When considering the purchase of a pair of boots, knowing the length of the barrel can help you figure out whether or not your calves will fit. Measuring the barrel is a good idea, but even if you're buying it online and can't do it, you still need to know how the measurement is taken so you can tell if it's suitable for your legs.
Method 1 of 3: Part One: Measuring Boot Height
Step 1. Identify the boot cuff
It is the portion that rises above the foot to the calf.
When you see a measurement for just the "boot barrel", it is safe to assume that it refers to the height of the middle arch of the boot and not the circumference
Step 2. Measure from the arc to the top end of the barrel
Place the end of the measuring tape in the middle of the bow, directly above the sole. Stretch it vertically along the outside of the boot until you reach the top. This length is the height of the barrel.
- Note the unit of measure used in the description depending on where you buy it. In the United States, for example, the measurement is made in feet and inches.
- When a manufacturer provides a boot measure, the heel size is not included. However, there is a risk that some stores add the jump measure, which can mess things up. When buying a pair of boots whose barrel you cannot measure yourself, try to check whether or not the heel size is included in the barrel measurement.
Step 3. Know some basic measures
If you can't measure the boot of the boot, you can estimate it by noticing the style of the boot.
- For a size 33 female boot:
- The pipes vary between 7, 6 and 20, 3 cm.
- Medium-length boots range between 21 cm and 33.7 cm.
- Long pipes that reach the knees can be 34, 3 cm or more.
- Boot toe estimates may vary depending on shoe size. A size smaller than 33 will have a slightly larger barrel. The variation in barrel size is generally equal to the variation in foot size when comparing the foot to a size 33 boot.
Step 4. Also consider the height of the heel
Normally it is not included in the pipe size. Although this element is not part of the overall height of the shoe, knowing its measurement can still be useful.
- Measure the height of the heel by stretching a tape measure from the bottom to the point where it meets the sole. Position the measuring tape right in the center of the heel while measuring.
- Common sizes of heels based on their type are:
- Low heels, with an average height of 0 to 1.9 cm.
- Low heels averaging between 2, 5 cm to 4, 4 cm.
- Medium heels, averaging between 5 cm to 7 cm.
- High heels, averaging 7.6 cm or more.
Method 2 of 3: Part Two: Measuring the Circumference of the Boot
Step 1. Identify the widest part of the pipe
Examine the boot and define where that part is. This part is often in the boot opening, but this is not always the case.
Note that the circumference of the pipe is not always called that
Step 2. Measure the perimeter of this part
Place the end of the measuring tape at the point along the widest part of the pipe. Wrap the rest of the tape around the barrel until it touches the end. Read the measurement at the intersection point to find the circumference measurement.
- Make sure the tape measure is parallel to the ground all around the boot barrel. If it is not uniform and level, the measurement may be wrong.
- As for the height of the barrel, its circumference is usually given in inches when discussing shoe sizes in the United States.
Method 3 of 3: Part Three: Compare Boot Measurements to Your Leg Measurements
Step 1. Sit with your feet on the floor
Get into a comfortable position with at least one foot flat on the floor. The knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle so that the leg is perpendicular to the floor.
- Relax your leg muscles as you prepare to measure.
- This is the leg you should measure. The vast majority of people can solve the problem by measuring just one leg, but if your legs are different in size, you should consider measuring each one individually.
- Your leg will be as straight as possible in this position, so you'll need to hold it that way to measure both calves and take your circumference.
Step 2. Measure the back of the leg
Place the end of the measuring tape at the bottom of the heel. Stretch it straight up until you reach just below the kneecap.
You can then take this calf height measurement and compare it to the boot height measurement. Find the height of the boot on the measuring tape by pressing it against your calf. This location is where the pipe will likely rest in the leg
Step 3. Measure around the calf
Locate the widest part of the pipe and place the end of the measuring tape there. Wrap it around the calf until it turns around and measure.
- If you want precision, find out where the top of the barrel will be on the calf using the barrel height measurement.
- Compare the calf measurement to the circumference of the boot top. If the circumference of the barrel is smaller, the boot will not fit. If the measurement is the same, it will fit, but it will be tight and uncomfortable. If the pipe is much longer, more than 3, 8 cm, it can be too loose.
- The circumference of the barrel can, however, be 1.25 cm smaller than the circumference of the calf if the material has sufficient elasticity to stretch.
- An ideal situation would be for a boot barrel to be 0.6 cm to 2.5 cm longer than the circumference of the calf.
Step 4. Estimate the ideal boot barrel
Aside from the fact that it fits well, the ideal boot is a matter of personal taste. There are a few things worth keeping in mind when considering pipe height.
- If the boot top ends up very close to the crease in the knee, it may prick and rub against the skin when sitting, causing discomfort.
- If you have big calves, the best options are ankle boots and other short types. Their barrel goes above the ankle and ends just below the widest part of the calf for a more relaxed fit.
- The height of the user can also determine the ideal pipe size. As a general rule, short legs are best with short barrels and long legs with tall barrels. If you are short, a 35 cm pipe might be too much. If you are tall, a barrel shorter than 38 cm can unbalance the look of your legs.