If you’ve always wanted a pair of handmade cowboy boots but are hesitant to buy online, let us be your guide. Compiling our years of boot-fitting expertise, we’ve put together some 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 the Pinto Ranch inventory, we’re sure we can fit just about anyone.
How to Try on Cowboy Boots
When your new handmade cowboy boots arrive in the post, be sure to ask yourself these important questions to see if you’ve achieved the perfect fit.
Did your foot pop into the boot with a thump?
Is the ball of your foot in the widest part of the boot?
Is the end of your toe in the middle of the toe box or about 1 inch from the end?
Does your toe have wiggle room?
Does the boot fit like a firm handshake across your instep?
Is there a 1/4 inch slip in the heal?
Anatomy of Handmade Cowboy Boots
To find the right fit it helps to know a little about boot anatomy and the lingo.
Order the Right Size
To find the right size, start with your shoe size. Most handmade boots will fit like a dress shoe. But just like the unique shape of your foot each boot maker has a unique fit. If you ask our boot experts below is a quick assessment on how each brands fits.
Fit Guide by Brand
Lucchese Classics: The Lucchese “twisted cone last” does not fit every cowboy but these boots tend to run true to size.
Stallion Boots: We recommend going up a 1/2 size in Stallion due to their more European fit.
Rios of Mercedes Boots: We also recommend a 1/2 size up in Rios.
Black Jack Boots for Pinto Ranch: Black Jack fits similar to Lucchese and true to size.
Tony Lama Signature Series: Also true to size, but can tend to run a bit narrow.
Again, every foot is different and these are simply our recommendations based on experience. If you fall between two sizes, order the 1/2 size larger. You can always wear thicker boot socks or look to cushioned inserts 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 *
* Our women’s collection from Stallion are all C width because the Stallion last is narrow. So in this brand, a C is considered Medium/Average.
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 page for more general information on fit and sizing.
Common Fit Frustrations
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. Found the perfect fit? Share how you’re styling your new kicks with us on Instagram with #WesternWearsAnywhere.
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.