Our handcrafted leather boots are designed to empower you to ‘Keep Rolling’. Wearing an ill-fitting pair of boots, however, can result in foot pain and structural problems so finding the right boot size is very important. To ensure a comfortable fit and your ability to walk for miles in your new pair of Tumbleweed leather boots we have put together some guidelines to help you check for the perfect fit.
GENERAL TIPS FOR LEATHER BOOTS
- Try the boots on in the afternoon or evening since your feet swell as you walk throughout the day
- Check for fit while standing in your leather boots and walk around in them to assess the fit more accurately
- Wear socks while trying on boots since socks can add up to ½ inch to the length of your foot. Finding the right boot socks is also important.
- If you are in-between sizes, it is best to get the one that is slightly bigger rather than the pair that is a bit too small
When checking the width of a pair of leather boots, it is important to remember that boots should fit snugly, but not too tight. If you have wider feet, do not try to fit your foot into a boot that is too narrow for your foot. Some people buy boots that are too tight because they expect that they will stretch as they wear them. However, it is recommended to buy boots that are the proper width when you first try them on since most boots will only stretch about a millimeter or two.
The instep of a leather boot is the part that covers the top of your foot. Since a boot does not have any laces, the instep is what keeps the boot securely in place so its proper fit is important. If the instep is too tight, try a wider or larger size and if the instep is too loose try a narrower or smaller size.
The widest part of your foot, where it bends when you walk or run is called the ball. The ball of your foot should sit at the widest part of the boot and be even with the ball of the boot. If they are not even, the foot will sit too far forward and the toes will crowd the toe box which can cause pain when you walk.
Sometimes there will be little or no slip at the heel when you try on a new pair of boots. However, if every other part of the boot fits correctly, a little bit of slip at the heel is okay. When a boot is new the sole is often stiff, but as you wear the boot the sole becomes “flexed” and the slippage is reduced as the boot molds to your foot. If after a couple of months the slip at the heel doesn’t go away and it is a bit bothersome, you can add a padded heel grip to get rid of the slip.
Most leather boots do not provide too much arch support, and for most people with a well-maintained arch, that is not a problem. If you have flatter feet, on the other hand, look for boot styles that provide a larger amount of arch support and make sure to note how your arch feels when walking in the pair of boots you are trying. You should feel that you get a good amount of support from them.