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How Should Thursdays Fit? My Thursday Boots Sizing Guide

William Barton

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2024
8 min read
Key Takeaways

Get your Thursday Boots a half-size smaller than average sneakers or dress shoes. Most Thursday Boots are a standard D-width, though the brand offers several EE/EEE sizes for wider feet, mainly in the Captain. Your Thursdays should feel snug but not tight when you first try them on. The leather will stretch as you wear them and you’ll have a comfortable fit afterward.

I own ten pairs of Thursday Boots myself, so you can bet I know their sizing like the back of my hand (more like the bottom of my foot). 

In this Thursday Boots sizing guide, I’ll give you detailed info on how to find the perfect fit for your new Thursdays and compare the Thursday sizing to some other popular boot brands so you can get the right fit the first time around.

How Thursday Boots Should Fit

Thursday Boots Size Chart 1

Of all the boot brands I shop with, Thursday Boots offers the widest variety of sizes for their popular boots, with most models ranging from sizes 6-16, with half-sizes available at each step. 

Thursday recommends you check each individual product page for an accurate reading on which size to get, and if you click their “Find my size” button, they’ll ask you a few questions to lead you to the right answer. 

In my experience, you should order a half-size smaller than your sneaker size. 

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Wearing my Thursday Captains

I’m a 10.5 in my Nike’s and all other sneakers. When I buy my Thursdays, I get a size 10 and they fit perfectly. 

This is generally true for most guys. 

author modeling Thursday Boots Duke Chelsea boots
Wearing my Thursday Duke in Honey Suede

If you’ve ever bought Red Wing, Wolverine, Thorogood, or pretty much any other major boot brand, it’s the same story: you should order a half-size smaller than your sneaker size. 

If you have wide feet (EE or EEE), there are fewer options for you, but Thursday does offer their most popular models in wide sizes. 

The easiest boot to find in wide widths is the Captain, where there are 10 leather options with wide sizes available at the time of writing, but you can also snag the President, Cavalier, Legend, Scout, and Duke in EE/EEE sizes. You’ll be more limited in leather options, but you can still find something comfortable. 

Thursday Boots Captain outfit 1
Wearing my Thursday Captains in Arizona Adobe

When you first get your Thursdays, they may feel a little snug. I know when I got my first pair, I was a bit wary of ordering a size 10 when I’m used to buying a size 10.5.

If it’s firm on the sides of your foot, that’s ok. Just make sure you have some room in the toe, and that your feet don’t start to tingle. 

I recommend wearing your new Thursday boots in the house for at least an hour. If your feet begin to tingle, then you may have to return the boots because they’re too tight. Otherwise, the leather will stretch at the sides and you’ll have a comfortable boot. 

Thursday Boots Captain Sizing

Thursday Boots Captain arizona adobe close up 1

The Thursday Captain is the brand’s most popular boot, and you’ll find the largest variety of sizes and leather options here, but it’s important to note there are small variations in the last that affect comfort and sizing.

The last is the mold bootmakers use to imitate the shape of a human foot during design of the footwear. Variations in the last give boots their individual profile and feel.

Some boot businesses use standard shoe making lasts. Thursday has created their own proprietary designs.

Captain lasts 800 x 400

As of this writing, the Captains are currently created on two different lasts: the Encore and the Kingmaker.

The Encore is used in their Classic Collection of Captains. It features 2mm of extra room in the ball of the toe from a standard D width boot.

The Kingmaker last is used in their Rugged and Resilient line of Captains. It’s 1.5mm wider in the ball of the toe from a standard D width boot. 

Thursday Captain Kingmaker Last closeup

The difference is small at a glance, but the extra space could make your walking experience much more comfortable after a long day, especially if you are not quite the width of EE boots.

If you have wide feet, I recommend looking through the Captain first—at the time of writing, they offer 10 different leather options in EE/EEE widths. 

Watch this comprehensive video about the new Thursday Kingmaker last
Thursday Captain

The Thursday Captain is an excellent deal. Made with Thursday's Chrome leather from Le Farc tannery (often compared to Horween Chromexcel), these boots are still holding up well after five years of wear. When (if?) these ever wear out, I’ll be getting them again.

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Do Thursday Boots Run Big?

Yes, Thursday Boots run a half-size larger than regular sneaker sizes. That means you should order a half-size smaller than you would with your sneakers or your dress shoes. 

If you own a pair of boots like Red Wing or Wolverines, Thursday’s fit and sizing is similar to those heritage boot brands.

Thursday Boots Sizing for Women

Thursday’s line of women’s boots is a totally different story: their women’s boots tend to run a little small (whereas the men’s runs large). 

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I haven’t picked up a pair of Thursdays for my wife (yet), so I’m just going off of what they say on their site. 

Order either your true size for a more snug fit, or a half-size larger than you normally would for your shoes if you’re a woman. 

