How Do I Size Motorcycle Boots?

Updated February 21, 2017

It's important to find motorcycle boots that properly fit your feet. While operating your motorcycle, you should be thinking about staying safe on the road, not the comfort of your boots. Many people do not know how to find the right size motorcycle boots, but once you know what you are looking for, you should be able to find the perfect boots at any store that carries motorcycle boots.

Use a Brannock device--a foot measuring device--or ask a staff member at your local shoe store to help you, use this device to measure the length of your foot. This will help you determine what size boot you need. For example, for men's sizes, a size 1 fits a man with a foot that is 7-2/3 inches long. Each additional third of an inch adds a size. Write down your length.

Use a measuring tape to measure the width of your feet. Measure the very widest area of your foot. The easiest way to do this is to stand on a piece of plain white paper, outline your foot, and then measure the widest area. Take the measurement in inches as widths are separated by 3/16 of an inch. Write down your width.

Look at the size and width chart located in the Resources section or consult a staff member at the store where you plan to buy your motorcycle boots. You now need to convert the length and width measurements of your feet into a boot size. Consider getting boots that are a size bigger than you need, assuming that your feet will swell after a long day of riding.

Pay attention to the height of the boots. Boots should be at least 10 to 14 inches high for safety reasons. The higher they go, they more protection they offer. Wear your riding trousers to the store to make sure they feel good with the fit of the boots.

Ask someone to trying pulling your boots off after you have strapped them on. If they can be pulled right off, they do not fit right, and may end up coming off in a dangerous situation later. The top of the boots should fit securely around your calves, and they should need to be unzipped or unfastened to be removed from your feet.


Measure your right and left foot because your feet might be slightly different sizes. Purchase motorcycle boots that will fit the larger foot.


Motorcycle boots tend to be labelled with more accurate sizes than, say athletic shoes, for example. Therefore, avoid purchasing the same size motorcycle boots as other shoes you own. Take the time to determine your true size.

Things You'll Need

  • Motorcycle boots
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper and pencil
  • Brannock device
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