Ski Boots: Your Firm Foundation

Posted by Maggie on November 12, 2012

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Everyone has “A Boot Story” so here is mine.  After last season, I realized that as much as I enjoyed skiing, I should invest in some good equipment that I knew would work for me.  I decided to invest in boots since they can work with any type of ski for different snow conditions.

I diligently recorded the type and size of rental ski boot that worked well for me and purchased a similar style from in August when there was a sale.  When they were delivered, I tried them on and they felt fine in the house so I put them away and didn’t give them another thought. 

I had the opportunity to have four ski adventures this season – a new record for me!  The first two trips were very laid back and the skiing was not very intense.   On the third trip, I had to keep up with my teenaged boys.  We were on the slopes when the lifts opened and we skied hard and fast until 4 p.m.  By Saturday afternoon, after two full days of skiing, I was experiencing horrible pain in my shins from the boots – “shin bites.”  I powered through the rest of the ski day, but I just couldn’t bring myself to hit the slopes Sunday morning.

I was convinced that something had to be really wrong with these boots.  I was looking for a solution and I was even considering buying some shin guards the kids use in soccer to go in my boots.  Luckily, I decided to consult the guys at Bootworks.  Almost in tears, I whined to John about my shins, and the pain and misery I was having.  He nodded, measured my feet, and broke it to me gently:  my boots were THREE sizes too big!

He grabbed a pair of boots, expertly slipped them on my feet, and I immediately felt like Cinderella.  He showed me how these boots not only fit me, but were a better choice for my leg since I have a “short shaft” – read “thick calves.”  (From running, you know.  REALLY!!!)  Then he said those three magic words: “They’re on sale!”  He really was Prince Charming.

I was out on the slopes by 10:30 a.m. and had a pain-free rest of my ski day.  I felt so good in these boots, we even went night skiing until 8 p.m. that night.   As much as my shins hurt from the ill-fitting boots, the new boots didn’t hit me in the same spot and now my toes were at the front of the boots doing their job.   Please remember to keep your toenails trimmed short when skiing and check your children’s toenails too!  When the toes are at the front of the boot where they belong, if the toenail is too long it will be jammed into the nail bed and you will likely lose a toenail or 2.

If you have any issues with your boots or just have a difficult time finding a comfortable rental boot, I can’t recommend going to a reputable ski/snowboard shop.  They know what they are doing and they really will get you in the most comfortable boot possible.



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Comment posted by Eveline on January 26, 2013 4:20 PM MST

OMG! You just saved my life! Thank you!!!! Two years ago I bought my first pair of ski boots and they felt perfect. During my first season, since I'm a green/blue slope kind of girl, the boots were perfect, still tight enough for me to think everything was right. Last year, though, on my second season wearing them, they started to loosen up and it was like I had never skied before! I got a ski instructor because I couldn't figure out what was going on with me! I blamed the icy snow, I blamed myself, until my instructor asked me what shoe size I wore. It was the same shoe size as her and she was amazed to realize that my boot was huge next to hers! That was an a-ha moment! The ice or myself were not the problem, the problem was that my boot were 3 size too big!
I'm going to Park City on February 19th and this post was a great find! As soon as I arrive in Park City I'm heading straight to BootWorks!
Thank you!!!!

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Response posted by Maggie on January 28, 2013 7:01 AM MST

Eveline - I'm so glad I could help!! I hope you have a blast at PCMR in February and I know the guys at Bootworks will really help you. - Maggie


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