I'm trying to wrap my head around ski boot sizing. I have a wider than normal foot but I still wear normal width running shoes. Granted running shoes can and do stretch a little.
A little background on me... I'm an intermediate skier and snowboarder and don't get to ski more than 1-2 weeks a year since I live in GA. I typically have to undo the buckles on ski boots on every lift ride and undo snowboard boot laces every couple hours because they cut the circulation to the toes on my right foot. If I forget or don't notice until it's too late, I end up with nerve damage between my big toe and the next smallest toe which is the end of the deep peroneal nerve. This is the 2nd of the last 3 times out I've ended the trip with nerve damage. I really want to correct this but I'm not sure I know how.
My right foot is approximately 110mm wide and my left foot is 108mm wide. I wear a 27.5 boot or 9.5 shoe. My right foot is closer to 27.0 and my left foot is 27.5. When I look at ski boots, I see widths up to 104mm. On paper, that still sounds really narrow to me, especially since I know I have to wear thick wool socks to keep my feet from turning to ice before I get to the end of the first lift. The other problem is that the 102-104mm boots I see are purely beginner boots.
Considering I wear normal width shoes, I find it really hard to believe that 104mm is truly a "wide" boot. So is 104mm an actual internal measurement, basic measurement based on a certain size, or is it even more vague than that? If 104 is true measurement, is the only option to get custom shells?