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Boot sizes for weird feet !

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Having followed many of the threads on Boot sizes - and the relative importance to control, I am curious as to the 'correct' sizing for odd feet ( which I have!).

When measured my left foot is 1 and 1/2 UK sizes smaller than the right although SIGNIFICANTLY narrower. Can specialist fitters account for these vagaries in size? Will I ever be able to ski as ably as others who have absolute alignment of feet on their skis ? ( Actually that last question is totally irrelevant as it has nothing to do with my feet/boots !!)

I confess that that I bought Rossignol Salto RX from Decathlon and they seem to be comfortable and fit well so the question is only out of curiosity!


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Sounds extravagent, but if need be, I would probably plump for buying 2 pairs of boots, and making up a pair, though I would make sure that they were the same model. Boots are the so important. When you look at the life you get out of them, even if you have to buy 2 pairs, amortizing the cost comes down to not that much per skiing week, when you look at the rest of the costs of a week on the slopes. That said, I don't know any skier who has bought 2 pairs to make one, and if you have found a pair that works for you, you are OK. But I am surprised it was possible for such a size difference.
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Nick Zotov, Strangest bit of it is that I didn't even realise just how different they were in size until I went to buy ski boots - had always 'known' right foot was bigger so always base buying size on that for normal shoes... wonder what ski hire firms would od if I said both shoes a differenet size !! No, I'll stay where I am at present !
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It may be possible to buy a pair of ski boots with different sizes for each foot. Maybe even ask the manufacturer direct.

Try boot manufacturers such as

http://www.strolz.at/english/gesamt.htm

http://www.dalebootusa.com/


This may mean that your boot sole length will be different for each foot so probably best to get a binding that can be adjusted for boot sole size without re-drilling. This will enable you to swap the skis round at a later date.
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When I used Profeet this season they seemed to have a very good relationship with the UK importer for Nordica (and presumbably other brands as well) and may well be able to get different sized boots for you, saving you the expense of potentially buying two pairs. If this isn't possible perhaps a set of foam-injected liners would help with feet of different size/volume? First step (if you excuse the pun) is to have a conversation with a good boot-fitter.
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I've got a similar problem with my left foot 3/4 of a size longer than the right. The fitter said that the last resort solution might be two differently sized boots - however he managed to get me a good fit in one size of Dalbello shell by customising the liners and blowing out the toe. It would depend on finding a boot that gives the fitter enough scope to work with though - 1.5 sizes is a lot to compensate for.

(btw, how do you cope with other footwear with such differently sized feet??)

I suspect you've got comfort in your Rossi Saltos but almost certainly you've got less than ideal fit and performance. It'd be well worth going to a custom fit when you come around to changing them. But meanwhile if you're happy and it ain't broke then don't fix it Very Happy
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johnnyrotten, Simple answer is that I have a bit of room at the end of the foot. I do find it quite difficult to find footwear , I think but don't know that somehow the width of the left foot in some way compansates for it - it is usuallly the width that I choose first and the comfort therefrom. I also seem to have purchased a very wide range of sizes over the year which suggests compromise and given the different 'range' by size/manufacture I would guess that even those with perfect feet have problems of one sort or another..


P.S. You are making me wonder now whether it was 1-1.5 difference .. but significant anyway.

rob@rar.org.uk, DB, Thanks for the advice , as and when my partner gets her Xmas present 2006 from profeet , I'll see what they have to say about me at the same time .
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