I can't find the right boots for my feet!
I've been looking for new boots all season that fit, and I would prefer a higher-end boot with some of the nicer features. The problem is I can't try on any boots locally because the nearest mountain is 2 hrs away and there are no places to try on boots. There is one place that sells boots but they only have a selection of about 3 models...
So I started out with a pair of Burton Rulers in size 11. They were too big and after they packed out I got a ton of heel lift and my toes weren't touching the front. Later I went back and tried on a 10 of the rulers and they fit much better...however, I was still getting a lot of heel lift. There doesn't seem to be any heel-hold tech in that boot at all. Still not a perfect fit.
Next I tried the Burton Ambush in 10 because I thought I wanted a lighter-flexier boot and I was hoping it would fit my feet better. These boots caused my toes to go numb because they seem to be made for someone with flat and wide feet, which I don't have. If anything I have a little more slender and arched.
Next I tried some Salomon F22's because I heard they were better for more narrow feet and they had good heel hold. As far as general construction and features, these boots seem to be the best so far. But they are just slightly TOO narrow for my feet, to the point where they kind of compress my toes together. They also had some pressure points against my ankles so as much as I like the boots, they aren't for me.
Basically, I don't know what to try now. I would prefer something with a speed lace system/boa/etc, but I know that fit is more important than any of that. I want a medium flex boot (the Rulers felt just about perfect, the Ambush too flexy and the Salomon slightly too stiff). If possible, I'd also like something with a smaller/compact footprint so that they don't squeak against the sides of my metal bindings.
Any suggestions for me? I'd like to get it right this time because I basically have to buy the boots online, wait for shipping, try them on, then return ship. PITA.