How to Break In Thursday Boots

I own 10 pairs of Thursday Boots, so I know a thing or two about breaking them in. Truthfully, the best way to break in Thursdays is to wear them.

Most Thursdays feature a Poron midsole with a DuraEVA comfort strip, so they’re quite comfortable right out of the box. 

The one exception is that sometimes the leather can feel quite snug when you first put them on. In my experience, the leather stretches slightly within the first five wears—especially if it’s warmer outside. 

Thursday Boots Vanguard model with denim shirt
My Thursday Vanguard in French Roast leather.

I’ve never developed any blisters from my Thursday Boots, but I always recommend wearing a thicker pair of socks the first time you walk around in any new pair of boots. 

Thicker socks help protect your feet, and they also help stretch the leather a little more. I don’t think you need to bust out any other fancy break-in tricks with Thursdays because they’re really comfortable right away. But here’s a list of heavy boot breaking tactics just in case.

Thursday Boots Returns

Thursday Boots Captain storm king sitting next to river

So let’s say the worst happens: you order the wrong size for your Thursday Boots. Yes, it’s annoying that you have to return them, but the brand’s return policy is pretty rock solid, so it’s not going to put you out of any money.

Thursday offers free 30-day returns and exchanges so long as your boots are in re-sellable condition. 

What counts as re-sellable? Imagine how you’d like your new boots to look when you open the box: that’s how you should return yours.

I always put my new boots on and stand for an hour or two on a carpeted surface. Since I have a standing desk, this is easy for me. If my feet start to tingle, I know I ordered too small, and they’re easy to exchange. 

Thursday Explorer eight inch lace up boots on cement
My Thursday Explorers in Olive

You can also put your new boots on and sit on the couch and watch some TV. Take a few steps around on a carpet. If they feel fine, then you know you have the right size. 

The main thing to avoid is scuffs and marks on the sole, and excessive creasing at the toe. 

Luckily, Thursday Boots don’t crease very easily at the toe during the first few wears, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. You can also relax the laces a lot to get your foot into the boot the first time, which will further reduce the amount of creasing you cause. 

Here’s a video guide on how I care for my Thursday boots (all different leathers).


I know shopping for boots online can be difficult, but you know everything you need to in order to get the right Thursday Boots size the first try.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, my favorite Thursday is the Captain

Thursday Captain

The Thursday Captain is an excellent deal. Made with Thursday's Chrome leather from Le Farc tannery (often compared to Horween Chromexcel), these boots are still holding up well after five years of wear. When (if?) these ever wear out, I’ll be getting them again.

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Watch the video below to see how I rank all 10 of my Thursdays from worst to best. 

My Thursday boots ranked

And if that’s not enough, you can see below how I like to style my Thursday Captains.

Styling my Thursday Captains


Do Thursday Boots run small or big?

Thursday Boots run big, so you should order a half-size smaller than you normally would for sneakers. However, their sizing is consistent with other boot-makers like Red Wing and Wolverine.

Are Thursday Boots legit?

Thursday Boots are the real-deal. They offer outstanding value for money, and while they’re not the best boots in the world, I own ten pairs myself because they’re good quality for an excellent price.

Do Thursday Boots have good arch support?

Yes, Thursday Boots have good arch support. Most Thursdays have a steel shank, which helps arches. If you typically wear an orthopedic insert, I recommend ordering Thursdays in your usual sneaker size so you have room to add your insert into the boot.


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  1. Thanks for this post. I should’ve read it before buying my first pair of Thursday’s. I went to a shoe store and measured myself on the brannock and came out to 10E. I ordered a standard 10 and they were huge. I returned them and got a standard 9. Those fit me better on the length but they feel tight on my pinky toe. To the point that it feels like I’m gonna blister the toe next to it after just 5 minutes of walking around the house. Now idk if I should go 9.5 standard or 9 EE or if they’ll expand enough during break in. I wear 9.5 wide for my nobull trainers and they fit like a glove and I also have 9.5 sheepskin moccasins that I’ve broken in perfectly. The mocs are shorter than the 9 Thursday captains but significantly wider. But like Steve from the other comment, my Nikes are weird. I wear a 10-10.5 in Nike sneakers.

  2. I wear a 13 in a Nike running shoe, and an 11.5 in a Johnston Murphy dress shoe. I originally ordered a 12 Captain, which was ridiculously long. So long that I exchanged for an 11, rather than an 11.5. They arrived today. Perfect. Sole is the exact same length as my Johnston and Murphy dress shoes.

  3. Dear William,
    Thank you very much for this comprehensive summary. You have prepared a table with the sizes. The CM you have indicated for Thursday boots is the length of the inner foot, or the maximum length of the foot?
    Many thanks in advance.

    • Hey Adam! It indicates the total length – so whatever is the longest part (usually either the end of your big toe or the end of your “pointer” toe). Whatever your longest toe is.

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