I am looking to buy new boots, because the ones i have are too big and bruise my shins very badly. I have two options locally (i'm from Illinois), an REI, and a small ski shop. I suspect the ski shop will be more expensive than REI, so i was planning on going to REI to get new boots fitted.
My question is, will REI do a good job? I need boots that will fit well, and won't be painful to wear.
If not, do you think i can get a good pair of boots for under $500 at a specialty shop?
Any advice would be appreciated. Keep in mind i am on a tight budget, and don't want to spend more than $500.