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Old 09-12-2010, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live on Okinawa, a small tropical island south of japan. And there are ZERO stores that sell anything to do with snow. So I have two options.. wait till I go to the mountain and buy a pair there at RIDICULOUS japanese prices. Between the exchange rate, and japanese mark up, I could end up paying something like $500 for a $200 pair of boots. Or.. I can just play Russian roulette and buy a pair off the internet and cross my fingers.

What do you guys suggest I do?
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wait till you go to the mountain, try allot of pairs, write down the ones that fit and order on the internet?
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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do you have a buddy in the states with a silimar shoe size, width etc. Ask him what he wears and maybe he can buy a pair of 2 here in the states and ship them to you. Then ship back the one or two that don't fit. Even with shipping you should be ahead of the game.

OR call the online stores and ask about their return policies. You can order them on-line and then return them, depending on the return policy, like I said.

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Here is Dogfunk.com policy direct from the website, I'd still call as it doesn't mention who pays shipping:
Not stoked on your gear? Looking to return it or make an exchange? No problem, we have an Unlimited Return Policy: we guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked.

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Here is Dogfunk.com policy direct from the website, I'd still call as it doesn't mention who pays shipping:
Not stoked on your gear? Looking to return it or make an exchange? No problem, we have an Unlimited Return Policy: we guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked.
I think you should order, since you said you could be paying 500$ for 200$ boots, even if you do have to pay shipping on the returns, you still would save some money. If you do get to the mountain, I do agree with Zandax and I think you should try some on then order them, although it looks like you can't do that right now. Good Luck
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You think if I got exact measurements of my feet in centimeters and any special "issues" with my feet, like high arches or flat feet ect.. would an online store be able to recommend a good boot?
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you measure your foot in a brannock device, order some K2 boots, and then get some aftermarket insoles
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know, but I have tried on some Burtons, several styles and I could barely get my foot in. I have a little wide foot but not very large. Burtons just fit me very badly. Each maker is different, not sure your idea would work but it is worth a try.

Boots are tough, you almost need to try them on. Sorry I don't have better idea hopefully someone will.

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Is there any way you can make a day trip to a snow shop in a major city? Maybe take a vacation with your GF and duck into a shop so you can try on some boots and see what fits.

As mentioned, a boot that fits for one person may not fit properly on you, so it's always best to test fit. To be honest, K2 boots do fit pretty damn nicely and are very close to shoe size.
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Is there any way you can make a day trip to a snow shop in a major city? Maybe take a vacation with your GF and duck into a shop so you can try on some boots and see what fits.

As mentioned, a boot that fits for one person may not fit properly on you, so it's always best to test fit. To be honest, K2 boots do fit pretty damn nicely and are very close to shoe size.
Wish I could.. a day trip to any shop would include a 5 hour plane ride(round trip). I always love going to Tokyo.. but not to just buy some boots. lol

We are planning a trip to Korea for next month. problem is I don't speak Korean, and have no idea where to go. Plus I worry I'd end up buying some fake garbage boots or something like that. I'll do some research and hope I can stop by a shop in Korea.
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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DC STATUS!!! I love mine.
Same as my regular shoe size.
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