Getting a pair of ski boots that actually fit is one of the most frustrating things a person could experience. It’s not that the majority of brands don’t make the perfect match for your feet, it’s just that the measurements for skis are different than what you usually find for shoes. In this article, we’ll tell you how to properly measure for ski boots so you can find the exact ones for your feet.
Begin With The Classics
Skiing is considered a ‘sport du jour’ and it has been popularized by the well-known Mont-Blanc ski run. Since then, it has become the ultimate winter sport for people around the world and its appeal continues to grow. It is no wonder the majority of ski gear and accessories are sold online as opposed to in stores. The fact that it is winter means that it’s chilly, which is why most people wear gloves while skiing and drinking beer probably doesn’t hurt either.
Although the design of the ski boot has changed a lot in the past 70 years, the measurement process has remained relatively unchanged. When it comes to finding the perfect pair of ski boots, all you need to do is find the ones that fit your feet the best. The problem is that it isn’t easy to find that perfect match because the measurement for a ski boot is different than that of a regular shoe.
Here’s where most people mess up: As opposed to typical shoes, which have a heel measure that decides the height of the shoe, a ski boot is measured by the depth of the opening at the front. When you try on the boot, the fitting part at the back should go all the way to your ankle so that when you stand up, your foot is properly aligned with the ski. If the back of the boot is too high, it will cause the foot to be dragged when you run, which is obviously not comfortable and can lead to injuries if you’re not careful. The best way to find the right fit for your feet is by taking your shoes off and putting on the boots so you can compare the two sizes and see which one feels the most natural.
Try On A Pair Of Boots In Advance
When you walk into a shoe store, the first thing the salesperson will ask you to do is take off your shoes. The majority of people are used to shopping for shoes and don’t have the measurements for ski boots in mind, which is why they struggle so much when trying to find the perfect pair. When you visit a shoe store for the first time, take this opportunity to try on a pair of boots so you can compare them to your existing footwear once you’re standing up. This is also a good chance to ask the salesperson any questions you may have about the different types of ski boots and which one is right for your feet.
Look For A Pair Of Boots That Fits You Both
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your footwear problems, you may want to consider buying a pair of boots that fit you both. This is easier said than done, as most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other, which makes it difficult to find a pair of boots that fit both of you naturally. In this case, it is best to find a pair that has an adjustable strap so that you can tighten it around your ankles as needed. You can also ask the salesperson to help you find the proper length for your right foot, as it usually depends on what style of skiing you do and how fast you plan on skiing. When it comes to finding a pair of boots that compliment your existing outfit, this is an easy way to go.
Check The Height Of The Heel
When you walk, stand, or run, your heel should make contact with the ground at some point, which is why there is a measurement called ‘heel height’. This is the total length from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe and it is an important measurement because it affects the way your foot interacts with the ground when you ski. The shorter the heel height, the closer you’ll be to perfect ski alignment. This is why shorter heels are preferred for skiing and it is usually best to find a pair that is between.5 and 1.5 inches high. This is a very static measurement and it is usually not changed much by the manufacturer. While some people prefer a higher heel height for skiing, finding a pair that fits you both can be very difficult because a higher heel usually means a higher shoe, which in turn, means a different size.
Check The Overall Length
Besides the heel height, the other measurement that decides the length of a ski boot is the overall length. This is the total length from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel and it is important to note that the overall length does not include the height of the heel or the length of the shank, which is the part of the boot that is closest to your ankle. The overall length of the boot should be right below your knee when it is standing by itself and it should reach your ankle when you put your foot in the front so that it can be adjusted as needed. When it comes to finding the right length for your overall fit, it’s best to look for a pair that is between the longest and the shortest among the existing pairs of shoes you have. If you need an intermediate length, it can be hard to find a pair that is just right because the majority of shoemakers are producing longer and longer shoes to cash in on the popularity of skiing. This popularity means that you may need to try on multiple pairs before you find the one that fits you best.
Take Your Time
Last but not least, don’t rush into buying a pair of ski boots. This is a decision you’ll need to take carefully and after trying on multiple pairs, you’ll be able to find the one that fits you best. Once you’ve found that pair, you can start your journey toward being properly equipped for winter sports and continue to enjoy this winter sport throughout the year.