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1- Have both feet measured; length, width, and heel to ball length. If you have access to foot sizing devices, use them. A wrong approach to measuring the foot may reveal a potential problem after the boot is skied in. The added benefits of orthotics should be discussed at this point.

2- Be truthful about your ski level when asked.

3- Try ski boots on, with ski socks. No cotton!

4- Pick two boots that meet the criteria determined in Commandment #2. Too many selections can be confusing.

5- Buckle boots from the top down. Top buckles first, then flex knees and ankles. This moves the foot and liner back slightly, setting the heel and gives the toes more room. The lower buckles should be latched while the knees are flexed forward!!

6- Check the fit. Your toes should be touching the front of the boot when standing. When you flex, the toes should be free to wiggle - this will ensure the correct length, and allow proper circulation.

7- Walk around in the boots, and not just a quick lap around the fitting bench. They should be left on for at least 5 minutes. One of the two selections should start feeling better than the other, thus narrowing the choices.

8- Remove the boot that is less comfortable, and put on either the mate to the boot still being worn, or if needed, introduce a third, different boot, thus offering another fit choice.

9- Every good specialty shop will allow you to bring the boots back for adjustments to the liner or shell as most boots will need some custom padding or heat gun work to achieve the fit we should all be striving for.

10- Shopping for a boot fitter is like shopping for a doctor. You are not buying a new pair of sneakers and your new boots should last you years. Choose wisely. If you don't find the right boot the first day, it could be a blessing.

NOTE: It is true that the boots might look old fashioned, but the instructions are appropriate ;)

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Women Boots

Women’s feet are usually shorter and often narrower, especially at the heel, than men’s. In addition, women usually have lower calf muscles and shorter Achilles tendon than men. Because women’s center of gravity is lower and farther back than men’s, many women find it beneficial to put heel wedges a centimeter or two high under the insole up to help shift their weight forward.

Finally because women’s feet tend to be colder than men’s, women’s boot liners frequently are goosed up with additional insulation. When women’s boots first came on the market, they were wimpy, stripped-down "ladies" models in white or even pink. Now, women’s boots are offered in performance models for intermediate and advanced skiers. Lightweight women with very small feet can often find a great combination of performance and price in junior racing boot.