Generally speaking, your boot size tends to be ½ size smaller than your normal shoe size. This does not work every time, but it is a good rule of thumb. If you have questions on sizing – call us, and one of our boot fitting experts at our headquarters can help you understand how each different brand fits your foot.
Note that socks (even tights or nylons!) can add a 1/2 size to your feet. If you are an "in-between" size, we recommend ordering the larger of the two sizes you are in between. The size difference is only 1/8" in length – there's an old saying, if you're going to be wrong, go long. Besides, you can always wear a thicker pair of socks. If your feet are a narrow width (and no narrow sizes are available to purchase) you may need to order a 1/2 size smaller than your normal size.
Your feet may be two different sizes. We recommend ordering the size that fits the larger foot. Standard width for a woman's boot is "B" width (which may be labeled "M" for "Medium"). Narrow is labeled "A". Wide width is labeled "C". Standard width for a man's boot is "D" width. Narrow width is labeled "B". Wide width is labeled "EE" or "EW".
We recommend wearing boot socks with your boots. Boot socks are designed to reduce slippage and shock and provide a comfortable stay-put, over-the-calf fit to complement the tall shafts of your boots. Unlike your regular cotton socks, boot socks absorb moisture to keep your feet dry and warm, all day long.
Once you are standing, wearing both boots, look for these signs of a good fit:
- Your entire foot should feel snug in the boot EXCEPT for your heel. Don't worry! Your heel should always slip in a properly fitted new boot. As you begin wearing your boot, you will find the heel leather will soften, and your boot will then conform to and move with your foot. The slippage will disappear!
- The ball of your foot should sit at the widest part of the sole of the boot. Unlike feeling for the fit in your toes as you would in trying on a shoe), the proper location of the ball of your foot will ensure a good fit throughout. Consequently, if the ball of your foot sits too far forward in the boot, your toes will uncomfortable crowd in the toe box of the boot.
- The instep (vamp) of the boot should fit snugly over the top of the arch of your foot (more snugly than the fit in your normal shoe or sneaker).
For children, order the same size as your child's regular shoe size.