5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit

December 5, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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Whether for combat, hiking, on the job, or just working around the homestead, eventually you will need to buy a new pair of boots. If you don’t already have a good pair of boots, this is one of those survival preps that could prove to be very beneficial in the long run.

The question is, when you go to buy new boots, it is very important to understand how to determine the best fit. Here are five simple ways to do that…


 
The average shoe store does not stock a wide selection of hiking boots or work boots. You may have better success seeking out specialty shops catering to backpackers and such.

It is very important to try on as many boots as necessary until you find a proper fit. Don’t settle for less. A proper fit includes being snug enough to prevent your feet from moving inside (which is how blisters are born) but not so tight as to constrict circulation.

Try on both boots (left AND right foot), with the type of socks that you will likely wear with them. Walk around in them for more than just a few seconds… the longer the better, before you will be confident of the fit.

 

Check Behind The Heel

Before lacing, push foot forward. One finger should fit behind heel.

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Toes

Lace boots and stand. Wiggle your toes. They must not be cramped.

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Kick

Kick a wall. Your toes should not touch the end of the boot.

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Heel

Rock up and down, squat and bounce. Heel should not move in boot.

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Ankle

Stand on sides of feet to test for ankle support and painless flexibility.

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Base images sourced from the book, Back to Basics and modified by MSB.