I had a rather oversized tecnica modo 10 (size 30.5) boot that was just too large for my foot - so on a friend's advice I decided to visit a reputed local ski and boot shop specialty shop. Since I heard great reviews about them from a number of people I decided to spend some $$$ - but my experience has been painful and I am about to give up on my boot fitting with them. I will not name the store as the people are friendly and accomodating and I am sure they mean well - also it could be that my feet and ankles are a bit too wierd.
6', 205lbs, actual foot length/width 30.5 cm/10cm. Bowlegged, narrow feet, morton's toe (2nd toe is longer than the big one). Last year towards the end of the season, I got fitted on a size 29 dalbello krypton pro 2009 model with custom footbed. I have been back numerous times to the shop(not on mountain) with various problems.
First it was the right big toe banging. That got fixed - then the left inner ankle started hurting. After that was fixed the left foot 2nd toe started banging real hard - the nail is all blue/purple but that problem is fixed now. Then an instructor told me to get the boots checked as my balance on each foot was very wobbly - (just standing on one foot and skiing down a very gentle groom). The boot fitter then put some heel lifts and did some shell grinding etc. on the outside. Now I find that as I pick up speed on a gradual slope with both feet parallel, the left ski starts to get into a wedge and I have to fight hard to keep it straight - (but the right ski keeps a straight line as it should). Just to be sure I tried the above with 2 different pairs of skis but the same behavior manifests
Also for the last few trips my right foot 2nd toe would pain excruciatingly after about 10-15 mins of taking my boot off(after skiing for a few hours). To this I discovered today at home that there was some shell material that was coming off the inside of the boot in a kind of a lump and was probably pressing into my 2nd toe.
While this painful and incovenient boot fitting goes on, I am thinking of getting another pair of boots - there are some good deals out there so I could get a boot in 30.5 mondo - atleast I should avoid the toe banging issue and something narrow like a Lange fluid series with a 90/100 flex. I am not racing out there but just need something that is comfortable and performs well in groomers, powder, bumps and steeps.
Appreciate any feedback.