Tip 1: A given shoe size will fit differently from brand to brand.
The number one tip when looking for a pair of boots is to realise that different brands’ products will offer different fit. This may be determined by the shape of the sole, and also the last. The lasts are dummy shapes of both feet that are used in production of shoes where the shoe is literally built around this shape. Each manufacturer will have their own last shape so the shoe size and width will differ from brand to brand. Some brands also offer multiple ranges which can be based around different last shapes.
Here is a comparison of the fitting of childrens brands:
- Slim legs + narrow feet — consider Lelli Kelly
- Deep(wide) foot + bolder leg — opt for Startrite, Clarks may work as well but fit slightly more narrow so are not always suitable for wider feet.
- Average size — Go for Geox, they fit true to measured size.
- Shorter foot — Try Timberland, they tend to fit a little short.
Tip 2: Get both feet measured
No person is perfectly symmetrical, so it is important to measure both feet and and use the larger of the two as the guide shoe size when choosing boots. An insole can be used if you find one boot fits slightly loose. Always wear the new boots around home for the first time, this way you will find out if there is a fit problem and you won’t damage the sole in case you need to exchange them.
Tip 3: Use the conversion charts to pinpoint the correct European size.
If the boots are a bit small, don’t be afraid to go for the next size up.
Tip 4: Always allow a bit of room for the toes.
The way to check this is to undo all the fastenings and press the foot to the front of the shoe. You should be able to insert your thumb at the heel. Note that too much void may cause tripping.
Tip 5: Choose appropriate boot length.
Always consider the length of the leg in the boot, especially for little girls. If the boot calf catches the knee on the front under the knee cap or at the bend on the back — opt for a shorter model.
Tip 6: Choose appropriate boots for the weather
Leather, suede and fabric boots are only waterproof if they have Gore-Tex or AquaRite technology. You can use protector spray to add an extra level of protection. This will mainly be useful in snow/rain and to prevent marks, but not when the boot is submerged in water. Wellies are best for walking in puddles and wet snow conditions.
Tip 7: Fitting Uggs
Ugg boots must be fitted fairly snug on the foot. As they are worn in, the fur lining will bed down allowing more space around the foot.