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Selecting the right ski boots is not only important to your comfort but also to your safety. Ski boots generally are made of a hard plastic shell with some sort of soft, cushiony warming liner inside. Ski boots are designed to hold your ankles fairly rigid, reducing the chance of sprains or breaks under the stress of skiing. They should be compatible with your skis' binding.

There are generally two styles of boots to pick from: top and rear loading. Most boots are top loading, whereby you insert your foot from the top, much like a conventional boot. Rear loading boots are normally easier to step into. In these, the rear of the boot hinges downward, allowing you to slide your foot inside horizontally, without bending the ankle.

All standard boots are tightened with buckles rather than laces. Make sure that you can comfortably and securely buckle your foot inside (keep in mind the thickness of socks you will be wearing) without pinching or other discomfort.

Boots are notoriously uncomfortable to walk in, but they should be very comfortable to stand in while you are in the skiing position (slightly crouching with your body weight a little forward) as you will be while skiing down the slope. Check all aspects of the fit including the foot support and shin cushioning. The boot's design should keep your feet warm

while allowing moisture to vent (a sweaty foot inside a cold boot can be very uncomfortable). Finally, try unbuckling, adjusting, and rebuckling the boots while wearing your gloves. During the course of the day, your foot may swell and necessitate just this type of adjustment.

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