahoe) for a set of Dalbello Viruses. Got 3-4 days in on them and with a few punches on some hot spots they worked great. They felt a little more narrow than my Alpine boots (Nordica Speed Machine 14) but I could skin / ski without pain, all day. The calf to heel pocket fit was fantastic.
During the off season I switched over to running in "Minimus" or "Barefoot" style shoes. Which has helped me eliminate all my knee pain, but has caused my foot shape to change. Specifically the arch of my foot has become much stronger and generally more "meaty".
Long story short, when I slipped my Dalbellos on this season I was in excruciating pain and could barely wear them for an hour before I had to take them off. All of the pain was in my arch, starting just behind the ball of my foot and running to just in front of my heel. Felt like one of the worst muscle cramps I have ever had.
I took them back to the shop and they added a punch to the boot in between the strap of the toe buckle and the ankle pivot. This helped quite a bit. But after testing again I still need some more space, specifically in the front half of the arch right behind the ball of my foot. The shop where I bought them is hesitant to do any work to the area where the toe strap is bolted to the boot shell, which unfortunately is exactly where I need more room.
What I would like to know is what my options are. Am I just out of luck with these boots? Is it worth the risk to have a punch or work done in that area, or is it only going to ruin the boot? They are in great condition and I could prob sell them for a reasonable amount.