How to Fit Your Boots Properly
Today we’re going to talk about how to fit your boots properly. Having a proper fit of walking boots is really important for enjoying your time outside while keeping your feet as comfortable as possible. If you don’t get it right in the first place, then you could experience sore feet and end up with minor to severe foot issues later on down the road and since we only have one set of feet it’s best to fit them right.
Foot Fitting Guide – How to Fit Boots The Right Way!
First you should start with the right walking socks. Having good walking socks will be really important for getting any kind of sweat and moisture away from your foot and allowing it to move through the technology in the boot.
If you don’t have the right socks, then you run a higher risk of getting blisters and other sores. Walking socks are the very first thing when it comes to boot fitting. Next comes the insole.
Take the insoles out from inside of the boots. You can place them on the floor, then what I always do is put my heel at the very back of the insole and then I’m going to stand up. What you should be looking for here is to place about a finger-width distance apart between the front of your toe and the end of the insole so you know its going to allow you a little bit of space in case the foot swells up throughout the day or in case there’s a little bit of movement within the boot, so when you’re walking down hill your toes hit the front of the boot. That’s a great start to say, the boot is likely going to fit!
Put your heel on the ground and make sure your foot is pushed to the back of the boot and once we’ve done that, make sure the tongue is straight on your foot. Once that has been done, you will want to start tightening up the laces nice and snug.
What that’ll do is give you a little bit more of a secure fit in the heel, which is one of the most important aspects when finding a boot. Now that we’ve done that, stand up to see if they work well for your foot shape.
Foot Fitting – Small Slope Test
In this test, what we’re going to do is walk up a small slope then start taking small kind of exaggerated steps in the boot. If it isn’t secure, it’s going to cause blisters. This can obviously be an issue so make sure that the fitting is tight throughout and if you’re still getting some movement you might want to reconsider buying the boots, if they’re a great fit then we want to move onto the next step.
Now start walking downhill and then we’re going to take some more exaggerated steps, so stamping or touching the front of the boot, if they are touching the front of the boot, that can cause blisters and if they’re not touching the front then great! That’s what we want. If they are still touching, just simply recheck your boot lacing. If they’re still touching and you check the lacing then it’s a clear sign those boots might be a little bit small and you might need to go the next size up.
When you get your boots back home try putting them on for a day use, then wear your old boots. Go out and at the end of the day come back in and put your new boots back on and see how they feel at the end of the day. Your feet should swell, so they’ll probably give you an accurate reflection of what they’ll feel like outside.
Breakdown of guide:
• Great socks
• Walking up a small slope (to make sure the boot passes secure check)
• Fit test by walking down slope (so you can see if your toes has met that criteria)
That’s all there is to it! Follow these simple steps and your feet will thank you dearly. If you enjoyed this guide on how to fit your boots properly then check out the top 5 best survival boots for outdoors for your next outdoor adventure!