sapphires are the best boot EVER
These boots freaking rock. I have 5 pairs of sapphire boots over my many years of snowboarding. I have a very skinny ankle and I do not get heal lift in these. I normally wear a size 8 shoe. I used to get these in a 6 1/2...I like 'rm snug. this last year I went up to a 7.5 cuz I was coaching a lot, so lots of standing at comps and on jumps and so on. I do not think I would go to a size 8. they would be too loose and I would loose the heal hold as well. These do pack out and mold to your foot with the natural heat of your foot. I also LOVE these because of the heater system....I do not know how I lived life with out the heaters. You need to buy the burton battery packs. I never complain ever about cold feet. There is a nice soft furry liner that makes it easy to slide your foot in and out. I get a rediculous amount of comments about how cute and awesome the design of these boots are...I got them in the patch work style.
I have tried every brand of snowboard boot and for a small skinny ankle...these are the best fit you can find, hands down.