Ever wonder how to buy 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.
I use this information as a guideline whenever I am trying on a new pair of boots. It’s important to get it right the first time. To avoid blisters, or just a poor fitting boot requiring you to return or exchange them.
You need to pay attention to these things while in the store trying them on. Because sometimes the fit feels different after wearing them around for awhile. That is, if you don’t follow these tips how-to buy boots that fit!
Here are five simple ways to know that your boots fit right:
A proper fit is when the boot is snug enough to prevent your feet from moving inside (which is how blisters are born) but not so tight as to constrict circulation.
It’s best to be wearing the socks that you would ordinary wear with these boots.
If they’re hiking boots, wear your hiking socks while fitting them.
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How-to Buy Boots That Fit
Heel (behind, and up-and-down), Toes, Kick, Ankle. Here’s how…
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. Check that there is no pressure at the points illustrated below.
Kick a wall. Your toes should not touch the end of the boot.
Rock up and down, squat and bounce. Your heel should not move in the boot.
Stand on the sides of your feet to test for ankle support and painless flexibility.
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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills