How do you know your boot size? Different types of boots fit differently. You would think that buying the right pair of boots is as simple as choosing your size. However, it is a bit different! Thankfully, there are many sizing resources online.
Last time, we looked at how to decode shoe width and what certain letters mean. However, it seems there is more to it than that.
It is very important that you know how to buy the right shoe size. That way, you will save yourself from the trouble of having to return the shoes. In the upcoming sections, we will look at how you can know your boot size.
How Do you know your boot size – Measure!
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Work boots are expensive. And that is why you should not take chances. Therefore, measure your leg size. This is so simple, I do not know why many people do not do it and then they have to return their boots.
Measuring the length
Take a plain piece of paper, or a piece of carton and a pencil. Place your foot on the paper. Draw a mark on the outermost edge of the big toe. Draw another mark on the outermost edge of your heel. Take a ruler or anything else that has a straight edge. Connect the two points with a pencil.
With a tape measure, find out the measurement between the two points. It can be in inches, or in centimeters… whatever you are comfortable with.
Some people say that you should take your foot size with your socks on. Some say to add a small distance on both ends. I prefer the latter. If you are taking measurements in inches, just add a ¼-inch on the toe side and do the same on the heel side.
Measuring the width and length
In addition to measuring the length, you also have to find out the width of your foot. While we discussed how you can enlarge boots sometime back, you still do not want to go through all that hassle if you can avoid it. That is why you need to measure the width of your foot.
Same as we did with the length, take a piece of paper and a pencil. Sit down on a comfortable place and place your foot flat on the paper. Sketch around the foot carefully.
When the temperature is high, the feet tend to swell, or we can say to expand a little. In that case, it would be much better to sketch your foot’s shape when it is “swollen.”
When you are done taking the measurements, you are ready to order your boots. Maybe you want to send the trace of your foot to a custom boot maker. I would suggest that you measure the width at the widest point, that is the ball area and at the heel area. Note them carefully, just as you noted the length.
If you will send your traces by fax, it will resize them. That is why you need to indicate the measurements in centimeters, millimeters or inches.
Crunching the numbers
When you just need to order a pair of boots online and forego custom boots, then you have to translate the measurements that you have taken into shoe sizes. This is simple, but it differs a bit for both men and women. To give you a sneak peek, see below:
Most common men’s sizes
Let us assume that you have taken your foot measurements in inches.
9 ¼ inches is show size number 6
9 ½ inches is shoe size number 6.5
9 5/8 inches is shoe number 7
9 ¾ inches is shoe size number 7.5
10 ¼ inches is shoe size number 9
And so on, as you can see, just increase the size by ¼ inches for the foot length and the shoe size number increases by 0.5.
Most common women’s size
The variation between men’s and women’s sizes is a bit wide. It is as follows:
8 3/16 inches is shoe size number 4
8 3/8 inches is shoe size number 4.5
8 ½ inches is shoe size number 5
9 ¼ inches is shoe size number 7
9 ½ inches is shoe size number 8
Boot width size – How wide is EE in Boots?
Shoe or boot size is indicated by letters. The men’s boot width starts at B for narrow (3 1/8 inches), D for medium at 3 5/16 inches, EE for wide at 3.5 inches and EEE for Extra Wide at 3 ¾ inches.
The women’s boot width size starts at AA for narrow (2 3/16 inches), B for medium (3 3/16 inches)D for wide (3 9/16 inches) and EE for extra wide (3 15/16 inches).
How do you know your boot size so that you can order the right size? It is quite simple. However, you need to refer to a chart to get the right size. Of course, the longest boot is also the widest.