Hi Wired,The Photon is EEE width and I would not suggest then for you as they are two width sizes larger than your actual width. The suggested boots will be the best choice.
Yeah unfortunately couldn't find any Solomon Wides in Australia, but i did get a chance to try on some Burton boots.
Couldn't try 8's as they didn't have any, Will try another shop that may have them.
Photon wide (non step on) in 8.5 i feel my right three toes touching the liner (potentially even curling very slightly), but the big and 2nd not touching (or very slightly just). Rest feels super snug.
I've read your notes before, but is it true everything is meant to be touching? I don't really have that many snow days a year (maybe 2x trips of 4 days each) to break in any boots. Should i really get a US8 and wide? Any time my shoes touch my 2nd toe (longest), i normally get a very painful toe very quickly.
I also currently have no pain issues with my US 9 boots, but i do wear those thick padded ski/snow socks.