I thought I was making progress but I'm not sure...
I bought size 26.5 Lange Super Blasters without much knowledge (I hadn't bought boots in about 12 or 13 years, so I'd forgotten how they were supposed to fit and also how to check for fit). They were 'ok' to ski but I ended up with some outer right ankle pain which forced me to visit a boot fitter while on our ski trip.
He did a shell fit check and I had almost an inch between my heel and the shell. We added Superfeet Green to help stabilize my foot so the right foot wouldn't collapse and send my outer ankle banging into the shell. The Superfeet did help kill some of the extra space, too. The fact that I got a boot a whole size too big bugged me and I knew it'd bug me on the snow knowing I didn't have the true performance fit I desired.
Once back home, I was able to return the boots and get Super Blasters in a 25.5 (one size smaller). They are definitely smaller overall. I have 1/2 inch between my heel and the shell. In the boot with the liner, the fit is a bit tighter than what I'd want. I haven't used them yet but just wearing them in the house gets uncomfortable after 12-15 minutes. I can wiggle my toes but I feel like my feet are being squeezed by a boa--especially the right foot (it's the shorter of my two feet but it's a bit wider and probably a higher profile instep--where the boot pressure is). The boots are really tight with my Superfeet installed but are more tolerable with the factory insoles as they are thinner. I don't have the two lower buckles very tight at all and I'm getting squeezed.
What do you recommend I do? Will heat setting the liners help? Use the factory insoles until the liners pack out some? Go back to the 26.5s with Superfeet to kill space and live with a lesser-than-performance fit? Thanks in advance!
*I should note, I have been trying the boots on in the afternoon and evening. I hear that feet are the largest at that time due to standing, etc. It is also pretty warm in So Cal right now. Does this matter?
Edited by 3whoSki - 2/28/13 at 10:02pm