I'm going to be getting new boots this year, and I'm honestly a bit confused about how to proceed. I popped over to the place to get boots in my area and was told I should have a full fitting done, with punching/grinding/etc as needed as well as custom footbeds. Is this absolutely necessary? For full context, I'm a type 3 skier, at first glance the shop agreed I have no "major" foot issues. My last pair of boots was acquired and used without any real fitting (and ended up causing quite a bit of discomfort over the course of each day skiing), and so I'm admittedly looking to get some boots that actually work well for me (and are not painful).
It feels like there must be a middle ground between a) getting a hours-long custom fitting, and b) ordering a pair of boots online and praying for the best. Is custom boot fitting absolutely necessary? If it's not, what can I do to help get a great fit while not breaking the bank on custom fitting?