If the shoe fits, wear it! Use our handy tools & tips to learn more about shoe sizing, fit fundamentals, and how to measure footwear for easy and accurate ordering.

All About Heights

Heel Height: Measured at the outsole from the middle of the heel to the sole.

Platform Height: Measured at the outsole from the footbed to the sole.

Hidden Platform Height: Hidden platforms are created when material is wrapped over the platform bed, making it appear that the shoe is one entire piece of material. Hidden platform heights are measured from where the foot rests in the footbed to the sole of the shoe.

Boot Shaft Height: Measured from the bottom of the foot to the top of the boot. To find your desired shaft height, measure the length of your leg from the bottom of your heel to just below your kneecap, then compare your measurements with the shaft height provided. 

Boot Fit Basics

Boot shaft, calf circumference, and heel height measurements are taken using a Medium size 9, so measurements may change slightly depending on your shoe size and shoe width.

Calf circumference measurements are taken at the fullest part of the boot shaft.

  • Wide calf (15-1/2" or larger): Boots with laces, buckles, elastic goring, and stretchy uppers are good choices for people with wider calves.
  • Narrow calf (13-3/4" or smaller): Boots with adjustable uppers or stretch fabrics conform well to a slimmer leg.

Whether you require narrow calf boots, wide calf boots, or extra-wide calf boots, ankle boots or shooties can be a great alternative to knee-high styles. 

Ordering the Right Size

Your shoe size can change over time, so be sure to have your feet measured regularly.

If you have one foot that's larger than the other, always fit the larger foot.

Shoe sizes and widths can vary by brand or by style. Our measurements are taken using a Medium size 9, and sometimes we'll recommend ordering a larger or smaller size than usual. This information can be found in the bullet points on the product's description page.

Boot Fit Tips

When putting on a boot for the first time, try putting a plastic bag over your sock and easing your foot into the boot. Once the boot is on, tear the bag away.

The instep of your boot should fit snugly to hold your foot in place. If the instep is too loose, your heel may slip. To prevent this, either pad your boot with a thin insole or try a narrower width.

If your new boots fit well but still seem to slip on your heels, flex the sole at the ball of the foot and massage the back of the heel counter. This should round the boot's shape and create a better fit.

If one of your boots seems loose, you may have one foot that's larger than the other. Try a thin insole in the loose boot to create a better fit.

Sock Tips

Wearing socks can increase your shoe size. When trying on shoes, be sure to wear socks that you would normally wear with them.

For a more comfortable experience, choose socks that help wick away moisture.

European Sizes

Looking to determine your corresponding European shoe size? Refer to the brand's size chart, which can typically be found on the shoe's product detail page.