Large-footed people, rejoice! If the rest of the shoe industry has left you feeling like Cinderella, then Ariat is here to take care of your needs. As an equestrian company with a vested interest in ensuring people have access to good boots in various feet sizes and shapes, Ariat knows what it takes to put together a proper size chart.
This chart will greatly assist you in selecting the correct shoe for your foot size. The suggested sizes on this guide are for show horses, but many riders have opted to use them daily years later.
Men’s Footwear Size Chart
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Women’s Footwear Size Chart
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Ariat Shoe Sizing for Wide Feet
Ariat footwear is one of the few brands that understand the challenges of having an extra wide foot. If a man is a size 10D in regular shoes but has a very wide foot, he may be able to wear 10EE in Ariat’s boots. This is rare, and other boot makers have more consistently wide sizes.
Once you find your size in Ariat stock, you will have to figure out where the wide end of the range begins. This is critical!
How to Measure Your Feet for Ariat Shoe Size?
The best way to measure your foot is to take the actual length, from the tip of your little toe at the back (or arch) of the foot to where it bends or makes contact with the floor. The measured value should include the width of both feet, usually across the ball of each toe. If you are uncomfortable doing this, another good method is to make a diagram showing how your toes spread and which side of each middle finger rests.
Step 1: Put paper against the wall on the floor
Put paper against the wall on the floor and trace your foot from the edge of your foot to where it bends or makes contact with the floor.
Step 2: Measure the width of the foot across the ball of toes
Measure the width of each ball of each toe, including both feet. Do this by placing a ruler across and then under your big toe. The measurement should include both feet, usually from toe tip to heel or mid-foot.
Step 3: Compare length and width measurements
Compare the length and width measurements. How does this match up to the Ariat size chart for your feet? If the two don’t match, then either your measurements were wrong, or you’re just not a good candidate for Ariat boots.
General Guidelines to Ariat Shoe Sizing
Simply remember that your feet will be the most comfortable when you wear your regular shoe. This is the best way to get a bit of a feel for how well the boots fit and gives you an idea of how well they will or will not work for you.
- Full-size boots (also called “Standard” in Ariat) are best on people with larger feet.
- Half-size boots (also called “Dress” in Ariat) are best on people with smaller feet.
- The size chart is only a guideline, and boots will fit slightly differently for different people. You may need to try several sizes until you find the one that feels best for you.
What if I wear a half size?
The standard Ariat boots will fit better than the dress boot, but either should be okay. If you wear a half-size, you should go up or down from the size the chart suggests.
The best thing to do is try them on and see how they feel. If they are too tight or too loose, exchange them for a different size. If you have multiple pairs of boots, you may need to find boots of the same height so that the tight and loose fit is eliminated.
What if my feet are wide?
The only Ariat shoes available in wide widths are full-size boots, especially the 13EE, which is a very wide size. If your feet are very wide, try them on first and ensure they work for you. Some people with wide feet may find that wearing Ariat footwear works better than any other brand (and spend more money in the process).
What if I have a narrow foot?
Again, only full-size boots are available in narrow widths. If your feet are narrow, you should try them on first and ensure they work for you. Some people with narrow feet may find that wearing Ariat footwear works better than any other brand (and spend more money in the process).
What if I have a very high instep?
Try Ariat footwear before purchasing as they tend to fit higher than most other brands. If your foot is a bit high, you should be good to go as long as you don’t tighten the laces too much. Try them on and see how they feel, as the added height may make them difficult to get into.
What if my feet aren’t long?
Most Ariat footwear will fit correctly on a normal-length foot. Very few Ariat shoes have short-toe boxes or high heels in these sizes. You may need to order a size larger than normal and see if that works best for your feet.
When should I size up?
This is dependent on which type of boot you’re considering. However, it is best to try them on and see how they feel, as the added height may make them difficult to get into. The height of Ariat shoes varies from 3-4 inches in the heel (depending on which boot you’re looking at). If your feet are a bit high, you should be good to go as long as you don’t tighten the laces too much.