Originally Posted by The Phoenix
Boots first huh?! I'm not running a marathon in them right? I still think I need to focus my attention fits on skis, I can probably easily find a comfortable boot
Totally give up the idea that you want a comfortable boot. You want a boot that FITS. My bedroom slippers are comfortable, but they're not going to CONTROL six feet of ski at speed going over terrain of any kind.
The fit initially should not be painful, but should be snug enough that it's like they pumped up a blood pressure cuff on your foot and then gave it a couple more scootches. Why? Because that liner is going to pack, shaping itself to all your bumps, over the next day twenty days of skiing. If you start out too comfortable, you'll be sloshing around in the boot adding insoles before the season is done. Don't get me wrong, they shouldn't actively hurt, but you want them tight because of the liner, NOT BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT THEM BUCKLED really tight. If you're cranking down on that buckle over your instep especially you'll be cutting off circulation to your foot trying to gain control, leading to cold feet and a feeling of tired legs.
So, get thee to a boot fitter. Make sure this is not just a "guy in a shop". Run away fast if he doesn't yank out the liner and check the space behind your heel. And don't buy boots because of reviews. Buy them because they fit YOUR foot. Not your friend's foot, the magazine guy's foot, but YOUR foot. Remember also, they can always make adjustments to make part of the boot bigger, but they can't shrink it.
And, oh yeah, don't buy boots across the internet. The amount you might save will be used up paying for boot fitting later. Both myself and @Alpenglow
bought in a local shop over a year ago and came back in the last couple weeks for tweaks even though we each had skied millions of vertical feet in the interim and it was free.