Valuable Tips to Buy The Perfect styling Boot
The task of fitting your foot correctly in a pair of new boots can be difficult. We spoke with two boot fitting specialists at Kenny Mackey, KEEN, and Colin McCarthy, to compile a helpful guide for anyone in search of that elusive “just right” fit.
Clip your toenails — Do this before you arrive at the store!
Bring your socks — The ones you’re going to hike in with the boots you’re going to buy.
Don’t appropriate foot size — The size you’ve regularly worn may be off. Weight gain or loss, injuries, and other parts can change the shape and size of your foot.
Measure both feets — You’ve got two feet, or they aren’t significantly the same size. Accurate measurements will help a fitter get you in the right size pair.
Get Width — Length is the standard but is sure also to measure the width of your foot.
Trust an specialist — At the store, a trained boot fitter is an agent of boots and feet. Lean on their expertise and maybe years of boot fitting experience.
Take your old boots — A footwear specialist can determine a lot about your movements from old shoes in which you’ve hiked some miles. Bring an old pair of worn boots or athletic shoes to the store.
Subjective sizing — Certain brands and designs will fit individually even if labeled the same size.
Cast a broad net —Try on various styles, types, and brands of boots to find one best suited to your foot.
Looks come second — They should look great but don’t buy outdoors boots based heavily on aesthetics.
‘Comfortably secure’ fit is excellent — Fit, and comfort is biased, but there should be a safe and ensconcing feeling when you put on the right size steel toe boots.
Tippy-toes test — Reach on your tip-toes in boots to secure your toes can splay and are not hitting the beginning or top of the boot. Gently kick a wall or use a decline ramp to secure your toes will have enough room for hiking downhill.
Lock in heel — Control for heel lift or slide by putting your foot at various angles and walking up stairs. Make certain you’re lacing up correctly. A secure heel is crucial to comfort on the trail.
Activity fixes the boot — Buy a boot to match your pursuits. Hiking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, or simply sledding with the kids… all require a diverse set of features from a boot.
Tried can be true — While online shopping, prefer a brand you had worn before and liked. While brands can change or offer various categories of fit, it is likely that the fit will be related year to year.
Virtual guesswork — To buy online, know your foot size and shape. Most online sites will have a conversion chart for measuring your foot at home in inches or centimeters.
Commitment issues — Most retailers have return policies to let you wear bought goods lightly at home for a specific amount of time. Keep the boots scuff-free and clean whenever you test and need to return.
The ‘Cinderella moment’ — There should be no hot spots or pinch marks, with a snug, safe heel but ample room in the toes… you’ll understand it when you feel it.
Just buy them! — Life is short. Make certain you feel confident in the fit, then get out of the awful store and put your new boots to good use.