Originally Posted by TheRusty
Well - you have to take the good with the bad. Steiner's Sports and Garrick are mentioned earlier in the thread and are in Albany where the OP is. Whether or not Garrick still works there, Steiner's advertises that they have bootfitters certified by Masterfit University.
You have to take psychology into account as well. I'm not a boot fitter, but I can imagine the following scenario.
A guy comes into the shop thinking, "I'll bet I can get these boots $200 cheaper on the internet. This guy is trying to screw me. See, I've got these orthotics made by a real podiatrist," etc., and he's got this face on — distrustful, scornful, etc. — and he makes certain remarks, so it ticks the boot fitter off. People who don't know better always wonder if it isn't a rip-off. What's the big deal? This is just another ski-equipment smoke-blowing way to make a living so that the boot fitter can ski a lot.
I got my boots fitted at GMOL, now at Bromley, by Bill Haight. Before he realized that I was a serious type, he suggested inexpensive boots. I had to adjust him a little to put me in a better boot. He asked me politely whether I had any interest in orthotics, and I said, "Absolutely." It was an entirely satisfying experience, but I'd gone into it ready to pay $400 more than I paid. I'm not made of money, but it seemed to me that boots are that important.