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Determining foot size and width or How to Measure your foot
Acurately determining your foot size and width is essential to enjoying the time spent in your boots.
You'll need the following to get accurate results:
- A chair
- A sheet of paper on which to trace an outline of your foot
- A pen or pencil
- A measuring tape or ruler
- Socks of the type you intend to wear with the boots
If you have not already, you should review what type of socks are best for you. You also should also remember that:
- Feet swell a bit and get larger as the day passes. So you should measure later in the the day.
- As people pass through their middle forties into their fifties, their feet get larger. You can expect to gain a half to a full size or more during this period.
- Left and right feet often differ slightly in size. Measure both feet and use the measurement for the larger foot.
Follow these steps for each foot. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to have someone else do the tracing of the foot.
- Sit in a chair with the foot firmly placed on a piece of paper large enough to make a tracing around the whole foot. Your leg should be tilted slightly forward so it will not interfere with the pencil as you trace around your heel.
- Outline of the foot with a pencil held perpendicular to the paper at all times. Ensure that the pencil is held snug against the foot during the tracing.
- Measure the length and width of the tracing at the points shown in the diagram to the right and below.
- IMPORTANT!!! Subtract 0.2 Inches OR 5 mm OR 0.5 cm from your foots measurements to compensate for the thickness of the pen or pencil. This correction gives you the actual length and width of your foot. (consider the avgerage width of a pencil is .4 inches across and the sharpened lead is in the middle you have a space of .2 inches between the side of the pencil that is against your foot.)
So, if the tracing of your foot measures 10.5 inches long, you subtract 0.2 inches ( 5 mm / 0.5 cm ) to get the actual length of your foot which is 10.3 inches which is about U.S. men's size 9.
Stompers Boots recommend you measure your feet in cm/mm which make it easier to use the sizing charts with the .5 conversions. For instance the tracing of your foot is 10 7/8 inch long. (which would you rather figure out .2 inches or .5 cm?)
- Compare your new measurement to the Boot Size Chart in our FAQ.
NOTE: If the difference in size between your two feet is more than a half size, seriously consider ordering custom fitted boots with a boot of the correct size for each foot, ensuring you get the most out of your new boots.
RunnerBull Italian Boots Sizing
The table directly below is indicative only, as there is currently, no universally adopted system for converting Italian shoe sizes between the different systems used in the world. The two most common measuring systems are: The European market (based on French point) and The American (which includes different measurements for men and women).
Before ordering, carefully check your measurements against those in the chart below to determine what size will best fit you. If in doubt, please contact us by email providing the measurement of yout foot in centimeters or inches. For further, more extensive information on footwear sizing, see this helpful article at: Wikipedia
Average Measurements for our Stock Boots< (based on USA size 9) (Measurements for boot height and calf circumference will increase slightly for each larger size.)
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Socks: What fiber should I choose?
The inside of a boot is a hot, humid jungle perfect for breeding of bacteria and fungus. The skin on your foot protects a intricate structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Your feet bear the weight of your entire body balancing it, and you wonder why they sweat? It's this sweat that becomes trapped inside a boot when you work. Your skin bears a great deal of this friction as you take each step and excessive moisture will lead to unessecary friction, and blisters. It can also lead to fungal infections such as athletes foot and nail fungus which when left untreated can become dibilitating.
The majority of this foot sweat is wicked up by the socks. This article will help boot wearers, certainly some of the hardest working and playing individuals on this planet, choose the proper fibers for thier work and play. If you are new to wearing boots, you will quickly learn that a quality sock is necessary for foot health. There are many qualities one must consider when chosing a sock to wear with their boots, such as; Fiber, what activities will be performed while wearing the sock, the type of boot, our list could go on and on but this will suffice for this post. I may have to delve deeper into this in the future.
Socks have been worn by humans for thousands of years and their general purpose has always been the same: To provide an extra layer of protection ot the foot. Protection from elements both inside our boots as well as the more widely considered outter elements like climate and terrain. The first socks were nothing more than bits of fur and skin that lined crude animal skin boots, protecting man from frostbite and dampness caused by sweaty feet and frozen landscapes. Did you know each foot can perspire up to a pint a day?