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Should Your Foot Move In Cowboy Boots?

Should Your Foot Move In Cowboy Boots?

There are some cases where your feet move in cowboy boots. This phenomenon is actually normal, but some are not.

It depends on where your feet move in the boots and how far they move to determine if it is normal or not.

And today’s article will be the most detailed answer for you!

Let’s check it out!

Is it Normal if your foot Moves in Cowboy Boots?

In fact, the foot may move slightly in the cowboy boot at first. This is a common situation that will disappear after a period of 1 week to 10 days when the boots have broken in.

Usually, there are two main problems, that is, your feet slide forward and backward in cowboy boots or the heel is bouncing up and down.

man and woman wearing cowboy boots

If your cowboy boots have just been bought, don’t be too surprised when they don’t really mold your feet well. Your new boots need breaking in to fit you!

If heel slip is about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch in the beginning, then you have nothing to worry about. And similarly, a little slippage at first will completely disappear within 10 days.

Wiggle toes in cowboy boots are a good thing as your feet will be very comfortable. This does not mean your cowboy boots are wide, the fit actually lies in your instep. It is crucial to note that your instep should fit cowboy boots snugly.

However, there are a few differences between light and heavy foot, or heel movement in cowboy boots.

Most of the foot slippage in cowboy boots happens when the boots are too loose, and that’s not good. Unfortunately, cowboy boots don’t have lace, so you can’t make them tight right away.

If you’ve just bought cowboy boots, you should return them if possible, don’t try to use tips or hacks to shrink them as they won’t work.

You can know whether the foot is moving too much or not by feeling the movement in the heel. If they slip more than 3/8 inch, it is too much. In this case, you should look for some methods to fix the boots or exchange them with the bootmaker. We will give you some troubleshooting methods below.

heel slip in cowboy boots

Or another sign is that you are completely unable to walk in cowboy boots with your usual gait.

In general, feet moving lightly in cowboy boots at first is fine, but slipping too much can be a problem. You will feel cowboy boots really loose and the feet move in all 8 directions in cowboy boots.

Most seriously, your feet can get blisters. It is the result of friction caused by the foot sliding continuously in the boots.

So how to fix it?

How to make your feet not move in cowboy boots

As analyzed above, too much foot movement in cowboy boots is not good, tips or hacks to make cowboy boots shrink will not work. But you can make them fit tighter by putting something inside them.

insole and cowboy boots

Specifically, we have a comprehensive article on how to make cowboy boots fit tighter here, which you should check out.

Among those methods, you can use some products such as insoles, and heel inserts to fit into cowboy boots to make them fit tighter.

Maxinmum Form Insole

Form Insole | Click image for more info on FORM

Alternatively, a pair of thick socks or non-slip socks can also be a good choice. Thick socks help the boots fit tighter. On the other hand, I usually use anti-slip socks when my feet move lightly in the boots.

Tecovas boot socks

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In addition to the above methods, you can also fill soft stuff into your cowboy boots so they fit better and avoid your foot moving in the boots.


In general, it is quite normal for your feet to move slightly in cowboy boots at first. It may disappear after a period of about 1 week to 10 days.

But if the feet move in cowboy boots too much and affect your experience and gait, you should find a way to exchange them or make them fit tighter.

Walking in cowboy boots for a long time will greatly affect your gait, or worse, cause blisters.

Again, it’s important to remember that methods of shrinking cowboy boots are ineffective and can damage the boots in the long run.

So you should use insoles, heel inserts, or thick socks to fill in the gaps between your feet and cowboy boots. Especially instep, this is the most important position to keep your feet in place in the boot, they need to fit snugly.

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