How to Make Cowboy Boots Fit Tighter | The 4 Easiest Ways to Do it

Welcome back from FromTheGuestRoom, we have introduced a lot of articles to solve many annoying problems about cowboy boots.

For example, How to break in Ariat cowboy boots, How to fix cowboy boots tight instep, How to stretch cowboy boots at home …

The common point of the above articles is that they solve the problem of tight cowboy boots.

So how about cowboy boots being loose? How to make cowboy boots fit tighter?

Let’s check it out!

How to Make Cowboy Boots Fit Tighter

Loose cowboy boots are nothing new to cowboy boot lovers and collectors. This will cause a lot of discomfort when you wear cowboy boots.

The cowboy boots often loose at the heels, instep or tip of the cowboy boot. It is obvious these loose areas really irritate you.

What happens if you wear boots too big?

  • Heel slippage
  • Adversely affects your gait,
  • Less confident while wearing boots
  • Lose flexibility when moving
  • Discomfort when walking
  • Cowboy boots fall out off your feet
  • Waste your money

How to fix it? Keep on reading.

1/ Methods to fix loose cowboy boots on the instep

When you choose cowboy boots, the instep is the part you need to care the most. The instep of your foot must fit snugly with a cowboy boot, not loose and not tight.

However, you can’t avoid mistakes when you buy cowboy boots online, so how to fix this?

Method 1: Use extra cushion insole

This is a very popular way to fix a cowboy boot that is wide at the instep.

To fix this, you have to lift your foot up, so there’s nothing better than using an extra cushion insole.

Besides, cushion insoles cradle your feet and you can wear cowboy boots comfortably.

Read more: 8 Best Cowboy Boot Insoles

Method 2: Use thick socks

Another common method is using thick socks. Thick socks “lift” your foot significantly to fit the instep of a cowboy boot.

You should use sports socks rather than two socks.

Sports socks usually have thicker foot pads than other socks. Wearing 2 socks will work, but your feet will get hot.

Method 3: Use Ball of Foot Cushions

Used as a cushion insole, these patches can help your feet fit the instep of cowboy boots more.

However, the ball of foot cushions can be quite thin, you can use 2 to insert it into cowboy boots.

2/ The method to fix cowboy boots is loose on the heel

In addition to the instep, it is also important that the heel of the cowboy boots fit your heel.

When you put on your cowboy boots, listen to the “pop”, which is the perfect sound coming from your heels and cowboy boots.

But if you don’t hear this sound, there is a problem …

The cowboy boot is loose in the heel, we need to find a way to make it tighter.

Method 1: Use heel inserts

There are many different types of heel inserts, and they have one thing in common that you can use to fix the loose heel condition of cowboy boots.

Just use heel grips to insert in cowboy boots, the area of contact between your heel and cowboy boots will increase.

Besides, heel inserts also help protect your heel from blistering, reduce heel pain when wearing boots all day long, anti-slip heels …

Read more: Best Cowboy Boot Heel Inserts

Method 2: Use thick socks

For these issues, I have to tell you, thick socks are multi-purpose.

Wearing a pair of thick socks will help your heels fit better than when not wearing them. Besides thick socks reduces unpleasant smell from perspiration (for the boots and your feet) and prevent blisters …

3/ Method to fix cowboy boots with too long and wide toe

If the tip of a cowboy boot is too far from your toes, then your heel will be hard to fit on the heel of the cowboy boot, which will lead to many discomforts such as heel slippage …

So how do your toes fit tighter with the cowboy boots?

Method 1: Insert cotton ball, toilet paper, soft cloth into toe box

That is all you need. Look in your home for items like soft cloth, cotton balls, toilet paper, soft things, and tuck them into the cowboy boots toe box.

Doing so will shorten the distance between your heels and the tip of the cowboy boot. From there help your feet fit tighter with cowboy boots.

Method 2: Use heel grips

This is also a good way to push your foot closer to the tip of the cowboy boot. It can also help your instep fit better with cowboy boots.

