Well, Stampede season is upon us and it occurred to me that buying a new home is much like getting fitted for some good cowboy boots. Cowboy boots can be a bit more difficult to fit than say your standard sneaker or hiking boot, and buying a new home is much different than looking for an apartment or condo. The reason for this is because cowboy and western boots are made of high quality, rather stiff leathers. Additionally, the boots come in numerous styles – some of which can prove to be quite painful to your toes if you get the wrong type. Homes too come in numerous style and there are many good quality builders that construct their homes with top quality material; definitely something to seek out. So, to help reduce the possibility of foot/house hunting pain, this little guide has been prepared.
- Boot Size: In general, you want to get a cowboy boot that is the same or one half-size bigger than what you would normally get in a hiking or work boot. Make sure the home you choose meets your size requirements, and like a boot, make sure there is a little room, not for thicker socks but for unexpected guests or new furniture.
- Boot Stiffness: Unlike hiking boots or athletic shoes, cowboy boots are quite stiff and don’t have a “break in” period like other shoes frequently do. Your home builder should be able to provide a home that is trouble-free “right out of the box”. Look for a builder with a good warranty program track record.
- Your Toes: Ever take a close look at your toes? Well, the reason you might want to do it is to make sure that the style of cowboy boots you get matches your toes. Thus, if you order pointy toed cowboy boots, make sure that your toes are also aligned in a rather “pointy” fashion if this makes any sense. In general, most people seem to find “boxey” cowboy boot styles to be more comfortable if only because most people, like myself, tend to have “boxey” feet. Like a boot, make sure the home fits your lifestyle. Is there enough room for entertaining, is the yard big enough for your children’s pool and playground, and does the garage have enough room to house all your recreational equipment and have ample storage?
- Boot Width: No matter what, make sure that you order the proper width of cowboy boot. Getting a boot that is too narrow is a guaranteed recipe for some considerable foot pain. If you have a wide foot (size EE), make sure that you don’t get a size D (standard size width). If you do, pain will absolutely, positively follow. It is always better to get a slightly wider boot than your shoe size, too, as the socks you wear will take up the extra space. Like the width of a boot, the width of the lot you select to build your home on determines many things. A wider lot allows for more flexibility in home design, wider garages and more room for creative landscaping.
- Taking the Science Out of It : There is quite the science out there about fitting boots. In the end, what it ends up coming down to is that you’ll never know if a cowboy boot fits or not until you try it. While knowing your exact foot size (of both feet) and your foot width (of both feet) will take most of the guess-work out of sizing up a cowboy boot, because of the many different styles of cowboy boots on the market – no one pair will ever likely fit the same. Like getting the right fitting boot, take your time selecting a new home plan. Compare the room sizes to those in your current space and your friends houses. Talk to friends and family members about what they like/don’t like about their floor plans.
Once you’ve decided on a boot/home, kick it up a little. Enjoy them, wear them in, and enjoy the comfort that comes from making a good decision!
(thanks to bigskyfishing.com for the use of excerpts of their article)