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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117 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!

    • Lindsey wrote on December 22, 2014 at 5:20 // Reply

      I have very Skinny Calves, and the shaft is way too big around them, even though the boots fit fine. They show through my jean Legs. So could it be that or is the shaft too big, or both? is there anything I can do about this? Is there anything I can do to make it less noticeable? Also are their different size Boot Shafts that I should be looking for if I order them online?

      • admin wrote on January 21, 2015 at 4:10 // Reply

        Lindsey, you can try different boot heights to minimize the looseness. A taller boot (13″-15″) or short boot (less than 10″) could fit better than the typical 12″ boot since they will fall near the knee or ankle rather than the calf. Boots do come in different shaft circumferences, but they do not vary a whole lot. We are always happy to inquire with manufacturers if you find a pair of boots you like but want to know the shaft circumference. You can chat live on our website at (right side of page) or email us

  • 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

    • 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 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 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 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

  • 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 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: 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: 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 ( 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:

  • 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: 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, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

  • Lily Singh wrote on April 25, 2014 at 2:03 // Reply

    Hi! I have been looking everywhere for the answer to this question, so I’m hoping you can help. Exactly how snug should the vamp be? If I can’t pinch the leather yet it doesn’t feel like a sock, is that too loose? If the widest part of the foot is in the right spot but the heel, besides moving, also seems to have an extra empty space, that is, it moves up and down without contacting the leather in between, is that a good fit? Thanks! Lily

    • admin wrote on April 30, 2014 at 4:35 // Reply

      Lily, good questions. You should not be able to pinch the leather at the vamp, as you said, but you should feel snug pressure there. It shouldn’t hurt or restrict movement of your toes. If you feel pinching or tightness that makes it hard to take a normal step, that is too tight. If your foot is in the correct position, you should have the right size. If the vamp is a little too loose, you could try a narrower width, if one is available. Otherwise, it sounds like you have the correct fit.

      When your heel slips up and down, it should not be rubbing on the shaft or foot of the boot. If it is making contact, that boot is likely too small, and you could get blisters on your heels. Your heel should slip up and down with minimal contact with any part of the boot, but the boot should not feel like it is falling off every time you lift your foot.

      If you need more help, please email giddyup @ headwestoutfitters . com. Our customer service team will be happy to assist you!

  • Anita wrote on May 8, 2014 at 6:52 // Reply

    I have been wanting a certain pair of boots that I had when I was younger, but they only make them in men sizes now. I am a size 7 in women’s boots what size should I buy in mens

    • admin wrote on May 9, 2014 at 8:51 // Reply

      The general rule in converting women’s sizes to men’s is to go down two sizes, so a women’s size 7 would be a men’s size 5, but that is not always accurate. Our customer service department can help you find the correct size and also inquire to see if the women’s version can be ordered. Please send us an email to with the boot you’re looking for, and we will be happy to help you!

  • Daniel Deveraux wrote on May 29, 2014 at 3:12 // Reply

    I’ve always owned round or roper toe boots. I like the look of a square toe but just how much room is normal in the toe. My regular size boot left about 3/4″ space to the end of the boot from tip of toe. Is that how a square toe is supposed to fit? A smaller size was just way to tight all around. Should I look for a smaller size in a EE?

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 6:54 // Reply

      Daniel, regardless of the toe shape, your cowboy boots should all fit about the same. Rather than focusing solely on the toe space, consider the overall fit of the boot. 1) Is your foot positioned correctly with the widest part of your foot in the widest part of the boot? 2) Does your heel slip slightly when taking a step? 3) Is the boot snug on the top of your foot without pinching? If you answered yes to these questions for your current size, you have the right fit. If your foot feels like it is slipping around a little more than you like, but a smaller size doesn’t have the right fit, you can try a boot insole to lessen the slippage. If you need any extra help, contact us directly at

  • Shannon wrote on May 31, 2014 at 8:25 // Reply

    I recently bought a new pair of Tony Lamas and the woman selling them told me that my heel shouldn’t touch the back at all or I will blister. There is slippage and when I stand they do not touch the back, but when I start to walk there is some light contact rubbing. They fit everywhere else. Are these too small? Thanks.

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 6:57 // Reply

      Shannon, the heel of the boot is intended to make some contact with the back of your foot, or else the boot would practically fall off each time you take a step. Your foot should comfortably slide up and down in the boot heel when it is new. If it’s too small, the boot will pinch the back of your foot, and you will not have any heel slippage, or it will cause immediate painful friction. It sounds like you do have the right size if there is slippage but not uncomfortable pinching or much too loose.

  • Carissa wrote on June 3, 2014 at 2:50 // Reply

    Hi There, I am a 7.5 in an ariat dress boot will I be the same in a corral? or should I buy an 8?

