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Finding the Proper Boot Fit

Western Boot Fitting Guide

Determining Your Size:

  1. We recommend choosing your normal or most common size, as shoe sizes can vary slightly from company to company.
  2. Everyone tends to have one foot slightly larger than the other. If you find your feet are drastically different you’ll want to go with the size that fits the larger foot.
  3. If you need a wide width and none are available you may be able to go up a ½ size, as the added length tends to increase the width as well.
  4. Are you still unsure and would like further help? Ariat has provided a printable Foot Sizing Guide (available below). You may print these off and use them to help you determine your size. Please keep in mind these are guides and sizing can still vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

You will find men’s standard/regular width labeled as “D” or “M“, and wide width labeled as either “EE“, “EW“, or “W“.

You will find women’s standard/regular width labeled as either  “B” or “M“, and wide width labeled as either “C” or “W“.

How proper fitting boots should feel when trying them on:

To get a feel for the proper fit you need to be standing and wearing both boots. With both boots on look for the following:

  1. New boots should feel snug all over – the ball of the foot and across the instep (top of the foot) is where you should notice it most. Think of it like a firm handshake or like the boot is hugging your foot. Do keep in mind there should be a bit of slip/sliding up and down in the heel as you walk around – approximately a ½-inch. This slippage is normal and will disappear as the sole and leather around the toe box begins to flex and naturally move with your foot.
  2. With a pair of boots, you want to make sure that the ball of your foot sits at the widest part of the sole of the boot. This will ensure that the boots flex properly as you walk and allow for an overall correct feel. Toes will typically sit back about a thumb to a thumb-and-a-half width from the end of the boot.