How to Order the Right Cowboy Boots Online, Every Single Time

July 19, 2016

So you’ve always wanted a pair of handmade cowboy boots but are hesitant to buy online. Pinto Ranch is here to help! We’ve put together basic cowboy boot buying tips to make it easier for you to pull the trigger on that new pair. With over 5,000 handmade boots in our inventory, we can fit just about anyone.

How to Try on Your Cowboy Boots

When your new handmade cowboy boots arrive in the mail, be sure to follow these important steps to see if you’ve achieved the perfect fit. If you’re still not sure, read more about finding the right size below.

Anatomy of Handmade Cowboy Boots

To find the right fit it helps to know a little about boot anatomy and the lingo.

Cowboy Boot Anatomy

Cowboy Boot Anatomy

Order the Right Size

To find the right size, start with your shoe size. Just like the unique shape of your foot each boot maker has a unique fit. For example, Lucchese Classics, Old Gringo Boots and Stallion Boots tend to fit true to size. In men’s boots Rios of Mercedes can run a little small, so we suggest ordering up a half size from your shoe size. And if you fall between two sizes, order the larger size. You can always wear thicker boot socks for a better fit.

The second step is to determine the width of the boot you need. On average, most people wear the same width as their normal shoe size.

Women’s Cowboy Boots are typically sized in A, B and C widths.
A = Narrow
B = Medium/Average
C = Wide

Men’s Cowboy Boots are typically sized in B, D and EE widths.
B = Narrow
D = Medium/Average
EE = Wide

Not so Fun Fact: Our feet get wider with age and weight.  This can change the size/length as well as the width measurement. This also means the boots you bought 10 years ago might not be the size you need today.

Check out the Cowboy Boot Size Charts for more information on fit and sizing.

Common Fit Frustrations

High Foot Arch? We suggest a boot by Stallion Boots as they tend to have a looser instep and the Stallion Zorro Boots feature a zipper for easy entry.

Two Different Sized Feet? 60% of the population has one foot bigger than the other. If you fall in this category, we suggest matching the size of the larger foot. Using a cushioned insole or thicker socks will help make up the difference on the smaller foot.

Flat Feet? For our flat-footed friends, Roper boots will be the most comfortable. Ropers are made to fit more like a shoe with a low walking heel and round toe.

Athletic Calves? All calves are not created equal. Lucky for you, we have many shapes and sizes. A Roper style, Stallion Zorro or any boot under the traditional 12” shaft height should do just fine. We can also put the boots on boot stretchers to stretch the shaft, but only about 1” more in order to keep the integrity of the boot.


Still have questions? Please give us a call to speak with one of our boot experts at 800.393.8001.

Love your new cowboy boots? Let us know by sharing on Instagram with #pintoranch.


Lucchese Classics Women’s Ranch Hand Cowboy Boots

We believe the right fit is important. Pinto Ranch will cover the exchange shipping on your boots until you find the right size. And if you’re still not happy, we’ll cover the return shipping as well… no problem! For more information see our easy return policy.

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