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Hello-

 

I am really new to skiing, loved it. Rollerbladder for almost 25yrs, Fit Female age 40. Normal to lighter in weight 5'8, 130lbs. Live in Milwaukee WI. I am also good at ice-skating, cross country skiing, running, year round-biking. So I decided I should buy some boots because my toes were so cold in the rental. Anyhow, after my years of rollerblading, I know how important a good fit is. When I stand a few toes touch the 24 mark on the shoe mark? (no idea what you call that!). 

 

Since I am a new skier (black diamond first day out, no problems hockey-stop, turning--this is WI though, Alpine Valley, how hard can it be!) the place I went to try boots first fitted me into a really soft/plush boot. I hated it. I can't imagine skiing on something so flexible. Likely because I I couldn't see myself rollerblading in this booth either. So he suggested I try one of the more advanced boots. 

 

The boots I liked ended up being Salomon XPro 90 verses Quest Pro 100.The x90 was size 23.5 and my toes touched the top and I lost circulation in my foot. I actually lost circulation in every boot I tried on. I have a really high instep, wide foot bed, narrow heel. I could feel something hard on the bone of my arch (top), the boot fitter said after a few wears the boot would get bigger and since this is a customization boot they can bump out the area hitting my bone. Well, me being new and boots being pricey I am dubious and need to be cautious. Overall, loved the boot, wouldn't last a day with zero circulation in my foot. Out of the 10 pairs I tried on this and the Quest were the best fit and feel for me though. 

 

I then tried on the Quest Pro 100 in a 24. Loved it. They did not have it in a 23.5. I could feel my foot, no loss of circulation. My heel doesn't lift, I just felt the toe box had more room. I could wiggle my toes more.  My toes did not touch the top. The boot fitter said it looked to big. Look feel are two totally different things. I would buy this boot but everything I read keeps saying buy a size smaller than you think, so it the XPro 90 the boot I actually want but I am too new to understand why?

 

Thank you

post #2 of 5

welcome to the madhouse....

 

 firstly a boot fitter who brings out 10 pairs of boots for you to try is not a boot fitter! normally a fitter will bring out 1 or 2 models possibly a 3rd one if the shell check is way out from  what was expected on the first one et, some feet are deceiving in how they sit inside a boot

 

oner thing you need to understand is why is the circulation being cut off? is it just pressure downwards, is it lack of support from a well made insole, or is it due to a biomechanical problem in terms of calf tightness or some other tension in your leg/foot (i had a girl in the store the other day who within 30 seconds of a boot going onto her foot her foot starts burning and feeling tingly under the outer edge.... couldn't see a reason, so we had her stand slightly flexed with no boot on, within a minute there same thing happened...so it was not the boot! turned out to be a tension in her foot, one quick chiropractic manipulation later (i have a chiropractor next door, don't worry i didn't do it myself ;)) and she could stand happily in the first boot we pulled out for over an hour in the store with no issue)

 

you need to find a good fitter who can assess these things, take a look at the who's who list at the top of the forum, there may be someone local to you or if not tell us where you are and someone should be able to suggest a fitter within a sensible distance... you are doing the right thing by questioning, my gut feeling is that if your foot only just gets to 24 then the 24 in any salomon boot will be too big

 

good luck getting sorted 

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I did look at the top prior to posting and living in Milwaukee Wi, I don't think I have many options. I completely agree I should find a reputable person.

 

No pressure issues except over what is likely a arch spur. I am pretty sure the circulation is being cut off from that. I don't wear Mary Janes or any shoe that cuts off this bone because it really hurts and I go cold/numb. If I run a marathon with my shoes tied too tight, same thing. I would need the boot bumped out on top. Is this possible??? This is where I am skeptical because it would change the way the boot buckles or if it could even buckle? 

 

I have a high instep but no arch pain. I just started wearing a birkenstock insert in my running shoe because I am do supinate a little and this helps me a bit with that. I have less flexible ankles so says my pilate instructor. I don't notice it and would tell you I have good ROM so unlikely this is an issue. 

 

Anyone in MKE WI?  Or do I wait to purchase until I make a trip to Utah in Jan?

 

Thanks

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Originally Posted by xkissmekatex View Post
 

I did look at the top prior to posting and living in Milwaukee Wi, I don't think I have many options. I completely agree I should find a reputable person.

 

No pressure issues except over what is likely a arch spur. I am pretty sure the circulation is being cut off from that. I don't wear Mary Janes or any shoe that cuts off this bone because it really hurts and I go cold/numb. If I run a marathon with my shoes tied too tight, same thing. I would need the boot bumped out on top. Is this possible??? This is where I am skeptical because it would change the way the boot buckles or if it could even buckle? 

 

I have a high instep but no arch pain. I just started wearing a birkenstock insert in my running shoe because I am do supinate a little and this helps me a bit with that. I have less flexible ankles so says my pilate instructor. I don't notice it and would tell you I have good ROM so unlikely this is an issue. 

 

Anyone in MKE WI?  Or do I wait to purchase until I make a trip to Utah in Jan?

 

Thanks


I'm not sure about Wisconsin, but @JDoyal  is in the Chicago area.  He may be able to help you out, or point you in the right direction if he knows someone closer to you. 

post #5 of 5

I agree with CEM about the approach of the fitter at the store you tried.  Definitely not really familiar with fitting boots as opposed to selling them. I also like your emphasis on performance and I'll say that generally a performance fit is more comfortable than the looser comfort fit many will refer to.

 

The sports you've been involved in cross to skiing very well and you should make quick progress and it seems you are.  I imagine if you continue in the sport you'll either be travelling west or east to much larger resort areas.  There you'll be able to find some help if you don't as Trekchick recommended us JDoyal.

 

Lou

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