I am going to go and try on some k2 boots tomorrow to check on size before I order, if I can. Honestly I feel like anything is better than the boots I have now, and thanks. I just looked into the J-bars, I hadn't heard of those before and all of those things are somethings I could be doing in the meantime until I find a good pair of boots. I'm glad to know that this is an issue, because I've been beating myself up about not getting any better. thanks everyone!