Ski Boots: The Good, the Bad and the Smelly

Boots are the most important piece of ski gear. Period. There is no other single piece of equipment that will affect your experience on the slopes more than your boots. A poorly fit or inappropriate boot can cause pain, injury, fatigue, poor skiing stance, and smelly feet. OK, your feet are probably going to stink after a day on the slopes no matter what, but you get the idea. A good ski boot can be the difference between control all over the mountain, and feeling out of balance even on easy runs. The right ski boot can be the difference between sitting in the lodge while you friends are out having fun, and skiing strong all day.

Bad Boots: I must really crank down on the buckles to get control, then my feet hurt.

Good Boots: The buckles over my feet barely close, and my foot fills up the boot.

Bad Boots: If I wear two pairs of socks, they fit better.

Good Boots: I wear one pair of thin ski socks.

Bad Boots: I went one or more sizes bigger than my shoes.

Good Boots: They are quite snug; I can barely wiggle my toes at all, and may have gone a size DOWN from my shoes.

Bad Boots: My toenails (which are trimmed short) are black and bruised.

Good Boots: My toes touch the end of the boot when standing, but pull back when I flex forward, and they don’t hurt.

Bad Boots: My feet cramp.

Good Boots: I don’t need to unbuckle them at lunch.

Bad Boots: My boots feel very stiff, and my shins hurt at the end of the day.

Good Boots: I can flex my boots as needed to absorb impact and stay centered on my feet.

Bad Boots: I am stuck so my knees are always flexed into the front of the boot. I feel like I can’t stand up, and my quads tire quickly.

Good Boots: The bones in my body are stacked tall and strong. I can extend tall and then gradually flex through the turn.

Bad Boots: It’s hard to get my skis on/off my edges.

Good Boots: I just roll little toe, big toe, and my skis start turning.

Bad Boots: They are white and I bought them in the 80’s.

Good Boots: I spent over an hour in the shop, paying more attention to the fit than the color; demoed a few different pairs; and bought custom foot beds too!

Hopefully this gives you an idea of how we like to fit boots. When you come to Kittredge to shop for boots, be ready to spend some time. Wear your thin synthetic or maybe wool ski socks. If you don’t have some, we will sell you an appropriate pair. This is important: if you own a custom foot bed or orthotic, bring it along. Bring your favorite pair of skis too. We encourage you to demo the boots, and your bindings will need to be adjusted. If you are considering new skis, now is a fine time to demo.
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