Boot Try-On Guide

  Finding the perfect fitting boot is a uniquely personal experience. High quality, handmade boots may vary in fitment slightly between brands, so we decided to share our boot fit guide, which is a tried and true way to find your boot size and ensure the most comfortable fitment possible. This method will work for western boots, contemporary boots, and most fashion boots or booties. 


Lane Boot Fit from Lane Boots on Vimeo.


  When searching for the perfect boots, it’s important to correctly try on the boots to identify an ideal fit. Below is a step by step guide for trying on your boots so that you can feel that much more confident in your online boot purchase. 

Lane Boot Fit Guide for Women
The first step for trying on your boots is to place your boot on the ground and slip your foot in.

For more ease, make sure to keep your toes pointed until they meet the sole of the boot.

Lane Boot Fit Guide for Womens Western and Contemporary Boots
  Use the pull-straps as you place weight onto your foot.

Keep in mind that your foot should not just slide right in, there should be some resistance as your heel reaches the area your ankle/achilles will be located. This is called the "heel counter" and is made to fit the shape of the back of your foot. If you feel a distinct “thud” when your heel passes the counter and plants in the sole of the boot, you are on the right track!

Lane Boot Fit Guide for Women, Stand and see how the boots feel
The next step is to stand up in your boots and really get a feel for how they fit.

The boot should feel snug yet comfortable, like a firm handshake around your foot. You want them not too loose that your foot wiggles around but not too tight that it causes pain and discomfort. The widest part of your foot should roughly match the widest part of the boot. If that is not the case, you may need to size up or down, accordingly. 

Lane Boot Fit Guide for Women, Walk around on a soft surface to test your boots
Finally, walk around on carpet and observe how much your heels slip.

It is important to walk on carpet (not hard surfaces) to prevent scratching your soles in case you need to exchange or return for any reason. It is normal for the heel to slip up to half an inch but it should still stay in the boot. If your foot slips out of the back of the boot and is easy to remove, you need to size down. 

Lane Boots Womens Boot Fit Try-on Guide
Try them on with all your favorite outfits to see how they can go perfectly with jeans, dresses, skirts, western or modern wear! Over time, your boots will mold perfectly to your feet and become the most comfortable pair of boots you own.

  Remember the high quality leather used in Lane Boots will, over time, stretch slightly and mold to your foot, so you will gain a little wiggle room as you break them in. The sole will become much less slippery after a night on the town as you scuff the bottom of the soles. 


 Once you decide to keep your fabulous new Lane boots, be sure to tag us on social media and show us how you style your Lane!
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 How to Try on Boots Womens Boot Fit Guide by Lane 

 If after following this guide, you find that you are in need of an exchange, simply reach out to our friendly customer service team and they will be happy to assist you in finding the right fit. 


Featured boots: Plain Jane Shortie in Distressed Midnight Blue

Southwest throw and accents courtesy of: Mission Del Rey 


  • Lane Team

    Lynn, If you have a unique sizing request such as needing two different sizes, it is best to chat with us direct via the lower right hand corner chat box or call 214-412-1108 and our team will talk through options.

    Vicki, if the instep is slightly loose we like to wear thicker “boot” socks, but depending on style, may size down. It’s a personal preference thing. Half size down with a minor stretching by your local cobbler may be the ticket. Try socks first though :)
    High instep is the opposite problem where stretching is needed in many styles and brands to wear at all.
    xoxo, Lane

  • Maggie

    Last step, buy a boot jack. Removing your boots without harm to your boots or yourself.

  • Vicki A Yount

    I’m thinking I might need to size down, Toes and width are in the right spots, but the instep is loose. Do you recommend sizing down or putting in an insert to fill up the slack? Thank you!

  • Lynn M Getz

    What is by feet are not the same size? Due to an injury, my right foot is 1 1/2 sizes smaller with a very high instep.

  • Donna Hrkman

    Different boot makers will have some variances in fit, and I know from experience that my Lane boots have to be ordered in a half size larger than other boots. it’s not a problem, now that I know it, and I can order Lane confidently online if I can’t get them in person.

    Lane boots are well made and fit like a glove. I always look for that “pop” when my heel fits into the boot. And Lane boots are beautiful, no matter which boot style you choose!

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