When you buy military boots, you have to make sure you get the right fit. First off, you need to have boots that fit snugly. However, the footwear shouldn’t be tight in any way. When you walk in your new military boots, the heel of your foot must stay in play. If your foot slides up and down, it could cause painful blisters. If you’re pretty sure you have the right fit, but the boots don’t feel perfect – try tightening or loosing the laces. Start adjusting the laces towards the toe of your foot first and work your way to the top of the boot.

Tips to Help you get the Best Military Boot Fit

We’ve helped thousands of men and women just like you find the perfect size military boot. During this time, we’ve come up with a list of tips that will help you get the best military boot fit.

Boot Socks

Don’t skimp out on socks. It’s absolutely necessary to wear boot socks with military boots. These particular socks are thicker, much thicker than athletic socks and provide padding in the heel and toe. The padding helps reduce the risk of hotspots and blisters. With continued wear, you’ll also need a pair of padded boot socks that wick moisture away from your feet. Dry feet are healthy feet, so you need to take the steps to do so.

Make sure you have Adequate Toe Room

Now that you understand how important the proper boot socks are, it’s time to talk about adequate toe room. When you wear the boot, you need to make sure you have room to wiggle your toes. When you’re on your feet, you’ll experience some swelling. It’s natural. If you don’t have enough toe room to accommodate the swelling, you’ll be very uncomfortable fast. As important as it is to have toe room, it’s also important not to have too much. If you wear a boot with too much toe room, you’ll be just as uncomfortable at the end of the day as if you’d worn boots with too little toe room.

Choose a Boot with a Secure Heel

Another important aspect of finding the right work boot size is to choose footwear with a secure heel. The heel of your boot should never feel too tight. Across the width of your foot, the boot should feel tight, but not near the heel. Another critical fit tip is that your heel shouldn’t move when you walk. If you experience any slide while walking, you run the risk of causing painful hot spots and blisters.

Boots are Made for Walking – Take them for a Walk

When you get your new work boots, you need to take them for a walk. First, walk on carpet and not the outdoors. If you needed to return the footwear for any reason, it needs to show no signs of wear. When you walk around the house pay attention to how it feels on your foot. Take note of any hot spots or blisters.

It’s also important to keep it mind that even the best military boots might need a bit of a break-in period, so you’ll probably need to wear the boots more than once to determine how they fit. However, if you feel “pain,” it will likely only get worse over time.

Try Different Styles

Try different styles, sizes, and brands until you find exactly what works for you. Everyone’s feet are different, so you can’t take someone else’s experience and make it your own.

Understanding How Different Military Boot Styles Feel

At Tactical Boot Store, we offer military and tactical boots for women and men in different sizes and styles. Each style is designed for wear in different situations and environments. It’s important to understand wear you’ll wear the boots to choose a style that’s appropriate. Boot styles that you will be able to choose from include:

Boot Fit Tips based on Brand and Manufacturer

Some brands are famous for fitting a bit differently than others. We’ve experienced this with customers a great deal over the years. Here we’ve gathered some tips to help you find the best boot tips based on brand and manufacturer.


Belleville and Tactical Research

Belleville and Tactical Research boots are manufactured almost identically, so the fit tips for this footwear are essentially the same. For Hot Weather Boots, you need to know the footwear runs about a size larger than your sneakers. A size 10 in running shoes equals a size 9 in Belleville and Tactical Research’s Hot Weather boots.

Belleville and Tactical Research boots with a Gore-Tex bootie are a bit different. The Gore-Tex materials in the boot change the sizing issues. A boot with a Gore-Tex bootie will run about a ½ size larger than your favorite running shoes.

Reebok reebok's rapid response boots in black

Reebok’s line of Rapid Response boots run about a ½ size larger than your running shoes. All other Reebok boots are true to size, which means you will wear the same size sneaker as you do Reebok boot.

If you have any questions about the information above, or you’re ready to order your new military boots today, please let us know.