15 August 2022

Blog - This is how you find the perfect fitting riding boot!

Are you looking for the riding boot that fits you perfectly? While riding, it is not only important that your riding boots are beautiful, but it is also important that they fit well. With well-fitting riding boots you don't have to think of which socks to wear and they won't pinch or be too loose. But how do you find the boots that fit you like a glove? To find that perfect riding boot, it's important to know what your measurements are. You can probably dream your foot size, but what about your calf/shank size? After this blog you'll know exactly how to measure your calf (shank) sizes and you'll be able to find your perfect riding boot. Read on now!

Shank height (1)

The shank height defines the height of the riding boot and is always measured from the back of the heel to the highest point of the back of the boot.

Step 1: When measuring the shank height, it is important that your knee is bent at a 90° angle and that your foot is flat on the ground, you can do this by sitting on a chair.
Step 2: Make sure the measuring tape touches the ground and that you measure from the floor, at the back of your heel, in a straight line to the kneecaps.

When measuring the shank height, you should of course take into account your own wishes and what you find comfortable. Most dressage riders like their boots to be higher and jumpers prefer them to be a bit lower because of the usual shorter length of the stirrups.

Shank circumference (2)

The shank circumference is measured at the largest measurable circumference of the shank, also called calf measurement. A good calf measurement is very important for a well-fitting boot and ensures that the boot is comfortable and does not pinch or being too loose.

Step 1: When measuring the boot circumference, make sure you wear riding breeches and riding socks and not skinny jeans.
Step 2: When measuring your calf size, sit on a chair with your knee bent at a 90° angle and your foot flat on the ground.
Step 3: Wrap the measuring tape around the thickest part of the calf, this point can be found by sliding the tape from top to bottom and feeling where the tape feels tightest.
Step 4: Make sure the measuring tape fits, but don't pull it too tight.
Step 5: The circumference of both calves can be different, so it is important to measure both calves. If there is a difference between the two calves then it is best to take the larger calf circumference.

When measuring the calf circumference it is important to take into account the temperature and the time of day. In the winter the calves can be a bit thinner because of the cold and in the summer the calves can expand a bit because of the heat. The time of day can also make a difference, as your calf will always expand a little during the day. Therefore, always measure your boot circumference at the end of the day.

Have you found the riding boots of your dreams? With all our riding boots we have a size chart, so you can choose the perfect size and your new boots will fit like a glove! 

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