4/ The method to fix the width of cowboy boots is too wide

In fact, when choosing cowboy boots, the two most important positions to fit are the instep and heel.

As for the width of cowboy boots, you should leave enough room for your feet to be comfortable

So what if the width of a cowboy boot is too wide for your foot?

Read more: Best Looking Square Toe Boots

Method 1: Use Forefoot Cushion Pads

Using forefoot cushion pads will increase the width of your foot, and then forefoot fit cowboy boots tightly.

In addition, forefoot cushion pads also relieve the ball of foot pain. You can use cowboy boots all day without foot pain.

Read more: Best Ariat Boot Inserts

Method 2: Use thick socks

We are here again! With this method, the wide problems of cowboy boots with your feet can be solved.

However, if cowboy boots are too wide, this method might be useless.

Some other tips to fix loose cowboy boots

  • For loose cowboy boots, your feet may slip inside the boots. If that happens, try wearing non-slip socks of yoga people, it will work well.

  • In addition to using the above items to tuck into cowboy boots, you can also use household items (cotton, soft cloth, toilet paper …) to insert into cowboy boots to make them fit tighter.

Some notes

There are some tips online that you should dip both cowboy boots into the water and dry them, which will make cowboy boots shrink. No, don’t ever do that!.

Cowboy boots are mostly made from leather, and leather don’t love water at all. Without the proper care, cowboy boots made from leather can be completely damaged.

So the idea of shirking your boots by plunging them into the water and waiting until it dries is so WRONG, it just destroys your boots!

Another WRONG way is to put on WET socks with WET cowboy boots at the same time, wait for both of them to dry with the hope that they will drink after that.

Well, it is not necessary to take this risk since it’s really harmful to your feet.

Anyway, the water method to shrink cowboy boots is something uncertain. We think that water will soften cowboy boots. And once you put these cowboy boots on and go, they will probably stretch rather than shrink.

Read more: How To Break In Ariat Cowboy Boots

Before you leave

Through this article and the article “How to stretch cowboy boots“, we can see that there are more ways to stretch cowboy boots than to make them shrink.

In general, we should limit the use of water or other non-specialized products for cowboy boots.

The products we introduce to you above are specialized products used for shoes, boots, …

If the above methods still do not work, you should consider changing new cowboy boots or going to professional repair shops, maybe they will have a way.

Good luck!

[FAQ] Should cowboy boots be tight at first?

No, they shouldn’t be cramped in the first place.

The nature of cowboy boots was born to serve the wild cowboys on the vast grass, they must withstand sun, rain, harsh weather …

So cowboy boots are very durable and sturdy, if you buy tight cowboy boots in the beginning, it will take a long time or a lot of effort to stretch them.

So you need to choose boots with heels and instep snugly fit, those are the two most important areas. As long as the heel and instep fit snugly, other positions, even if wide, do not matter.

Should cowboy boots be a little loose?

Yes. But it should be sufficient room for your feet.

Again, you should choose a snugly fit cowboy boot at the heel and instep. Cowboy boot is loose on the instep or heel resulting in the heel slippage. This will adversely affect your gait and your comfort.

As long as the heel and instep of the cowboy boots fit snugly, it is no big deal if the rest is a bit wide.

The heel and instep of cowboy boots hold your foot tightly, so the width of a cowboy boot is wider than your foot doesn’t make your foot slip anywhere.

In fact, to wear cowboy boots comfortably, you need to leave a little room at the width of cowboy boots, leather around the calf and toe box.

We have a very thorough article on how to choose cowboy boots here.

How much heel slip is normal in Boots?

In fact, it’s impossible to completely avoid heel slippage when wearing cowboy boots. Heel slippage somehow makes you more comfortable wearing boots. But heel slippage should happen within allowed limits.

For newly purchased cowboy boots, 1/4″ – 3/8″ of slippage is normal. So don’t worry.

You can see more tips and methods to fix heel slippage here.

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