Fitting Cowboy Boots

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

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A cowboy boot should fit snug to the foot. Boots should not be too loose or too tight.

Fitted boots do not require extended lengths of time to be "broken in." Also, keep in mind the thickness of your socks affect the fit of the boot. Allens Boots recommends Western boot socks for maximum comfort and protection against blisters and corns.

Use the guidelines below to ensure your have a proper fit:

Instep

The only thing a boot has to hold it securely to the foot is the instep, unlike traditional shoe with laces. Because of this, it's very important to ensure the instep is fit properly. The instep determines whether or not the boot fits. If the throat is too tight, go to a wider width. If it is too loose, go to a narrower width.

Ball

When you move, run or walk, you bend your foot at its widest part, which is called the ball. In a boot, you will find our steel shank between the insole and the outsole that extends from the heel to the point where the ball of the boot begins. If the boot is too short for the foot, the ball of the foot will sit too far forward and force the toes into the front of the boot. The ball of your foot should fit in between the widest part of the boot.

Heel

A boot will slip some in the heel. With a new boot, the thick leather that supports the heel construction is still very tough. As you wear the boot, you will break that leather in and it will move with your heel. As a result the leather will conform to your heel and the slippage will disappear.

Also see:

How to Buy Boots

Boot Care

Boot Glossary

Boot Store FAQ

Motorcycle Boots

Boot Stores