COWBOY BOOT FIT GUIDE

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    Are you buying cowboy boots for the first time and need help finding your size? We’ve broken down the perfect cowboy boot fit into 5 easy “steps” below, with a few extra fit tips from our boot experts. This is an easy guide in how to wear cowboy boots and find your correct cowboy boot size.

    Leave a comment if you need more help!

    What size cowboy boots should I order?

    Most of the time, you should order your normal shoe size when buying cowboy boots. However, many of our customers end up wearing about a ½ size smaller cowboy boot than their athletic shoe size. So if you are used to wearing tennis shoes, you probably need to choose a ½ size smaller. It all depends on what works for you and how you want to wear your boots.

    Don’t worry about the shape of the toe or the height of the heel. Cowboy boots are designed with a footbed that fits your size, taking into consideration the shape of the toe. So don’t go up a size just because the toe of the boot is pointed. The height and design of the heel will also not affect your boot size. For more in-depth information, see our What Size Boots Should I Order blog.

    Try on your cowboy boots

    Always try on a cowboy boot with socks that you will actually wear with the boots. Boot socks are ideal, but if you don’t own a pair, try athletic socks.

    Sit down to try on your cowboy boots. Since the cowboy boots are new, they will seem a bit snug, so you will need to pull them on by holding onto the pull straps or pull holes and pushing your foot into the shaft of the boot. If your boots don’t have pull straps or pull holes, hold firmly onto the top of the boot shafts.

    When trying on cowboy boots, always walk around in them to check the appropriate fit. Be sure to stay on a carpeted surface to avoid damaging the soles of the boots.

    The boots feel too tight

    If you feel pinching at the widest part of your foot – between the arch and toes – you might need to go up a size. Before making that decision, are your regular street shoes often snug on the sides of your feet, but you have plenty of room in the toe? If so, you might need a wide width size cowboy boot. If you don’t typically need a wide width, you probably just need to try one size larger.

    Keep in mind that leather will stretch after repeated wearing, so new boots will feel snug at first. After you have worn them in a bit, they will stretch to your foot shape, and they will feel custom made!

    The boots feel too loose

    There are several signs that your boots are too big. They might seem comfortable now, but after wearing the cowboy boots many times, the leather will become “worn in,” and the boots will only continue to feel looser.

    If your foot easily slides from side to side in the boot, or if your foot shifts around when you put pressure on your foot or stop quickly, the boots are too big. Also check the vamp of the boot – the area at the top of your foot – if it is loose and baggy, that cowboy boot is too big.

    My heel slips around in the cowboy boot

    This is actually perfectly normal for new boots. Cowboy boots are designed so that your heel will slip up and down in the boot when they are very new. This is because the leather is not yet worn in, and the heel is the only area that has any give. After you’ve worn the boots more, the leather will become softer and conform to your foot shape, and you will no longer have any slippage in the heel. The more you wear them, the better they will feel!

    A little slippage in the heel indicates that your boots are the correct size. If your heel doesn’t move at all, your boots could be too small. If the boot practically falls off your foot when you take a step, it is probably too big.

    What if they still seem too tight or loose later?

    If you are still not getting exactly the fit you want from your cowboy boots after wearing them many times, you have a few options.

    A boot cobbler can stretch cowboy boots, usually for a fairly inexpensive fee. Stretching will not increase the size of the boot, but it should give you a bit more room in the foot area for a more comfortable fit. Check your local listings for cowboy boot repair shops or shoe cobblers. Also see our How to Stretch Cowboy Boots blog for additional tips!

    Thicker socks or boot socks can help if your boots seem too loose. You can also try adding a removable insole to the foot of the boot.

    Speak to one of our store employees if you need any assistance. All of our employees are trained on proper cowboy boot fitting, and we want you to be completely satisfied with your new cowboy boots!

    Have a boot fit question that we didn’t cover? Leave a comment and we will gladly help!

