Your ski boot buying guide: size, fit, and flex
Choosing a pair of ski boots can be a daunting task so we’ve made the process as easy as possible for you with our guide on everything you need to know about ski boots.
Ski boots are one of the most important pieces of your kit; comfortable, well-fitting boots will keep you going and going all day long so it’s worth spending a bit of time to get the right boot with the right fit.
We’ll take you through the following steps, giving you all the information you need to make the right choices for you:
- Skier ability
- Foot profile
- Footbeds and socks
- Boot stretching
- More features
But first, there are a couple of things to remember:
- Your ski boots will never be as comfortable as your street shoes.
- The foam padding inside the boot will compress with a couple of day’s use so a snug fit at the time of purchase is ideal.
- When buying ski boots the ideal fit will come from a professional boot fitter who can guide you through the process and offer advice specific to you.
- Modern ski boots usually require heat moulding to fit the liner to your feet, using a special machine operated by a qualified technician. If you’re buying your boots online, you can still take them into store and have them moulded for free.
Our staff are fully trained to help you choose the right equipment, so visit your nearest Snow and Rock store for more personalised expert advice.
Knowing your foot profile, or shape, will help you easily identify the most suitable ski boots.
The three most important factors for fit are heel width, forefoot width, and instep height.
If you’re not sure about your foot shape, our expert boot fitting technicians will measure and assess your feet to creative a 3D foot profile by focusing on the followin:
- Width; looking at how wide your foot spreads across the forefoot when standing
- Volume; the height of the instep and the arch of your foot
- Heel and Achilles; the width of the heel, the Achilles as well as the width of your ankle bone a
Ski boots are measured on a scale called Mondo Point. This is based on the length of your foot in centimetres and acts as a good starting point for finding the right fit boot.
To measure your Mondo Point size place your heel against a straight surface like a wall with your toes pointed outward. Measure the distance from the wall to the end of your longest toe, for example. if the length of your foot measures 26.5cm your Mondo Point size is 26.5.
You can use a conversion chat to help translate your ski boot size however shoe sizing is often inconsistent. If possible, measure your feet instead.