How Should Boots Fit?
There are many different things to take into consideration when you are searching for a new pair of boots. What kind of safety or comfort features do you need? Are you looking for something that is lace up or pull on? Do you need a shorter boot or sneaker, or something higher ankled? All of these questions need to be asked before you pick your boots, but no matter what style you choose there is one question that you always need to ask. What size boots should I get?
You can get a good idea of what size you need from measurements on size charts or using a Brannock Device®, but nobody’s feet are shaped exactly the same. The width, length, and height of feet will vary from person to person and sometimes is even different on the same person’s feet. This is why you have to try on the boots to make sure you have the perfect fit, and you need to know how your boots should feel on your feet to do so.
When you try on a pair of boots to check the fit there are a few things you should do to prepare as well as some things you should check once the boots are on your feet. In the video below Georgia Boot® Vice President and Brand General Manager Matt Tucker will walk you through what you should do when fitting a pair of boots.
How to Fit a Pair of Boots
- First make sure that your feet are dry and that the socks you are wearing do not have any dampness in them. You should also make sure you are wearing the type of socks you will typically be wearing with the boots.
- Pull the boots on and lace them up if they are laced. You should notice and expect a little bit of heel slippage in a brand new pair of boots. This is due in part to the stiffness of a new sole, and after some wear this will improve.
- Check for wiggle room in the toes of your boots. You want to have a little bit of room in the toe because your feet will naturally swell and expand some while you are on your feet and moving throughout the day. The extra toe room will allow your feet to comfortably fill out the boots.
- Make sure that the boots are not too tight on top around the ball of your foot. This can be a pinch point. You can also flex the boot and make sure that the boot breaks in and bends at a point that is comfortable for your feet.
- If the boots do not fit properly, you can easily set up a return to exchange for another size on our website. We offer free shipping on all returns over $50 in the Continental US.
- If you are a woman who needs a boot that is not part of our women’s offerings, a men’s boot two sizes smaller than your women’s size should fit you the same way.
The Georgia Boot® 30 Day Comfort Guarantee
If you have followed this checklist and made sure you are in the right sized boots we are confident that you will find your Georgia boots extremely comfortable. We offer a 30 day comfort guarantee on any style equipped with a Georgia Boot comfort system. This means that if you purchase a pair of our boots featuring a Georgia Boot® comfort insole and do not find them up to your comfort standards, we will refund you in full up to 30 days after the date of purchase. All you need is a proof of purchase from our website or an authorized Georgia Boot® dealer. This guarantee, our easy shipping and returns, and our 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects makes it easier for you to get into a pair of boots that you will love.