You’re about to drop your hard-earned money on a new pair of boots from Allen Edmonds. You want to make sure they fit correctly—especially if you’re ordering online where you can’t try them on first.
Returns are a hassle that no one has time for, right?
So, how do Allen Edmonds boots and dress shoes fit? Figuring out which size to order can seem difficult, but I’ll give you some tips in this Allen Edmonds sizing guide so you can make sure you do it right, the first time.
Allen Edmonds Sizing
Allen Edmonds sizing can be a bit tricky. I recommend clicking over to their page and checking out their True Fit guide and leave this tab open so you can cross-reference.
Allen Edmonds Shoe Size
Allen Edmonds boots run about a half size larger than your normal sneaker size, and their dress shoes run more true to size. If you’re a size 10 in Nike sneakers, you’ll be a size 10 in Allen Edmonds dress shoes and likely a size 9.5 in any Allen Edmond boot (like the Higgins Mill).
Why Do Boots Run Large?
Boots are usually cut slightly larger because the leather used to make them is more rigid and thicker than the type used for sneakers and other shoes.
The same goes for Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Leather used for dress shoes is stiffer and doesn’t stretch out much over time, and they tend to fit closer to the foot with a narrower toe.
Certain types of boots, like the Allen Edmonds Venture Chukka boot or the Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill boot, can have a little more room for error because the laces expand, so they don’t hug as tightly.
Even though they might not cause as many problems for you if you’re wearing the wrong size, like blisters and cramping, both shoes and boots that are too small wear out a lot faster over time.
Allen Edmonds recommends that you take their sizing quiz to see which size boot is best for you, based on their True Fit system. This system was designed specifically with their boots and shoes in mind, and they’ve been using the same procedure since 1922. That’s a lot of fitting experience.
They also have some boot styles in sizes 5 to 16, with a selection of narrow sizes C, B, A, AA, AAA, and AAAA, and wide sizes E, EE, and EEE. A huge size range like this tells you that they recommend finding the best fit to keep your feet and your boots in good shape.
According to OrthoInfo, wearing boots or shoes in the wrong size can cause more than just blisters and pain—it can actually lead to deformities of the feet and toes, and problems with the toenails that can be hard to correct.
You don’t want to be that guy who complains about how much your bunions are hurting, do you?
How Do I Measure My Feet to Find the Right Allen Edmonds Boot Size?
To get the most accurate sizing for Allen Edmonds boots, there are a few steps you should take.
If you’re able to visit one of their 78 retail locations in the United States, that’s an option. They have a professional master fitter on site at each location and that person’s only job is to make sure your boots fit correctly.
They’re not located in every state, though, and if you’re ordering online, you’ll need to deal with taking measurements yourself. Print out this “paper Brannock” device here.
1. Print out their fit guide
Once you have it on paper, follow the steps they outline to match up the pages for an at-home measuring tool specifically designed for Allen Edmonds fit.
2. Enlist someone to help you measure
As soon as you bend over to measure and mark the page yourself, the measurement is going to be different than it is when you’re standing upright.
The muscles and tendons in your feet expand and contract when you move, so you need another person to help you mark off where your foot lands on the sizing guide.
3. Wait to measure until after you’ve been on your feet for a while
As you stand and move throughout the day, your feet swell. For some people, this is minimal, but for others, it’s significant and can lead to painfully tight shoes, pinching, blisters, and tingling feet.
After you’ve been up and moving for at least a few hours, take measurements to get an accurate fit.
4. Wear the same socks you’ll normally wear with your boots while you measure
Most guys don’t do this during fitting and they end up with boots that are too tight with socks on.
Wear a pair of socks as thick as the ones you’ll normally wear with your boots—it might only make a fractional difference, but it’ll keep you more comfortable.
If you wear orthotics or other inserts, measure with those also since they’ll add bulk that can make boots tighter.
