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Short gal with high arches looking for touring boots

Verve

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Good luck on your boot search! If you do end up going to a boot fitter and don’t mind traveling - they have a nice array of uphill options at my local spot in VT and they get good feedback on this forum (and I’ve had good experiences with them as well): Alpine Options near Sugarbush. I’d maybe steer clear of Ski Monster in Boston, unless they’ve upped their boot fitting game in the last 4 years, which they may have! Finally, I’ll share that it’s somewhat common for an uphill boot to be larger than your downhill shell - we pressure the ball of our feet and spread our toes pushing down on each step. I have a higher volume boot for my uphill - K2 Mindbenders too, whaddup @KathrynC. I have low arches so not much help there :smile: but I did get custom footbed in my uphill boots and imagine that once you find the right boot, you could work with a boot fitter for more arch support. Heat molded insoles like Boot Dr. aren’t too pricey!
 

arbusch

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I would recommend trying on boots with a bootfitter. You got some decent recommendations from previous divas. Each foot experience and backcountry goals are unique. I have one girlfriend who is like a size 5 or 6 and think she's in a pair of dynafits but no idea on foot shape or volume. We just call her tiny feet.

If you don't live near one, cripple creek does virtual appointments- https://cripplecreekbc.com/

I live over 4 hours away from a store to try on touring boots. I have used their services. It at least helps you narrow down your choices and they will mail you boots to try on ( you do purchase them but you get your money back if you don't keep a pair). This helped when I just felt like something was off with my gea rs. I ended up not getting a new pair but we had a great conversation about boots and my feet and gave me some ideas for the meantime and eased concerns about my boots. I started touring in 2006 when you had two boot options. Either a scarpa or garmont boot. I stuck with scarpa ever since. I figured maybe that might not be the right boot now.

Some day I want to visit their Seattle store and have a fitting in person which is 7 hours away. Just don't get that way often from NE Oregon.

For now if I need boot modifications I see my friend who lives nearby that use to be a bootfitter at a store. Luckily he kept all his tools. You just need to bring your boots. So you need to start with pair you are pretty happy with.
 
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echo_VT

Angel Diva
What @Verve said on the size slightly larger than alpine. And others tips! There are some good tips here. I have a high arch, but a low volume foot with small ankles. Short calves as well. I use scarpa for touring boots (hiking as well) — I have the scarpa gea and scarpa f1 gt. I have a review of the second on this forum. I go to my bootfitter and get the boots molded with a custom footbed as well as adjustments to the liner to fill in gaps.

best of luck and keep us posted!
 

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