When you try on a new pair of footwear in the store, you're under a lot of pressure, and boots can make things even more confusing. You have to think about heel slip, and many people are taught to overlook pain at first in case the shoes need to be broken in.
Things can get considerably trickier if you make the purchase through the net. Nobody enjoys having to make a trip to the post office, sometimes more than once, to return boots, only to receive a pair that is a less comfortable fit after waiting weeks.
Wrong Boot Size Health Risks
According to Dr. Neal Blitz, DPM, FACFAS, a foot surgeon focused in New York, and Los Angeles who is accredited both in foot surgery and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery, "one of the things that can happen when you wear any shoe that is too small is that it can compress the front of the foot, and you can end up with structural problems like bunions and hammer toes." If you wear shoes that are too wide for your feet, your foot won't flex at the breaking point of the shoe where it's supposed to, and also, the arch support may be in the wrong spot. This might result in inflammation as well as flat feet and plantar fasciitis.
Although Dr. Blitz has done a good business off of bunion operations, no one wants you to suffer in boots that are too tight or too loose. When trying on a pair of boots, these are the five most crucial things to remember as you go through the process.
Make sure your foot breaks at the boot's widest part
Not the width, not the heel, but the place where the boot breaks on your foot are the most crucial aspect of the fit. There is no need to make this more complicated than it has to be; each boot has a natural break point wherever it wants to bend. This point could be located at the end of a stitched toe box or where your toes begin, but the critical thing to keep in mind is that this point exists. The toe line is the only part of the boot that should bend in the same direction as your foot.
If your boot breaks in the wrong spot, it will scratch against your foot, and your foot will then drift back and forth as you walk. The vamp would then crease and twist, as well as the toe box can pinch down on the toes. This could sound simple, but if a boot breaks in the wrong spot, that's what would happen.
If you measure the width of the shoe, you should be able to determine where the flex point is located. The shoe area that is widest should align with the ball of your foot, which is the portion of your foot that is the widest.
Heel of The Boots
It's not a big concern if there's only a tiny bit of heel slip, and it should go away as the boot breaks in.
Many brands won't slip if you're wearing the appropriate size, but while you're trying on well-made boots, it's acceptable for the heel to drop a little bit, even up to a quarter of an inch, as long as everything else is perfect. Some individuals believe that boots with minimal slip on the first use can be overly rigid on the foot, especially if the soles of the boots are incredibly rigid. Therefore, you shouldn't be concerned if there is some slippage.
The slip should lessen as the boot forms to your foot, and it will go away once the heel counter shapes to the structure of your foot due to the friction and heat generated by your body as the boot shapes to your foot. Unlined boots feature a diaper inner that is especially great for retaining the heel after several wears, and this is because the interior is designed to expand.
In any way, the fact that the boot works with your foot and that it does not give the impression that your foot is slipping on the inside of the shoe is more essential than the fact that it does not slip.
Width of the Boot
People tend to need to be more careful in this area. Many claim that if the width is uncomfortable at first, it will spread out over time and become more comfortable, and this is not a very effective technique.
The width of the foot is more important than the length when choosing a brand since certain brands will cater to a larger foot while others will cater to a narrower foot. Soreness and inflammation can develop if the ball of the foot is subjected to an excessive amount of compression.
Keep in mind that the length of your foot won't change through the day, but the breadth will. This is an essential fact to keep in mind. When you get up later at the end of the day, your foot has likely swollen more; therefore, that is when you could try on shoes and check the width.
One more essential point: many people believe you should never purchase a pair of boots with the hope that they will stretch after you have worn them for some time. This is an excellent rule of thumb, but remember that most boots will extend by only a millimeter or so.
Arch of the Boot
What kind of foot do you have—one with a low arch or one with a high arch? That will establish what kinds of boots are most comfortable for you. If you have a foot that is more flat than usual, you should look for boots that offer arch support. On the contrary, if you have a foot that naturally arches in the middle, it probably doesn't matter as much if you wear flat shoes.
One easy method for checking this is walking on a brown paper bag while your feet are wet. You have flat feet if the imprint left behind by your steps is level from your heel to your toes. If there is an arch as well as the inner sole doesn't leave a mark, then you have a good arch. You only have a high arch if there is an arch.
Toe of the Boot
The toe boxes of boots are often much more rigid, making it more challenging to determine where the end of the big toe hits the tip of the boot. This is one of the challenges you face when deciding whether a shoe is the right fit for you.
Never go down a size in order to get more room on your toes. Everything that was said above is of an incomparably higher priority. There is no disadvantage to having a larger toe box as long as the heel, flex point, and width are about right. A narrow toe box might irritate your feet and lead to the development of calluses. The toe box may be significant for the shoe's look, but it only plays an essential role in the fit if it is highly constricting.
So, How Should Boots Fit?
In order of decreasing significance, these are the five most significant aspects of hitting on your perfect boot size. To a large extent, the flex point, heel, and width are the most important factors to consider. Remember that occasionally, even if you have your mind made up on a brand, your foot won't fit into the shoe. For our wide-footed friends in particular, this is a matter that is of the utmost importance. Accepting the fact that a particular brand isn't appropriate for you might be a bitter pill to take, but it's essential to put your feet first.