The topic of fitting cowboy boots seems to be endless when this type of boots has no laces. Therefore, if they are a bit tight, you cannot make them wider by loosening the lace, or vice versa, make them tighter by tightening the laces.
Among the numerous questions about fitting cowboy boots, people are concerned about the toe fit the most. When putting on cowboy boots, you realize that your toes touch the end of cowboy boots. Is it okay?
Well, in fact, it is possible but it’s not good! Today’s article will shed more light on this issue.
Let’s check it out!
- Your toes should stay about 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch to the end of cowboy boots, do not touch it.
- When you walk, your foot will slip forward. Therefore, it might be inflexible when your toes constantly hit the end of the boot.
- Wearing high-heeled boots, doing vigorous exercises, or walking downhill can all cause your feet to slide forward and put a lot of pressure on your toes. It is worse if the toe box can’t provide adequate room.
- Wearing cowboy boots with a tight toe box can cause bunions, black or ingrown toenails, and other harmful symptoms.
- You should return your boots if possible. Otherwise, use some methods to soften the boots and stretch them as leather tends to stretch over time.
- Using non-slip socks and insoles, toe protectors, socks with well cushion toes, sweat-absorbing socks, etc. are ways to reduce pressure on the toes if they already touch the end of boots.
My Toes Touch The End Of My Cowboy Boots: Is this Okay?
A very basic rule is applied not only for cowboy boots but for all footwear: you should leave room in the toes area to allow your toes to wiggle and breathe. That means they should not touch the end of the cowboy boots.
Because no matter how well the boot fits, one thing is for sure, your foot will always have a little slip in the boot during use, especially the forward slide.
This is very common if you wear cowboy boots to go downhill. To put it more simply, a boot with a heel of about 2 inches is enough to make your foot slide forward a lot.
This is especially bad for people with sweaty feet as their feet will have less grip on the insoles.
And if the tip of the boot doesn’t have enough room (or a proper distance) from your toes, they will definitely get hurt. The weight of the body puts a lot of pressure on the toes, causing them to swell, bunions, and black or resulting in ingrown toenails.
Generally, cowboy boots need to have enough room at the toe box (about 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch from the tip). This ensures your feet don’t hit the end of the boots no matter how high the heels are or when walking or going downhill.
The key point is not only in the distance between the toe and the end of the boots but also in the instep (or the top of the foot). It needs to fit snugly to keep your feet in place, or a little slip to ensure you have a pleasant experience with your boots.
Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to stretch cowboy boots vertically. Instead, people stretch them horizontally.
If your cowboy boots are new and still in the return period, send them back. Trying to stretch cowboy boots only makes it difficult for you to return them.
If you can’t return your boots, you can try some kind of anti-slip socks or insoles to help your feet stay in place. In addition, using padded socks or toe protectors is also a good way to reduce pressure on the toes.
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If your feet sweat a lot, you should choose socks with good sweat absorption.
Today, there are some cowboy heel-changing services, you can contact the boot makers or cobblers for replacing the lower heels to help your toes less slide forward.
Some DIY methods to make cowboy boots softer, more comfortable, and stretch more include steaming them or using a leather stretch spray, leather conditioner (to soften the boots), alcohol, etc. We have listed some methods that can work here!
You can hope one day cowboy boots will stretch more in the toe box as leather tends to stretch over time.
Before you leave
In general, it is not recommended to choose cowboy boots that are too short for your foot, causing your toes to touch the ends of the boot.
During use, many circumstances cause your foot to slide forward and if there is not enough space between your toe and the boot’s end, there is a high risk that your toes will suffer.
Remember 2 key points, cowboy boots need to fit snugly at the instep and need room at the toe box. That will make you feel the most comfortable!
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