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Fitting Boots for Looks and Comfort

Boots must fit in the foot and in the leg.

A good foot fit is a floor area the right size and shape and the all around fit, or circumference must accommodate the foot with socks or hose or bare-foot or with special insoles or orthotic devices. Big toe should not bump the top of the boot unless you are trading looks for comfort (always your call.)

A boot should slide over the calf of the leg. The thigh of a tall boot could fit close to the leg or flare out for looks. Stuffing plunder in the top of a boot gives us the name of said plunder or "booty."

A tricky area to fit is the heel-instep dimension or what I call the "diagonal" measurement.

This part of the foot must pass through the narrowest part of a boot shaft (at the ankle.)  An exact measurement (socks or hose on) carefully applied to the boot pattern will produce a good fit. This fit is tight enough to produce what I call a "pop!" feature as the heel slides into place. (Tight to pull on and comfortable once the foot is in place in the boot.)

Measuring the "diagonal" Hold the tape measure tightly.

 This is not the right time to adjust the fit of the tape measure around the foot and leg to correct for bad fits in the past with store bought footwear. the right place on the order form is the Special fitting Needs section.

For good fit, we both aim for a true measurement. I prefer using the metric scale on the tape measure because the numbers are easy to read without prejudice or rounding -off and easy to use in pattern making.