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female skier with a wide foot, what boot?

post #1 of 14
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Hey folks, I was hoping to get some help. I have heard alot about men's boots that will accomodate wide feet, but will I have any luck looking on the women's side. The only reason I like the women's boots is for the lower cuff which will accomodate my large calf and size 9 2E. I am 5' 3", 160#, agressive skier who loves to find the pow wherever I can. I love the trees when they are skiable (not really much on the east coast this past season), and I ski on Pocket Rockets or my new "all-mountain" skis, the Volkl Karmas I am a junky for the wide underfoot and I am practicing switch and trying to get the gaul to get into the park and pipe.

My current boots (salomon evolution 8 size 25.5) are too tight in the forefoot and I have a hard time whenever I go into a ski shop because it seems like they always say something different (and just want to sell me whatever they have). Should I give up and go with a men's boot or will I be able to find a women's model that will suit me up?

I'd love to hear some opinions on this subject...
post #2 of 14
had good luck with my Solomons. My foot is the same size as yours from what you posted and I am in a 26.0, maybe you should try that.

Last year I tried on some Nordica Move 10, they were very wide, actually a little too wide for me. Give them a try. I would not get put into a man's boot. They are higher on the calf and really not made for the woman's foot. Dalbelo also makes a wider boot, but I think only in a lower level than you need. Have you thought about Dale boots or Strohl's. You may want to consider that. If in MA, try Strands. They are expensive, but they will fit you to the right boot.
post #3 of 14
remove the liner and with your foot only in the shell center it front to back. Are you touching the sides of the shell? Have you gotten the sides punched out wider?

If you are not touching the sides the boots are wide enought for you.

Now with your toes touching the front of the shell how much room do you have between your heel and the back? 1 - 2 cm is correct.

Do you have a footbed other then the stock one that came with the boot?
post #4 of 14
Won't really gain anything with a men's boot but you will loose the lower cuff. Beware the salomon woman's boot as the shell has the same height cuff as the men's and the slight mods in the liner aren't necessarily enough.

The Atomic B last has a very wide forefoot and still a snug fit in the heel with a lowered cuff. Try them on and try Mtnlion's points. In reference to not touching the sides of the shell sometimes it is simply the liner that needs to be stretched and the shell is good. The shell can be streched if necessary. That evolution is a pretty big volume boot, the atomic will be much snugger from mid foot back but have similar room up front.
post #5 of 14
My sister has had doctors tell her her foot is wide enough to be considered deformed. She has some Strolz:

http://www.strolzusa.com/

The most expensive boot you can find, but they will find a way to fit!
post #6 of 14
If your foot is wide all the way from front to back, try the Atomics. They make both regular (still wide) and wide (super wide) models.

If your foot is only wide in the forefoot area, try the men's Salomon. I ended up in their old Equipe cuz it was the only thing I could find to fit both my narrow heel and wide forefoot. The Atomics were too wide for me from mid-foot back. I also have a low and large calf.

Good Luck!
post #7 of 14

in addition to the previous.......

My Nordica Speedmachine 10s have somewhat large forefoot volume and a great cuff for a larger calf.
post #8 of 14
I second the Strolz. I have what you have, but EEE.

The wide calf was accomodated by using a old bottle of Baileys I think, putting it in the calf postion and applying heat to stretch the calf part of the boot.

Be readly to spen some time at the shop. It took a long time to fit me, between the footbed, foam injection and calf, it took at least 2 hours.

Get someone who is VERY experienced and willing to take the time.

But the cost and time were well worth it IMHO.

Larry
post #9 of 14
So, how did you determine that your feet are wide? If your feet are flat, they are probably a lot narrower than you think they are.

I used to think my feet are wide (between E and EE) until a boot fitter one day put me on a pair of Superfeet with arch support. Now, I wear nothing but normal width anymore.
post #10 of 14
If I might ask in my best Ed McMahon voice..........How wide is it??

Place your foot on a piece of paper, and take a pen and place a mark (on the paper) on each side at the widest point. Also mark the length from the heel to the toe. Then get back to us with those measurements to the nearest 1/16" or nearest mm if you happen to have a netric scale.

This is far from exact, but it will give the bottfitting crowd something tangible to consider.

SJ
post #11 of 14
Like L7 said, the Atomic Widebody range has a very wide forefoot/toe area, and very narrow heels. I have a pair of B9 Widebodies, which are a women's model, and love them. Widest boots I've ever found, and the narrow heel is fantastic.
The top buckle is jiggable, for women with extra large calves, too.
post #12 of 14
Tecnica's!
post #13 of 14
I have a EE to EEE foot. I have skied Tecnicas for the past 15 years. My boots always hurt, until last year. Pierre(on this forum) made me custom footbeds and did tweaked them until my foot did not hurt. Now, I ski in comfort.
post #14 of 14
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So, how did you determine that your feet are wide? If your feet are flat, they are probably a lot narrower than you think they are.

I used to think my feet are wide (between E and EE) until a boot fitter one day put me on a pair of Superfeet with arch support. Now, I wear nothing but normal width anymore.
Chnwmr makes an excellent point. Flat feet (structural flat feet), fallen arches (flexible flat feet), and over pronation can cause a wide foot to require even more room in the toe box than might otherwise be necessary. The "footbeds" that come in the Salomon boots have little if any arch support. Try a pair of Superfeet which aren't too expensive to see if that helps the fit of your current Salomon boot. It's certainly cheaper than buying new boots. If the Superfeet work for you, you could then consider spending more $$ on custom footbeds or seeing an orthopedist for orthodics. If you have one of these problems, it's best to address it before it morphs into a more serious and painful issue like bunions, hammertoe, exertional compartment syndrome (misalignment may be a cause if you are already at risk) or other alignment issues. My orthopedist believes that by not treating my over pronation and fallen arches for so many years could have contributed to my developing exertional compartment syndrome. Absolute cause is still unknown.
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