Are you buying your first pair of cowboy boots and need help determining your correct size? Our team of boot experts is here to help you find your perfect fit! Continue reading for tips on what size boots you should order and learning the signs of a proper fit in cowboy boots.

    What Size Cowboy Boots Should I Order?

    Cowboy boots are designed to fit like no other footwear. You do not want extra room like you might in a pair of athletic shoes. We generally recommend starting ½ size smaller than your normal street shoes. Because genuine leather will stretch and conform to your foot, you want your cowboy boots to be a bit snug when you first try them on.

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    You do NOT need to order one size larger in cowboy boots. This is a common misconception because cowboy boots are designed to feel tight when they are new. People who are new to cowboy boots compare that fit to athletic shoes and think their boots are too small. That is not accurate! You definitely want your cowboy boots to be snug when they are new. The leather will stretch and conform to your foot.

    If you start out one size too big, the boots will be very uncomfortable later when the leather breaks in. Your foot will slip around and you could get blisters from the unnecessary movement of your foot. Think of wearing a pair of dress shoes that are too big… when you walk, your foot falls out of the shoes. You have to constantly move your feet around to keep the shoes properly in place. You nearly trip on the stairs. It’s the same problems with cowboy boots that are too big!


    Trying on Cowboy Boots

    When you try on cowboy boots, be sure you are on a carpeted surface to avoid damaging the soles of the boots (in case you need to return them for another size). Take a seat and grab onto the pull straps of the cowboy boots. It’s going to feel tight, so you will need to pull on the straps while you push your foot into the shaft. Your foot should PLOP! into the foot of the boot. If your foot slid right into the boot without pulling or plopping, go down a size and try again.


    Take a Few Steps

    Walk around on the carpeted surface to gauge the fit of the cowboy boots. It’s going to be snug, and that’s exactly what you want when trying on new cowboy boots. Your foot should be firmly in place, not sliding side-to-side or shifting forward when you take a step or stop abruptly.


    Heel Slippage

    You should also notice that your heel slides up and down in the shaft of the boot when you take a step. This is a good sign of a perfect cowboy boot fit! The heel is the only point in the new leather boot that has any give, so your heel slips up and down until the leather softens and conforms to your foot. The slippage should be noticeable, but your foot should not come close to falling out of the boot when you take a step – that’s a sign that your cowboy boots are too big. If your heel doesn’t move at all, your cowboy boots are too small.

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    Need a Bigger Size for Pointed Toe Boots?

    Nope! You do not need to order a bigger size of cowboy boots because they have pointed toes. Cowboy boot manufacturers take into consideration the toe shape when designing the footbed of the cowboy boots. You will wear the same size cowboy boots or cowgirl boots in a round toe as in a pointed toe, snip toe, or square toe cowboy boot. If you do not know your exact size in cowboy boots, start ½ size smaller than your street shoes and check the fit. If you already know your cowboy boot size, that’s the size you will order in pointed toe boots.

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    What’s Better – Tight Boots or Loose Boots?

    Customers who are unsure of their proper cowboy boot size often ask us if they should get a pair that is too tight or too loose. Your new cowboy boots need to be a little on the tight side. Genuine leather cowboy boots… Broken record alert! We want this point to be very clear! …will stretch as you wear them. The leather will conform to your foot and will become more comfortable each time you wear them as the leather breaks in.

    If you start out with boots that are too big, they will ultimately feel even looser every time you wear them. Boots that are too big will give you foot pain if your arch is not properly positioned in the footbed. If your boots are too big, and too loose, your foot will slide forward in the boots, making them tight on your toes and your foot will move around when you take a step, causing you to be off balance or trip.

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    Need More Help?

    Our expert team is always ready to help! If you need additional assistance in finding your perfect cowboy boot fit, check our Cowboy Boot Fit Guide for more tips. You can also reach us on Facebook, Twitter, through our website’s live chat, and at our store in Erie, PA.

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24 Responses to Cowboy Boot Fit Guide – What Size Should I Order?

