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Ladies, what is THE most comfortable and pretty boot out there?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
My gal has just about more gear than I do since I keep buying her stuff to try help her enjoy skiing and tolerate my addiction. She is very much a novice, so I need nothing as far as performance for her, but I do want some good boots that wont hinder her from getting better and improving her confidence. What boots out there (could be a few seasons old) are the most comfortable and pretty? Yes pretty, she wont use them if they are ugly.

I bought her a pair of low end ladies specific Nordicas Trend T 5.2W and she wears them so lose I ask her why she even bothers to buckle them, she also hates their plain (rental appearance) metallic gray looks. Thanks!
post #2 of 23
Go to a bootfitter and find something that fits her feet.

The end.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
Go to a bootfitter and find something that fits her feet.

The end.
First and foremost ^^^^^^ What he said!

Second - Pretty is a matter of personal opinion.
For me its not important that I match, so it was/is fine that my skis are mostly in the browns/oranges, and with the exception of my Karma, the krypton Storm, though beautiful didn't blend well with any of my stuff.
The boot, however, fit me well.

The other boot I'd get because I'm assuming the fit is similar to the storm, but has the stiffer tongue is the Krypton Kryzma
One of our favourite Bears calls these Tootsie Roll Boots.

Anything that reminds a girl of chocolate has got to be good!

My Storm from last year:
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Find a boot line that fits her then go with the best looking one. The Kryptons do fit a wider array of womans feet than they do mens for some reason.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
To clarify, we went to our local ski shop and she tried on a bunch of boots a few months ago, they all pretty much felt good to her....ultimately she likes the look of those new fluffy liners found in many of the women's specific boots. Probably the thing that deterred her the most was simply the looks, some boots she refused to try on no matter how good I said they were. Its difficult when the person you are trying to help is not very cooperating. Since we dont have every boot in our local shop I am looking to possibly buy online..I know its risky, but I think as long as its a generally comfy boot that all that will matter is how girly it looks.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
To clarify, we went to our local ski shop and she tried on a bunch of boots a few months ago, they all pretty much felt good to her....ultimately she likes the look of those new fluffy liners found in many of the women's specific boots. Probably the thing that deterred her the most was simply the looks, some boots she refused to try on no matter how good I said they were. Its difficult when the person you are trying to help is not very cooperating. Since we dont have every boot in our local shop I am looking to possibly buy online..I know its risky, but I think as long as its a generally comfy boot that all that will matter is how girly it looks.
No offense, but if I was you, I'd be girlfriend shopping, not boot shopping.
post #7 of 23
RR

You have made several points that would concern a bootfitter. First, she wears them loose, second, she wants comfy-comfy-comfy, third, she is hostage to the fashion police.

A fitter is going to want to put her in the proper size, she probably will want a size bigger.

She may want to try to stand straight up (straight legged, knees locked) in her boots. Performance boots will not allow this at all.

She will probably want a roomy, boxy fit with a soft fluffy liner. This is not any kind of true fit.

WADR to TC, the Krypton derivatives are probably not the boot for her for many of the reasons that I have mentioned above. The fashion statement thing is sooooo personal to her that I can't really comment too much except to say that many of the Roxy models seem to get good responses. Those are Lange models but not off of the race molds, so most are not exceptionally snug.

SJ
post #8 of 23

Have you thought of

Snowboard boots?


I mean, you're not taking her to Alta soon are ya?
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
No offense, but if I was you, I'd be girlfriend shopping, not boot shopping.
MAGGOT = wise
post #10 of 23
While I'm not a bootfitter by any means, I think Sierra Jim is spot on. The comment that "they all pretty much felt good to her" set alarm bells off in my head. If every boot felt really comfy in the store, she's trying ones that are too big for her. Fine if she wants to hang around the lodge all day, but if she wants to do any skiing, chances are her feet are going to be slopping around enough that she'll end up with them just as sore if not more so than getting ones that are too tight.
post #11 of 23
a boot fitter will want her in a 1-2cm shell fit, she will want a 3+cm shell fit.

bottom line, if she will listen, great, if not go pretty.

also might be better if you don't go shopping with her, let the boot fitter get it right, and you back down, show up after 60 minutes with a coffe for her and a visa.

that is assuming that you have found her a good boot fitter
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

that is assuming that you have found her a good boot fitter
Well, he could just take her on a vacation to Banff
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
a boot fitter will want her in a 1-2cm shell fit, she will want a 3+cm shell fit.

bottom line, if she will listen, great, if not go pretty.

also might be better if you don't go shopping with her, let the boot fitter get it right, and you back down, show up after 60 minutes with a coffe for her and a visa.

that is assuming that you have found her a good boot fitter
Now that my friend might just work....its the little things.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
RR

You have made several points that would concern a bootfitter. First, she wears them loose, second, she wants comfy-comfy-comfy, third, she is hostage to the fashion police.

