A little background and I apologize for the long post... I've struggled with pinched nerves in my right foot for the last few years. Last year I was able to make some Rossignol EVO 100 boots work with some heavily modified Intuition liners but they were not comfortable and my foot was swimming in the boots.
Over Thanksgiving I made a trip to see Mike at Southern Ski in South Carolina. I had some 26.5 Salomon X-Pro 100 and 120 boots with me to see which was best and be fitted. He recommended putting me in a 25.5 X-Pro 120 instead and I agreed. Long story short, I spent $850 on new boots and spent 5 hours with Mike while he tried everything he could. Hats off to him as he stayed way past his normal closing time to help me out. He stretched the toe box, jacked up the instep, stretched the last, removed some foam from the liners tongue, and even tried cutting some of the stitching around the toe of the liner. I have footbeds from Archcrafters and Mike said they weren't perfect because they didn't put me in best stance but they were better than anything I could buy off the shelf.
After all of that, I have a little more knowledge and I'm sure I have a better performing boot but ultimately, I'm no better off than when I had a bone stock 26.5 X-pro 100 or 120 shell. With the original shells, I would pinch the nerve between my first and second toe in 15 minutes or less. After all that work, I'm still getting that nerve pinched in 15 minutes or less.
Mike's recommendation after all of this was to try skiing the boots for a day or two and take a break in the lodge when needed and go see a bootfitter out west if I'm still having problems on the slopes. I'm not opposed to this option but it does make me a bit worried about taking an 8 day trip out west when I can only do one run before having to go back into the lodge and pull my foot out of the boot. Buckle tightness doesn’t really seem to matter and once I lose feeling in those toes, I have to pull my foot out of the boot for 2-3 minutes to regain feeling.
Not to undermine Mike, but does anyone have any other recommendations? I’ve tried no socks and even no footbeds but there is no difference.