Cowboy Boot Fit Guide





In making a pair of boots for a man, we have to be aware that our product is his foundation.

- Sam Lucchese Jr., Lucchese Boots


 If the boot fits, buy it!

A new pair of cowboy boots should be snug but comfortable right from the start! Properly fitted boots do not require an extended length of time to be “broken in,” contrary to popular belief. Follow the steps below to determine the correct size and fit for your cowboy boots.



Cowboy Boot Fit 

Putting Them On

  • We recommend wearing socks when you try on boots. The socks will affect how the boots fit, so try them on with the socks you intend to wear with the boots.
  • Standing up, place your fingers through the pull tabs on each side of the boot.
  • With the heel of the boot on the floor, insert your foot and give the straps a tug.
  • Your foot should resist a little then pop gently into the bottom of the boot.


  • Your instep should be snug, like a firm handshake. This is what holds the boot in place on your foot.


  • Your toes should be comfortable with no pressure or pinching. 
  • Do your toes feel pinched? The boots are probably too short! Try going up a half size.
  • Too much wiggle room in the toe box? The boots might be too long. Try going down a half size.


  • Your heel should lift ¼ to ½ inch when you walk. This slippage will lessen over time as the leather breaks in and the sole relaxes.


Cowboy Boot Sizing

Choosing the right boot size from the start makes all the difference when it comes to comfort. In general, the rule is the further you get from the letter A, the wider the boot is. This is regardless of gender (more on that below). If you have a narrow foot, wear boot insoles to absorb extra width (plus, they add cushion!).

Men's Boots

  • D is average boot width for men, but they can be made anywhere from a B to a EE width.
  • Boot fit can vary by manufacturer.
  • Most men find they must size down 1/2 to 1 full size from their athletic shoe size to get the proper boot fit.


Women's Boots

  • B is the average width for women, but they can be made anywhere from an A to a C width.
  • Boot fit can vary by manufacturer.
  • Women with average to wide feet will be true to their normal shoe size.
  • Women with narrow feet will sometimes size down ½ size.



We can't wait to help find the right boots and fit for you. Want to start looking for the perfect pair? Check out our online store here.

Have more questions? Here are a few more resources:

How to Buy Boots

Boot Care

Boot Glossary

Boot Store FAQ

Work Boots

Boot Stores