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  • Abbey wrote on December 16, 2014 at 2:47 // Reply

    Hi, I have a question about the calf size and jeans. My boots calf size is a B. When I try wearing boot cut jeans, you can see the top of the boot outlined in the pant leg. I don’t know if my jeans just aren’t the right kind, or if the calf size… B was the smallest they had in the boots I got… Should I try some wranglers? Do they make wranglers jeans for Woman/ teens?

    • admin wrote on January 21, 2015 at 4:14 // Reply

      Boot cut jeans will definitely fit better with boots than straight leg jeans. Wrangler is a great choice, and they have several different lines of jeans for classic western, flashy fashion, and riding. See our selection here:

  • Brylar wrote on December 19, 2014 at 6:18 // Reply

    I am size 11 in shoes what size boot do i need

    • admin wrote on January 21, 2015 at 4:11 // Reply

      Brylar, it depends on which brand of boots you’re wanting to purchase. Send us an email to, and we’ll give you specialized help. Thanks!

  • Cydnie wrote on February 20, 2015 at 9:11 // Reply

    How much slippage on the heel is normal in boots?

  • Dallas wrote on February 23, 2015 at 4:06 // Reply

    Hi I wear a 9 tennis shoe but my military issued boots are 8 wide so what size do i go off of

  • Amanda wrote on April 21, 2015 at 12:07 // Reply

    I’m getting cowboy boots for the first time for my cousins wedding in july. And i wear a size 12, but I’m a bit of a bigger girl and have bigger calves will a size 12 fit and will the boot fit on my calf?

  • katelyn wrote on October 18, 2015 at 3:49 // Reply

    Hi, I’m trying to get my first pair of cowboy boots for my birthday. What size should I get because I a size between 5-8 depending on the brand.

  • Edward Glover wrote on November 9, 2015 at 9:12 // Reply

    I’m buying my first pair of cowboy boots. Laredo is the name brand. I wear A size 10 1/2 D what size should I get. Thank You for your help.

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  • Kim wrote on December 6, 2015 at 5:24 // Reply

    Can you please post some more detailed information about how the shaft of the boot should fit around a woman’s calf. I don’t like looking down at my feet and seeing that the space between the front of my shin and my boot is about 2 inches. I know they shouldn’t be too snug around the calf but I feel as though they should be a little more snug than they are around my calf.

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  • Steve wrote on December 14, 2015 at 3:38 // Reply

    I would like to have Tony Lamas but need a size 13-1/2. I also have a 4E width in a tennis show and a 3E is snug. Local dealers do not carry sizes this large. Any suggestions for off-the-shelf instead of custom? Also concerned with price. Thanks

  • Robin wrote on December 15, 2015 at 1:32 // Reply

    I am buying my first pair of Billy cowboy boots, I’ m a size 91/2. What size of cowboy boots do I get?

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  • James wrote on February 24, 2016 at 7:24 // Reply

    I have wide foot size 12 eeeeee does anyone make a cowboy boot that size and width?

  • Ken wrote on February 25, 2016 at 2:28 // Reply

    I wear a size 10 shoe and when trying on a new pair of boot I cannot get my foot into size 10. My instep is too tight to allow foot to fall down and in. Suggestions?

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  • Stephen C. Gregory wrote on March 11, 2016 at 8:01 // Reply

    14-1/2 4A. 14-4As I am currently wearing are starting to wear a painful callus on both of my middle toes. At 63 years old I guess my feet are still growing. In the last 50 years I have tried to wear every combination of width and length to compromise and get a fit. I am tired of trying, and really tired of painful feet and walking. Can you fit me?

  • Stef wrote on August 1, 2016 at 4:00 // Reply

    Hi there, I wear and 8.5b in Ariats but am looking for get a pair of corrals boots. Are they Similar sizing? Also why is it that’s sizes are 8.5m or 8.5w ? I’m in Australia and only know to order 8.5 b!

  • Theresa wrote on September 19, 2016 at 8:20 // Reply

    My calfs measure size 18″ what size boot would I get I wear 9


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