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Here’s something that I didn’t know about ski boots until I entered the industry: two “different” sizes will often be the same shell size with a different liner.  Another thing that blows my mind: let’s say that I make a line of telemark boots and they tend to run narrow.  My alpine touring boots might run wide, narrow, or average.

Over the years we here at the OGE have discovered some manufacturers tend to fit a certain way.  If you are looking for a new ski boot and are not sure whether to size up, down, or check out another brand entirely, be sure to read on:

For a quick footwear sizing reference chart (US Mens/Womens, European, and Mondo point) click here.

AT Boot Fitting Guidelines

Some boots will fall outside of these guidelines

Average Width: Men (C, D) Women (B, C)

Wide: Men (D,  E, EE)

Black Diamond (Salt Lake City, Utah) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
Average/Wide Mid-foot
Average/Narrow Heel

Dynafit (Germany) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
Average width throughout (Freeride boots- Zzeus, Titan)
Average/Narrow width throughout (Racing boots- TLT5)

Garmont (Treviso, Italy) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
Most models are Narrow throughout
Exception: Radium boot fits Wide in heel, Average Mid-foot

Lowa (Germany) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
MENS:
Average Width throughout
WOMENS:
Average/Narrow throughout

Scarpa (Asolo, Italy) Shell size breaks on the half size 25.5/26.0
Wide/high volume throughout

Telemark Boot Fitting Guidelines

Some boots and shoes will fall outside of these guidelines

Black Diamond (Salt Lake City, Utah) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
Average/Wide Mid-foot
Average/Narrow Heel

Crispi (Treviso, Italy) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
Average width throughout, fits a higher volume foot well

Garmont (Treviso, Italy) Shell size breaks on the whole size 26.0/26.5
MENS:
Wider throughout (Ener-G, Syner-G…)
Wider heel, Average Mid-foot (Kenai, Prophet, Voodoo…)
WOMENS:
Average/Narrow throughout

Scarpa (Asolo, Italy) Shell size breaks on the half size 25.5/26.0
Average Heel,
Average/Narrow Mid-foot

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