Originally Posted by Gahan
Thanks for your responses guys.
So does each brand have different fitting boots specifically for different types of feet? How does a boot fitter make the boot you have chosen for the specific type of skiing that you do fit your feet properly? Do good boots come with different inserts or something?
Some boot companies are known for traditionally having one type of fit or "last" (boot slang for the general size/shape of the shell). Within each company there are some variances between models. For example race boots are always much narrower, but this is due to the fact that all race boots will be modified (read more below). A good bootfitter will find the boot that is closest to your foot shape/type first and then mod it as need be. If a bootfitter doesn't shell fit you first, leave.
There are MANY types of modifications that can be done to boots. the first thing to get done is custom foot beds, this will provide your foot with the necessary arch support, but will also change how your foot fits into the boot, usually allowing you to go a size smaller. Other modifications include the removal/stretching of shell material, much easier and more effective than the opposite technique of adding padding in strategic locations. this is why race boots are tighter, they just have more material in the shell, this allows them to custom fit better. There are also adjustments involving the griding of soles to correct for bow legs and whatever the opposite of that is called.
new boots will hurt a bit, but that goes away. Boots that feel great at first will not feel great in the long run and the pain will be far worse.
Are you sure this isn't a troll?? No offense intended and I am trying to help as much as possible (Ask the Boot Guys can give even better info), but these just don't seem like the kind of question that someone who is skiing glades would need to ask. Its pretty much ski gear 101.
If you are indeed not a troll, good luck on the hunt and Welcome to Epic!!