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 6:59 // Reply

      Carissa, Corral Boots do run about 1/2 size smaller than Ariat boots, so we would recommend ordering 1/2 size larger in Corral than your Ariat Boots. If you need additional help, please email, or chat live on our website.

  • Alice wrote on June 15, 2014 at 2:23 // Reply

    I bought a pair of Ariat boots that fit perfectly on the foot but are very wide at the top and there is a lot of extra space. I have skinny calves, and they feel fine. But is this look considered ok fashion-wise? There’s about three inches of extra space. I planned to wear them with dresses and skinny jeans. Thanks!

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

      Alice, it’s most important to get the correct cowgirl boot fit in the foot, so if you have found that, you just need to spend a little time exploring different boot styles to find the shaft look you like most. It’s acceptable to wear boots with extra space in the shaft around your leg, but if you’re uncomfortable, you could wear decorative leggings or wear tall boot socks to add an extra layer to the boot shaft. They should look good with skinny jeans, too!

  • Pixie wrote on June 16, 2014 at 9:34 // Reply

    I’ have skinny calves too, so I have the same problem as Alice (some boots are worse than others- you can FORGET trying to wear a dress with some brands)! But even with jeans my boots’ ill fit around my calf present a problem because if I want to wear my jeans out and not tucked in then you can see the boot under the jean. Serms like they’d have come out with a skinny women’s line of boots by now…:)

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 7:10 // Reply

      Pixie, some styles do have a slimmer shaft fit than others, so don’t give up! Selecting a shorter cowgirl boot might help, too. Look for styles under 10″ in height. We’d love to help you explore – send us an email to if you need help!

  • draeke wrote on June 20, 2014 at 5:27 // Reply

    I bought a pair of laredo and tbe boots fit length and width wise but the top part is too.tight and it hurts my foot how can i fix this or will it stretch out over time. Their new boots and its right measurement and size

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 7:12 // Reply

      Draeke, if the tightness is on the very top of your foot where the shaft meets the foot (the vamp area), then you can have them stretched to alleviate that discomfort. A local boot cobbler will likely offer the service for a very nominal fee, or you can take some advice from our How to Stretch Cowboy Boots blog and save yourself the cash:

  • Taylor wrote on June 22, 2014 at 4:18 // Reply

    So I ordered a pair of the cowgirl boots, the eight second angel ones, and I ordered a size 8. I generally wear a 8 1/2 with all my other boots, Well all my rounded toe boots. I ordered a size 8 because on all my other boots the leather has stretched and they fit kindly loose now. Well I wore my cowgirl boots for the first time and on my left foot my toes hurt the entire time, But my right foot felt just right. What do you recommend me do? Do you think the leather will evenually stretch out? Or should I try getting a half size bigger?

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 7:12 // Reply

      Taylor, our customer service team is contacting you to help. Thanks!

  • Ana wrote on July 6, 2014 at 1:38 // Reply

    I’m looking to buy cowboy boots and I’ve tried some on, but my legs are skinny and looked like I was swimming in the boots, does anyone sell cowboy boots for thin calvs/legs? HELP!!:)

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 7:13 // Reply

      Ana, when looking at boots, select a style that appears to have a straight shaft, not one that flares out at the top. Boots under 10″ in height will also lessen the over-sized shaft issue. We’d be happy to offer additional help if needed. Just send an email to

  • James wrote on July 16, 2014 at 1:18 // Reply

    I bought some Justins. The foot fits right but the shaft is way too big…even for my pants to fit over it. Is there any way around this?

    • admin wrote on August 7, 2014 at 7:15 // Reply

      James, unfortunately, you can’t shrink the shaft of the boots, so that fit is going to stick around. If you would like to discuss your order with our customer service team to see if there is a better boot option, please email, and we’d love to help!

  • Christina wrote on August 8, 2014 at 8:31 // Reply

    I have a question. I just got a pair of Ariat Round up boots. The problem is in an 8 my food presses into the vamp quit a bit but in an 8.5 I feel like I have more play in the heel and shaft than I should. I have one foot that’s more narrow so im use to there being a difference but im worries that the 8.5 once it stretches will be a bit too large but im afraid the 8 won’t break enough and will rub the top of my foot raw. The soles of both fit perfectly with play in the heel on both. Thanks for the help!

    • admin wrote on August 19, 2014 at 1:55 // Reply

      Christina, you could go with the 8.5 and wear insoles to take away the extra room, but you might still not end up with a great fit on the other foot. Your other option would be to have the size 8 professionally stretched in the vamp area. If you’re near us in Erie, we’re happy to help with stretching! If not, look for a local boot cobbler to help, or see our blog post about stretching cowboy boots:

  • Grace wrote on August 8, 2014 at 11:47 // Reply

    I purchased a 9.5 pair of Justin boots. They fit perfectly except for the toe is a bit small. I am debating about whether to return them, or just wear them and sell when they get too small.

