Hey I just joined this forum and I was wondering since I just bought a board off craigslist and I don't have snowboard boots yet if I can just use my columbia winter boots. I just tried it in my backyard it seemed fine but I wanted to see if anyone would see any problems with that. Also I think if I was wearing snowboard boots my feet would stick off a inch or so which probably isn't good. (I wear a size 12-13 depending on brand)Thanks-Stinko
Stinko, bottom line is find some snowboarding boots even if they are 5 years old and cost $20. You will have way more control and comfort if you use boots designed for snowboarding. Try a pair on and you'll notice the stiffness right away. There is a reason why boots for walking flex and boots for snowboarding are more stiff.
Also, you'll have way more control of your board. Like homie said earlier, it's kind of like driving on four flat tires. Yeah, you can steer and get around at slow speeds, but when you want to get going you will lose control.
Also, if you have toe drag then you bought the wrong size snowboard. There are snowboards designed for people with larger feet. Adjust your bindings to eliminate as much toe drag as possible and do some research on wider boards when you upgrade again.
Honestly, there are plenty of good deals on boots. You can find new boots (previous year models) for $100! If you look hard enough I bet you can find a decent pair of used beats for less than $50. Even someone making minimum wage can buy that in a day or two. Hopefully you are making more though