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Footwear Fitting Guide

PROPER FOOT MEASUREMENT. You should have your feet measured on a Brannock Foot Measuring Device before buying any footwear. Any store that sells footwear should have one of these devices. This is the best way to get an accurate measurement, because most manufacturers base their sizes on this device. You should be measured with the type of sock you will be wearing with the footwear you plan to purchase. Have the person measuring your feet to give you an arch length measurement (heel-to-ball) as well as the more common heel-to-toe measurement.

HIKING BOOTS. The arch length measurement is important for properly sizing hiking boots. Figure 2 shows two feet, which are the same length, but each requires a different shoe size. Hiking boots are designed to flex at the ball of the foot. Correct fitting properly positions the ball joint in the shoe and provides room for the toes so they are not confined. If you fail to properly size your feet, you will be lucky not to have problems with high performance footwear. Boots should have enough room for you to wiggle your toes, while the rest of the boot fits snuggly.

            Footwear Fitting


ATHLETIC SHOES. Running shoes and the like are more forgiving than hiking boots. You should use the same principles discussed in fitting hiking boots to fit athletic shoes, but usually this is not necessary. The simple heel-to-toe measurement will work in most cases. However, most athletic shoes need to be purchased one-half size larger than the Brannock Device reads.

TRIAL PERIOD. Mel Cotton’s offers you a trial period to ensure your footwear fits you properly. You have 30 days from purchase date to wear your shoes on a clean, indoor surface. If you experience any problems, follow the instructions on your receipt. Shoes must be in clean, re-sellable condition in order to be returned for fitting issues.

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For more information, you should consult the individual manufacturer’s websites. Some of these can be found on our Vendor Links page.

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