How Boots Are Supposed to Fit: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Purchase

Buying a pair of boots is an investment. You’re not just buying a shoe; you’re investing in something that will last for many years and make you look good. Though it inevitably takes some time to break them in, the payoff can be well worth it. Follow these steps to get the most out of your purchase.

How Boots Are Supposed to Fit?

Boots should fit at the widest part of your foot. They should be snug and not overly tight.

The best way to make sure you’re achieving a good fit is to stand facing the mirror with one leg up, and place your heel on top of a piece of paper. Draw an outline around one foot and cut it out (a paper towel works great).

Slip this over the other foot and fit them together as closely as possible – this will give you about an exact size for those boots. The traditional rule says that 1″ difference in circumference can be accounted for by each inch up or down, which means that if your feet are 3″ apart then you need at least 12 1/2’s or 11’s.

Fitting Boots

Before you buy a pair of boots, make sure you find the right size. Sometimes the store clerk at the shop can be helpful in finding your exact size, but there are other ways to ensure you get it right.

To find your perfect fit, measure around the top of your ankle and around the back of your thigh. Measure from your highest point to where your foot overlaps with your pants’ bottom hem. Once these measurements are taken, use that information and purchase a couple different sizes until you find one that fits well and is comfortable.

The Different Types of Boots

The best boots are made from high-quality materials that will last for many years. While you can’t go wrong with any pair, there are a few different ways to choose your next pair of footwear.

The first thing you’ll need to do is decide if you want boots or sneakers. Boots tend to be more durable and will hold up better over time. However, they’re also heavier and more expensive than sneakers.

Boots also come in a variety of styles: lace-ups, closed-toe, wedge heels, chukka boots and so on. The options can be endless! Here’s the difference between each style:

If you want a lace-up boot or shoe, keep reading for details about how to pick the right pair of footwear for you.

The Importance of Laces

Laces are an important part of your boot purchase. They help you keep the boots on, making sure they’re secure and comfortable. However, they can be hard to find and sometimes difficult to get on properly. Fortunately, you can take control of the situation with a pair of these laces.

First, open the package carefully so that you don’t damage the lace by bending it too much in one direction or twisting it out of shape. Then use the lace clip provided to attach them to your boots.

Once you have attached them firmly enough to fasten around your boot’s ankle and pull them through easily, then start pulling them up towards your heel as high as possible. This will tighten the lace around your boot, ensuring maximum security and comfort for all your foot’s steps for many years to come.

Storing and Wearing Boots

Don’t store your boots in the back of your closet. This can cause them to become wet and ruined. Instead, they should be stored in a dry, climate-controlled area where they can get plenty of sunlight. Make sure the boots are fully dried before storing them so they don’t take on any odors.

Keep your boots out of direct light and avoid storing them in high temperatures or very low temperatures (below 40 F). Don’t leave your boots outside overnight, as dust build up will cause the leather to crack and damage the boot. Keep the boots away from pets and children when you’re not wearing them because these animals will pull at the leather and cause damage to the boot.

Footwear Maintenance

Whether you’re buying a pair of shoes for the first time or trying to update your classic pair, there are certain things that should be done periodically. First and foremost, let’s get your feet into the right shape and give them a good waxing.

If you have time to spare, waxing is also an excellent way to maintain your shoes. This doesn’t require much effort or money — all you need is a hair dryer, some cocoa butter (a mink oil) and a little elbow grease.


Boots should be comfortable and snug, giving just enough for them to get into place by themselves. Once the laces are done up, they will tighten around your feet. Make sure there’s enough room in the boot to allow you to wiggle your toes.

Spend some time wearing each pair of boots before buying them; walk around in store or outdoors on gravel or grass if possible. If you can’t try them on before purchasing (this happens with many online retailers), then take off any shoelaces that could get caught up in insoles because it won’t be convenient when trying out multiple pairs of boots without taking your shoes on and off every time.

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