So, you are looking for some good winter boots, but you are confused about how they should fit. The last thing that you want to do is to buy the wrong boot size and then have to go through the hassle of returning or exchanging them.
For that reason, in this post, we are going to answer some common concerns that many have when it comes to choosing the proper boot size when buying winter boots.
Should Winter Boots Be Tight Or Loose?
To answer that question, much depends on the brand and the type of boot you are looking to buy.
Since most winter boots are slip on by design, they are (in general) made to be a bit loose, as this makes it much easier for our feet to just slip right in. In addition, there are some benefits to having winter boots that are little loose, it allows for extra thick socks to be wore in order to keep our toes toasty warm on those ice cold days.
However, this doesn’t mean you always need to wear a thick pair of socks. Many people like to wear a really thin pair of socks. Some even prefer to go barefoot in their boots as they feel this allows their feet to breathe better. It really depends on your personal preference.
One common misconception many have when they go out to buy a new winter boot is that they think they need to look for one that is a half size bigger, reasoning that they will have extra room for their thick, wool socks. However, I would recommend against doing this.
The reason is because, as we mentioned earlier, winter boots already come a bit loose. If you get a pair of boots that are too big, it can only result in negative things like blisters, chafing or tripping over your own feet on those slippery driveways, something we all want to avoid.
The best thing to do is to purchase the right boot size.
Now, let’s take a moment to talk about some reasons as to why you should avoid boots that are too tight as well.
As mentioned before, there are many misconceptions out there when it comes to finding the right winter boot size. One of those misconceptions is that some people believe that purchasing really tight boots will help to keep your feet warmer.
As a matter of fact, some people go as far as to order a size down to have that snug fit. However, as far as the facts go, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
When a person tightens down the laces on on a tight fitting pair of boots, they could also be constricting the circulation to their feet. In turn this could cause less blood to be able to reach their feet, causing them to not get warmer, but, in fact, colder and much more uncomfortable.
With that being said, Should winter boots be loose or tight? How should we answer that commonly asked question?
Well, by design, they should be just a tad looser than normal, allowing your feet to step in with ease, while still having enough room to wear them with a pair of socks.
However, don’t purchase a pair that is a size too big or a size too small, try to find the happy medium. However, that raises the next question:
How Should Winter Boots Fit?
Let’s briefly talk about some boot fitting tips to help you pick the perfect size.
Check the heel. The first place to start when trying to determine the perfect boot size is the heel, or the back part of the boot. In order to check if it is a good fit, first slide your foot in the boot and push it as far forward as it can go.
For a good match, you should have about one finger distance between the back of your foot and the backside of the boot. If you don’t, they are not the right fit for you.
Wiggle your toes. Now we want to check own toes. To do this fasten up your boot, laces and all, and begin to wiggle your toes. Do your toes rub against the boot when you move them? Does the boot feel tight against your toes in any way? If so, you might want to try on a different pair.
Kick the wall. Another quick (and fun for some) test you can do to ensure you have the proper size involves (gently) kicking a wall. As you kicked the wall, did your feet move forward inside the boot? If so, you may need to go down a size. A proper fitting boot will not allow your foot to move forward, ensuring stability in each step.
What size winter boot should I buy?
Now there is no direct answer to this question, as that really depends on the brand and the type of shoe.
However, in order to help you to make the best decision, especially when purchasing them online, is to be sure to first consult the manufacturer’s sizing chart.
This chart will help you to make the best decision, according to the construction and design of the shoe. In most cases though, you will find that choosing your regular shoe size is safest.