>For boots, though, I would think buying used could be tough just because
>of the hassle of trying 'em on at the swap.)

Never thought of this (buying boots) but you are really buying the shell..If ya find your shell size in a good boot.  Pull out the liner move your toes around making sure you have about 3/8" on either side and a finger to a finger and  1/2 in back with your toes touching the end ..Pick up a pair of Thermo-Fits, put your foot-beds in and you are good to go...HMMM???

Chris S