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So you are a cowboy or cowgirl who’s ready for a new pair of boots, but you have questions about how they are supposed to fit, especially compared to a lace up boot or a pair of sneakers. Well, here’s what you need to know.
First of all, the instep (vamp) of the boot should fit snugly over the top of your foot’s arch. It’s supposed to be snugger than the way a shoe fits. It’s actually normal for it to be a little difficult to get your foot all the way in, especially if you have a high instep. Always remember to make sure your feet and socks are dry when trying on a new pair of boots. If you are still having trouble getting your foot in, apply a light application of talcum powder or silicone spray to the inside of the boot. Now pull firmly on the tops of your new Rocky boots and that should do the trick!
The ball of your foot (the widest part) should sit at the widest part of the boot. You don’t measure fit by holding up your toes at the end like you do with shoes. It’s all about the location of the ball of your foot. Get that matched with the widest part of the boot and you are set. Also, it’s perfectly normal for your heels to slip a bit at first with pull-on boots. After you walk around a bit and the sole flexes, the slipping will stop. If there’s no slipping at first, you probably need a little larger size.
Always remember to try on both boots. Everyone has one foot that’s a little larger than the other one. Obviously, you need to choose your fit based on the larger foot. Also, use socks with the same thickness that you typically wear. Either too thin or too thick socks can make a difference when fitting new boots. Finally, make sure you stand up and walk around enough to get just the right fit.
Caring for Western Boots
Ok, now that you’ve decided on your style of new Rocky Western boots, it’s time to learn how to take care of them. Properly taking care of the leather with periodic cleaning and conditioning will keep your boots looking and feeling just like new.
First of all, when they get dirty wipe them down! Use an old towel or a damp rag and remove all the dust or mud. This allows the leather to breathe and stay flexible. This plays a key role in keeping your new boots looking their best! Also, you can use a boot brush or an old toothbrush to clean out the welt and stitching around the soles.
After wearing your boots you should always let them dry naturally for 24 hours. Sweat from your feet can cause staining and odors, so let them dry. Don’t use artificial heat as this will dry the leather out too much and can lead to cracking. Leather is just like your skin. Without enough moisture it will dry out, so use a leather conditioner to keep your Rocky Western boots soft, supple, and feeling good! Be sure to test any conditioner in an inconspicuous spot, to make sure you are okay with how it looks before conditioning the entire boot.
When you aren’t wearing them, store your boots in a clean and dry location with a regulated temperature. Throwing them in the back of your pickup will not work! If you store them in damp conditions like a garage or basement for an extended time, you can get moisture buildup which can damage certain compounds in the outsole and lead the soles to break down.
Following these simple suggestions will allow you to get the maximum amount of comfort, wear and enjoyment from your Rocky Western boots.
Happy boot wearing!