or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ask the Boot Guys › Difference between feet.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Difference between feet.

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I'm a low-intermediate skier, doing mostly blue and easier black terrain here in PA, and mostly blues elsewhere.

After several years on too-big rentals, this year I bought my first kit, and for boots ended up with an older pair of Salomon Evo 2s at 26.5. Over the season I got to know my boots well and their weaknesses, and I now know that I need a much better fit than "something that feels ok in the store".

My problem is this:
My right foot measures at about 7.5-8, while the left is between 8-8.5, both at a width of a D-E. So a 25.5 shell makes the most sense for me if I can fit my left foot in, if I can even find anything this small. The problem is the right foot. It is shorter, so it floats a little around (and I feel that affects my turns). What's worse, is that somehow even though it's the smaller foot, it is the one that hurts: I get the circulation cut off in my little toe so I often have to take off the boot, and sometimes, especially on the lift, I feel pain on the upper-right part about a third of the way from the connection to the leg and the toe. This is with the 26.5

I was at a store today and they only had one pair of 25.5, which I tried on, and felt the same problem. The owner looked at my legs and at the wear pattern on my street shoes, and argued that there is something strange about how my right foot has its natural stance, it appears to be curved in the neutral position. As a result, he argues, when I am in a ski boot that has a hard barrier at the ankle (unlike a ski shoe), my foot sort of flows more towards the right which is why I get the discomfort in the right toe. He tried a small footbed on the right, but it didn't help. Since he had only one boot at 25.5, I didn't end up buying it.

So.. What should I do? Go 25.5? Go 26.5 and somehow find some way to create a custom fit around my right leg? Footbeds? I am now at the level of skiing (actually trying to carve) where I better understand the effects of boot fits. Plus, it's not a fun sensation to have your toes hurt in the same boot in which your foot occasionally flies around when you're going over frozen cat tracks.

I was at Stowe,VT last week and went into one of the fitting stores (pinnacle), but they weren't too interested in dealing with lower-end skiers and didn't carry intermediate level boots anyway.

Any tips would be appreciated.
post #2 of 5
uricmu,

If possible, try to fit the larger foot into the smaller foots shell size. I'm sure that a savvy bootfitter can pull that off.

Quote:
What's worse, is that somehow even though it's the smaller foot, it is the one that hurts: I get the circulation cut off in my little toe so I often have to take off the boot, and sometimes, especially on the lift, I feel pain on the upper-right part about a third of the way from the connection to the leg and the toe. This is with the 26.5
Usually the reason that a bigger boot will cause discomfort on a smaller foot is that the skier is depending too much on buckle pressure to provide the final fit. What occurs is extreme pressure on very small areas of the foot and splay/deformation takes place. If you can purchase a pair of boots that fits well without over buckling to contain the foot, then you're on your way to a better fit.

Seek a bootfitter that has many strategies, open minded, and is patient.

If you'd like, contact me. I'm in the area.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Yea, fitting into the 25.5 seems preferable to going too big. Only problem is that 25.5 is extremely rare to find in the first place for men... Another reason it sucks being short.

The boots were causing this problem even without significant buckle pressure; over-buckling sometimes actually relieved the problem because the foot could move less. Still, I hold the view (am I wrong?) that if you need to set all your buckles on max, your boots may be too big to begin with.

I'd love to find a bootfitter as you describe, though at least in PA, haven't had much luck. Found some friendly storeowners, but they only had one or two pairs anywhere in my size. Out in Stowe, I was too much of a gaper to get decent treatment from the fitters.

I'll send you a PM, thanks!
post #4 of 5
this 25.5 being rare in mens boots is a mystery to me, the store i worked for until i set my own place up used to carry mens boots down to 24 if they were aavilable and 25/25.5 in every mens model...mind you there are stores here who start their mens range at 27.5!!!!
post #5 of 5
We sell more 24/24,5 than 25/25,5 to men. Bizarre.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ask the Boot Guys
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ask the Boot Guys › Difference between feet.