The right size of Red Wing boots can make a big difference in helping you enjoy your shoes. However, getting the right fit is much more than simply choosing a Red Wing size based on your usual shoe size.
If you're used to wearing sneakers, you may find yourself having to choose a larger size boot. Knowing how to choose the right size Red Wing boot and how it should fit your foot is key for your comfort.
Your Red Wing boots should provide you with a snug fit all around your foot, providing structure and support to your foot, with very little front-to-back movement of your foot within the boot. Your toes should not be cramped and should have enough space to spread out and wiggle around.
If you're wondering what size Red Wing boots to buy, the first thing you need to know is that there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Your size will vary based on your feet, shoe size, the shoes you usually wear, and even how tight a fit you prefer.
To do it right, you will need a combination of information about your feet, the boots you want to buy, and the current shoe size that you wear.
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How To Get The Right Size Red Wing Boot
When you purchase a pair of Red Wing boots, having the right fit is imperative to the long-term comfort that you can expect from your boots. Have your boots too tight, and they won't give you the support you need. Have them too loose, and you'll lose control of your movement.
Either way, you won't be able to work comfortably or feel comfortable and secure in your boots. Proper work boots should feel as comfortable and natural as your favorite pair of jeans. A good fit is essential for all-day comfort, safety, and performance in a variety of work environments.
The way that you make sure you get the right fitting boots will depend on where you buy your boots from, in-store or online.
In-store Red Wing Boot Fitment
The best way to get the correct size Red Wing boot is to go into a Red Wing store and consult one of their in-store fitment specialists who will be able to guide you on the process of selecting the right size boot for your feet and the right fit for the type of work that you do.
The in-store fitment specialist at Red Wing will measure both feet for length, width, and arch height and perform a 3-D scan of the sole of your foot to find your pressure points. The fitment specialist will then be able to advise you on the correct boot size as well as the right footbeds or insoles and socks to pair with your boots.
Sizing Your Red Wing Boots For Online Purchases.
To ensure the proper fit for Red Wing boots, it is important to measure the length of your foot to get the right length size boot. It is recommended that you measure both feet and use the larger of the two measurement sizes as your starting point since most people's feet are not exactly the same size.
The best way to take a measurement of your foot is to stand on a piece of paper and then, with a pencil, trace the outline of your foot onto the page. Then take a ruler or a tape measure and measure from the outer center of the heel to your longest toe. Then measure the width of your dominant hand forefinger and add this measurement to the length of your foot.
The reason for adding a finger width is to account for a good pair of thick socks to go with your boots since you should not wear thin work socks with your boots and to allow for some wiggle room at the front of the boots.
This will give you a good indicator of the size of shoe you should order with regards to length. The table below will give an indicator of the shoe size to the length of your foot.
|Red Wing Mens Size||Mens Foot Length In Inches|
|Red Wing Women Size||Womens Foot Length In Inches|
Another method that most people have recommended as a good sizing standard for estimating the size of Red Wing boots to go for is to take your normal shoe size and go down half a size when ordering your Red Wing boots.
What About Your Foot Width?
Red Wing boots are supplied in a variety of widths to cater to people who have narrow feet as well as to those who have medium to broad width feet.
People often make the mistake of selecting boots that are too tight, especially across the width of their foot and across their toes. Their logic is that the boot will stretch, and then the fit will be just right.
This is not a correct method to selecting the right width of boot for your foot and will result in discomfort from the outset. In reality, the boots will stretch, but the amount of stretch will be a lot less than what most people think.
Your Red Wing boots should be wide enough that they are not constricting your foot but also not allowing your foot to slide around inside the boot. In other words, the fit should be snug but not tight.
The width across the toes should give your toes ample room to spread out and even wiggle around in the toe space of the boot.
Because the actual width measurement differs depending on the length of the boot, the width is often designated by a lettering code system.
With this coding system, the AAA size is the most narrow, and the widths increase through AA, to A, then B, and so on, all the way to EEE, which is the widest size. You need to know what your foot width rating is for your length of foot.
The best way to get this rating is to go to a local store where you can get your foot measured to find this code for your foot width. It is best to get the measurement done in the mid to late afternoon when your foot will be at its widest.
The most common width of the foot across the population is a for men is a D width, while B is narrow, and EE is wide, and EEE is extra wide.
The most common foot width in women is a B, which is the most common standard size that most people would feel comfortable in. An A is a narrow fit for women, and a C is a wide fit.
Once you have all this information about your feet, you can order your boots online with relative confidence that you will get the size right.
Many manufacturer's sizes vary, which you will need to take into account, but most will be willing to swap out the boots for a different size if the original order is returned.
Sizing your boots correctly is the key to enjoying the boots from the beginning and minimizing the wearing in period for the boots.
The Red Wing Shoe Company understands this, which is why they have placed particular emphasis on the correct sizing of their boots for their customers.
Their in-store fitment specialists will not only take measurements of your feet to get the right fit but also ask you questions about how you wear your boots, in what environments, how long you are on your feet, and various other points so that they can make intelligent recommendations on the fit of your boots.
This is why an in-store fitment of your Red Wing boots will always be a far superior choice to get a pair of boots that fit you correctly rather than the hit-and-miss approach by ordering online.
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