Buying a new pair of boots is always exciting, who doesn’t like browsing for their next pair of comfort. However sometimes we are so overwhelmed and excited about how they will make us look, that we forget the important stuff. Having a good-fitting pair of boots is crucial for your foot happiness.
Finding the right size boot shouldn’t be trial and error. We have put together some guidance to help you fit correctly into your next pair of boots!
1. Socks or tights? Sometimes forgotten but a very important factor to consider when trying on your new boots. Consider what you will be doing in your boots. Going for a stroll? Wearing them to the office? If you are someone that gets cold feet in the winter or wants a little extra protection then it’s better to get the correct fit, wearing the socks you intend to wear the majority of the time.
2. Flex point A very important consideration is the flex point. Take a short walk around with your boots on and notice where the toe naturally bends: this is the flex point. The natural crease in your toes should marry up with where your boots flex-where the ball of your foot and toes meet.
3. Wiggle Room Having plenty of wiggle room to keep your toes happy. It’s a lot more important to ensure the heel and width fits well, but don’t forget about your toes! Leave yourself approx. an inch of wiggle room, if your toes are too jammed you risk not only having uncomfortable boots but developing hammer toes or bunions, which can be extremely painful.
4. Width Your feet change their width throughout the day. That’s right, when you wake up your feet are narrower. Walking and standing cause your feet to swell by as much as half a size. Therefore trying on your new boots later in the day, when your feet are closer to their larger size. Josef Siebel offers a selection of wider fitting styles, that are designed for excellent comfort, giving you the ultimate support you need.
5. The Arch Not all our boots come with built-in arch support, however if you have flat feet and are prone to conditions like plantar fasciitis or need an arch support for an alternative reason it’s important to have your insole with you when trying on your new boots.