5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit

December 5, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin


Ever wonder how to determine the right size boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit. Here are five simple ways to do that…

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.




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




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




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




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



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


Don’t forget to waterproof your boots…
Original Beeswax Waterproofing