Today, I went to Eastern Boarder to try on some boots. The first boot the guy suggested was the 32 Lashed. He got out an 11 1/2 because I am a size 12 sneaker. It was too small, so I tried on the 13 which was too big.(out of size 12) I thought they fit all right but my heel was swimming so I discarded those out my choices.
I had walked into the store with the K2 Darko access in mind. I tried these on next. I tried on the size 12 which was crunching my toes a bit. Other than the fact that my toes were touching the front too much, they were perfect. Even then, I was thinking that they might not be too small. After a while, my toes hurt and realized that I needed a 13. But they didn't carry size 13 Darko's.
Next, I tried on the Burton Hails(size 13). Overall, these were pretty nice, but way to flexy for me, and I had some heel lift. The heel lift was probably magnified because the Darko's had none. I considered them, but decided to try something else on.
By now, this guy hated me for wasting his time, but him and another person who worked there kept helping me. So, of course, my mom tells them to grab some nike boots. I HATED THESE. They fit horribly tight and were really heavy. I took my foot out right away and never looked back.
Now, that 2nd guy who helped me told me that I should try the Forum Kicker SLR because that is what he wears. He said they were butt ugly, but fit like a pillow. I tried on the size 13 first, seeing that all the other size 12's were way to small. At first, I thought they were huge because my toes were not touching. But it felt like they might be. Overall, the Forum's fit very tight, yet comfortable. I tried the size 12 on just in case. The 12's were perfect. They fit just like the K2 darko, but didn't hurt my toes. I put a down payment on them.
Here is the problem. These boots are my christmas present and $230 is way too much for my mom to spend. She feels that $115 is more reasonable...
... But she would rather I have boots that fit me right. The Forum's ended up being $230, but the Darko's were $200. Overall, I like the Darko's more, but they didn't have my size. Should I try and find another store and try on the Darko's in size 13, or get the Forum's? Or, should I order last years Forums for $115?
Story time is now over. What should I do?