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The Lucchese Fit

Lucchese Bootmaker uses time-honored craftsmanship techniques to build handmade boots of unrivaled fit, comfort, and style. Because of their hand-lasted nature, each pair of Lucchese boots differs slightly. With more wear, the leather on the boots molds to the contours of the foot, personalizing both boot and fit.

How a Lucchese Boot Should Fit

RULE OF THUMB

Lucchese boots typically fit about one half-size smaller than everyday dress shoes. If the boot has a padded foot bed, then the boot will fit to size.

  • A properly fitting boot should feel like a firm handshake across the instep.
  • The ball of your foot should be in the widest part of the boot.
  • There will be a slight slip in the heel.

How to Try on Cowboy Boot

1. Sit.

2. Put both fingers through the pull straps and insert your foot into the boot.

3. Keeping the heel on the ground, use your body weight to get your foot into the boot. *Note: You will feel resistance as you try to pull the boot on.

4. As your foot sinks into the boot, listen for the audible “thump.”

5. Walk around and feel the fit of the boot. *Note: Notice the slight slip in the heel.

FOOT GOING IN
FOOT IN
    COMMON FIT PROBLEMS
  • If the boot feels too tight, go for a wider width.
  • If the boot feels too loose, try a smaller size.

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

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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