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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.