I will start off by saying that I'm going to the boot fitter that fit the boots last year but I'm trying to calibrate my wallet for the visit. So...
Last November my daughter (almost 12 then) was fitted for the Nordica Hotrod (21.5 259 bsl). Foot beds and the whole shebang. She tried the boots on yesterday and they are painful in the toe box. I measured her foot and it looks like she measures just over 22cm. One foot is slightly larger than the other and there was pressure on all toes and the smaller foot only had pressure on the smaller toes. She said it feels like her foot is fatter more than longer because most of the pressure was on the outsides. She is taller but she's only a couple pounds heavier; still slender. Her feet are wicked flat. She did say that on her larger foot her most of her toes were curled at least a little.
I'm planning on waiting until November to go to the boot fitter so her foot will grow as much as possible. We still have a couple other pairs of boots; Dalbello Proton P4 22.5 and Rossi Pro Comp Jr in 23.5 but I don't think either of them are as good a boot as the Hotrod. We played around with different liners in different boots and the Hotrod liners in the P4 boots were perfect for one foot but still a little tight on the outside toe box on her larger foot.
Do we have a decent chance at the toe box on the Hotrod being opened up enough to get another year out of them? There doesn't seem to be that much material in the Hotrod. The custom foot bed seems a little narrower than I remember it from last year but it didn't "look" too short. The arch seemed to match up nicely.