How to choose ski boot widths?
Your boot width or boot last must fit your shapes.
In general, manufacturers release series of boots featuring different lasts. Some boots will target narrow feet while other models will best suit wide feet. Every skier can find the right boot for his feet.
Boot last or fit equals the width at metatarsals (the widest point). A boot width is always given for a size 26.5 which is considered standard. This helps you compare with other boots to find the right width for you.
For the record, if you want to go into details, a boot with a 100mm last will be 100mm wide only in 26.5. If you pick a bigger or a smaller size, you'll get a bigger or a smaller last.
Thanks to Glishsop size guide, you know your foot width. More specifically, you know if your foot is narrow, medium or wide.
- If you have narrow feet, we recommend lasts ranging from 97mm up to 100mm.
- If your feet have a medium width, you want a boot width between 100mm and 102mm.
- If your feet are wide, prefer boot lasts over 102mm, this will keep your feet snug and happy.
Of course, these figures are only indicative. If you like charging hard and fast down the steepest slopes the resort can offer, you can pick a tighter fit to gain precision and performance. If you love cruising at low to moderate speed, if you want top-notch comfort more than anything else, then a wider last may be a better choice for you. Everything is a matter of feel, you need to feel good in your boots. If this means you need to pick a longer size than your feet or a wider last than the one recommended, do so. You'll be the one using them!