Boot Fitting at the Factory

“Our fitting system was developed in our factory shop many years ago. It is the classic English system and comprises English sizes 3 - 15 together with 5 width fitting volumes. A total of 115 different fittings!!!

“We developed the fitting system because we were seeing people everyday with very high volume or very low volume feet who had genuine difficulty with boot fitting......There is no such thing as one fitting system that “fits all” - we sell other makes of boots in our factory shop but the Altberg system certainly enabled us to fit boots successfully to over 80% of our shop customers. THERE IS NO OTHER SYSTEM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO COMPARE WITH OUR 5 WIDTH, ENGLISH SYSTEM. WE HAVE KEPT USING IT BECAUSE WE ARE BOOTMAKERS WHO UNDRESTAND OUR OWN FITTING SYSTEM AND SIMPLY WANTED TO FIT BOOTS BETTER.

We don't have all sizes in all styles ‘in stock’ - it would be impossible to stock so many boots. All our boots are made on the same lasts so we will often use a different style to the one you may be considering purchasing to assess size and fitting. We can advise on differences to fit as the style changes. If there is uncertainty you may wish to come back to the factory for fitting when the boots are finished - otherwise the boots are posted out once they are ready.

The foot is measured for length using a brannock gauge.

The foot is measured for length using a brannock gauge.

The circumference around the metatarsal heads (joints) is measured.

The circumference around the metatarsal heads (joints) is measured.

The boot fitter uses the fitting chart to convert the measurements into the nearest boot lengths and width sizes.

The boot fitter uses the fitting chart to convert the measurements into the nearest boot lengths and width sizes.

The customer tries on boots which most closely match the measurements taken.

The customer tries on boots which most closely match the measurements taken.

The boots are tested for fit first by simply walking around the shop and then on a sloping ramp.

The boots are tested for fit first by simply walking around the shop and then on a sloping ramp.

Special orthotic footbeds may be used to stabilise the weighted foot and improve fitting.

Special orthotic footbeds may be used to stabilise the weighted foot and improve fitting.

Different thickness of sock can significantly improve the boot fitting.

Different thickness of sock can significantly improve the boot fitting.

The lacing is assessed. Different lacing methods may be considered.

The lacing is assessed. Different lacing methods may be considered.

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