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COMMENTS

68 Responses to Cowboy Boot Fit Guide

  • Scherry Bilderback wrote on March 19, 2013 at 6:57 // Reply

    I have always wanted a pair of Cowboy Boots, but never owned a pair of Cowboy Boots. I love the look!

  • Sam wrote on April 13, 2013 at 4:20 // Reply

    How should the shaft fit the calf of your leg?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:38 // Reply

      Sam, the shaft of the boot should fit comfortably enough to take a step without pinching or pulling on your leg. Typically, you should be able to place one or two fingers at the top while wearing them, but there isn’t any one exact measurement rule.

  • Leigh Rooney wrote on April 16, 2013 at 7:07 // Reply

    I just purchased a pair of Tan Jaguars, Size 8.5 B. The length is good, but the toebox on one foot pinches at the ball of the foot, probably due to a bunion. Should I have that one boot stretched locally, or do I need to go wider over all, or with the rounder toe.

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:36 // Reply

      Leigh, good question. Try stretching the boot first. If that does not work, a wider width might be your best option. A very round toe or square toe boot might also give you some relief if the pain is on the side of your foot. You have a few options, so don’t give up on cowboy boots!

  • Dee wrote on April 23, 2013 at 3:05 // Reply

    Awesome fit guide! Breaking in cowboy boots is a working process that’s why I enjoy every pair I buy. The things most enjoyed in life are the things worth working for and cowboy boots won’t less your feet down!

  • John Sanders wrote on April 30, 2013 at 8:36 // Reply

    I bought a pair of cowboy style boots on line (Justin Rugged Tan Boot) and though it is the right size I can’t get my foot down into the boot through the throat. How do I get this stretced out enough to be able to put it on and off?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:34 // Reply

      John, as you wear your boots more often, the throat of the boot will relax and become easier to slip on. While they are still relatively new, try slipping your foot into a plastic grocery bag then putting your foot into your boot. You should be able to pull the bag out once your foot is in place. You can also try a boot cobbler to have the leather professionally stretched.

  • James L wrote on May 28, 2013 at 6:45 // Reply

    If you cant get the boot on either try baby powder on the top of your sock or try a plastic bag over your sock that should get you thru the top of the boot ! Any good boot repair place should have top strcthers also !

  • EJ wrote on June 1, 2013 at 7:26 // Reply

    I want to buy a pair of Justin Gypsy Boots, My foot usually runs from a 5-6, and my other pair of boots is a pointed toe and is a six. I don’t have a store near where I live to try any on. So was wondering what the recommended size might be?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:32 // Reply

      EJ, the type of toe usually does not affect the size of boot you will need. If your other boot is comfortable in a size 6, we recommend you try the Justin Gypsy boots in the same size. Remember to try on your boots and walk only on carpet. Boots that have scuffed soles cannot be returned. If you have other questions, just shoot us an email.

  • Stephanie T. Czarnecki wrote on June 20, 2013 at 7:26 // Reply

    First of all thanks to you for saying “need more help” by just drop the comment. Still i never seen this sentence which is written by any admin i like the way of your asking serve needs. Actually i have no idea about cowboy boot types for women means that i never wear that boot so would you reply me regarding women’s cow boot types if it is possible for you i’m really interested to know. Actually i searched it but didn’t get results.

  • Amanda wrote on July 18, 2013 at 1:43 // Reply

    I just got some Ariat Legends. They are really tight on the top part of my foot. My heel moves up and down, but I the widest part of my foot isn’t quite in the widest part of the boot. Think I need to go a size up (I didn’t order 1/2 size down my normal shoes) or just order wide? Thanks!

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:30 // Reply

      Amanda, if the widest part of your foot is not properly sitting in the widest part of the boot, you do need to try a larger size. It is possible to be right between sizes, and sometimes stretching the leather will help with that. Use the width of the boot as your guide, then if you just can’t find the exact correct fit with that, consider the wider width boots next. Good luck!

