Figuring out how cowboy boots should fit can be quite tricky. Most boots have laces, buckles or some other way of adjusting the fit. This is not the case with cowboy boots, like wellington boots they have a ’pull-on’’ design. So, before purchasing, trying on and getting the right fit for your boot is incredibly essential for cowboy boots.
It’s important to note that when it comes to cowboy boot sizing, sizing methods can differ depending on the brand. Ariat, for example, has a detailed guide on how should cowboy boots fit ariat.
Cowboy boots are known to be uncomfortable to wear, but this is more down to people not understanding how to fit a cowboy boot properly.
Things to consider for cowboy boot fitting
There are several features of your feet you need to consider when trying on any boot:
- The Ball of your Foot
The ball of your foot starts at the base of your toes and is the place you can flex your foot. It is the widest part of your foot, so your boots should be able to accommodate it without cramping.
- Arch of your foot
The natural curve under your foot is the arch of your foot. Ideally, a comfortable boot will follow the natural curvature of the arch.
- Instep of the foot
This is the bony part between the ankle and the ball of your boot (above the arch of your foot). It is one of the critical indicators of proper fit, along with the ball of your foot. Any tightness in the boot on this part of your foot will cause discomfort.
- Heel Width
You want to the boot to fit properly in the heel area. If the heel width is too much, your heel will be left sliding around in the boot. The bad news is that most cowboy boots have wide heels so if you have very narrow heels, finding a boot that fits you snug in the heel area can be tough.
General tips on cowboy boot fitting
- • Heel slippage is normal for cowboy boots since the soles are quite stiff and is not an indicator of a badly fitted shoe. After the boot has been used for some time and outsole has gained some flexibility, heel slippage should stop.
- • When trying on cowboy boots, try them on with the socks you will normally be wearing with them. If you plan to use insoles, include them as well during fitting.
- • Our feet expand by as much as 5% throughout the day, so leave the shoe shopping towards the end of the day.
- • Not everyone has perfectly symmetrical or same sized feet. Always try on both feet before purchasing.
- • Though it’s not recommended to order cowboy boots online, if you do, order two sizes and see which fits better. You can return the one that fits the least.
- • It’s easier to pull on cowboy boots while sitting down.
- • There should be some resistance when pulling the boot on or taking it off, but the process should be smooth. When it is a good fit, you should hear a popping sound when your foot is in place.
- • As with any boot, ensure there is some wiggle room for your toes. They should not feel cramped or squashed in any way.
How should Cowboy Boots Fit Ariat?
The boot sizing is designed on the length of your foot. To measure the length of your foot, stand with your feet flat on a blank piece of paper. Keeping the pencil normal to the paper, outline your foot. Measure the distance between the topmost (top of tallest toe) and bottom most of your foot (bottom of your heel curve).
A foot length of 8.94 inches corresponds to a US size 6. You can find the full sizing chart on their website.
Even when accounting for the same size, everyone has unique features and proportions on their feet. If you want a seamless cowboy fit, you could get them custom-made for you by a boot maker. They will measure your foot and add any extra features or material you want.
I hope you found this guide on How should Cowboy Boots Fit Ariat?’ informative and simplified your boot shopping!