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Is there NO difference between full and half size boots?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

My apologies if this has been asked and answered, but I couldn't find a good thread on it.

 

I've recently been reading up on boots and boot fitting in anticipation of buying my first pair. One thing I came across in another thread was the notion that for a full and half size boot (say, a 28, and a 28.5) there is no difference in the shell OR the liner size. (I think everyone agrees on the shell part.)

 

Is there a definitive source on that for the liners? And if that's true, is there ANY difference between full and half sizes?

 

(Paging @KingGrump or @Whiteroom who were the posters in the other thread.)

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

There absolutely is a difference.  Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong.  On the full size box the box will for instance say 27.0 and on the half size box it will say 27.5.

post #3 of 9

For years the whole size boots would have a thicker factory footbed in the bottom, making it feel tighter and of course you would feel like the boot was smaller----the half size would have a thinner footbed and feel larger.  The liners were identical as was the shell.

 

The thicker footbed would pack down over time and the boot would feel just like the "bigger" half size--- so the manufacturers gave up on trying to "massage" the customers foot feel.  At least they save a little "coin" on the extra labels.:cool

 

 

mike

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses, although they're conflicting. 

 

@Lou Rosenfeld - What I've seen other places is that some companies do ship two different boxes, but the contents are identical. Do you find that to be true?

post #5 of 9

No conflict----several company's now only ship the half size boots and don't even bother to make labels for the whole size since there is really no difference.

 

mike

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

No conflict...

 

Maybe I'm misreading Lou's post - I'm now not sure if he's saying the size written on the box is the ONLY difference, or if he's saying that the boots themselves are different.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

A little extra info from another member that I can share... There are still at least a couple of boot brands that ship different size liners between whole and half sized boots - Dalbello at least among them. But it appears that most brands don't.

post #8 of 9

I sell Dalbello's and there is no difference.  And as Mike said the soft parts of the fit only make an initial difference anyway.  If the half size larger boot had a slightly thinner liner the thicker liner will soon pack out to the same thickness.

 

It is irrelevant which you buy the .0 or .5

post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

 

It is irrelevant which you buy the .0 or .5

 

That seems to be the best answer overall - thanks for clarifying Lou!

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