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Hi everyone

As the title reads I've had several horrible experiences with rental boots.
I'm from Belgium, so don't get to snowboard very often and never bothered buying my own gear.

I used to rent local, for my next trip (March) I wanted to rent gear in my home town and test it out in the indoor hall not far from me.
I did this and again it turned out to be a horrible experience.

After a mere 10 - 15 minutes I experienced excruciating pain on my right (= front) foot on the outer edge (at the widest point). Loosening the boots did not help. I had to stop for a couple of minutes and let the built up pain and tension ease off.
I was wearing Vans High Standard boots size 42 (8.5-9 US size) as I've always been told to size up from your regular shoe size. I wear a 41 (7.5-8 US size) in normal life mostly.

Pictures of my feet at the bottom of this post, I hope they work (you've been warned)

The mondo chart would have me go for a euro 39, which I have a hard time believing? I struggle to get my feet in a 41 or 42 most of the time. It requires a lot of force?

Left: 248 mm x 96 mm
Right: 249 mm x 95 mm (or 94?)

I have a high arching foot. I wear orthopedic insoles always, both in regular life and when playing sports.
Should I wear these in my boots?

Would Burton Step Ons fit comfortably around my feet? What size?

All I really care about is not having pain or discomfort on the slopes.
I don't get to snowboard very often, so I'll never be a very good rider and not looking to maximise performance, only comfort.

Thanks for any suggestions.



The Swiss Miss
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With high arches, it will often be the case that you will have problems to get into a boot. I have to hop n stomp to get my high arched feet into mondo sized boots :).

As you say, you don't need a performance fit, but don't oversize too much. Get a comfy fit but keep in mind that even tho you don't ride often, the liner will break in and boots get larger. Heat mold your boots to get a quicker good fit.

Yes, use your insoles! The out of the box ones are usually garbage, so it's perfect you already have good insoles.

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You are Mondopoint 250 or size 7 US (both feet) and you are an E width which requires a special boot. Only Salomon designs their Wide boots for E width. You will not be able to comfortably wear your correct Mondopoint size in a "standard" width boot. I would strongly suggest either the Salomon Dialogue Wide or the Salomon Synapse Wide in size 7.

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