How Cowboy Boots Should Fit
Because boots don’t have laces, proper fit is all about the instep. Boots should feel snug in this area, but not tight. If the instep is too tight, go for a wider or bigger size.The widest part of the foot is called the ball (it’s where you bend your foot when you walk or run). Make sure the ball of your foot lines up with the the ball of the boot (that’s the widest part of the boot where the steel shank ends). If the boot is too short, your toes will be forced into the toe box.Boots should slip slightly in the heel. Boots are built in such a way that there’s nothing to keep your heel from riding up a bit. As you wear the boot, the sole will become more flexible and most of the slippage will disappear with time. If the instep is too loose, the boot will slip too much, which means that you need a narrower or smaller size boot.
The Proper Fit of Western Boots
When caiman cowboy boots are fitted correctly, your feet should feel great. Remember, that differences in leather, toe and heels styles can affect the way a boot fits. Determine what thickness of socks you generally wear and allow for the socks in the fitting process
1.) Take a seat
It is much easier to pull on boots when seated. You will hear a soft “plop” when the foot drops into the boot. Now have your customer stand to determine proper fit. That is why all shoe and boots shops have chairs and couches so that customers can make sure that the boots that theyw are going to wear fits perfectly for them.
2.) Find the Football
The ball of the foot should be the widest part of the boot’s outsole. When standing, the boot shank and arch of the foot should have matching curves. This is to prevent the ball of the foot from scratching on the back of the boot as it could hurt your foot.
3.) Make room for the toes
There are two tests to determine whether or not your boots have ample toe room. First run your finger over the smaller toes’ area to see if the toes touch softly against the leather. Make sure to be standing is standing. If the smaller toes extend beyond the stitching line of the welt, or if the toes cause a bump, the boots are too short. Try a larger size.
4.) Instep fit
You can determine if your boots fit across the instep by taking the leather between your thumb and index finger and rubbing your thumb across the instep. If the boots are too loose, a large wrinkle will appear. A slight wrinkle means the boots fit properly.
5.) Heel slippage
Heel Slippage is normal and does not mean the boots are not fitted properly. After the boots have been worn and the outsole flexed a few times heel slippage should stop giving you a comfortable wearing boot.