Should You Size UP in Boots for Socks?

At least I haven’t seen anyone wearing a boot without socks until and unless the boots are provided with fleece lining and the weather around is not so cold.

Just as shirts and pants are two inseparable garments, so are boots and socks!

But the topic for discussion is whether you should size up in boots for socks or not and I am right here to solve this query for you in this article.

Whether you should size up or not for wearing socks with your boots will entirely depend on the thickness of the socks that you are planning to wear.

Should You Size UP in Boots for Socks

If the socks are thin like made of cotton, the socks are likely not to occupy any extra space inside the boots and you do not have to size up in your boots in this case.

But in case your socks are thick woolen ones or you have to wear multiple socks for some reason, sizing up can be considered an option!

Also, sizing up in boots for socks depends on various other factors like the climate, purpose of the boots, duration of wear, etc. 

So, without any further delay, let’s look into them so that you can make the right decision before you make the purchase of your new boots…

When should you size up in boots for socks?

The following are the deciding factors for sizing up in boots:

1. The climate around

If you are planning to wear the boots in winters and you know for sure that you will be needing some thick socks to pair with in order to keep you warm and cozy, sizing up can be considered a good decision. Though I would suggest going half a size up instead of fully 1 size up.

2. The thickness of the socks

With thick woolen socks, or socks that are cut resistant or in that case any material that is too thick, sizing up in boots should be a good idea.

3. The style of the boots

If the boots are too pointed and narrow and you are going to wear some thick socks with it just because the weather around is cold or there might be an air conditioner running all day at your office, you can go for half a size up in this case.

4. The mechanism of the boots

If you are going to buy boots that will serve you round the year and they are breathable, you definitely have to wear a thick pair of woolen socks with it and in this case too, sizing up should be a good investment.

5. The material of the boots

Rubber will not stretch over time. So, if you are planning to buy rubber boots and want to pair it with thick socks, you should definitely size up your boots.

When should you not size up in boots for socks?

Just as in the above cases, sizing up in your boots would be considered a good decision, the following factors however speak against sizing up in them:

1. If the weather around is hot

When it’s hot and humid all around, you can never think of wearing thick socks with your boots and that’s for sure. So, for thin cotton socks you definitely need not to size up in your boots.

2. If you are planning to wear the boots for hiking

Hiking is a strenuous activity that builds up sweat in your feet and for this you should not wear thick socks or your feet will get heated up even more.

So, for hiking boots you don’t need to size up just for your socks unless you are going to trek the snow clad mountains.

Also, sizing up in hiking boots can be dangerous as the boots can come off from your feet if they are too big and cause accidents.

3. If they you are a construction worker and the boots are for your work

Being in a construction site, you need to be up on your feet all day. Also, hard labour calls for lots of sweat on the feet inside the boots and you cannot be comfortable if you wear thick socks with your construction boots. So, in my suggestion, do not size up in boots in this case.

4. If the boots are made of leather

Leather unlike rubber will stretch over time and therefore you do not need to size up in your leather boots anyway.

And it’s a wrap!

Winding it all up, I can say that unnecessary sizing up in boots just for your socks is not a very good idea because loose boots won’t give you comfortable wear and can result in trips and falls as well.

If the model of boots that you are going to buy is too narrow, sizing up is only a good option.

That’s all folks for this post. Hope to see you soon in my next article.

Till then, take care and have a great day ahead!!!

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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