Boot Fitting

The Right Fit

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 above.   If you normally wear two pair or a thick sock, allow for the extra room needed.

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