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.

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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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 following book, and modified by MSB:
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

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