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Can't Find a Description "HOW" to Measure Foot

post #1 of 4
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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to find how to measure a foot to pre-select some boots that we can try on at our local ski shops.

I'd rather have a pre-defined list of boots to try on rather than try to find a boot that fits, then try to learn about it afterward. Sales people usually act strangely when I say, "thanks for spending an hour working with me to find something that works, but I have to go home and research them". They think I'm going to go buy them on-line and screw them out of a purchase. So, rather than go through that awkward period, I'd rather get a short list of boots that I know about then go into a shop.

So, can someone please explain HOW to measure a foot? I drew my wife's foot on a piece of paper and she did the same for me. Well, there are no straight lines on a foot, so there are obviously wider areas than others.

While reviewing boots on-line I saw the forefoot is anywhere from 95mm - 105mm. Ok, great. Ah, but from where? At what point of my foot is that 95mm - 105mm?

Again, we're going to get fitted for boots by a boot fitter that is listed on this forum, but I'd like to know which boots are a possible fit and those that aren't. Then I'll read some reviews about them and know more about the boot when I'm working with the boot fitter. Also, if they don't have a boot that is in my price range, I'd rather work with another boot fitter or buy a pair of boots on-line then have the bootfitter work with them.

Does any of this make sense? I hope so. If it does, please explain how to measure a foot once I have it drawn on paper.

post #2 of 4
boot companies measure with the widest part of the boot, (usually between the first and 5th metatarsals, for a size 26.

I would just trust the boot fitter, and buy what they recommend. Tell the fitter what the price range is , and see what works for your foot shape and the wallet.
post #3 of 4
Out of curiosity, if you spent an hour or more "finding something that works" why would you go home and research it? You just spent an hour doing the best empirical research there is.

So, you found the thing that works. Do you think somehow that "researching it" will convince you that it didn't work after all?

What would you do if you "researched" till you were blue in the face, then went to a store and found that the researched products "didn't work"? Would you believe your research or what you felt in the store?

post #4 of 4
Please be careful. You are assuming by your research that you will become instantly more proficient that the people whom you say will fit your boots. Not likely. Sometimes it is better to trust.

That said your effort to be more knowledgeable is great and will never hurt in the end. The forefoot is measured for width between two parallel lines touching the first and fifth mets. But again be careful. It is not always to desireable to buy a boot that is wider than this measurement. Do you or your wife have bunions for instance? If yes I tend to recommend a narrower boot.

A good that has shopped my store for several years recently came in to purchase equipment for his family. When it came to his skis I recommended a Stockli XXL. He already has a Stockli SC that he bought from me and likes very much. I have seen him ski and as he skis locally I know well the terrain and what he likes. We set the ski aside and as he left he mentioned he would let me know in a few days because he has a friend in Vancouver that said he should never buy a ski without talking to him first.

Now what is the likelihood that his friend nearly 600 miles away knows more about local terrain and skiing conditions than I do. And what are the chances that he knows more about the skis I've been selling for 6 years than me.

He is going to advise George on his choice based on ski dimensions as if skis were nothing more than the shape. The chances George will get better advice are slim and the chances he'll get poor advice are I think relatively high.

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