I would go with the snugger fit. If you haven't already done so, I would suggest trying on a size 8 boot. I think the advice, which I've heard on numerous occasions, that your toes should just be touching the end is bad. Last season I started off with size 10 Burton Ion. My toes were just touching the end. After putting in custom footbeds, my toes didn't touch the end, however to prevent heel lift, I had to put in j-bars and crank down laces to try and keep my heels from lifting, but ultimately it caused foot pain and I never could eliminate heel lift. This season, I tried a size 9 and they are much better. My toes were firmly against end of the boot with my custom footbeds. Very little foot pain. However, after several days on them, I'm thinking I should have tried on an 8.5.
Boots are only going to get pack out that is why I would suggest you go snug. So long as your toes aren't curling up to fit.
Last edited by smerdyakov; 02-12-2013 at 03:26 PM.