How To Choose Ski Boots

Published by Harry Sowers on

Not many people like to go shopping for regular clothes, so shopping for winter clothes is an even bigger drag. But people are usually more receptive when it is time to shop for shoes and boots. Shoe shopping is much more fun because it is easier than for clothes shopping. You don’t have to take your clothes off and on over and over again. All you must do is quickly slip off your shoes, walk around the shoe department in your socks, and try on all the shoes. Even men like shoe shopping, that’s how more much fun shoe shopping is. But what if you don’t know what kind of shoes you need to buy? That is a question that is on the mind of every single skier who needs to purchase ski boots for the very first time. When you look up “ski boots how to choose” on Google, a plethora of websites will come up, and they all have their different piece of advice for choosing the perfect pair of ski boots. So I’ll add mine to it! Here’s how to choose ski boots!

How To Choose A Pair Of Ski Boots

Hopefully, this quick and easy guide that I’ve created for you will help you find the boots of your dreams. This is the amazing aspect of the internet. If there is a whole community of people dedicated to a hobby or activity like swimming, painting, skiing, or snowboarding, etc., they will gather together on forums and different parts of the internet. These enthusiasts are there to trade information they have learned from the years of practicing their activities. There is still a multitude of valuable advice that you can take directly to the nearest winter sports store. You can also use this advice as you go online shopping. But if you decide to try online shopping, remember to give yourself enough time to order the boots, try them on and then return them all before the refund date expires. You don’t want to be stuck with $100 to $300 ski boots that don’t fit you all because you forgot to return them on time.

How To Choose Ski Boots Size

You may know exactly what size Of shoes or boots you wear when it comes to regular clothes, but choosing the right size for ski boots is a whole different matter. Ski boots are very technical clothing pieces that you just can’t figure out if they are right for you in 5 minutes. You have to test the boot in different areas to see how well it moves with your foot. Remember that any little movement you make is immediately transferred to your skis, so you need a pair of boots that support the many different parts of your ankle and foot without hindering their movements. And if you get a pair of boots that are too loose in certain areas, you may end up injuring yourself because your foot was not properly supported. The boots that you wear can also affect your sense of balance and throw off your posture. So when you’re at a winter sports store, you should make time to stay at the store and try on every boot that is in your size. Only when you test out these shoes will you know if they are good for you and a fit ski boots. 

So if you wonder how to choose size for ski boots, go for one size larger than your regular shoe size and see how the boots in that size fit you. One annoying thing about shopping for ski boots is that some parts of your foot will mold perfectly to the boots, and other parts will be either too tight or too loose. This is why you should not shop for boots online. You have no idea how they’ll feel on your feet until the boots arrive, and when they don’t fit, you’ll have to deal with returns and shipping.

How To Choose Right Downhill Ski Boots

The next thing you must understand is how to choose downhill ski boots. Downhill skiing, which is the same as Alpine skiing, is one of the most common forms of skiing, and it is the first type of skiing that beginners start with. So you’ll need a basic ski boot. All skiers purchase their first pair of boots, so you should know how to choose the right pair of downhill ski boots. Here is one thing you should know about downhill ski boots. When you slide your foot into the boot, they should not feel very stiff. Beginners and those who only practice downhill skiing don’t need a high amount of support, so you shouldn’t need to break in your downhill ski boots.

As you are figuring out how to choose best ski boots for you, it will take a while. But once you find the perfect boots for you, you will be so happy, and your feet and socks will feel like they are floating on two small clouds. Another great resource to ask the people who work at the boot department in the winter sports store. Many people who work in such places are very knowledgeable. It is not like going to Target, where the people simply stock the shelves. The many people who work in winter sports stores often practice a sport of their own, and they can give you many interesting tips and advice on how to choose the right ski boots. If you walk into this type of store and no one is there to help you, it is most likely not a good store, and you should leave to a different store if you can.

How To Choose Mens Ski Boots

men in fitted ski boots

Choosing men’s boots is not that different from choosing any other type of boot. When a man chooses his boot, it has to be strong enough to support him but flexible enough so that he can move his ankle and foot around. For some men, unisex boots may not provide the right amount of support and flexibility for those stronger than the average man. For an advanced male skier, their boobs should be extremely stiff when they first purchase them, and then they can break in the boots as they ski with them. If you naturally have muscular calves, choose a ski boot with extra stretchy material around the cuff of the boat so you’ll be able to fit your cap into them.

What To Look For In A Boot Fitting

So you have finally chosen a few pairs of boots to try on! Well, that’s great, but there are few things you should know about a properly fitting boot. The following is how should ski boots fit. 

As you move your ankle around from side to side and up and down, be sure to check on how stiff the boot is and how difficult it is to move your ankle around. Many boots, especially those built for advanced skiers, are extremely stiff, and they will take a while for you to break into. The boots are stiff because the person needs more support for the activities that they are doing. If you’re someone who likes to speed down slopes at top speeds, you will definitely need a very stiff boot. But if you like doing tricks or you’re just a beginner, then stay away from stiff ski boots.

With all types of shoes, when you slip your foot into the boot, there needs to be enough room for your toes to flex and stretch without hitting the front of the boot. Many tricks and techniques rely on the skier to lean forward and flex their weight down on the toes of their feet. If your boots hinder them from extending, it could be very painful, and you could get a cramp.

Lastly, you need to see how fast or slow it takes to lace up the ski boots while you have your gloves on and off. There are a few different types of lacing styles, and each one changes how easy it is to tie a single boot and how long it takes to do so.


There’s nothing better than choosing a great pair of ski boots to wear for the next two to three years. Once you have a pair of ski boots that you can rely on, you’ll never want to switch to a different type of boots ever again. So when you find a pair of boots that you love, wait until they go on sale and then buy one or two more pairs. Store the extra pairs in a dry and cool area, and you’ll be able to wear them when your original pair wears out. When you try out winter ski boots, be sure to roll your ankle side to side and move your foot up and down. Feel how the boot resists and stretches while you wear them and notice how comfortable and supported your feet feel. Like I stated above, it will take a while to find the right pair of ski boots, but you’ll rejoice when you finally do. 

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Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.