Originally Posted by doublediamond223
A plug boot can be the most comfortable boot you have ever had (as mine are) if they are fitted correctly. This applies to lower boots as well. Boots like the ones you mentioned are suitable only for very slow speed skiing on green and blue groomers. Perhaps that's all you want, but I still think there are many better options.
My mother would have quit skiing if we hadn't found "soft" boots. I think hers are the Rossignols. She has very painful feet ... her big toes are almost totally stiff, and getting in and out of boots wasn't worth the effort. She's 65, and yes, skis slowly on blue groomers. But she still wants to be out there, and soft boots are the ONLY way.
We bought her new skis, too, Dynastar Exclusive 8s, which have greatly improved her comfort zone. She had rented for the last 10 years or so, since she figured she was done skiing (after 40 years on snow) and it was financially irresponsible to buy ... but I convinced her that better equipment would really help. Lo and behold, I think we've extended her ski days by another 10 years. And lower-end gear can be bought quite cheaply when it is even a year past season.
Not to hijack (which begs the question as to whether you can hijack a troll), but there is definitely a time and place for those boots. You can fit a boot exactly to someone's foot, but if they aren't strong enough to get it on and off, it won't matter. And a lot of senior citizens just can't do it. It's hard enough for the rest of us!