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scottik187 07-27-2008 06:54 PM

New boots - for an awkward sized foot.
Hi all -

Im looking to buy some new boots, but I have an annoying foot size.

I've only recently tried Burton boots, and I seem to sit nicely in between a size 12 and 13. Here in Australia, its pretty hard to find a store that stocks a decent range of boots, and even harder to find them at a decent price (usually double what I could pay in the states).

I tried my mates size 12 hails on yesterday, and they hurt my toes, they were pretty bunched...then i tried on a pair of size 13 rulers, and my feet were swimming in them.

So...what brands of boots make either a small 13 or a large 12, in comparison on the Burtons? I'm what you would call an "all mountain freestyle" rider, I enjoy carving it up first thing in the morning, but like hitting the park later in the day. I will be doing a fair bit of riding on these boots as well, heading overseas and the like for a couple months.

if its any help, i wear a size 11US converse chuck taylor shoe.


gibbous 07-27-2008 07:40 PM


Originally Posted by scottik187 (Post 59921)
if its any help, i wear a size 11US converse chuck taylor shoe.

Same here. See if you can find the Hails in a 13, I had a few good years on a pair of those. Currently using 32 Prospects in a 12, which are a little more cramped and pinch in spots but I love the boa, might have to replace these for next season.

scottik187 07-28-2008 12:38 AM

thanks mate -

i've actually been looking at the Salomon F20/22's, they seem perfect for me with their slim fit etc. Just deciding what size I will need!

killclimbz 07-28-2008 07:30 AM

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I guess it's a pain to find them in Australia, but you really need to try them on to see what fits. Sounds like you are inbetween a US 11 or 12. Pretty common sizes to stock out here. Probably because we are a bunch of fat ass tubby bitches in the US. Aren't boots offered in half sizes for you guys too? Sounds like to me you're an 11 1/2 US. (Splittin' the difference, I am a genius like that...)

If anything, you may have to go with the larger size and have a shop add some volume filling stuff to get the right fit. Again, you're going to have to try them on. Even the same exact boots of the same size can fit differently.

BurtonAvenger 07-28-2008 03:02 PM

Just find someone that can actually fit you.

scottik187 07-28-2008 06:17 PM

dude it is a total pain to find a store that sells boots at a reasonable price over here.

i saw a pair of 32 Prions retailing for $630 yesterday, what a rip off. The Aussie dollar is close to all time highs against the US, i mean is like $1US=$0.95AU, but shops here in Australia still sell snowboard equipment at least double the RRP in the USA.

Stores here have gone as far as to charge you a $50 boot fitting fee, which is only refundable if you buy the boots. You just can't charge so much!

BurtonAvenger 07-28-2008 07:34 PM

50 dollar boot fitting fee, hmm they might be on to something there. I might have to start doing that so the idiots won't waste my time.

scottik187 07-28-2008 07:39 PM

a $50 boot fitting fee is a quick way to turn people away from your store IMO.

gibbous 07-28-2008 10:11 PM


Originally Posted by scottik187 (Post 60068)
a $50 boot fitting fee is a quick way to turn people away from your store IMO.

$50 is kind of a lot, but it doens't matter how much it is if they refund it when you actually buy a pair. Makes sense to me, I'm sure shops get sick of having their staff spend a lot of their time helping people pick the right pair of boots just to have them immediately leave to go find them cheaper on the internet somewhere.

Sucks gear is so expensive over there...

scottik187 07-28-2008 10:18 PM

yeh dude no doubt - it would certainly give me the sh*ts if i worked or owned the shop.

such is this conderful capitalist world we live in huh.

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