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Buying boots online?

 Poster: A snowHead
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Any advice on boot buying online. My local shops don't have what I'm after (Salomon X Pro 100).
Have tried on other Salomon boots locally and they seem to indicate 30.5 (I take 10-11 UK) is it safe to assume they use the same last(?) for all their boots.
If I measure up on the downloaded charts available my foot length is 29...help!!
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Any advice on boot buying online.


Don't do this.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I don't suppose anyone on this forum will advocate buying boots on line and for my 10cents worth a 30.5 sounds massive for UK 10-11 sized foot. I wear UK 10.5 to 11 shoes but my ski boot size is normally 28.5, I have very wide feet so generally need lots of work doing on my boots.
Don't buy online - go to a good boot fitter.
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I like your style SFR, quick and to the point! Was thinking this way myself but would need to travel about 100 miles to try and buy.
I'm a good intermediate, any advice on next best.
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I've done it but my feet are uncomplicated. Having said that you really need to at least have tried them on before buying.
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edgy1 wrote:
I like your style SFR, quick and to the point! Was thinking this way myself but would need to travel about 100 miles to try and buy.
I'm a good intermediate, any advice on next best.


Might be useful to say where abouts you live, and somebody may be able to recommend a good boot fitter local to yourself?
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My local shops don't have what I'm after (Salomon X Pro 100)

How do you know what you're after?
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
I did it and skied on the boots for several years however this year I went in and had a fitting for some new and stiffer boots. I went down a size. The original boots were comfy because they were too big.
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edgy1 wrote:
is it safe to assume they use the same last(?) for all their boots?


Nope. Most certainly not.
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I went to Snow & Rock who spent about an hour the first time I went in looking at all aspects of my feet, discussing my requirements and trying a few odd boots on. They then gave me a couple of recommendations for boots based very much on my specific feet, so we ordered some to come into the shop and a week or so later I went back to spend about 2 hours there having them fitted and custom foot-beds made.

It was a very positive experience with people who quite obviously knew what they were doing. Once you have skied on them they are also very happy for you to go back in and they will make further adjustments if necessary.

I know there is a boot-fitter who is recommended on this forum but I bought prior to joining so went where I felt was sensible and I am very happy with the outcome.

If you are sure that you are buying the right boots you could then get a boot fitter to look at them and make custom changes if required once you arrive at a resort. I am sure you would be able to get custom foot-beds made in most European resorts too. Post on here where you are going and someone will have a recommendation for you...
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i"m a size 10 but having just been to a bootfitter i"m a 27.5 in ski boots
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I like your style SFR, quick and to the point! Was thinking this way myself but would need to travel about 100 miles to try and buy.
I'm a good intermediate, any advice on next best.


No worries Very Happy

Just to echo other comments here, if you're going to buy your own boots then you must like skiing and intend to go many times over the next 10/15 years. If this is the case it's well worth the time, effort and cost of getting a proper boot fitting. A decent pair will last you years and when other people are moaning about their feet hurting/being cold/not having control of their skis, you can feel smug with your warm, comfy and snug boots and advise them to get a proper boot fitting for their next pair.

There are loads of boot fitter reviews on here and people will also be able to recommend a good fitter at a lot of resorts if you can't get to one locally.
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After hiring boots for the last two seasons, I got myself some for Christmas. I got them fitted by Alain Baxter in Stirling on the recommendation of several people on here. Although I normally take a size 9 the boots I bought were a 26 which is about a size and a half less than normal. They do fit well and are very comfortable once I have them on. Now that is the problem for me as I have very stiff ankles but I solved this using an aid purchased from Ski Slipin. This made me realise that the hire boots I have been using have been too large. I suspect that I am not the only person who has made this mistake.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
when do you go away?
I consider booking your next ski trip with the intention of buying boots.
There's a very good boot fitter that posts on here but if you don't live near his shop also he can't help you out if you're in the alps with a problem.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
when do you go away?
I consider booking your next ski trip with the intention of buying boots.
There's a very good boot fitter that posts on here but if you don't live near his shop also he can't help you out if you're in the alps with a problem.
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@edgy1, where are you based in the UK?
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@edgy1, there are several different last widths over the Salomon range, so no, they aren't all the same, depends what else you've tried on. And our rental boots which are Salomon, we call 28.5 a 10, 29.5 an 11, and I have just got hold of a 31.5 for a friend who has size 13/14 feet... As @Rabbie says, the boots may well be comfy because they are too big - I've lost count of the number of customers who come in with their own boots, saying they are really comfy, and then write a whole size smaller on the registration card that asks for their shoe size!
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@edgy1,
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I like your style SFR, quick and to the point! Was thinking this way myself but would need to travel about 100 miles to try and buy.
I'm a good intermediate, any advice on next best.


Next best isn't good enough, my journey was 130 miles and an 8:30 appointment, so an early start, but absolutely worth the time and effort. Cheap boots can ruin what is a very expensive holiday so just not worth the risk.
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