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Old 10-03-2009, 02:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to purchase boots in hard-to-find sizes

For those of you with experience purchasing hard-to-find boot sizes or selling boots in general:

I have a very very small foot (women's 4) and have consequently had a hard time finding boots that fit me. Early last season I purchased a pair of low-end Burton boots in size 5 because they were the best I could find in Portland at short notice. Now that new equipment has been hitting the stores, I've been making the rounds at the local shops and have yet to find a shop that will stock a boot small enough to fit me. The Burtons I have now are a size 5 and if I tighten enough to keep from sliding forward in them, I lose circulation. I have not yet tried foot beds, but that might be the next step. Regardless, I would like to upgrade to a higher quality boot.

It seems like trying on boots in my size is impossible, so what is my next best option? Trying on boots that are too big, finding a best fit, then special ordering in my size? Only purchasing if I can actually try on the size I want to buy? Killing a cow by hand, conducting a ritual sacrifice, and patenting my own boot?

I do have the gear guide from a recent TWS Snowboarding magazine, which lists the boots that come in small sizes, and there are only a handful: Bonfire, low-end Burtons, Nitro, Forum, Rome, and Salomon are my options.

I know the rule is, don't buy unless you can try it on, but what the heck? Help a midget out!
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might be stuck having to buy online and finding a shop with a solid return policy. Here's the thing though you're in Portland area which Salomon is based out of, contact them and see if you can go to the show room and try on both the Bonfire and Salomon boots, if you can hit up WA Nitro has an office there and they might let you try on boots as well.
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