How to measure for tall boots

How to measure for tall boots


Hey there, I’m Jen, and I manage SmartPak’s
Retail Store, located in Natick, MA. As a rider and a competitor myself, I understand
how important it is to have a pair of tall boots that fit properly. That’s why I’m
excited to share my top tips on measuring and shopping for tall boots. Ready to measure? Great! Let’s gather our
materials. We’re going to need a soft measuring tape, a chair, and a friend to do the actual
measuring. You’ll want to be sure to wear breeches and socks that represent what you’ll
most commonly be wearing underneath your tall boots, so that you can get an accurate measurement.
Tall boots are measured in three ways – shoe size, calf width and height from floor to
knee. To measure your calf, sit down with your leg
bent at a 90-degree angle, and have your friend measure the widest part of your calf. Be sure to write down the measurement in both
centimeters and inches, because different brands use different units of measure. The widest part of your calf could be high
or low depending on your conformation, so take measurements in several places up and
down your leg to make sure that you’re hitting the widest spot. The tape should be snug but
not stretched tight, and if you prefer a slightly looser fit you can leave a slight gap. To measure the height, stay seated and have
your friend measure from the floor by your heel to the bend of your knee. And again,
make sure to write down the measurements in both inches and centimeters. When using your height measurement to shop
for tall boots, remember that the leather will soften and the boot will relax – or
“drop” – which means the height of the boot will decrease slightly as the leather
is broken in. The drop on boots can range from a few centimeters to a few inches, depending
on the stiffness and the thickness of the leather. Knowing about how much your boot will drop
will really help you when choosing your boot height. For example, if your leg measures
18 inches from ground to knee, and you know your boot will drop about an inch, your best
bet is to choose a boot whose height measurement is 19 inches. If you’re in between sizes,
we recommend that you size up, because a too-short boot can often be considered a fashion faux
pas. If you need help figuring out how much a boot
will drop, you can check out the Q&A section on our product pages. If you can’t find
the answer there, feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you find the answer. Breaking in tall boots is generally not the
most comfortable thing in the world. Boots need to soften and mold to fit your calf and ankle,
and often, you’ll have pressure points around the back of your knee or the front of your
ankle. If you find this happens, your best bet is to use moleskin or band aids to help
ease that pressure. You can also add heel lifts to ease the pressure
behind your knee before the boot relaxes. Another option to alleviate discomfort is
the amazing EquiFit Gel Bands. These go around your ankle and help to prevent rubs. Once you have all three measurements, you
can check out the size chart on each tall boot page to determine which size you need.
This is where having both inches and centimeters will come in handy. You may need
to know your European shoe size, as well. They range from 36 to 41 for women’s sizes.
There are great conversion charts available on-line. As always, if you have any questions while measuring or shopping for tall boots, just
give us a call. We’d be happy to help. Thanks so much for watching, and have a great
ride!

2 thoughts on “How to measure for tall boots

  1. Thanks so much for boot fitting tips!I ussally just use regualar peddies and my saxon tall boots have lots of pressure point problems andi have been having problems with rubs so this helped me!

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