    • admin wrote on August 19, 2014 at 1:57 // Reply

      Grace, if the boots are too small in the toe, stretching is likely not going to help much unless it’s across the width of your toes. If you will contact us, we’ll be happy to give you some options:

  • Leah wrote on August 21, 2014 at 7:33 // Reply

    I just bought a pair of Justin’s and I was wondering if my boot was too loose. It fits perfectly at the vamp, but it slides up and down on my heel.

    • admin wrote on September 12, 2014 at 5:26 // Reply

      Hi, Leah! No, it sounds like your cowboy boots fit perfectly! The boots should be snug, but not painful, and you should have a little “heel slippage.” That slippage prevents you from getting blisters on the back of your foot. As you wear the boots more, the slippage will lessen and eventually stop.

  • Jamey wrote on August 21, 2014 at 11:50 // Reply

    You need a smaller size

  • Ken wrote on August 24, 2014 at 1:45 // Reply

    I have just bought a brand new pair of boots and they feel all around comfortable but, my whole foot slips back and forth about an inch. Does that mean it’s to big??

    • admin wrote on September 12, 2014 at 5:18 // Reply

      Ken, your foot definitely should not slid around a lot. New boots should be snug but not painful. If they feel pretty comfortable otherwise, you can try an insole to keep your foot in place.

  • Noel Nason wrote on October 2, 2014 at 12:35 // Reply

    I have had a lot of problems fitting a pair of Dan Post boots. I normally wear a Size 10 or 10.5 wide in dress shoes or sneakers. I bought a pair of Dan Post albany in a size 10 Wide and my foot was way to small for the boot. I went to a 9.5 wide and still the boot was to big. I tried a regular 9.5 and the forefoot was comfortable, but the my heel was lifting up what felt like an inch in the boot. I now have a pair of size 9 regular, and the heel fits great just a little slip, but the forefoot is very tight. what am i missing here? should i purchase yet another pair of boots in a 9 wide? or try to stretch these that I have now?

  • Katherine wrote on October 23, 2014 at 1:38 // Reply

    These responses are SO helpful! I bought a pair of Justin Bent Rail boots in a 7.5 C – I’m normally an 8B, but I recently got orthotics and the 7.5C seemed to work the best in terms of making room for the orthotic insert. The footbed part seems to fit just fine, but the leather in the ankles is really digging into my skin. I have a big red mark on the outside of my ankles where the seam juts in, sort of where the heel cup ends and the shaft begins. Is that the kind of thing that will diminish once they’re broken in, or do these not fit properly? THANKS!

    • admin wrote on November 24, 2014 at 4:52 // Reply

      From personal experience, I can tell you that will diminish as they break in! My Justin Bent Rail boots did the exact same thing at first.

      To speed up the process of relaxing the ankle leather, you can have the boots stretched (or do it yourself using steam – details here:

      Otherwise, just remember to wear thicker socks for awhile until the leather isn’t quite so stiff in that area. It will get better!

  • Cory wrote on November 12, 2014 at 7:49 // Reply

    What if I absolutely want a pair of boots and I’m a size 11 1/2 but the boot I want only comes in size 11 and 12? What are my options?

    • admin wrote on November 24, 2014 at 4:48 // Reply

      We can check with the manufacturer to see if there is the possibility of a special order. Send an email to with the boot brand and style number (below the boot details and description), and we will gladly inquire for you!

  • Jacque Rizley wrote on November 28, 2014 at 9:35 // Reply

    I need help. I bought a pair of women’s 8 1/2 Stampede work boots. I’ve been wearing them for over a month now, but my left foot (specifically the toes and ankle bone) are SUPER SQUISHED and painful. I’ve been trying to break them in, thinking it would get better since I haven’t had a pair of pull on boots in years. My right boot fits perfectly, but the left boot is still VERY uncomfortable. Please help.

  • Michael wrote on December 18, 2014 at 10:06 // 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. They show through the boot cut jeans. 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? Are there any types of jeans that can make this less noticeable? Is there anything I can do to the boot to help this?

  • Taylor wrote on January 9, 2015 at 3:22 // Reply

    I just bought new pair of boots and they are the same size as my old pair but one of my boots feel too tight across my foot while the other one if perfect, should I just wait for it to stretch or take them to a cobbler?

