Each year hunters spend hundreds of dollars on hunting outfits and equipment. The last thing they care about is their hunting boots and how should their hunting boots fit?
They ignore their hunting boots deliberately without knowing their utmost importance; thus, they are uncomfortable while in the fields.
It would be best if you walk comfortably in your boots; or else you won’t be able to hunt the buck or accomplish your trophy hunting goals.
The general question I often used to ask everywhere is,
How Should Hunting Boots Fit?
“The simple answer is, hunting boots shouldn’t be too tight that there is no room left for blood circulation around your fingers, and consequently you might get cold feet.
However, they shouldn’t be ill-fitted because ankle support won’t be at the right point, and your foot won’t bend at the boots breaking point. “
Well, let’s jump to the exciting part and discuss what’s important when choosing the right fit for your hunting boots.
Every boot’s sole will have a flex point; a flex point is a natural point where the sole bends with your feet when you walk with it.
When choosing the perfect fit for your boots, keep the flex point in your mind.
The sole aligns with your feet’ flex point, which means your hunting boots should bend at the toes because that is where your foot bends.
If it doesn’t bend at the right point, then your foot will slide forward or backward while you walk.
Moreover, it might pinch onto your toes due to an additional toe box room and lead to extreme discomfort.
When trying on new shoes, the most common problem people face is “Heel Slippage.”
You can notice your feet are slipping out of a shoe while you are walking. Heel slippage will go away slowly if you keep wearing your new pair of boots daily.
Now the question arises how much heel slippage is considered okay? If there is no slippage, then the boots are not flexible for your feet.
You might face heel slippage due to specific reasons; let’s discuss each of them.
The boot is too long for you:
If your hunting boots are too long, then you can experience your foot slipping out of your shoes before telling you the solution to this problem. I would suggest you go for hunting boots that fit your size and don’t be afraid to invest in a good pair of boots that work well. You won’t regret your decision in the long run.
To prevent your feet from slipping out, you can insert a heel grip in your boots. Heel grips act as a buffer and can control your heels from slipping out of the boots. Hopefully, this will help you in solving your problem.
The boot is not laced too tight:
There are so many lacing techniques for boots. There are different techniques for wide, narrow feet, heel slippage, etc. The one method I can suggest you do is pushing the heel back and try lacing your boots tightly.
The boot is new and not broken in:
When you buy a brand-new pair of hunting boots, it is normal to experience a little foot slippage. Your new boots need time to break in and adjust accordingly with your foot shape.
Please do not get irritated with this issue; to break them in initially, try wearing them daily for a few days. You’ll notice that the slippage will go away itself.
The boot is too high for you:
For someone with the lower instep, they should consider whether their boots provide support for flat feet. If the boot doesn’t offer the support, then there are chances that you might face heel slippage in that case.
To prevent this from happening, you can insert an internal tongue pad. The tongue pad will fill the extra space in the area, and this will create a close-fitting around your heels, preventing it from slippage.
After buying your brand-new pair of boots, you tried them and realized they’re too tight. You thought that is natural, and you’ll break into them and decided to keep them.
This is what you shouldn’t do and instead return them in the first place. If you wear a too-tight boot, it will compress your feet’ ball, and as a result, it will create soreness around your feet. Most boots stretch by time but only by a millimeter.
It is essential that you know whether your feet are wide or narrow before choosing a width for your hunting boots. If you don’t see the width of your feet, you can follow this guide.
Toe Box Room
If your boots’ heel and flex point are right, then it’s okay to have around half-inch to an inch spare toe room.
Make sure you don’t size down on your boots just because you have some excess toe room.
Your foot swells when you walk continuously, and that is why you should choose a boot with extra space.
If everything else fits, it is perfectly acceptable to wear a pair with extra space. A bigger toe box will work, but if you choose boots with smaller toe boxes, it will compress your foot, leading to different problems.
Arch Support & Flat Feet
You will desire Arch support if you have a flat foot. You should know about this, and that is how you will find out which boots you are comfortable wearing.
If you have flat feet, don’t get upset because most hunting boots come with arch support. In case your favorite brand does not provide arch support, you can wear ultra-thin orthotic soles to get this issue solved.
After reading the whole guide, I believe you now fully understand how hunting boots should fit. Before wrapping things up, I’d like to share my advice on this topic;
“Well, I personally don’t like my boots too tight; I prefer wiggle room for my toes in the boots’ front.”
So that was it. Congratulate yourself on becoming a PRO when it comes to choosing the perfect fit for hunting boots.
Most frequent questions and answers
How tight should hunting boots be?
Hunting boots shouldn’t be too tight, or else it will restrict the blood flow, and you’ll end up getting cold feet. Moreover, if your boots are sloppy, you won’t get proper ankle support because your feet won’t bend at the boot’s breaking point.
How should boots fit properly?
Your boots should have enough space in the front that you can easily wiggle your toes. Along with that, your heels do not rub against the back or shouldn’t pop out of the boots. It is advised to have enough room so your toes do not slide forward every time you try to walk.
Should I size up or down for boots?
Almost everyone has feet that are two different sizes. You should measure the length of both feet and choose the dimensions of the larger size. If you somehow feel that your boot is too tight, you can go a half size up. Insoles or thick wool socks can compensate for the length of slightly loose boots.
Do boots stretch as you wear them?
When you buy a brand new pair of hunting boots, it will take time for the shoes to break in. The tighter your boots, the more painful that process will be. To break them in initially, try wearing them daily for a few days. Please keep in mind that the length of the boot won’t be stretched.
Samuel Leon is the pioneer of Hunting Advice, he has been hunting for more than seven years. Samuel launched this website because he believes hunting is not just a hobby but a skill to master… Read more