A high quality boot actually fits tight to the feet and the padding, at first sight, might seem a bit hard. But actually this secures the position of the foot inside the boot, gives support and in fact increases the comfort. One should be aware of the fact that the materials used for padding, tend to become softer during usage. Therefore boots that are already very soft and might seem comfortable, when tried on for the first time, will prove to become ever softer, more difficult to control and in the end detrimental to your performance. On the contrary, boots with very tight fit and harder padding will ramain stable and performing as time goes by.