I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I could tell which boots are right for me and which are not, straight off the shelf, with no input from my fitter. They're all uncomfortable at the start, and without a lot of experience (not just one visit) trying on boots, I would have no idea what is acceptable, fixable discomfort and what is going to dog me forever. In fact, I know this to be true, because I iterated this approach of buying off the shelf boots several times before finally going to a boot fitter. Now I go to my fitter, and they limit what they show me to things they already know are close to fitting my feet.
I feel especially strongly about this because I had to have a nerve in my foot removed due to damage from poorly fitting ski boots. It's not something to screw with.
Edited by bounceswoosh - 10/25/15 at 2:29pm