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How To Measure Up For Riding Boots

When you’re looking for your next pair on womens riding boots one of the best tips I can give you is to measure up properly. When measuring for tall riding boots, first put on your socks and breaches. If you have different pairs then wear the ones you like and wear the most.

You’ll need a flexible tape measure, and it makes it easier if you have a friend to help take the measurements with you.

1 - Riding Boot Size

1. First of all your actual boot size will be the same as your normal shoe size for any other pair of footwear you would purchase. However with riding boots, foot widths come as standard and different width options are usually not available. Unless of course you are having custom made boots. In which case you will no doubt have someone doing the measurements for you.

Feet size measurements for riding boots

2 - Riding Boot Calf Width

2. The next measurement you should take is your calf width. The best way to measure your calf width is around the widest point. Then add around 1/8 of an inch to allow for movement and comfort.

Some riders prefer to leave a little more if they tend to fluctuate in weight and size more than usual. If that the case you may want to allow 1/4 of an inch depending on what weight you are currently.

3 - Measuring for your riding boots height

3. Your riding boot height should also be measured whilst seated so that your knees are at a 90° angle. Measuring your boot height from the base of your heel (pressed to the floor) to the protruding bone on the front of your knee. This time add a further 1/2 inch to the measurement. The reason for adding the extra 1/2 and inch is because riding boots tend to shrink after they have been worn in because the leather softens and creases. So although they may seem a little tall and even uncomfortable when you first put them on, they WILL fit better after wearing them in. I promise!


When you are looking at boot size charts from different manufacturers, please keep in mind that a lot of tall riding boots are whats known as “Spanish Cut”. Spanish cut riding boots are taller on the outside of the boot than they are on the inside. This gives the perception that your leg is longer than it actually is. For this reason when you are looking at Spanish cut boots where the height is taller at the front, you may need to add up to 1 and 1/4 of an inch to your measured height.


Measuring for riding boots height

4 - Measuring for the riding boots top

4. Lastly you need to measure for the riding boot top. Remaining seated, measure around the diameter of your leg, just underneath your knee level. For many people this measurement will not be too different to the diameter of the calf measurements. However if it is significantly less than your calf measurement, then you may want to consider purchasing a pair or riding boots with an elastic gusset at the top. This will allow your boots to expand and go over your calf but still fit snugly over the narrower width comfortably when the boot is on.

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 How to measure for riding boots video

Or if you prefer, here is a video guide by Tuffrider on how to measure up for tall riding boots correctly.

I hope that guide was useful. Now if your still looking for the best pair of tall riding boots then have a browse though some of our reviews below:

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