Here's my background - I got my first pair of "modern" boots 5 seasons ago. Went to a local shop (they're listed on bootfitters.com) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and went through a fairly thorough assessment - interview about what kind of skiing I did, visual exam of my bare feet, tests to check for foot flexibility and dorsiflexion, and some overall size & width measurements of my foot. My left foot is a full US size to 1.5 sizes bigger than my right. Recommended strategy was to fit the right foot, and punch out the left toe.
Started out with a pair of Nordica's, even though the tech thought they'd be too wide. And they were - the heel fit was really sloppy. Then moved to a pair of Salomon's which the tech was pretty optimistic about. Heel fit was better, but still too loose. Moved to the Tecnica Diablo Flame, which was the narrowest boot that they had, short of moving into a full "race" boot which wasn't something that I wanted to do. Still not great on the heel, but the best that was available.
Custom insoles - instaprint. Thermoformed the stock tecnica liner, punched out the left toe. Boots felt decent in the store, but again, since this was my first modern boot, I didn't really know what I wanted things to feel like.
Out on the hill, I started noticing problems. Instep pain on both feet, and the front of my right foot fell asleep within about 15 minutes of putting them on. Back to the shop, and they ground down the footbeds and boot boards to make more vertical room, and then started punching out the 6th toe on the right foot. I went back probably 5 or 6 times for extra right 6th toe punches over the first year or two.
Despite all of that, I've never been really happy with these. The heel has never been secure enough, and the front half of my right foot STILL falls asleep unless I'm skiing really hard, and really driving my boots. Years later, liners packing out, I've had it and have spousal permission :-) to get new boots.
What I'm struggling with is whether to do this locally or on one of two short Colorado trips this year. I'm frustrated by what I thought was a competent local "traditional" bootfitter so I'm leaning towards a more custom route like Surefoot. And yes, I know there are love/hate feelings towards them here. But many people also seem very happy with them, and given my weird feet - high instep, longer left, wider right, and ridiculously narrow heels - their approach seems very attractive to me.
So, suggestions? Recommendations? Can anyone recommend a "jedi master" of boot fitting in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area who's good at dealing with weird feet like mine? Thanks...