/ Scarpa phantom guides
The worst thing that can happen with stiff boots is that your toes hit the front. It's much less serious if they are slightly too big. You can always wear an extra pair of socks. This is just general, not necessarily your case where the shape of the boot may just not fit your feet. I was going to buy a pair but they didn't have them in stock, and I was going for the larger of my two options.
If you have worn other Scarpa boots like Mantas or similar then in the smaller end of the sizing they seem to be pretty consistent. In the larger sizes there seems to be more variation. I had a pair that were size 40, but when I wore them out I got a size down to reduce the amount of heel lift I was getting and I'm really pleased I did. I don't find my feet get cold in the smaller ones, they are such warm boots anyway and amazingly dry! So long as you don't wear them outside, whichever retailer you go with should be able to exchange them for you if you cover the cost of postage, so all is not lost... Might be worth checking the policy on exchanges before buying though.
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