Your boot fitting should follow the basic steps below: 1.
The fitting starts with your boot fitter discussing your ski experience, ambitions, previous boots, and any issues or problems you may have had with ski boots in the past. Be honest and forthcoming - the more information, the better. 2.
They should then perform a barefoot analysis of your feet, your posture and your ski stance. Your fitter will assess the shape of your feet, including length, width, volume, arch shape and instep height. They should also observe the mobility, function and range of motion of your feet, ankles and body. 3.
Before being fitted for boots you should be recommended and fitted for an appropriate orthotic insole. Footbeds are crucial for support and make a big difference to your ability to ski in comfort and control. Footdisc insoles
only add £30 to £40 onto the cost of the boots but are hugely important
Boot selection is critical and based on the information you have furnished and the observations of the fitter when examining your feet and body (not on your friend's recommendation or the colour of your ski pants). 5.
Shell, liner and boot sizing. They should start with a shell check - your bare foot in the empty plastic outer shell of the boot. This will give them an accurate guide to the size and fit of the boot. Your feedback here is critical. You should discuss how each boot feels and the specific pressure and niggles you are experiencing. S/he should be able to suggest possible adjustments to the fit of the boots. 6.
Spend time in the boots, they will adapt to your feet. Stumble around the shop in the boots that are most suitable fit. The best boots must be snug, but not uncomfortable; with support, but not pressure. Only one pair of thin ski-specific socks should be worn. 7.
Personalization and adjustment. The technician should be able to personalize the boots to your feet and legs. They should have a workshop to stretch, adapt and customize both the shell and the liner to your feet. 8.
Cuff alignment and canting. Finally, your fitter should ensure that they boots are aligned in your ski stance so that your skis run flat and true.