Hello to all members of the forum!
I am on the process of buying my first pair of ski boots and I decided to buy the Full Tilt Classic Model to fit my narrow feet. My measurements are:
1) Foot length: 25.3-25.7 cm
2) Foot width: 94-95 cm
3) Instep height: 26cm
4) Level: Beginner-Intermediate
The shell fit on 25.5 size model was 1.4cm and on 26.5 was 2.4 cm.
Both models felt really snug especially on the instep (the shorter size more).
I decided to go by the book and choose the smaller model the 25.5, although it was less comfortable and roomy.
My first two hours of skiing upgrading from Rentals to Full tilt felt like crying from happiness. I could do things I never could have imagined. I had the boots really loosely buckled because they still felt quite snug. And then .. came the pain and numbness on toes caused by lost blood circulation.
I was able to go through it by doing short breaks and unbuckling the boot completely to take the foot out. Finally I could not ski more, the feeling was unbearable.
The next day at home, I tried wearing them for a couple of hours more and the pressure on the point where the tongue meets the shell was always there and causing discomfort. Obviously, i have a relatively high instep especially for Full Tilts shell.
Also, I should notice that my toes were touching the front most of the time while skiing, but that did not bother me that much, except from when I was hitting bumps, where it felt painful. But keep in mind that since I am a beginner, my technique is not the best and i am not flexing so much, so I suspect that this may have also caused the fingers to slide forward.
My question to you guys is whether I should keep my boot and be patient hoping things will improve or go with the one size up.
The main problem is the pressure on instep, there is not much room there. Will it get better with time? Will it help to heat mold the liners or buy a heat molded footbed?
Should i sacrifice the "shell fit by the book" of my current boots for a bit more comfort that the one size up will offer or that will cost me lack of control in the long run?