Boot Fit Guide

 

Proper Fit of Western, Casual, and Work Boots:


Boots that fit properly feel great on the feet. When fitting a boot, remember that differences in the leather, toe or heel style, as well as changes in a person's weight can affect the way a boot fits on their foot. You will also want to keep in mind what type of socks you will wear with the boots, because that will also affect the fit. These four steps should help you get your feet in boots that fit well and feel great.

1. Putting on the Boots
First of all, take a seat. Pulling on boots is best done from a seated position. You should hear a soft "plop" when the foot drops onto the insole. You should then stand to adjust your foot and heel.

2. Positioning the Ball of the Foot
The ball of the foot should be at the widest part of the boot sole, and absolutely no farther forward. When standing, the boot shank and the arch of the foot should have matching curves.

3. Ensuring Ample Toe Room
If the smaller toes push beyond the stitching line that attaches the sole, or if the big toe creates a bump, the boots are too short. Two quick tests to check for ample toe room are to run your finger over the area occupied by the smaller toes to see that the toes touch lightly against the leather. Stand up and stamp your foot forward, trying to force the toes into the front of the boot. If this causes toe crowding, try a larger size.

4. Getting the Correct Instep Fit
An important factor in proper boot comfort is the instep fit. You can check for good instep fit by grasping the instep leather between your thumb and index finger and rubbing your thumb across the instep. A large wrinkle indicates the instep is too loose and may also cause excessive heel slippage. A slight wrinkle indicates a proper fit and will feel more comfortable. Slight heel slippage is natural during initial wearing of boots. Heel slippage will disappear after the sole is flexed a few times, and the boots will conform to the shape of the foot. You can compare the feeling of the fore part of a boot like a nice handshake. There needs to be some light pressure on the instep to keep the foot from falling forward too far into the toe box.

Lace Up Boots:
Lace up boots allow more self adjustment for height of instep and are helpful in adjusting for swelling of feet for those consumers whose feet swell during the day. Remember, the older we get, the more our feet tend to swell. Laces also allow for extra tightening during times of ankle stress or for the additional support needed in stressful situations. However, you should still fit your lacer as described

 
  • Tony Lama boots fit true to size.

  • Frye boots tend to fit narrow, but will stretch with wear.

  • Durango boots fit true to size.

  • Lucchese boots tend to fit narrow around the in-step. Suggested size is true to size or ½ larger if concerned about width.

  • Old Gringo boots fit true to size and suggested size is the same size as your shoe size. If you are in between sizes, go with the smaller size. The leather will stretch with wear.

  • Dan Post boots fit true to size.

  • Dingo boots fit true to size.

  • Laredo boots fit true to size.

  • Roper boots fit true to size.

     

 


Measure Your Boot Size

 

How can you order boots online? Don't you have to try them on for fit?

With informative conversion charts listed below, you don't have to worry about shopping for boots online. To help you get an accurate fit, you can use an ordinary ruler to measure your foot in inches.  Make sure you are standing, wearing the socks or stockings you will wear with your new boots. Then convert the measurement to your boot size using the following charts:

 

Men's Size Conversions

US
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
11.5
12
13
14
15
16
Inches
9.25"
9.5"
9.625"
9.75"
9.9375"
10.125"
10.25"
10.4375"
10.5625"
10.75"
10.9375"
11.125"
11.25"
11.5625"
11/875"
12.1875"
12.5"
Euro
39
39.5
40
40.5
41
42
42.5
43
44
44.5
45
45.5
46
47
48
49
50

 

 

Women's Size Conversions

US
4
4.5
5
5.5
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
11.5
12
Inches
8.1875"
8.375"
8.5"
8.75"
8.875"
9.0625"
9.25"
9.375"
9.5"
9.6875"
9.875"
10"
10.1875"
10.3125"
10.5"
10.6875"
10.875"
Euro
34.5
35
35.5
36
36
36.5
37
37.5
38
38.5
39
39.5
40
41
42
42.5
43

 

 

Children’s Size Conversions

US

0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
Euro

16
16
17
17
18
18
19
19
20
20
UK

0
0.5
1
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
Inches

3.25"
3.5"
3.625"
3.75"
4"
4.125"
4.25"
4.5"
4.625"
4.75"
CM

8.3
8.9
9.2
9.5
10.2
10.5
10.8
11.4
11.7
12.1
Approx. Age



Infant
(0 - 12 months)



