Mondopoint: What is it, and how is it measured?
When purchasing ski boots, particularly online, it's a good idea to have all your measurements squared away—the last thing you want are ill-fitting ski boots that make all of your runs miserable! While keeping in mind that the width of the boot last and the volume of the boot are important factors in correctly sizing your ski boots, figuring out your Mondopoint size is a good first step.
First developed in the 1970s by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to create a universal footwear sizing system ("mondo" meaning, "world"), Mondopoint is officially calculated by measuring the length and width of your foot in millimeters. The term as it pertains to ski boots, however, has been simplified to being the measurement of the length of your foot in centimeters, from the heel to the big toe. That's it! This way, you're not muddling around with converting UK, US, and EU sizes when purchasing ski boots.
HOW TO FIND YOUR MONDOPOINT SIZE
It's easy! Stand on top of a piece paper with your heel against a wall and all of your weight pressed down upon the foot you are measuring. Then, draw a line at your big toe. Measure (in centimeters) the length of the paper to the line, and voilà! That's your Mondopoint size. You'll need to measure both feet, and size to the smaller foot. This is because an experienced boot fitter will be able to stretch a boot to fit the larger foot, but it is impossible to make a too-large boot fit a smaller foot.
SKI BOOT SIZING CHARTS
As is the case with any footwear, sizing will vary slightly among different brands. Consult these size charts as a guideline for fitting your boots.