I'm not sure if I agree with your statement anymore (I used to). My instructor has boots that are very stiff, and very comfortable. He wears them all day without unbuckling them. He gets pissed at me for unbuckling my boots on the lift, and sent me back to the shop to get some work done.
Yesterday, he had me ski with all four buckles undone on an intermediate slope. Once I got my upper body into the right position, I ski'd as well as usual. Unless you have circulation problems that are congenital, then you should not get cold feet, and should be comfortable in your recreational boots.
In boots for racing, its a little different. Most racers have two pair of boots (at least) one for rec skiing, and one for true racing.
Don't compromise. You should be able to ski in your boots on a 15 degree day for at least 3 hours before you need to take them off. If you can't do that, then there's more fitting to be done.
[This message has been edited by GF (edited January 02, 2001).]</FONT>