  • Trevor wrote on July 26, 2013 at 3:15 // Reply

    I have a well worn pair of Dan Post rough-out boots whose shafts have become floppy. The heels and soles still have life in’em and I love the way they look, is there anything I can do about the shafts?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:28 // Reply

      Trevor, as leather ages and breaks in, the shaft can lose its stiff texture. We aren’t familiar with an exact process that could rejuvenate the leather, but a boot cobbler might be able to offer some recommendations. Good luck!

  • Diana wrote on August 5, 2013 at 4:40 // Reply

    I have a pair of black Circle G by Corral boots that I absolutely love and that were given to me but the shaft is too big for my skinny calf, is this something that could be fixed and made smaller?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:27 // Reply

      Diana, there isn’t an easy way to make the boot shaft smaller. Your best bet is in wearing thicker boot socks.

  • REHAN wrote on September 3, 2013 at 1:22 // Reply

    Some body gave me a gift of Levis Cowboy Boots
    but that is tight from toe & heel
    and even not comfortable from inner side
    what should i do
    please advise
    rehan

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:26 // Reply

      Rehan, it sounds like your boots are simply too small. You can try to have them stretched by a boot cobbler, but you probably just need a larger size boot.

  • Tanya wrote on October 13, 2013 at 10:54 // Reply

    I have big calves and the boots I tried on were really tight in the back. Do they make boots with a wider shaft?

    • admin wrote on November 3, 2013 at 8:26 // Reply

      Tanya, each boot varies slightly from the next regarding shaft circumference. Boots that are 10″ tall or less tend to fit better on the calf. If you find a boot you like and want to know the shaft circumference, just send an email to customer service.

  • Nicole Doerr wrote on November 6, 2013 at 7:29 // Reply

    I just bought a pair of Corral Cognac Tribal Embroidery Boot in a 8M. My previous pair of Corral’s were the same size but this pair seems to be tight across the top part of my foot. I was wondering whether to order an 8.5 or just order an 8 in wide?

    • admin wrote on November 17, 2013 at 6:33 // Reply

      Nicole, if the widest part of your foot is correctly positioned in the widest part of the boot, and the boots are only a little tight, you could probably just have the boots stretched to be more comfortable. If the top of your foot is very tight, then you might want to try a wide width. If your foot is too far forward in the boot (the widest part of your foot is closer to the toes of the boot than the widest part of the boot), then you do need to order an 8.5. If you need more help, just send us an email to giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com. Thanks!

  • Laurie wrote on November 8, 2013 at 11:59 // Reply

    I just purchased sizes 8 and 8W Ariat Heritage boots online to get an idea of how they fit. Unfortunately, I don’t live near any stores that carry these boots. The size 8 is really snug through the vamp and I my heel doesn’t slip at all. On the flip side the 8W fits through the width area and my heel does slip a little, but for some reason the shaft of the boot is rubbing on the outside of each ankle bone. Is it normal to have this issue? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • admin wrote on November 17, 2013 at 6:30 // Reply

      Laurie, if the shaft is rubbing on your ankle when your foot is slipping up in the heel, that is normal. Once you have worn in the boots, the slipping will stop, and the rubbing should stop as well since there will be less movement in that area of your boots. If you need more help, send us an email to giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com. Thanks!

  • Michelle wrote on November 19, 2013 at 9:50 // Reply

    I have thick legs and when I have tried on cowboy boots, they just dont look right..Ive always wanted to dress cowgirl but it just bothers me not being able to look satisfied with them, even took a few people to see what they thought and as well commented “it might not be for you”, help!!

