Good points, and if I recall correctly you use 32 boots, which are not exactly known for footprint reduction or bulk reduction- they tend to run on the bulky side of things.
Yeah, still rocking 32s. They're not the smallest but they've changed the profile in the past few years and I think excessive overhang is less of an issue than it maybe was in the past.
What the OP is going to want to look for in boot profile, since I'm not sure of "footprint reduction technology" is really the technical term: the sole should kind of have a taper especially on the toe but probably a little on the heel too, almost
like those hideous Skechers "Shape-up" shoes that Joe Montana is pimping these days. It will not be as pronounced as those uglies, though!
This allows them to construct, for example, a size 11 boot with an effective footprint that might really measure like a size 10.
Check out the attached picture (excuse my crappy photoshopping job) that kind of shows what I mean. The boot on the left is a Burton Sabbath, and the one on the right is a 32. You can on the Burton there is curvature which reduces the footprint. There is none really on the hell of the 32, and only a little bit on the toe.