Originally Posted by SamuiMom
Thanks in advance to any an all with experience outfitting a new D team skier. From what I understand it is best to have a tight fitting race boot, however...
the local shop doesn't have a boot in my youngsters measured size that will fit his high instep and suggested the next size up which doesn't bother him. They said it should be fine but I am concerned about movement with at least 1.5" in shell fit. Does anyone have experience with a jr in a size up or know of a good boot for a high instep?
D Teams can range from 6 to 16 to 17, AFAIK. Could you give an age? Because at some ages, that 1.5" will be halved by March. That said, though, sloppy boots won't help technique, can lead to bad habits. I'd think about trying another shop with a different set of brands.
But if you mean true junior sizes, say late childhood, most will have lowish volume over the insteps because most kids that age have same. You start getting more variance in arches about a year or two before maximum height velocity in boys, so call it 12-13. At that age, you could also think about women's boots, if you can find a color scheme he could live with. (Women tend to retain foot proportion more like tweeners than men do.) Phil would know more, but I recall Nordica used to make a lot of higher volume models for both sexes. Also maybe Head? Finally, a good insole would be in order to support that arch.