The problem is that the toe box on the liner is not long enough for my big toes. Everything else is fine, just the big toe is crunched up. With the liner out of the boot I was not able to straighten my toe. I was able to wear both boots for at least 10 minutes or so without collapsing in pain, it's just uncomfortable having the big toes unable to straighten totally even when flexing forward into the boot. I'm used to skiing a tight shell fit and this seems different than just having a squeeze around the toe.
I'll be seeing a local boot fitter to work out a few other small hotspots but I think this shell size would be great if I can get the toe issue worked out. I'm not even sure the shell would need to be punched out for the toes if the liner was a little more accommodating. Is this something that can be easily done, or should I be looking to return these and go to the larger 28 shell which would probably need less work to be comfortable. Am I stuck with crunched toes until the heel packs out a bit?
Thanks in advance for any help! Surprisingly searching on the topic wasn't getting me much.