Tips For Fitting Western Boots
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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