How to Buy Pull On Boots


Pull on boots, either for dress, work, or casual, are a popular style. However, before you purchase a new pair of pull on boots you should be aware that it often requires more consideration and adjustment than does purchasing a traditional lace-up variety. As a seasoned shoe store owner, I suggest the following tips to achieve the best fit:

Things You'll Need

  • A foot measuring device
  • Possibly boot-stretcher
  • Socks that are at least crew length

Begin by simply measuring the length of your foot at the store of which you plan to purchase the footwear. Be especially observant of the width size.

Put on your first selection. The boots should take some effort to put on. A boot that simply slides on and off will provide you no comfort or support and will not wear as long as the shoe that fits you properly. You should not have to struggle harshly to get the shoe on but should have to exert some effort in both putting the shoe on and taking it off.

Take several laps throughout the shopping area at different walking paces. You will likely notice the boot slips at the heel, this is natural. Each pull on boot will usually slip on the heel to a small degree until the heel counter begins to take form to your heel. Be advised however that excessive slippage is not acceptable and could form blisters. You may have to switch to a smaller size, either in length or width, or you may not be a good candidate for a pull on because you may have thin heels.

Tips & Warnings

  • It cannot be overstressed that pull on boots should fit snuggly (not tight,not loose)when they are new. Realize that these boots will stretch more so that lace-up versions which can later be tightened by simply pulling the strings.
  • If necessary, wear the shoes damp (either with boot stretch or mink oil) to speed the process of stretching.
  • As mentioned above, refusing to break in your new pull ons will likely result in discomfort or premature wear if you purchase them too large.

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