From time-to-time we will add brand new boots to our sample boot sale page. Once or twice a year we will save up our sample boots and have a special sample boot sale and Black Friday is always one of these days.
The best way to keep informed of up and coming sales or offers, is to join the mailing list!
WHAT EXACTLY ARE SAMPLE BOOTS?
These will generally be brand new boots that are available as they have been samples in our studio (we do change our stock regularly), they may also be duplicates of orders (which does happen too often), they could also be orders that have arrived with, for instance, the wrong stitching (and we have remade the original order) and very occasionally the boots may have arrived with a small blemish (or mark) that will not affect the performance or longevity of the boots.
The accurate information will be on the individual sale page and any blemishes will be described.
WILL THEY FIT ME?
Go by your usual foot size even if we advertise a sheepskin foot (an allowance has already been made for this).
Insoles are available, which will reduce the foot size by ½ a size generally.
Measure your calf at the widest part on both legs.
Nb: If you measure in tall socks this will add 1cm, more or less, to your measurements. It might be a good idea to measure twice, with and without tall socks. You will then potentially have two measurements and could well be the difference between fitting in a pair of sample boots or not.
Measuring the calf for boots with full length laces and without.
For laced boots: these boots are adjustable to be made wider rather than slimmer. The individual product page will provide a guide to the widest point. Nb. We always suggest taking the smallest measurement (without tall socks) and adjust them outwards if necessary.
For boots without laces or elastic: The calf measurement is fixed and will not stretch. The individual product page will provide the widest point possible for the calf. Nb. Removing tall socks will provide a smaller measurement.
It’s best to measure an existing pair of boots to confirm your preferred height or refer to our guide below. If you measure an existing pair, measure the back seam excluding the boot heel. We do sell heel risers if required.
Existing clients: please do follow the instructions above as we just don’t have time to check individual orders for exact sizing sadly.
HOW ACCURATE DO I NEED TO BE?
FOOT SIZE: Always go with your regular foot size or use the insoles to reduce by 1/2 size. If you have a wide footbed, still go with the regular shoe size you would choose.
With laced boots allow only that they can be bigger not smaller.
All models without laces or elastic are not adjustable so need to match your calf measurement. If your calf measurement is bigger than the advertised size you will not fit into the boots.
Our boots do not drop too much so going with the measurement from an existing pair of boots is the most accurate way to know your height. Heel risers are available here.
REMEMBER THEY ARE SAMPLE BOOTS
They will not be your precise size. However, they may fit you like a glove and as if they were made for you (!) or they may not be totally perfect but still almost perfect!
We cannot alter the measurements of any sale boots, however AB Leatherwork based in the UK offer a solution and we highly recommend them for such alterations.
UK - We will accept refunds but there will be an admin charge of £25 to restock per item returned and we will not provide shipping labels or refund the original shipping or credit card fees. Please email the studio before returning any sample boots.
OUTSIDE THE UK - We cannot accept refunds from outside the UK due to the complications of importing returned times
It is worth noting that we have only ever had a handful of sample boots returned in over 12 years and they have almost all been as they have not actually read the advertised measurements (due to excitement - oops!)
Therefore, please do check your measurements carefully before purchasing to avoid any returns.
IMPORT TAXES ON SAMPLE BOOTS
Outside of the UK your purchases may be subject to import taxes and this is not something we can calculate or advise you on.