A couple of seasons ago I decided to buy my first ski boots (I have always been renting prior to that). I went to a specialised ski shop here in New Zealand, where they measured by foot and recommended Atomic Hawk 100 (this one https://www.ski-depot.com/products/2013/atomic-hawx-100-ski-boots-2013). It felt fine in the shop and I bought it.
Having used it for two seasons (about 16 days altogether), I can now admit -- the boots hurt my feet! I typically buckle my boots quite tight so that the leg does not move much. When I do so in these boots, the pain is often unbearable after few hours of skiing. At some point in the first season of me using the boot, I even lost feeling in the little toe on one of my foot for a month! Sometimes I also get a numb/dead leg feeling - typically when I am on a lift or waiting in line.
I think the problem is around lateral malleolus and toes areas, where the boot may be too narrow for me. I have been back to the shop a few times and they tried to expand boots a bit, but it still feels very painful when I buckle the boot tightly.
BTW, when I say that I buckle it in a tight way, I mean:
* first I buckle the second buckle from the top (third from the toe), making sure that it pushes my foot backwards. I make sure I buckle as tightly as the boot/foot allows me, BUT I do not use any excessive force to do so.
* I buckle the top buckle + strap tightly. Again, I do not force it though.
* I leave the bottom two buckles either very loose or totally off.
What should I do? Should I try to be buckling the boot less tightly? Or should I accept that I made a mistake and it is it time for a new boot?