I purchased a new pair of boots from my local store, and I have some fitting concerns, before I go back to see what they can do.
A bit of background: I measure about 27.5 on my right foot, 28 on my left, about a B+ width (narrow), with relatively high arches but significant pronation when weight bearing. My old boots were Tecnica Inferno Blaze in 28 (325, a bit long, but first pair ever, so I did OK). They served me well, but I was looking for a tighter fit for more control, and the rubber soles to walk around easier (just a personal preference).
I first got a pair of the Rossi SI130 online, sole 316, last width 97, in 27.5, aiming for a tight fit. I had to return them, because the pressure on the instep made my feet go numb very quickly, seemed like nothing could be done (and I know that the instep area is very hard to adjust).
Then did the right thing, went to the local store, and got a pair of last year's Rossi Alltrack Pro 130, also in 27.5 (318, last 100). I first took them home to really take some time trying them on before I know if they are the right fit. Out of the box, they are comfortable! Toes have plenty of wiggle room. When buckled, they fit perfectly! The concern I have is, if they are right on the money now, will they pack out and end up being too big? Right now there is no pressure anywhere, and none of the tightness I would expect in brand new boots. I put the lowest buckle (over the toes) at the tightest setting (which I know is an alarm bell for having too much space). These are much higher volume than I thought I would need, particularly in the toe box. Interestingly, on a shell fit I have MORE room behind the heel than in the old Tecnicas! I can't quite figure out why that is, probably has to do with the geometry. I did try the 26.5 (one size down) in the store, but they were too small, toes stayed slightly curved even on the shell fit! Again, not sure how that can be, when they are supposed to be only 10cm different, yet I get almost an inch behind the heel in one and no space at all in the other. Probably has to do with the geometry and how my foot sits in the two different boots.
So, the short question after this long text: is there anything that the store might be able to do to bring the boots I have to where I need them to be? Or is this model simply not for me? Alternatively, any experience with this particular model - maybe these don't pack out at all and stay exactly like this? (unlikely).
Thank you everyone who took the time to read this long story :)
Edited by rocdoc - 11/30/15 at 7:36am