So my friend will need new boots for next season. We have nearly nothing for selection in St. Louis. We will be in CO a couple weeks and will have a rest day to do some shopping. Here's the problem. There is no way my friend can afford new boots right now but we want to take advantage of the selection to find the right ones. Is it douchey to go there just to try on stuff with zero intention of buying it. I will be buying stuff but not the worth of boots. Probably some base layers and socks and stuff.
You gotta do what you gotta do, but it was always fucking irritating after spending an hour with someone and making sure they got the right fit, only to have them walk out after and tell me that they would "be right back" or that they were going to buy it online.
My advice would be to be up front and honest with the salesperson initially. Tell him the situation, and that you won't be buying boots, but want to try stuff on to see what fits. If someone tells me that, I'm totally fine with it and still want to help the person find the right boots. Especially if you're going to be buying some other stuff, it wouldn't be a huge issue. It's just a pain in the dick to constantly bring different models/sizes from the back, unlace them, fit them on the person, etc. only to have the person basically say fuck you and leave.