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Old 10-14-2010, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How reliable are boot sizes in different brands?

I'm a 9.5 street shoe, but my Ride Jackson Boas are size 11. Based on this, I'm a little skeptical of boot sizes. No biggie if I'm buying new ones in the store, but when looking through craigslist (or this forum) it's a big concern. Also an issue for mail-order, although those places usually have a good exchange policy. (still a hassle, though)

I did what wiredsport asked in another thread and measured my foot, and I'm 27.5 cm (both feet about the same). So, is there any way for me to improve my odds of buying a used boot without lots of driving around and visiting and trying on? Or should I ask potential sellers to measure their own foot before I visit? Yeah, that'll go over big
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is nearly zero reliability in boot sizes. Even mondo sizes, that are supposed to be the metric measurement, aren't reliable. Adding in that you want used boots makes it even worse because different feet will break in boots in different ways.

It would be awesome if companies started making PDF files that have the outline for the stock footbed but that would take away from in store sales.
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Well, I'm just considering used boots. I'm also considering mail-order. Fortunately my Jacksons are still in good shape, so I'm not "motivated". But if a great deal comes along...
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9.5 street but 11 boot? wtf?

27.5 = 9.5
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i wear a 9.5 street shoe and have had 3 pairs of size 9 boots in the last 5 years...
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I would never buy boots without trying them on.
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There is nearly zero reliability in boot sizes. Even mondo sizes, that are supposed to be the metric measurement, aren't reliable. Adding in that you want used boots makes it even worse because different feet will break in boots in different ways.

It would be awesome if companies started making PDF files that have the outline for the stock footbed but that would take away from in store sales.
That might help with shape of the footprint, but doesn't include elevations, arch support, and other things that contribute to good boot fit. Sadly, the best and arguably only way to get boots is to try them on yourself, preferably with a qualified boot fitter helping you out.
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Size 11 boot from a street 9.5? That sounds really wrong. I'm a 9.5 street, and my current boot is 10.

It sounds like you have the wrong idea about boot fitment and comfort.

The boot shouldn't be super comfortable out of the box. They need to fit snugly at first because after you break them in, they will loosen up and the liner will form to your feet shape.

Do you have heel lift in your current boot? Heel lift is bad... very bad.

You actually can order boots online. Just get ready to return them a few times (shipping costs if no return sticker is provided).
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Size 11 boot from a street 9.5? That sounds really wrong. I'm a 9.5 street, and my current boot is 10.

It sounds like you have the wrong idea about boot fitment and comfort.
Seriously, it concerned me when I bought them. I actually stared at the salescritter and said "that CANNOT be right". But my big toe just touches the end when I first put them on. It's possible that a 10.5 would work if the liner expanded a bit, but definitely nothing less.

I should ask, though -- is a US size 11 the same as a Canadian size 11? The Rides specifically say US 11, and of course all the shoes I buy locally are in Canadian size.

I think the central point here though is that the stated boot size is only good for a ranging shot.
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US/Euro/UK/Japan/Mondo
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