    • admin wrote on November 20, 2013 at 3:29 // Reply

      Michelle, join the club of thousands of women who share your issue with thick legs! It is one of the most common problems we hear from our female customers. Here are a few tips for finding a pair of cowgirl boots that WILL BE FOR YOU! 1) If you have thick calves and boots tend to not be comfortable, consider a boot that is around 10″ tall. The shaft collar (top of the boot) will be a little lower on your leg and should fit better. Justin Gypsy and Ariat Fatbaby boots both hit around that height and have wider shafts. 2) If you don’t like the look of dresses and boots, add a pair of leggings. It’s a simple addition that creates a smooth look from head-to-toe and can camouflage any perceived imperfections in your legs – that are probably stellar and not as “thick” as you worry! 3) Allow a little more leg to show between your dress or skirt hemline and the top of the boots. It will make your legs look longer. 4) Wear boot cut jeans over your cowgirl boots. You will see only the foot that gives you some cowgirl flair in a regular pair of jeans. This is the easiest way to start wearing the look! 5) If you are wearing your jeans tucked into your boots, definitely go with skinny jeans. If you have bulky jean material tucked into your jeans, you will add thickness to your legs with the extra material. Let us know if these tips help! We’d love to see a pic of your new cowgirl look on our Facebook page when you find your dream boots!

  • Cindy.meredith wrote on November 22, 2013 at 8:28 // Reply

    I ordered a pair of Frye size 9 1/2 billy pull on boots. I normally wear a 9 or 9 1/2 in all shoes and boots. The reviews said to order up 1/2 size. They seem to fit in length but my feet are slipping around because they seem too side in the width even though they are normal size width. I recently sold another pair of cowboy boots for the same reason. They were snip toe and my foot slid forward once they were worn a few times.

    I ordered a 9 in the billy slip ons to compare the fits , but I am thinking they may end up too short. Any suggestions? I love the look and fryes are my favorite. What do you think?

    • admin wrote on November 27, 2013 at 5:42 // Reply

      Cindy, with a quality pair of leather boots, the leather will stretch as they are worn in. That’s a natural process with genuine leather boots. We typically recommend that our customers who are new to boots start out a 1/2 size smaller than their athletic shoes simply because cowboy boots are intended to fit differently than athletic shoes. Your foot should plop into the foot of the boot when you pull them on with both hands holding onto the top of the shaft. Your foot should feel snug in the boot, and your heel should pop up when you take a step. That’s how you know your boots fit correctly: tight over top of foot, hard to pull on, heel pops up, all feels snug. If you can easily slip your foot straight into the boots without pulling on the top of the shaft, those boots are too big. If your foot can wiggle around in the boots when they are brand new, they are too big. If your boots are too big, your foot will slip around and the more you wear them, the looser they will become. If they are too big, your feet will also slide forward in the boots. However, if your foot starts out a little snug, the leather will stretch and conform to your foot without being too loose. It sounds like your boots might be a little too big. If you need more help, send us an email or visit us at http://www.headwestoutfitters.com and click on the “live chat” option.

  • James Toledo wrote on November 25, 2013 at 5:20 // Reply

    I lost 50lbs my boots are to big ,what can I do for this

    • admin wrote on November 27, 2013 at 5:34 // Reply

      James, there is not an easy solution to leather cowboy boots that are too big. An inexpensive solution could be to add a padded insole to the boots. If your foot is still slipping around a lot with two pairs of socks, you most likely just need a new pair of boots. As leather is worn in, it stretches and conforms to the shape of your foot. That’s a natural process with genuine leather boots. Even if you have not changed sizes in boots, the leather has already been stretched out and won’t shrink back to the original shape. Congratulations on your weight loss! Let us know if we can be of additional assistance with your boots by emailing us at giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com.

  • James Toledo wrote on November 25, 2013 at 5:23 // Reply

    I were 2 pairs of socks and my foot still sl

  • Cindy Meredith wrote on November 27, 2013 at 5:45 // Reply

    Thank you for the tips. My feet are on the narrow side especially in the heel so I often have trouble with fit . I tested out the size 9 and could not get my foot in it with a medium sock. I finally got it on but the boot was not long enough based upon your fit guide and other things I’ve read. I kept the 9 1/2 and added a gel insole and a good boot sock. Hopefully this will continue to do the trick

    • admin wrote on November 29, 2013 at 5:20 // Reply

      Cindy, we are glad you found a workable solution! Insoles are often a recommendation we make for customers who fall in between sizes. Enjoy your boots!

