Fitting Cowboy Boot
Why is it different?
Most of us at one time in our lives have tried on a pair of tennis shoes right? I am sure the sales person or maybe mom did the “toe check”, “Is there enough room for the foot to grow?”, “Is your toe touching the end?”. When it comes to Boot buying we have to break that habit. Boots serve a different purpose then tennis shoes and therefore are made different and fit differently.
When deciding what size to start with either ask a sales associate to measure your foot or simply start with your normal shoe size (you can always go up or down). Make sure you try both the left and right one on to be sure they are comfortable. Pull on boots have a unique feel when putting them on. Once your toes are in it will feel like your heel won’t fit, this is when you put your fingers through the “Pull Tabs” on the very top of the boot and pull up. Your heel should snap down in the boot. That step can be a little tough the first few times you put the boots on but will get easier as the boots break in.
Is the length size right?
Once your foot is in you should find the widest part of the boot (it normally sits right behind the stitching on the toe), the widest part of your foot(normally the ball of your foot) should hit in this spot. If this lines up correctly there should be room to wiggle your toes, the arch of your foot should sit above the arch of the boot, and your heel should have some room to move. Now, take a walk in the boots your foot should not slide forward or backward but your heel should lift off the insole about a quarter of an inch. This heel slippage will go away as the boot breaks into your foot. Be sure that there is room in the heel but NOT that the heel feels loose. If it is too loose the boot will not fit properly and will a) hurt your foot or b) your foot will hurt the boot.
Is the width size right?
Men’s Western Boots: C(narrow), D(average), EE(wide)
Ladies’ Western Boots: A(narrow), B(average), C(wide)
Kids’ Western Boots: All run on a Men’s size scale and are produced in a C width–Also, you should go down a 1/2 size from a kids normal shoe size when fitting them in a boot.
When you are trying on boots you want them to feel snug not tight or uncomfortable, because Cowboy Boots are made out of leather and leather stretches. However, still make sure you have room in your heel. Sometimes people are wide at the ball of there foot and narrow at the heel, this tends to make the Cowboy Boot feel really loose, it is important to remember you should always fit the widest part of your foot. There are inserts you can purchase to heal this problem. Renegade carries and insert “Stop heel Slide” that is simply $3.99 and takes up the extra space that can sometimes be a problem in the heel.
So as you can see fitting a Western Cowboy Boots is much different then fitting a tennis shoe or high heel. You want to keep in mind sizes very between brands and the Brannock foot device that we use to measure your foot is a starting point, most often it is right but it is not always exact.You can print off your own Brannock device from our “Size Guide” page, there is a Men’s Size Guide and a Ladies’ Size Guide (and remember Kids run on a Men’s Size Scale)
Hope this was helpful!