The boot fit process should start by measuring the length and width of your foot to gain a rough estimate for your boot size which allows you to find the right boot quickly without unnecessary size changing. Keep this sizing as a rough guide as in the end the feel of the boot is much more importants than what it says on the box.
Different brands offer a wider or narrower fit to create a more specific fit, this will have a huge impact on comfort and as a result of this you should not focus entirely on one boot brand during your fitting.
Loosen the boot liner and outer laces completely before sliding both of your feet in, each foot is always different so trying the boots with both is essential for proper comfort. Now tap the heel of the boot against the ground to push your foot back into the heel of the boot, this creates proper seating of the foot within the boot.
Tighten the inner laces while applying downward pressure to the tongue of the liner, this will prevent gaps from being formed between your foot and the liner.
The boot will now be giving you a rough idea whether or not they are the correct size, your toes should very gently brush the end of the boot when you are stood up straight and you should be able to feel a small amount of space above your toes without any pressure on the top or sides around your feet. If in doubt it can be useful to remove the boot insole and place your foot on this, thereby giving an approximate indication of where your foot sits in relation to the end of the boot.
Now tighten the rest of the laces as you would do when riding while making sure the heel is properly pulled back into the corner of the boot.
Stand up into a regular snowboard stance with your knees slightly bent, your toes should pull away from the end slightly so that they are no longer touching while your heel should stay locked in place at the back of the boot.
* when stood upright the foot is pushed forward. Always drop into a riding position with a bent knee as you will then find the foot draws back from the end of the boot, relieving any pressure.
Lean forward slightly while making sure the boot remains flat against the ground, if your heel raises up more than a centimetre try to retighten the laces. If the issue persists you may want to try a narrower boot or alternate lacing system to offer you a better fit for your foot.
Once you have found a boot that fits you well without a large amount of heel lift you should walk around bending the boot and trying to find any underlying pressure points or large air gaps that allow your foot to slide around. You are ultimately looking for a compact snug fit without any uncomfortable pressure points or excessive tightness.
Even if the first boot you try on feels perfect you should always try on other styles of boot from different brands and with varied lacing systems in attempt to find something that works even better with your specific feet.
Modern boots are designed to fit straight away so don’t try forcing a super tight pair onto your feet as this is likely to leave you in pain for several weeks. If the initial fit is slightly off you can have most boots heat moulded in store to create a custom fit for you, alternatively a specialist foot bed can be purchased.
We hope you found this information useful. It is useful to visit a store so as to try on a range of boots while receiving specialist advice. Always feel free to get in touch for more advice.