  • Lynn wrote on November 29, 2013 at 10:09 // Reply

    I have a narrow calf size. Is it acceptable for women’s cowboy boots to fit loose at the top!

    • admin wrote on December 1, 2013 at 8:19 // Reply

      Lynn, yes, it is acceptable for women’s boots to fit a little looser at the top of the shaft. There’s no fix to make the leather shrink, but you can wear leg warmers, thicker socks, or tuck your jeans into your boots to make them feel a little tighter. You can try different shaft heights to find your best fit. Boots range in shaft height from 6″ tall to 15″ tall, so experiment to see if you like one better than the other.

  • Hilary wrote on December 4, 2013 at 4:57 // Reply

    I bought a pair of lucchese boots. I normally wear an 8.5, so I purchased the same size in these boots. I’ve never had cowboy boots so I’m not sure if the way they are fitting is too big or normal. I know the heel is supposed to slip, but how much is it suppose to slip? It seems like the boot goes up and down a little when I’m walking but I can’t tell if it’s just due to the leather that hasn’t formed to my feet or that it’s too big. Thank you!

    • admin wrote on December 8, 2013 at 8:08 // Reply

      Hilary, if your foot is not slipping around at the widest part of your foot and near your toes, you are probably just experiencing normal slippage from the “newness” of the boots. You have the correct fit if your boots feel snug on your foot, and your heel moves when you take a step. Your boots are too big if your foot nearly slides completely out of the boot when you raise your foot. If you need more help, just send us an email to giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com. Thanks!

  • annette wrote on December 18, 2013 at 6:58 // Reply

    I have one foot 1/2 size larger then other I have to go bigger when I buy boots cause the the one don’t fit but then I got one to big what can I do for the smaller food to fit better

    • admin wrote on December 28, 2013 at 7:42 // Reply

      Annette, the best fix would be to use an insole for the smaller foot.

  • Kaylee wrote on January 16, 2014 at 5:36 // Reply

    I found a pair of Corral boots that i absolutely fell in love with and no other boot seems to compare! My birthday is in a few days so im ordering a pair as a birthday present to myself and before i did that i wanted to try a pair on like them, so i did. the ones i want are 13 inches high up on the calf and the ones i tried on were 12 inches and seemed a little tight because i have really fat calfs (haha it sucks!) i just wanted to know if i got the 13 inch high ones if i could get them stretched to be more comfortable??

  • Maria Sullivan wrote on January 22, 2014 at 3:29 // Reply

    I bought a pair or Ariat heritage size 8.5 b. could not get them on ! Exchanged for 8.5 c. Now foot moving around too much in boot heel and arch . I usually wear an 8.5 boot. Should I sized down!

    • admin wrote on January 22, 2014 at 2:12 // Reply

      Maria, if your foot is not positioned properly in the boots – the widest part of your foot should rest in the widest part of the boot – then you do need a different size. If the boots squeeze too tight at the widest part of your foot on the sides and top, but your foot is positioned correctly, you would need a wide width. If the wide width boot you received has too much movement in the foot, it sounds like you still need a medium width, perhaps just in a different size for that particular style.

  • Kobey wrote on February 16, 2014 at 2:25 // Reply

    Ok so i have a couple of questions.
    I want to buy a pair of corral brand boots and i am not sure what size to get. I currently own a pair of tany lama brand boots in a 7.5 and could actually wear a size 7 in tony lama brand but i dont know what size i should order for it to be a different brand boot?? What should i do??

    • admin wrote on February 17, 2014 at 7:23 // Reply

      Kobey, if you have found a good fit in size 7.5, that is the size you should order in Corral. The two brands do not run so differently that you will need to go up or down a size. You said you could wear a size 7, though. Check to make sure your foot fits properly in the boot (widest part of foot in widest part of boot, not too loose in the foot, toes aren’t pinched, heel slips up a little when walking). If your 7.5 gives you that great fit, go with the 7.5. If they are a little too big, go with the 7.

