Tips for Buying Hunter Boots
Since I’ve gotten lots of questions on my original post, I figured I’d do a compilation of all the things I’ve learned from the input on Hunter Boots! I am by no means a Hunter expert, but hopefully this helps a couple people choose the best “fit.” To be on the safe side, I’d always try them on first in a store before ordering online—it will save a lot of time! Nordstrom carries them if you’d like to try & buy in-person, and the online retailer Zappos has wonderful customer service and free shipping both ways if you decide to go that route. Here’s some helpful info:
- Size down. Hunter Boots only come in whole sizes, and consistently run large (at least for the US). Size down. Personally, I had to send back my first pair because I got a 10 (I’m usually a 10.5) and they were enormous. The 9’s were more snug, but I can still wear them with socks, no problem.
- Hunter Original Tall vs Huntress. I personally have both versions in glossy red, size 9 (pictured), and there is a huge difference. Huntress is a larger calf (16″ vs 14.5″), and is exactly 2 inches shorter than the Hunter Originals. Initially, I chose Huntress because my calves were larger—at the time, it was the right choice. But after losing some weight, the Huntress became much too large in the calf area and they would slide around in the ankle. So I purchased the Original Tall boot. Personally, I think the higher boot of the Original is more flattering on the legs (if you can swing it), but both are a quality boot. From experience, I would definitely go for fit. I loved both pairs. To see a pic of me in the Huntress, view the original post.
- Need portability? Go with Hunter Original Tour. The “Tour” boot is great for travel since it rolls up, and is a much lighter boot than the Original or Huntress boot. After reading some reviews it seems to run on the narrow side (a little tighter), so as with the Original, if you have larger calves this boot would not work for you. For shorter women, this might be a good compromise from the Originals, because it’s more flexible and is less likely to chafe at the knee. But be aware, Hunter’s standard 12-month warranty does not apply to the Tour boot because of the flexible design.
- For smaller feet & calves, you might be able to pull off a kid’s size—for almost half the price! On my original post, one commenter suggested kid’s sizes for women with smaller feet/calves (7.5 or below). Genius! Usually a Women’s 7, Kat said the kid’s size 6 fit her and she is “happy and loves [her] boots.” These might be ideal for very petite women whose knees are chafed by the Hunter Original Tall. And for $75, that’s an awesome steal. However, there are a few differences, including a shorter shaft (that’s what she said…), small reflective patches at the top and bottom, and the calf is much narrower at 14″-15″ depending on the size. If you try this out, let me know how the sizing works…if I could pull this off, I’d have a whole closet of Hunters!
- Hunter Welly Socks. These socks are made for the Original boot. They have awkward foot-seams, but you get over it, and they are definitely more for looks, not warmth. They will fit the width of the Huntress, but are 2″ taller accordingly. I tucked them in and they were fine with the Huntress. If you find that your boots are too loose, these socks can help make them more snug. They start at $30, and fold over the boot nicely. And if any ladies can pull off the kid’s sizes, they start at only $20 and hide the top reflector of the kid’s boot.
- Warmth. These boots are awesome in rain, obviously. They are also great in snow/slush, but not the warmest. I would happily use them for walking shoveled sidewalks or errands (like, a quick jaunt to Target for example), but not for something like the dog park or shoveling. If they are immersed in snow, there is no insulation and my feet get cold fast.
- Hunter Boots Rubber “Blooms” As you might notice from the pics, over time a white film may develop on your boots—this is known as “blooming.” According to the Hunter Care website, this is “completely normal for natural rubber products… [and is] a known characteristic of high quality, natural rubber and nothing to be concerned about.” This happens on both the glossy and matte finish. Phew! They suggest that you purchase their care products (of course), but according to this blogger, Armorall Wipes work like a charm…yes, the ones for your car! They will give your boots a glossier finish, though, so be careful if you’d like to keep them matte. Mine are glossy anyway, so it doesn’t matter.
- If purchasing through Zappos there is an extra option for N or M. This means the width of the foot area—“N” for Narrow, or “M” for medium. “M” is standard, which is what I got…and I have very narrow feet and they’re perfect! I would go with M, purely because I can’t imagine them being much more narrow.
Hope this helps! Best of luck on your quest for the perfect Hunter boot!