How to Check the Fit of New Tall Boots
Here are some overall points to consider about the fit of new tall boots:
Follow these steps to be sure your new tall boots fit properly:
2) Pull on or zip up your boots. Initially, they should be difficult to tug on (and off). If your boots have zippers, you should be able to zip them all the way up and snap the closure at the top while standing. The boots should feel uncomfortably snug around your calf without cutting off your circulation. For riders with wide calves, a pair of wide calf riding boots may provide a more comfortable fit.
If the boot is too loose, when it breaks in and stretches the boots will develop deep folds around your ankle that may press into your skin and cause friction. Also, if the boot is too loose, it will drop too much and be too short in height.
3) Check the height. For field boots for which you want the maximum height after break-in, the front of the boot should rise to the middle of your kneecap. If you cannot see the kneecap at all, the boots are too tall. For dressage boots, the front of the boot should rise to just under your kneecap.
The boots will seem uncomfortably tall and will crease slightly at the top when you bend your knee, as shown in the photo. Wearing the boots will be uncomfortable during your first few rides.
The crease will disappear when the boots drop. You can see how high your boot will appear after the break-in phase by placing a heel lift in the footbed to raise your leg inside the boot. For a bit more comfort at the back of the knee, some people choose to ride in a heel lift until the boot finishes breaking in
4) Check the feel of the footbed. Make sure that you will be comfortable keeping the ball of your foot on a stirrup pad. If you have ordered a shoe size that is a little larger than you would normally wear in order to obtain a slightly taller boot height, place an air cushion, gel sole or other padded footbed in the shoe of the boot to take up extra space.
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