Especially when ordering a pair of boots or booties online, it can be important to have a good idea of what your size is – it can save both time and money on shipping costs to have a good idea of which size to purchase ahead of time.
A couple of things to know:
- About boot sizing: Although one can use their “normal” shoe size as a general guideline on which size to order in a women’s boot, one cannot always count on this to be accurate. It is a good idea to get a current measurement of one’s foot and use the measure to determine the right size for a boot.
- Different boots, different sizes: Various makers of boots create them differently, also with the intent to have them fit differently especially when first purchased. It is a very good idea to not assume that one size with one brand = the same size in another. When purchasing a boot of a brand you are not familiar with you should check the merchant and/or manufacturer’s information on sizing for their brands and styles. (It is also a good idea to check the reviews for that boot or bootie – these often contain some tips on whether the boot “runs large” or “runs small” compared to a regular US shoe size.)
Finding Your Boot Size:
Here is how to determine your standard US women’s boot size – follow this step by step procedure (based on measuring in inches):
- Trace your foot: Wearing a sock with the same thickness that you will be wearing with the boot, stand on a piece of paper or thin cardboard (such as a file folder) on a smooth, hard floor surface. Have another person trace the outside of your foot with a pencil, making sure to hold the pencil perpendicular to the paper and moving snugly around the foot.
- Get the length and width of your foot: Measure from the topmost part of the traced foot to the bottom to get the length, and at the widest points of the traced foot (the ball of the foot area) toward the top to get the width. Now subtract .2 inches from the measurement for both the length and the width (to compensate for the width of the pencil). Tip: Measure late in the day to get the most accurate measurements – this is due to the fact that feet will swell a bit during the day; the later in the day the less chance of measuring a size that is too small.
- Get your US size and width for a boot – below you will find a chart that will help you determine what your standard US size will be (chart lists sizes from 5 to 10):
|Length of foot (inches)||US Women’s Size||A/Narrow Width||B/Medium Width||D/Wide Width|
|8 2/3″||5 1/2||2.7″||2.9″||3.1″|
|9 1/3″||7 1/2||2.9″||3.1″||3.3″|
|9 2/3″||8 1/2||3.1″||3.3″||3.4″|
Note: Remember that different manufacturers of boots will often have slightly different sizing. The chart above should give you an accurate idea of your standard US shoe/boot size – to find out if the boots or booties you are purchasing fit a bit large, a bit small, etc., the merchant description pages that we link to from this site should provide more information.
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