  • Amanda wrote on February 18, 2014 at 7:04 // Reply

    I bought a pair of cowgirl boots size 11 which is my regular size but when I got then I think they might be to big bc I have a inch and a half room in the front. They are airat square toed.

    • admin wrote on February 19, 2014 at 3:21 // Reply

      Amanda, it does sound like your Ariat boots are too large. Check the position of your foot. If the widest part of your foot rests in the widest part of the boot, it’s a correct fit. If your foot is too far back, the boots are too big. Also, if your foot shifts around when you take a step, they are too big.

  • Allison wrote on February 19, 2014 at 1:17 // Reply

    I just bought a pair of ariat boots. They are a little too tight across the top of my foot (both boots are tight one a little more than the other) but fit everywhere else. Should they stretch in that area if I just wear them around for a little bits of time to break them in or should I take them somewhere to be stretched?

    • admin wrote on February 19, 2014 at 3:25 // Reply

      Allison, your boots will stretch the more you wear them, but not drastically. If the only place they are tight is across the top of your foot, not pinching on the sides of your foot or tight on your toes, you are wearing the right size. See our “How to Stretch Cowboy Boots” blog for tips on how to stretch them at home: http://blog.headwestoutfitters.com/blog/cowboy-boot-fit-guide-how-to-stretch-cowboy-boots/. You can also take them to a boot repair store or boot cobbler if you would prefer professional assistance.

  • Amanda wrote on February 19, 2014 at 2:09 // Reply

    What can I do other then return them to make them fit better

    • admin wrote on February 22, 2014 at 7:08 // Reply

      Amanda, try using a cushion insole. You can use the kind that are sold in pharmacy stores, or you can purchase some brands that are made especially for boots. If you use the drug store type, look for ones that are a little thicker or are recommended for work shoes and boots.

  • Wilma wrote on March 10, 2014 at 2:49 // Reply

    I’m a size 7 1/2 women. I really want a pair of fatbaby boss, but all the cute ones are the girl section. What size would I be in girls…

    • admin wrote on March 11, 2014 at 6:14 // Reply

      Wilma, there is a larger selection of Ariat Fatbaby Cowgirl Boots available in women’s sizes than in girls’. Being a size 7 1/2 women’s, you would not be able to order a girls’ size because they end at size 5, then switch over to women’s sizes. All of the shoe sizes shown for girls’ boots are little girl shoe sizes, so there is not a women’s equivalent. You can view our selection of Ariat Fatbaby Boots here: http://www.headwestoutfitters.com/ariat-cowgirl-boots.aspx. You can also live chat with our customer service team right on the website if you have questions.

  • Wilma wrote on March 10, 2014 at 2:49 // Reply

    Meant boots

  • kellie watkins wrote on March 12, 2014 at 12:38 // Reply

    hi I have large calfs 18 inches and I live in Australia where can I buy cowgirl boots to fit me please very desparate here.

    • admin wrote on March 13, 2014 at 6:49 // Reply

      Hi, Kellie! We do ship to Australia, so if you find a cowgirl boot on our website and want to know the shaft circumference, just send us an email (giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com) or chat live on the site, and we will gladly research for you! You might consider a shorter boot, less than 10″ shaft height, such as Justin Gypsy cowgirl boots. Here is just one example: http://www.headwestoutfitters.com/justin-gypsy-womens-barnwood-brown-cowgirl-boots.aspx.

  • Cam wrote on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 // Reply

    I just got a new pair of boots, and I feel the shaft is way too big around, even though the boots fit fine. Whenever I walk, they are showing a little bit through the boot cut jeans because they are moving around so much. I do have fairly skinny legs, so could it be that or is the shaft too big, or both? And is there anything i can do about this?

  • TJ wrote on March 23, 2014 at 6:35 // Reply

    I just purchased a pair of size 10.5 square toe Ariat boots. The look and feel great with one exception. My big toe is tight against the toe box. There’s still room in front of the toe but it seems that where the boot slopes down in the front is putting a little pressure on the toe. All other areas of the boot fit great, not tight or too loose in the heel and the widest part of my foot is at the widest part of the boot. Will the boots stretch in the toe area as I wear them? Seems that a larger size boot might be too loose in other areas.

