The size of the shoe is a function of your weight. The bigger you are, the bigger the shoe needs to be to keep you up in light powder. But bigger shoes also take more energy, so bigger isn't always better. I am 225 lbs, and have two pairs of shoes - 8" x 25" and 8" x 27". Both have worked fine for me.
Bindings are the next issue. The more complicated the binding, the more difficult they can be to put on, adjust on the trail, and take off with cold icy fingers. I'd avoid complicated binding with lots of small buckles. Both my pairs of shoes would be considered recreational with plastic bindings and clips (not buckles) that are easy to adjust. For the stuff that I do – short local trips – they have been fine.
For boots, I prefer waterproof hiking boots with gaiters if there is deep snow. They just seem to be a lot more comfortable if you are out for a while.
Now all we need is some snow. Poring rain at the moment, and all the snow is gone in northern RI.
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