when i have my boots on and i am strapped in and even when my binding straps are all the way tightened, i can still move my foot around quite a bit and i can get my heel of my boot off the binding too. i have ridden like this basically forever but just noticed it the other day and was wondering is it supposed to be like this and if not how can it affect my riding?
to the op, having ill-fitting boots will affect your riding fundamentally. poorly fitting boots result in movement of your feet not being translated into movement of your board. getting a pair of boots which fit correctly will improve your riding immediately.
I am pretty sure my boot size is correct but I still have some heel lift. I am thinking about getting one size smaller but it is very uncomfortable. Any suggestion?
The boots may not be the wrong size, they may simply be the wrong boot for your feet. I have a narrow heel and I get heel lift in 95% of snowboard boots. You just gotta keep trying until you find a pair that works. Do you have narrow feet? Have you ever had heel lift issues in hiking boots, etc? If so, I suggest checking out the Salomon F series boots. If not, you may just have a pair of boots that run on the wide side. What boots do you have?