How Should Your Work Boots Fit?

Are you standing at a work boot store figuring out what is your correct boot size or are your boots even going to stretch? Sometimes when buying a new pair of work boots we all get puzzled and end up buying the wrong size.

No matter whether you buy them online or offline, buying a new pair of work boots can be a tough row to hoe.

By finding the well- fitted work boots you not only buy comfort but also eliminate the risk of pain. For perfectly fitted boot your feet should have some room around the toe box, the heels should not slide too much and there should be a good midsole and ankle support. Rest can be left to the laces to do their work towards the proper fitting of the boots to your feet.

How should work boots fit

Let’s find out how exactly your work boot should fit because we believe; you obviously don’t want to be that customer who ends up returning their boots after experiencing terrible foot ache.

 How to Find your Perfect Boot Size?

There is a common saying that slow and steady wins the race. Same goes while selecting the perfect boots for your feet.

If you rush with the fitting process, chances are that you might end up selecting the wrong pair. Therefore, you can always use these valuable tips while shopping for the perfect boots.

#1- Always make sure that there is sufficient breathing room

If your work boot has enough breathing room, you can automatically make out that you have picked up the boot with the correct fit.

But at the same time make sure that this breathing room should not be more than required because the bigger boots often tend to cause blisters and hot spots by allowing too much movement.

How Tight Should Steel Toe Boots FitAlways remember, your work boots are not only meant to cover and protect your foot but they should also have a built that pleasantly holds up your feet. The advantage of having sufficient breathing space is the availability of foot security and incredible traction.

#2- Try the boots after wearing the socks that you will wear at the worksite

It is advisable to wear well-fitted socks and use insoles whenever you try out new boots. Surprisingly, even the thickness of the socks can bring a significant difference in the actual sizing. 

Try the boots after wearing the socks

Your regular insoles have the propensity to change the actual position of your foot inside the boot. Therefore don’t forget to carry your regular pair of socks and insoles with you during fitting.

#3- Test for the length all the time

Two important aspects need to be measured when considering the length. First is the exact spot of the boot where your toe hits and other is the quarter or shaft’s length.

Besides this, the perfect way to test the exact stretch is by sliding your foot forward until the toe hits the front of the boot.

#4- Make sure that you have a comfortable heel

Think about your heels too while searching for perfect boots. You will automatically realize that the boots fit well if your heels don’t go up from the sole during movements. Make certain that your heels don’t rub at the back of your work boots causing blisters. 

How to Stop Boots from Rubbing Heels, Top of Foot, Achilles, Ankle

Keeping your security and comfort in mind, don’t go for those boots which fit properly in the front part of feet but adjust loosely at the heels.

#5- Walk around in your work boots

Walk, hop, raise your knee, sprint or even dance with your work boots on. It might sound silly but these are indeed the best ways to find the perfect boot size.

While performing these actions pay more attention to the amount your boots bend. Also, find out if there is any rubbing or any hot spot. If something like this happens then understand the signal and try out new boots.

Other than the above- mentioned points, it is sensible to try different pairs of work boots from numerous brands before selecting the final product. This way, you can easily catch out if your boot truly fits you. 

What Sizes are Available in Work Boots?

Well, the sizes of the work boots will vary depending on which company boots you are intending to buy. Not only the size but the width should also be seen while buying a new pair of boots.

There is a wide range of sizes available in the market which often put people in a great dilemma. However, most boots are sold under two widths, regular (A) and wide(D) which can make a big difference for you.

Sizes are Available in Work Boots


Although there are numerous sizes available in the market even then it is sometimes impossible for you to get the boot which has a perfect length and width.

So, if you are one of those rare people whose feet doesn’t find a perfect pair of boots then maybe it’s time to try customized boots.

What are the health effects of wrong sized boots?

If you are wearing wrong size boots because of convenience or style then it’s time to reconsider otherwise get ready to face some potential consequences. Apart from giving you aches and pains, ill- fitted boots, may result primarily in neuropathy. This condition causes numbness and ultimately pain in the feet. This is a very serious ailment which is sometimes even irreversible.

People who wear shoes that are too small often experience compression at the front of the foot and end up winding up with structural problems, most common of which are bunions and hammer toes.

bunions and hammer toes

And what if you put your foot in a boot that is too big? Well, if you wear bigger boots then your feet forget to bend at the shoe’s breakpoint diverting the arch support at the wrong place. This leads to inflammation, flat feet and plantar fasciitis.  

Moreover, if you fail to wear proper boots you may fall every now and finally encounter reduced mobility, something which nobody wants to experience. So how can you save yourself from facing such dreadful conditions?  You just need to do one thing, get your feet professionally measured.

How Should Work Boots Fit? (should boots fit tight or loose)

For a man whose feet make his living, a correct pair of boots is of vital importance. But how exactly should your work boots fit? Should they be too tight or should they be spacious? The suitable fitting of the boots can be tested by tying up the laces.

The lacing technique ensures that your feet including your heels are positioned firmly at the correct position and fit appropriately in the ankles or calves. Work boots should feel close fitted or snug but not too tight.

Same way the boots should have the required space to let your feet breathe but at the same time, you don’t want your feet to swim inside the boots. A perfect- fitting boot should neither be too tight nor too loose. They should be just perfect.

Wrapping up

For great comfort and security, the right investment is a necessity. We all know that when it comes to purchasing boots, it is indeed a tough call to take but once you  follow our tips and end up finding the right fit you will really be happy to see the comfort and security your boots will give you at your workplace.

Your feet know every step you take so why not take the right steps for them? Believe me, your feet will definitely thank you for this later.

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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