The difference between properly fitted, supportive boots and ill-fitting bargain boots is like the difference between day and night. If you've been there and done that - climbed high into the mountains, backpacked deep in the backcountry or ventured into endless rolling prairie - you know how important good boots are. Likewise, if you've hobbled back to the trailhead on blistered and bruised feet you REALLY know the importance of properly fitted boots that can handle what you put them through.
We're not trying to scare you; we're just telling it like it is. That's why we put so much into the boot selection process. We want your Meindl boots to not only fit your feet but also fit your lifestyle and your needs. Look at choosing boots as a matchmaking process that should sync with your needs, expectations and plans. It's a personal process. Everybody's feet are different so what works for one may not work for another. What works for your friend may not work for you. It's best to get it right from the start. Start out on the right foot, you could say.
So, once you've gone through those steps and narrowed it down to the style of boot, the next step is to assure the best fit. We know we talk a lot about fit but that is because it is so important. If you don't have a good fit, you're asking for trouble. And who needs trouble when you're way to heck-and-gone in the backcountry or any time you're miles from any hint of civilization? It's important to understand there are lots of boot options and different boots are built on different lasts (the foot-shaped form bootmakers use to mold boots) so, as you'd expect, fit of boots made on one last may not be the same as boots made on another. The best bet is to have your feet measured for length, width and arch length on a Brannock device. Find a shoe or boot store and ask to have BOTH feet measured. It is common (and normal) to have feet of different sizes. If you do, simply buy boots that accommodate the larger foot. So, have your feet measured (Again, find a store that uses a Brannock device), note the measurements and we can go from there. Visit our Meindl Sizing page for more detailed information.
We understand buying quality boots is an investment. That is why we recommend you invest time and effort in boot selection and proper fitting. By doing so, you'll assure you have the best combination of support, comfort and fit for your next adventure.
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