The right footwear is essential, and finding a pair of quality boots can be daunting. A common mistake people make while purchasing boots is buying the size that doesn’t fit right. People struggle to fit into standard sized boots which offer very little when it comes to flexibility. So, the secret to finding the perfect fit for your feet are the special features built into certain styles that offer extra room, stretch, and comfort.
There can be dire consequences of wearing ill-fitted boots on your overall health as well. Your health should be your top priority and buying well-fitted boots means avoiding pain and discomfort. Luckily for you, we at Urban Shepherd Boots take pride in designing footwear made from premium quality leather guaranteed to give you the best fit, quality, durability, and comfort.
We walk you through a few important factors you should consider before buying any boots!
WEAR SOCKS & TRY ON BOTH THE BOOTS AT THE SAME TIME
Wearing socks means you are reducing the bulk and improving blood circulation to your feet. This will allow your feet to breathe and will create proper cushioning. When you try on boots while wearing socks, make sure you try them both on at the same time to feel the same level of fit and comfort on both feet. Make sure there is nothing keeping your feet from moving freely, like laces. So your legs can move independently and you can walk naturally.
THE PERFECT FLEX POINT
If you’ve ever wondered how a boot should fit, then you need to know what a flex point is. Every boot that is made has a natural flex point that aligns with the flex point of your foot. This is an essential part of trying on a well-fitted pair of boots. Without having a somewhat aligned flex point, you will feel a constant discomfort when you walk or hike. If your plan is to add half soles for durability or grip, then try using Vibram soles (as we do in our boots) so that the flex point is not noticeably affected.
GIVE YOUR HEEL & TOE SOME ROOM
When you try on a pair of premium quality boots, your feet should automatically feel snug and comfortable. Your heel should receive enough space to move up and down, but it should not hinder your normal stride. You will know when you have achieved the perfect fit, as your toes will have enough space to move. Half an inch of toe room is usually considered the right fit.
WALK-IN YOUR OWN SHOES
Some shoes may just not fit your feet, no matter the size you get. This could be due to the fact that you have narrow or wide feet. Before you settle on the best size of any particular boot, try wearing a different brand or style and compare the two.
Before you set your heart on a pair of boots, think about what type of terrain you will be walking on most of the time. This will determine the type of boots you will require. If you are looking for boots to suit a lowland, forest or track then a pair of waterproof and lightweight fabric-styles will be best. If tougher places like long-distance trails, peat bogs, hills, and mountains are what you’re looking at, then solid and tough leather boots would suit your needs better.
Finding the right pair of boots is not only important, but it is also something you should take seriously. A well-fitted pair of boots means you can rest assured knowing that any trail or terrain you traverse, your boots will be there to protect you from any slip or fall.