Tips For Fitting Western Boots
If your boots are fitted correctly, your feet should feel great. Remember, that differences in leather, toe and heels styles can affect the way a boot fits. Determine what thickness of socks you generally wear and allow for the socks in the fitting process.
SIT DOWN AND MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE:
It is much easier to pull on boots when seated. You will hear a soft "pop" when the foot drops into the boot. Then stand up to determine proper fit. If you find it difficult to put them on at first, try using a plastic bag and pull the boots on over the bag.
THE BALL OF YOUR FOOT:
The ball of the foot should be the widest part of the boot's outsole. When standing, the boot shank and arch of the foot should have matching curves.
WIGGLE YOUR TOES:
As a guideline thik of this little phrase "If they feel tight, that should be alright, If they pinch they won't give an inch" so don't have them. First run your finger over the smaller toes' area to see if the toes touch softly against the leather. If the smaller toes extend beyond the stitching line of the welt, or if the toes cause a bump, the boots are too short. Try a larger size.
WHAT ABOUT THE INSTEP:
You can determine if your boots fit across the instep by taking the leather between your thumb and index finger and rubbing your thumb across the instep. If the boots are too loose, a large wrinkle will appear. A slight wrinkle means the boots fit properly.
SHOULD THE HEEL BE SLIPPING:
This is normal and does not mean the boots are not fitted properly. After the boots have been worn and the outsole flexed a few times heel slippage should stop giving you a comfortable wearing boot.
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Western Boot Care
With each pair of boots you have, you should take the time to properly maintain them. The few minutes it takes will greatly extend the life of the boots. As a quick tip, after every wearing your should wipe the boots even with yours socks to remove dust and let them air for 24 hours if possible.
Do not let dirt and dust accumulate on leather products. After each wearing, boots should be wiped down with a damp, not wet, cloth. Dust and dirt can break down the leather and shorten the life of your boots. Allow your boots to dry out thoroughly between wearings. This prevents the onset of bacteria from forming in the leather. Allow your boots to air dry, do not set them near heat. It will dry them out excessively.
Conditioning leather is important because conditioner helps to maintain the original look and feel of the leather. Conditioning keeps the boots from drying out. Use a conditioner specially formulated for boots. Lanolin based products work best.
To keep boots looking their best, you should periodically apply a matching boot cream polish. The polish will help to cover any scuffs and can be brought to a bright luster.
Protect your boots even more with water repellant, use boot trees to help maintain your boots shape and form and use edge dressing on the outside edge to maintain welt color.
If you need to re-sole and heel your boots, use a traditional cobbler, you'll be suprised how much they know about western boots and they can recommend the right products for looking after your boots.
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