Originally Posted by berkekhan
Thanks for the reply! I was fitted for the boots I have at the time I got that first pair of skis (the Fischer's). I ended up with HEAD Adaptedge 90's. I have somewhat wide feet for their length (with shoes I end up wearing an 11 for the width, despite a 10 usually being long enough), and they were the most comfortable on the outsides of my feet out of the 3 or 4 pairs the bootfitter had me try on. He did not want to put me in a longer boot since he liked where my heels/toes sat - the BSL is 317 which I believe in these comes out around a 10 shoe size.
They seem to be doing a fine job, I have no complaints about comfort while I am skiing, but point taken, I don't think I would be a very good judge as to whether or not they are appropriate for my skill level.
I'll take my boots in to a local bootfitter before I do anything else and have them give me another opinion / make sure my feet are squared away.
Yeah, I'm going to lead this thread down the very typical EpicSki path. But these threads go down this path all the time because it is the right path. It sounds like the extent of your boot fitting was trying on various boots, and picking out the one that felt most comfortable to you. Unfortunately, that is not boot fitting, and you were not working with a boot fitter. Rather, you were working with a guy in a shop who sells boots. Boot fitting is a much more involved process, which includes sizing the boot, then stretching, grinding, and adjusting the boot so that it fits your foot specifically. A good bootfitter is a mix between an artist and a mad scientist, and they're much rarer than guys in shops selling boots. Finding a good one typically means asking around on places like this. Where in the Northeast are you skiing? Based on that, the people here can recommend a good fitter.
The one bit of good news here is that the boot seems, at first blush, to have actually been sized correctly. If you wear a size 10 or so street shoe, you most likely belong in a 27 or 27.5 boot (doesn't matter which really, the shell size is the same). With a BSL of 317, it sounds like your boot has a 27 sized shell. At least, I have a size 10 shoe, wear a 27.5, and the BSL's on all of my boots have been between 312 and 318, iirc. Typically people walk out of the store with a boot that's a couple sizes too big. There's hope here that isn't the case.
The bit of potentially bad news, as mtcyclist suggested, is that these boots may be too soft for you. That's not a sure bet, but it's a possibility. If that's the case, you're not going to get as much out of any new ski as you would in a well fit, properly stiff boot.
My suggestion, find a good bootfitter, and have a discussion with him before you spend money on skis. There's a possibility you could salvage another season out of your current boots, but maybe not. That discussion will determine whether skis should be on your radar for this season.