 
5.5
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
11.5
12
21
22
22
23
23
24
25
25
26
27
27
28
29
30
4.5
5
5.5
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
5"
5.125"
5.25"
5.5"
5.625"
5.75"
6"
6.125"
6.25"
6.5"
6.625"
6.75"
7"
7.125"
12.7
13
13.3
14
14.3
14.6
15.2
15.6
15.9
16.5
16.8
17.1
17.8
18.1
Children
(1 - 5 years)
18 months


24 months


3 years


4 years

5 years
12.5
13
13.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
5.5
6
6.5
7
30
31
31
32
33
33
34
34
35
36
36
37
37
38
38
39
11.5
12
12.5
13
14
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
5.5
6
7.25"
7.5"
7.625"
7.75"
8"
8.125"
8.25"
8.5"
8.625"
8.75"
9"
9.125"
9.25"
9.5"
9.625"
9.75"
18.4
19.1
19.4
19.7
20.3
20.6
21
21.6
21.9
22.2
22.9
23.2
23.5
24.1
24.4
24.8
Youth
(6 - 10 years)

6 years



7 years


8 years


9 years

10 years

 


You can only approximate your true boot size using a ruler or Brannock Device®.


Please keep in mind that manufacturers use different lasts to construct their boots and sizing may vary accordingly.
 


 

Boot General Widths

Over 90% of the population is a normal width. If you are not sure of your width, chances are you wear a normal width. If a size is listed with just a number, this means the size is only available in a normal width. Below are some common notations that indicate a width measurement. We get these notations directly from the manufacturer of the footwear.

 

 

Men Widths

D or M Men's Normal or Regular Width
EW, EE, W Men's Wide Width
EEE, EEEE Men's Extra Wide Width
B Men's Narrow Width

 

Women's Widths
B or M Women's Normal Width
C or W Women's Wide Width
A Women's Narrow Width
 

Breaking in Your Boots

If you’ve consulted the Fit Guide and selected boots that are properly sized to your foot, they won’t require a great deal of effort to break-in. Be patient and allow the boot time to naturally form to the shape of your foot.

As for stretch, the amount will depend on the leather the boot is made of.

Soft leathers, such as goat or cowhide, will have more elasticity than an exotic such as alligator or lizard.

Exotic boots, like alligator or ostrich, should be fitted with little to no additional stretching needed.

 

Caring for Your Boots

To preserve the appearance of your handmade boots, we recommend you follow the standard process below (clean, condition, polish, protect), depending on what kind of leather your boot features.

exotic leather: caiman, elephant, hippo, lizard, ostrich, python

  • clean / Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • condition / Apply an exotic leather conditioner to your boots in several thin layers.
  • polish / Apply a neutral or matching cream based polish, buff with a soft cloth.
  • protect / Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector.
    • notes on snakeskin
    • Do not use polish on rattlesnake.
    • On snakeskin boots, be sure to go with the grain of the scales when cleaning, conditioning and protecting.

smooth leather

  • clean / Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • condition / Apply a leather conditioner.
  • polish / Apply a neutral or matching cream based polish, buff with a soft cloth.
  • do not protect

suede / stonewashed leather

  • before wearing / Treat new boots with a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  • clean / Brush dirt and dust off with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • do not polish
  • protect / Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  • notes on suede
    • Be sure to store suede boots in a way that they can breathe. Keep them away from light and damp environments.
    • If your suede boots get wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean towel, then allow the suede to dry naturally. While boot trees can expedite drying, never use a heat source to speed up the process.
    • Use a nail file or a wire bristle brush to remove dry mud and scuff marks. Be gentle, using delicate strokes

Other General Preservation Tips

  • Use edge dressing to make outsoles and heels look like new.
  • Let boots dry at room temperature after you clean them.
  • Do not store boots in cold or damp places as boots can mildew.
  • USE BOOT TREES to maintain boots’ shape

Regarding cedar boot trees

  • Daily use of a cedar boot tree will help maintain the boots’ original shape and prevent them from curling. Additionally, feet typically perspire an eighth of a cup of moisture every day. Left unchecked, the moisture is permanently absorbed into the boot lining, decreasing the life of the boots. By placing your boots on a tree every night, moisture is absorbed into the tree and the cedar aroma naturally deodorizes any odors.

 


 


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