How To Fit Safety Shoes

One question you may ask yourself while trying on safety shoes is if the boot fits. Luckily, Rogan's Shoes has created a guide on how to fit safety shoes and boots. Many of the problems with fitting safety footwear result from poor fitting! Take the time to get your foot measured and find a quality boot that fits your foot with comfort.

Before You Try the Boot On
1.) The best time to buy boots is in the afternoon or early evening when the foot is at its largest.
2.) Bring the socks you plan on wearing with you when you try on boots.
3.) Make your decision based on fit more than style.
4.) Get your foot measured. You need to know the correct length and width to get a proper fit.
5.) One foot is often larger than the other - size for the larger foot (get both feet measured).

When You Try the Boot On 
1.) Try the boot on and push your toes to the front until they touch (your index finger should fit in behind your foot).
2.) Make sure that the ball (the area of protrusion at the base of the big toe) of your foot fits well at the widest part of the shoe.
3.) Steel toe boots need to be fit about a half size larger than normal footwear. Since there is a steel toe cap there is no stretch in the toe box area. You do not want your toes touching the end of the boot!
4.) Lace the boot up and take a look at the laces. Is there a bit of a bulge in the middle? There should be. If the laces progressively narrow the boot is to big or two wide.
5.) Are there any areas of the boot that are tight on the foot? Remember that snug is good, but tight is bad! Don't expect steel toe footwear to stretch to fit your feet. If it doesn't feel good now, it probably won't later.
6.) Walk around the store and get a feel for how the boots feel on your feet. You should keep the boots on your feet for about 15 minutes. Flex the boots to make sure they bend in the correct place and do not dig into your foot. How much room is behind the foot? It should be close to the width of the finger. Are there any areas of irritation?
7.) If the boot does not fit comfortably and provide enough room to wiggle the toes then try another model. Size may vary between brands and styles, so rely on the fit of the work shoe and not the size on the box. Footwear may even vary slightly within the same style.

Once you learn how to fit safety shoes, check out our other Safety Shoe Guides6 Safety Icons Found on Work Boots

Do you have any other questions on how to fit safety shoes? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. I got slip on steel toed boots I got them bigger because toes and sides of feet felt pinched,well the new boots feel great except they are loose in the heel,what should I do?

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