Bear with me on the length of the post After I smashed my ankle I decided to get a new pair of boots last year because I didn't want to risk ruining a holiday having always struggled with boots in the past. I did a bit of reading on snowheads and tried to get CEM (colin) to do the fitting. Unfortunately I didn't have long before I travelled and he was off to support the Scottish ski team training camp for a week so it ruled him out.
He pointed me at James who owns Outdoor Traders in Abingdon. Absolutely top bloke. He took a load of measurements and biomechanical checks, and asked all about my skiing, injuries and so on.
I tried on a variety of shells first of all to give him the best platform to work with.Onhis advice I didn't go for the ones I liked the look of but a cheaper boot as he thought it would give the best fit with the minimum mods needed to the shell.
I went for a daleboot liner with a custom footbed, but because he was out of my size and it would be touch-and-go for a new one to arrive he lent me his own liner, and fully set up the boots. I did it all in one fitting which he really doesn't recommend, and I'll be going back soon to get my own liners fitted for this season - so he basically is doing 2 fittings for me for the price of one.
The boots were fantastic. I went from a Nordica 27.5 to a Salomon 26,0. I'd always clamped boots down too tightly and these are a revalation. I just close them and they just hug my feet. They are very snug (borderline painful) 'till they warm up as you'd expect, but after that they are a perfect fit.
It genuinely was one of the best customer service experiences I've ever had. I travelled for 3 hours to get there, and I've got a pair of boots that should last me ages now.
There are a few Lockwoods recommendations here. I tried them and I thought they were no better than any other basic bootfitter (and I found out afterwards that the good ones who'd built the reputation had all moved on). Anyway, a long post but painful boots can ruin a skiing holiday, wheras good ones can make it exceptional.
I really would recommend him! This page is worth a read to find out about a "proper" boot fitting.