    • admin wrote on January 21, 2015 at 3:55 // Reply

      Taylor, the more you wear the boots, the more the leather will relax and conform to your foot. If the tightness is painful, definitely visit the cobbler to have the leather stretched. If it’s just a little too snug, try waiting to see if they will naturally relax. You cannot undo stretching the leather, so taking too much action too soon could cause the boots to feel loose once they are more worn-in. Good luck!

  • J.T. wrote on January 12, 2015 at 1:05 // Reply

    I am an Okie right thru to my heart but have only worn boots for the last 3 yrs. (I’m 65). Have 2 working pair and 1 church pair. Every time I go back to OK City, I [] invest in another pair. I always have an excuse! LOL Also had to tell you that my dad had a job that moved us all over…He even had a black dress pair to go with his tux. When he died, we had him buried in those dress boots! He would have been happy about that. During WWII, he got a medical waiver to wear his cowboy boots with his uniform. Like him,,,,I love my Justin boots. Thank you

  • Kim graham wrote on February 4, 2015 at 3:32 // Reply

    Hi, I just (online) purchased a pair of Dan Post Blue Bird Sanded Chocolate/teal 10bm. I’m a size 10 (27cm) with big calfs and feet, (attractive hu, lol) I didn’t order up though as the reviews said the boot runs a size or so big. I’m now freaking out that Ive been too compulsive on getting the size 10 and perhaps I should of gone for a size 11 or looked for a boot that had a wide option.. The boots are 11″ and my calf at that point is 16″. My foot is 10.5″ wide.. Please tell me wether or not I’ve just ordered the most beautiful boot in the world at totally the wrong size!? Lol

  • tom janus wrote on February 13, 2015 at 1:10 // Reply

    HI, i just purchased a pair of don post boots, but cannot seem to get them on. they are my normal shoe size, but i cannot seem to get the foot into the box. my foot gets hung up with fron of the arch jammed on the front quaters. can you give me some advice. thanks tom janus

  • NatalieAnne Ray wrote on February 28, 2015 at 4:59 // Reply

    I am having trouble finding boots.. I typically wear an 11.5-12 womens.. Can you advise which companies run on the larger side, as opposed to small or true to size made boots?

    I did find a pair of Frye Carson Lug Riding boots, size 11, that someone told me run on the larger side.. that fit me snug but I am wearing them day in and day out to break them in. I am able to get them on and off with ease now.

    But, what other brands would you suggest? Thanks!

  • Haley wrote on March 2, 2015 at 3:47 // Reply

    Hi! I usually wear a 7-7.5, & I’m hesitant about doing a seven, but am also hesitant on a 7.5 because I don’t want then to be big. But like, I don’t wanna grow out of them Lol. I’m not sure what ta do.

  • kristen wrote on March 3, 2015 at 2:17 // Reply

    I am looking for the perfect cowgirl boot for my wedding. I have very wide calves. I can only wear “ankle” or “mid calf” cowgirl boots. I tried a pair of corrals that had a 8′ shaft and they fit just fine around the calf. However, I ordered online a pair of ariat and the shaft was said to be a 9″ but when i got it its too tight and measures 10″. The boot I ordered is too big in the foot with the Ariat brand. I really like the boot and am wondering if I go down a size, if maybe the shaft will also be shorter? Thoughts? I see on other websites that the measurements they give for shaft and circumference is based on a specific standard size, like a size 8 measures …. so I called the boot store I ordered from and they said that they’ve never heard that the shaft may change length slightly with the boot size. Have you heard of this? I really like these boots and dont want to risk exchanging for a smaller size unless the shaft may be shorter. Thanks so much! Who would have thought that these big calves of mine would cause so much chaos :)

  • Kim Henderon wrote on March 6, 2015 at 2:53 // Reply

    Hi, I just bought a pair of Old Gringo Sora Ankle Boots and I absolutely love them but after really struggling using a plastic bag to get them on they are extremely tight across the arch and my foot seems to sit back a bit into the heel. There is still room in the front section though. I’ve put them on a few times now and I managed to leave the boots on for 5 or so minutes at a time until I couldn’t take the lack of blood circulating in my foot any longer.. I’m from Australia and to return the boots and cop the re stocking fee is going to cost me heaps. Do you think there’s any hope in the boots actually ‘wearing in’ or could I get them stretched or do you think my cowgirl boot days are over before they began? Lol. It’s actually my 3rd attempt at finding that perfect cowgirl boot and I’m feeling bummed out.. I’d love to hear your advice. Kim x
    Also, I love the embroided and inlaid designs on the Gringo boots and can’t seem to find other brands that have the same sort of designs.. Can you suggest simular looking ankle boots that are top quality? I’m not keen on Justin’s or Ariats as they don’t have the same type patterns as the Gringos/Mexicana boots..,xxx


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