Since 1883, Lucchese bootmakers have created exceptional products using time-honored principles of handmade craftsmanship. This skill and attention to detail helps ensure extraordinary fit, comfort and style.

We developed The Fit Guide to help our customers achieve and enjoy the unrivaled Lucchese fit. Here you’ll find key steps for fitting, choosing and wearing the perfect pair of Lucchese boots.

Boot Anatomy

Before consulting the Fit Guide, use this map to familiarize yourself with boot geography and the outstanding terrain you’re about to enter.

Glossary

Sizing

Lucchese boots fit differently than shoes, sneakers and sandals — our fit is designed to be snug, yet comfortable. In general, western boots can run slightly large; so don’t be surprised if your boot size is smaller than your shoe size.

To help determine your size when ordering online, consult the charts in the two links below for international conversions, as well as foot measurements in inches and meters that correspond with standard sizes. If you fall between two sizes, order a half size larger.

Tip: It’s a good idea to confirm your size with a shoe or boot expert every few years, as the size and shape of your feet can change over time.

Women's Size Conversions Men's Size Conversions
Instep or Vamp

The instep on a boot covers the top of your foot and helps determine whether or not the boot fits. If the instep is too tight, try a wider width. If the instep is too loose, try a narrower width.

Ball

The ball of your foot is where it bends at the widest section. When a boot is too short, the ball of the foot will sit too far forward causing discomfort. The ball of your foot should fit securely within the widest part of the boot.

Heel

A boot will initially slip slightly in the heel (around 1/4 to 1/2 inch). This seemingly extra room is necessary for a proper fit. Over time, the boot’s leather will form to the shape of your foot and the slippage will lessen.

Toe Box

The toe box on a boot surrounds the toes and the front part of the foot. Pressing this area to see where the toes end may work for athletic shoes — but not for boots. This type of pressure could cause permanent damage. To test the toe box area for fit, wiggle your toes — they should be able to move easily inside the boot.

Width

Ladies’ boots are normally sized in A, B and C widths.
A = narrow
B = average to medium
C = wide

Men’s boots are sized in B, D and EE widths.
B = narrow
D = average to medium
EE = wide

A general rule of thumb is the further you get from the letter A, the wider the boot is.

Calf Measurement
Women's Calf Measurement Chart Men's Calf Measurement Chart

How to Try on a Boot

For the best Lucchese fit, take the following steps when trying on boots. Schedule an afternoon or evening fitting, as your foot tends to swell over the course of a day.

Step 1 - Stand

Insert your fingers into the boot’s pull straps, widen the opening and pull the boot on using your body weight. Note: If the foot slips into the boot too easily, the size is too big. Try on both boots, since not all feet are created equal!

Tip: It’s very common that one foot may be slightly larger than the other. If so, Lucchese recommends ordering the size that fits the largest foot or place a special order with Customer Service.

Step 2 - Listen

When your foot sinks into the correct size, you will hear (and feel) a slight thump inside the boot.

Step 3 - Rest

The ball of the foot should rest comfortably in the widest part of the boot just in front of the arch. There should be at least a thumbs width of space between your toes and the end of your boot.

Tip: Refrain from using your hand to press the toe area to determine fit as you would with a shoe. This method isn’t a true determination with boots and could damage the leather.

Step 4 - Grip

The correct fit grips like a firm handshake, with firmness over the top of the instep and a slight slip (typically around 1/4 to 1/2 inch) in the heel. The goal is a snug fit, but not to the point of discomfort. If you feel any discomfort, consider a larger size or place a special order for a custom fit.

Tip: Until the leather breaks in, there will be some slippage in the heel. As you wear the boot, the leather conforms to your foot reducing the slippage.

Breaking in Your Boots

Once the boot fits, use these tips to help break them in.

  1. Condition: Coat your new boots with natural leather conditioner.
  2. Wear: For the first 6-8 outings, try for at least 2-3 hours of wear. Continued wear allows your body heat and moisture to permeate the boots, softening the leather. Over time, Lucchese’s leather heel, insole and outsole conform to the shape of your foot, providing a more flexible and comfortable fit.
  3. Wait: Be patient — the more you wear your new boots, the better they feel and fit!

Note about Exotics:
Soft leathers, such as goat or cowhide, have more elasticity than exotic leathers. Most exotics, such as alligator or ostrich, should be fitted with little to no additional stretching required.

Boot & Leather Care

To preserve the appearance and extend the life of your handmade Lucchese boots, we recommend a Clean-Condition-Polish-Protect process. Refer to the information below for specific types of leather.

smooth leather
  • clean: Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • condition: Apply a leather conditioner.
  • polish: Apply a neutral or matching cream-based polish and buff with a soft cloth.
  • protect: Use the above methods to provide protection.
suede / stonewashed leather
  • before wearing: Treat new boots with a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  • clean: Brush dirt and dust off with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • polish: N/A - Avoid polish or creams, as this will damage the material.
  • protect Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  • Suede Tips:

    Store suede boots in a way that allows them to breathe. Keep away from light and damp environments. If the suede gets wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean towel and allow it to dry naturally. To speed up drying, use boot trees. But avoid any direct heat source to speed up the process. Use a nail file or a wire bristle brush to remove dry mud and scuff marks with gentle strokes.

exotics
  • clean: Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  • condition: Apply an exotic leather conditioner to your boots in several thin layers.
  • polish: Apply a neutral or matching cream-based polish and buff with a soft cloth.
  • protect: Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  • Snakeskin Tips:

    When cleaning, conditioning and protecting, go with the grain of the scales and avoid polish.

Boot Maintenance Tips

Dress

To bring outsoles and heels back to life, apply an edge dressing polish — a product designed solely to retouch and care for your boots’ foundation.

Tip: It’s very common that one foot may be slightly larger than the other. If so, Lucchese recommends ordering the size that fits the largest foot or place a special order with Customer Service.

Dry

After cleaning or becoming wet, allow boots to dry naturally at room temperature.

Perch

Hanging your boots on a cedar boot tree will help maintain the original shape and prevent boots from curling. Regular use also allows moisture to absorb into the cedar, which naturally eliminates odor.

Tip: Refrain from using your hand to press the toe area to determine fit as you would with a shoe. This method isn’t a true determination with boots and could damage the leather.

Boot Toes / Heels / Soles

Lucchese offers a variety of toes, heels and soles. This selection allows every customer to find or create a boot suited for his or her particular lifestyle and personality. If you’re considering a new toe or heel style, be sure to do a test run, because the change could alter your fit.

If you still have questions about fit, please contact Customer Support directly at 1-888-582-1883 or email support@lucchese.com

Or visit us in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Santa Fe or San Antonio and our on-site Fit Experts can help you find the perfect Lucchese boots.

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