5. Measure both feet
Nobody has two feet that are exactly the same length and width. They’re usually pretty close in dimensions, but if you happen to measure the smaller foot and buy a pair of Allen Edmonds boots according to that size, your larger or wider foot is going to pay for it.
Measure both feet for length and width and size up to the next half size if your measurements fall on or just over a line.
6. Use your measurements to determine which size you should buy
Keep in mind that there can be some slight variation even after taking measurements. You might need a wider size, for example, than the measurements you’ve taken would suggest because of the shape of your foot.
Overall, you’ll be much closer to the correct size and fit after following these instructions.
7. Take new measurements if you gain or lose a lot of weight
The dimensions of your feet will change if they’re supporting more or less weight and your size can change, too.
With your size in mind, you’ll be able to shop for Allen Edmonds boots with more confidence. You might also want to get to know how this boot maker forms their boots so you can shop for styles made from lasts that fit your feet.
Allen Edmonds Lasts
Allen Edmonds divides their boots into two categories: classic fit and relaxed fit.
Classic styles fit close to the foot, with a narrow toe box and a single leather sole. These are usually your dress boots, or versatile styles.
Relaxed styles aren’t as snug fitting, with a roomier toe box and double leather soles, or sometimes, lug soles. They’re usually casual and worn for everyday use.
What are Lasts Used For?
To keep their shapes and styles consistent, Allen Edmonds, and other boot makers, use lasts. These are foot-shaped forms that a shoe is built around so each one has the same characteristics and fits the same across their range of sizes.
The shape of the last used to make a pair of boots might be very similar to or different from the shape of your foot. Some are designed with more width at the toes, some have a taller cone which works better for high insteps, and some are longer for a sleek look.
Allen Edmonds uses a set of 18 different lasts, so chances are they have at least one that fits your foot shape. There are a few that are primarily used for boots.
Allen Edmonds Lasts Used for Boots
Classic styles like the Dalton Wingtip Dress boot use welted last 511. They refer to it as “the 1 last,” which is very similar in shape to one of their earliest lasts. It’s built to fit closely for the average foot but has a rounded toe that gives added room in the toe box for boots.
Relaxed boot styles like the Higgins Mill use welted last 1757. This is a wider, more casual fit that has a youthful appearance. It has added space throughout and a rounder toe for a casual or dress-casual appearance.
You can watch our Higgins Mill review below:
Other relaxed styles like the Venture Chukka boots use welted last 2622. This last is broader and rounder from the ball of your foot to the toe for a versatile look that can be dressed up or down while not losing a tailored appearance.
I highly recommend figuring out which last fits your foot best and buying styles that use that last. Your feet will appreciate it.
Allen Edmonds Sizing Chart
If you don’t want to print out the paper Brannock above, or you just want to cross-check Allen Edmonds True Fit, check out this Allen Edmonds sizing chart below:
You know how the saying goes…measure twice, cut once. It works for boots, too.
Once you know what size Allen Edmonds boots you’re shopping for, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and avoid having to pack them up, drive to the shipping store, wait for the return to process…you know how it goes.
But you won’t need any returns with this guide.
How do I stop my shoes from rubbing the back of my ankle?
The first thing to do to stop your shoes or boots from rubbing the back of your ankle, or leaving blisters, is to make sure you’re wearing the correct size. An insert can be added to the inner heel if the problem continues.
Are Allen Edmonds boots Goodyear welted?
Allen Edmonds boots are Goodyear welted for the most part, although the company does use other methods for some styles.
What kind of leather does Allen Edmonds use?
Leather from C.F. Stead and Horween are both used by Allen Edmonds. They use full grain leather for most of their boots, and may use calfskin, suede, Kudu reverse suede, vegetable tanned leather, or Shell Cordovan leather, depending on the boot style.
Do Allen Edmonds boots run true to size?
Allen Edmonds boots run about a half size larger than your normal shoe size, but it’s best to measure according to their sizing scale to get an accurate size.