  • Martha wrote on April 2, 2014 at 1:47 // Reply

    My daughter loves boots but has super thin legs and the regular shaft looks huge on her and hits on her legs. Brand suggestions for thin shaft boots??

    • admin wrote on April 5, 2014 at 8:01 // Reply

      Martha, every pair of boots will be a little different for each brand. We typically recommend trying a shorter shaft height, below 10″, for people who have problems with 12″ and higher boots, either with them being too tight or too loose. Choosing a firm leather, rather than soft and slouchy leather, will help the boots stand tall and not rub or look to be falling down. Justin Boots and Ariat Boots are both excellent boot brands to start with.

  • Ellie wrote on April 2, 2014 at 2:33 // Reply

    I wear a size 8 1/2 in most of my everyday shoes and I just bought a pair of ariata boots in a size 8 1/2. The guy at the store where I bought them from told me that they fit perfectly and thought that the 8 B’s might be too tight. I also tried on 8 wide but they were definitely too wide so I know I’m a medium width. But as I wore the 8 1/2 around the store for like 20 mins I noticed that although they have some slip in the heal and are fairly snugh across the top of my foot (like a firm handshake they said) they started to feel looser and I can feel my foot slipping forward. Now it’s definitely not slipping forward a lot but I do notice it because I can pull my foot back and it takes pressure off the top of my foot. So I am not sure if I should go back and get the 8 instead because they too had some slip in the heal however, they were definitely more snug across the top of my foot. What would be your opinion? Get the smaller pair and hopefully they will stretch enough to take that snug pressure off the top of my foot or stick with the 8 1/2 and if they get too big hope an insole will help?

    • admin wrote on April 5, 2014 at 7:57 // Reply

      Ellie, we usually recommend that customers who haven’t found their boot size yet start 1/2 size smaller than their normal street shoes. The tightness across the top of the foot can be an indicator that the boots are too tight, but they are expected to be a little snug there, while also having the heel slippage. See some additional tips in this blog about Boot Size, pertaining to how your foot rests in the boot, should help you decide if you need the smaller size: http://blog.headwestoutfitters.com/blog/cowboy-boot-fit-guide-what-size-should-i-order/. Consider this information and where the widest part of your foot and toes rest in the boot before making a return. Yes, if you don’t return the boots, an insole should help. Good luck!

  • Lindsay wrote on April 2, 2014 at 3:20 // Reply

    I want to purchase a pair of corral boots. I am a 5 1/2 in most shoes but I have read a bunch that corral boots run large. I am wondering if I should get a 5 or 5 1/2?

  • Rich Herlihy wrote on April 15, 2014 at 7:42 // Reply

    I have been wearing western boots for over 40 years and have never had issues with the break in period. Sometimes it was more of a challenge then others, but it always worked out. I recently ordered a pair of H&H wellington style boots on line ( a first for me) I have tried every technique there is to break in these boots, but the heel slip is excessive and there is way too much room at the vamp. I can’t return them because they have been worn a lot in the process of trying to break them in. I’ve tried insoles, adhesive heel pads, heavy socks, double socks. Nothing has helped Is there some magic bullet to have these fixed so that I can wear them? They are quality boots but un-wearable.

    Thank You

    Rich H.

    • admin wrote on April 22, 2014 at 3:28 // Reply

      Rich, our suggestion would have been to try an insole. Did you use an insole intended for use with work boots? That might make a difference over a generic insole because they are typically thicker and have much more support in the heel and arch that could help reduce the slippage and extra vamp room. An alternative to the insole is an orthotic insert. They are usually a little more expensive than insoles, but they have a composite footbed that might lift your foot some and reduce the extra room in the boot. If we can do more to help, please email us at giddyup@headwestoutfitters.com, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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