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Boots for teenage girl with narrow feet and high instep

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My 14 year old daughter needs new boots, and has quite difficult feet - very narrow, with high insteps. She's 160 cm tall, about 50 kg and quite athletic (swims 4x week, to a reasonably high standard). I'd say she's the upper end of intermediate as a skier, can ski anything on piste in control but less experienced off piste, in heavy chop etc. She skis 2 weeks a year, plus the odd day here and there on local hills.

The obvious answer is go to a good bootfitter, and we will as soon as she stops growing. However, I suspect she's still got a year or two of growth left and so I'm still hoping to get by with 2nd hand boots for now. Trying multiple different brands/models second hand is tricky so I'm trying to narrow downtrend options to boots of roughly the right shape. Probably looking at junior race boots, or soft women's boots. Can anyone recommend anything that fits the criteria? Instep height is the most critical factor, based on trials so far.
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I can see why you don't want to do a full-expense buying of new individually fitted boots at this stage. But isn't the best alternative to rent from a shop with a big range, so she can swap if there's a problem?

From what I've seen of young racers in their boots I'd not go down that road. They get into them at the very last minute and out of them at the first opportunity!
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Raichle / Kneissl / FullTilt Flexons:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raichle_Flexon

Often appear on eBay.
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If you've got problem feet to deal with, a boot fitter really is the answer. At 14 I'd probably stay with a junior boot.

This is more or less the boot my son used until he was 18. has a narrow last, and mid flex, so probably is a good starting point.
https://www.udenssport.se/product.html/rossignol-hero-world-cup-si-70-sc?category_id=37
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@pam w, if it was just for a week's holiday in the Alps, renting would be a good option. However, we ski in Scandinavia as well, and the hire shops I've seen in resorts here tend to just have 1 brand/model so if it doesn't fit, we're stuck. Hiring also doesn't work so well for a couple of hours at the local hill, it rapidly gets expensive.

@Bob, yep, one we will be looking at but ideally I don't want to spend that much!

@altis, I'm wondering about cabrio boots (her current ones are - but they're the Roxa adjustable ones and she's out-skiing them now). Are they fundamentally more generous over the instep?
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The fit, comfort are important. There is a risk to enjoyment, fun, etc if boots don't fit properly, or prove uncomfortable.

'bite the bullet', time to buy.. It will aleviate the worry and stress..
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@mgrolf, I used to park a block of wood in the throat of my right boot to give a bit more instep room. A permanent fix would be easy for a bootfitter as they're so accessible.
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Good boots + good footbeds = good skier.

Buy good boots.

Get a custom-footbed made (e.g. Sidas).

Costs less than many expect.

Folk with bad feet really need good boots and beds.
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