In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the things you should keep in mind when shopping online for a pair of boots, as well as some helpful tips and tricks to make your new footwear fit more comfortably. It turns out fashion doesn’t have to hurt after all!
First of all, when shopping for a pair of boots you need to get the basics right, which means that, aside from using a sizing guide it’s a good idea to take your measurements. Generally, the main measurements you need when shopping for boots is calf width and boot height.
1) Sit on a chair in place your feet flat on the floor in front of you.
2) Take a flexible tape measure and then measure around the widest part of your calf, keeping the tape measure in contact with your calf all the way around.
3) Jot down your measurements, and round it up or down to the nearest 1 cm.
Another thing to consider when purchasing a new pair of boots is the boot height. This might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re in the market for a pair of knee boots, then you need to know that not all boots are created equally. Some knee boots are higher than others, so you need to make sure that the height of your boots is the most suitable height for you.
1) Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor
2) Hold the end of the flexible tape measure so it’s touching the floor just behind your heel.
3) Measure up in a straight line at the back of your leg to the point where you would like the top of your boot to sit. Note that it’s not a great idea the boot to sit right in the crease of your knee (as this can cause discomfort when walking or bending your knees).
These are usually the two measurements that you are most likely to need when shopping for a pair of knee boots. Of course, you don’t always need these– but if you want something that fits specifically to your measurements then it’s always a good idea to know what your numbers are.
This is all well and good, of course, if you’re after a pair of knee boots specifically. But this is by no means the limit of your options when it comes to rocking a pair of boots with the aim of comfort in mind. Generally, boot heights come in four different categories
• Ankle Boots: as the name states, these are boots that come right up to or just above your ankle. Wear them with skirts so that you can show off the entire boot, or skinny jeans tucked in at the bottom.
• Mid-calf Boots: again, the clue is in the name here. These boots come up to the midpoint of the calf, and for this reason, they’re better worn with skirts, rather than trousers. Try this style with flowing gypsy skirts for a chic boho vibe.
• Knee-high Boots: this style of boots comes right up to the knee, with the back of the boots generally falling just before the crease of the knee. This is a classic, versatile style of boot that can pair with multiple outfits.
• Over-the-knee Boots: this variety comes right up and over the knee, and can vary in height from just above the knee to right up the thigh, depending on the style. They’re great worn with skater dresses and mini dresses, giving a flash of leg as the hem of the skirt meets the top of the boot.
The height of the boots you go for can actually impact on your level of comfort – particularly if you opt for a height that does not suit your body shape. For instance, if you have thick calves or are particularly muscular, then mid-calf boots might not be the best option as they can end up being too tight around the opening. The same can be said of over-the-knee boots if you have thick thighs.
This is why it makes sense to take your measurements as suggested above, and then use these as a guide when you check the dimensions of any boots that happen to catch your eye.
When it comes to choosing a pair of boots with comfort in mind, you also need to consider the heel height. This is a no-brainer, as generally the lower the heel, the more comfortable the boots will be.
But another important thing to consider is the ‘pitch’ of the shoe. This basically refers to the incline of the heel, and determines the space between the heel and the sole of the shoe. Glamour magazine actually have a great tip when it comes to considering the pitch of a shoe when shopping online. They suggest that you:
“…find two different pairs of shoes on the same site with the equal heel height, and measure the distance on your computer screen from the end of the exterior sole to the heel with an actual tape measure. The style with more space between the two points is going to be the comfier bet.”
This is a great tip to keep in mind when shopping for a pair of boots with high heels. But the height of the heel very much depends on the look you are going for.
For example, if you’re keeping things casual, then a pair of flat ankle boots is a great option to add a smart edge to everyday outfits. If you’re going for more of an edgy, punk rock vibe, then a pair of platforms might be the way to go. The key thing to consider is how much you are willing to compromise when it comes to comfort vs style.