A fitter is going to want to put her in the proper size, she probably will want a size bigger.

She may want to try to stand straight up (straight legged, knees locked) in her boots. Performance boots will not allow this at all.

She will probably want a roomy, boxy fit with a soft fluffy liner. This is not any kind of true fit.

WADR to TC, the Krypton derivatives are probably not the boot for her for many of the reasons that I have mentioned above. The fashion statement thing is sooooo personal to her that I can't really comment too much except to say that many of the Roxy models seem to get good responses. Those are Lange models but not off of the race molds, so most are not exceptionally snug.

SJ
FWIW, I agree with this ^^^^^^
She will get so much more out of a good fit. Please don't let her get a soft comfy boot that looks cute at the risk of her skiing.
post #15 of 23
How about a female fitter? Maybe your GF with listen better? Just make sure she's a qualify fitter though.
post #16 of 23
Another thought!
Slightly tongue in cheek - The SkiDiva bought the Nordica Speedmachine 10 last year. Very Pretty boot.
Check out the link to the thread on Ski Diva and take a look. I can imagine she would be happy to have the same boot as THE ski diva.
Another thing she may like is exposure to a women ski site like ski diva.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
She is very much a novice, so I need nothing as far as performance for her, but I do want some good boots that wont hinder her from getting better and improving her confidence. What boots out there (could be a few seasons old) are the most comfortable and pretty? Yes pretty, she wont use them if they are ugly.
I found these Not much more expensive than the average ski boots. Easy to use. Very pretty and sure to improve confidence.

post #18 of 23

Head Boots

I love my Head boots. I was well fitted by an experienced bootfitter, which also made all the difference. They were a bit stiffer than I needed when I bought them, but I grew in to them in terms of skill and they have served me very well. I have a slightly wider, flat foot. The Head boots are also pretty though not too silly, pink, etc. Head's website is up with their '08 stuff, so check it out.

http://head.com/ski/products.php?reg...=women&id=1227
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip on Head, I love all their products, and only ski on Head gear, but she was not too crazy about last year's offerings, perhaps this year her mind will change.
post #20 of 23
I know this isn't helpful, but bloody hell she needs to get her priorities straight. You look a lot better ripping up in a pair of "plain" boots that fit well than in a "pretty" pair that stop you skiing properly.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
I found these Not much more expensive than the average ski boots. Easy to use. Very pretty and sure to improve confidence.

They look very comfortable too!
post #22 of 23
Richie,
You asked for feedback from the "ladies", but I'll give you a reference point from working with novices. Give your GF the room to experience skiing on her terms. As you said, a novice isn't going to be able to discern much from various boots anyway.

They need to fit reasonably well without discomfort and have easy flex for walking stairs and being able to flex on snow. Hopefully if they are flexible enough for her, she will buckle them more appropriately. A more feminine appearance also seems to be important to her, so work with a fitter who will take that into account. The fitter won't be working with Anja Paerson here, so he/she needs to fit to the requirements of the situation.

The key is to keep her on the snow and getting mileage. No likey the boots ... no ski, and no get better. If the boots are too comfy in the store, they may pack out and get sloppy after enough skiing - c'est la vie. Hopefully she'll get enough skiing to do that. Sloppy boots often create uncomfortable feet/legs. At that point she will understand what you've been trying to tell her. If she's at all money conscious, nothing like having to buy another pair of boots in a season to reinforce the importance of getting it "right" the first time.

All part of learning the sport.
post #23 of 23
Personally, I think she's getting a bad rap about wanting "pretty" and "comfortable". If that's what skiing and ski boots mean to her, who are we to argue?

Can the two of you go on a ski trip early this coming season? If so, take her someplace that REALLY caters to recreational skiers.

Vail, Aspen, Park City, Deer Valley, Keystone, Breckenridge, Stowe, etc.

Take her there and then take her into ski shops. You should turn her over to the best bootfitters in the shop and you should take off for an hour. She'll find a boot that feels good (not necessarily "fits" properly in the sense that all of us "serious" skiers would dictate) and meets her fashion requirements.

My own strategy would be to get her whatever she wants that would get her on the hill. If she's happy with the fit and the "prettiness", maybe she'll ski more. If she skis more, she might actually start to like it enough to want more performance from her boots. *Then* you can worry about performance versus just getting her comfortable enough to get on the hill.

(oh... and Head equipment is best, so you got that going for you.)
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