Shoe and Boot Sizing
Most of us will fit fine in a Regular width shoe, also called standard or medium. Widths that have been made over time from most narrow to widest are: AAAA, AAA, AA, A, B, C, D, E, EE, EEE, EEEE or H. On this scale Men’s medium is D, Women’s medium is B. (Sometimes on the shoebox you will read just an M for medium). Widths that are in production today are usually A, B, or N for narrow, B, D, or M for medium, and E, EE, W or EW (extra wide) for the wide choices.
What Size to Order
We carry a broad range of sizes and brands as part of our commitment to give our customers the selection, style and fit that best meets their needs. We cannot guarantee a certain style or size will fit, but this is general advice that should help you find the proper fit.
Whenever possible get your foot measured. For the most accurate sizing, good boot and shoe stores use a foot-measuring scale called a Brannock Device. If you are familiar with a footwear brand, order the same size you usually wear in that brand. If you own another brand of boots, this size will usually do! If you don't remember the size, find the size tag inside.
Each brand will run its own version of sizing and an “8” in one may not be exactly the same fit as an “8” in another brand.
Finding the Right Fit
Shop for or try on boots in the afternoon, when you’ve been on your feet for an extended amount of time they will have the natural “swelling” they do each day. You want boots to fit your “swollen” feet.
It is always helpful to have the socks you plan on wearing with you when fitting new boots in the store. At home after purchasing in-store or when your boots arrive in the mail after purchasing online, try them on inside on carpeted floors first and wear those work socks. If you should eventually decide against them, this will allow you to feel how they fit without showing any signs of wear on the boots, and they can more likely be successfully returned. If there are questions about our Returns Policy, navigate over to Shipping and Returns - Customer Return Policy.
Pull-on boots must slip slightly in the heel when new, as the sole has not broken in yet and will be stiff. When you look down at your feet you are looking at the instep, this is not an adjustable part of the boot as it is in a lace up. This fit is critical and your current idea of your size in a laced casual or athletic shoe may or may not be as accurate as it could be for a pull-on boot fit. As you wear the boot, the sole is "flexed", with wear-in time the “flexes” will cause the heel portion of the boot to ride with your heel better and most of the slippage you feel will disappear. If the slip feels excessive you may want to wear a thicker sock, or use a proper insole, or you may need a narrower fitting style. The leather upper on a boot will warm, stretch, and soften during the break-in period, so at the time of purchase a fit “on the uncomfortable side of snug” is the way to go.
Lace up boots and laced shoes will be more similar in size to each other, while a pull-on boot is a different fit altogether. The laces and tongue lay across the instep, lacing more tightly or loosely adjusts fit by as much as a width. The system of laces certainly helps combat heel slip, but in any new boot that sole is still new and stiff and even lace ups will slip when new. The idea you have of your size in a casual or tennis shoe is more likely going to be similar in a laced boot.
How Your Foot Fits Inside the Boot:
We emphasize fitting from the heel to the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot (the widest part of the foot) should be at the widest part of the outsole. The widest part of the sole and the ball of your foot is where everything is designed to bend together. If the ball of your foot is too far forward into the toebox, you will be trying to bend the toebox, and that doesn’t work. This is usually where mistakes are made, sometimes a smaller size is chosen and boots end up uncomfortable or hurting the arches. On the Brannock Device if you measured heel-to-ball as a 10, and you end up buying a 9 because your whole foot fits inside the 9, according to your arch this is still 1 size too small, the foot will be unsupported and uncomfortable long before the end of the life of the boot. If in the 10 you feel too roomy in the toebox, maybe you are more narrow than the boot and should buy a narrow or customize the width with a proper insole.
Is Slipping Good?
The single hardest thing for the first time boot wearers to overcome is the fact that a boot must have slippage in the heel to fit properly. There should be anywhere from 1/2 inch to as much as 1 inch slip, up and down. This is perfectly normal. If the heel does not slip, your heel is too close to the interior of the boot heel and will develop a blister because there isn’t room for movement. As the leather upper stretches and conforms to your foot, and as the sole flexes, everything will ride along with your foot nicely and the slip should subside. Break in time is really based on how much you wear that new pair of boots, but roughly two weeks of day-long boot wearing should break in most footwear. If you know anyone who has worn boots for years they may even have their special-super-fast-and-easy process to break in boots that has worked for them. We’ve heard about as many break-in stories as we’ve had customers walk through the doors.
Insulated Bib and Unlined Bib Overall Sizing
Bib overalls fit differently than jeans and pants. Many customers believe you order the same size for both items. However, if ordering an insulated bib overall you should go up two sizes in the waist (36 jean size should order a 40 insulated bib size) and down one size in the length (32 jean length to a 30 insulated bib length). This is because you do not want insulated bibs to fit over clothes, nor do you want them to drag on the ground and get wet. In unlined bibs you order only one waist size larger, since you don't wear them over clothes.
If we have not addressed your concerns or questions regarding fit, please contact our customer service department at 913-262-2350 and we’ll be glad to assist you.