Originally Posted by Kuma
Is the only difference in fit between a size 28 and 28.5 2005 X Wave 8.0 or 9.0 boot, the footbeds or are the liners a different thickness as well? I have been told that the only difference is the footbed insert...?
OK, I have some interesting info to share. I bought 2005 Xwave 9.0 boots (black with a silver front cuff) in a 28.0 and 28.5, with the intention of returning one set (had previously tried 28.5 in a shop but they did not have any 28.0 to try). These are $279 at Sierra Trading Post, and a fairly good deal.
Both boots have the same exact shell, marked 28.0-28.5/325mm on the sole. It's a great fit for me, with about 1.5 fingers behind the foot.
Both boots have the same exact footbed, marked 280/285. Same shape, size, and thickness in both.
The liners are different, and are marked by the specific boot size -- 28.0 or 28.5. I could not see a visible difference between the liners other than the marking, nor could I feel much overall difference with my fingers on a casual inspection. However, the 28.0 liner is clearly a little smaller to the foot, and the extra padding appears to be on the top of the toe area, pressing down on the forefoot from the top. Sure enough, when I felt down there with my fingers, there is a noticeable lump in the 28.0 liners not present in the 28.5.
I still don't know which fits best for me, because they are so close. I'm going to try both over a couple days and decide. But I wanted to report that the only difference between the two sizes is the liner.