Tips for Buying Hunter Boots

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

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Callie - February 7, 2014 - 11:21 am

OMG, I’m totally going to have to try these out. I’ve been looking for some GOOD rain boots for a few years now! Thanks for the info!

SeattleMama - February 12, 2014 - 11:21 am

I have large, but not huge, calves, and the original were just a smidge too tight, made the lines of the boot wrinkle. So I went with the huntress, which I really liked and thought were cute. But then the insoles came unglued and curled up under my feet, so I was able to return them to Nordstrom. They were out of the huntress in violet, so I went with the shorts in graphite and absolutely love them. I think the taller boots are a bit more fashion-y and lovely, but I think the shorts are cuter. And they’re not that short, so they hit my calves at a nice point. Plus less material means a little bit lighter weight. Just one more option…:)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 12, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Thanks for the tip!

Rachel - February 13, 2014 - 10:54 am

Hi Nicole,

I just bought the tall Rag & Bone Hunter Boots and I love love love them. Only thing is I’m having issues getting them off, any ideas to skip the struggle and sweat?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 13, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Are you wearing socks? Sometimes if I just slip them on without socks,I have a harder time getting them off. I usually wear my husband’s dress socks under them.

Deena - February 18, 2014 - 5:46 am

Hi Nicole! I found myself on your blog when searching for Hunter boots. Love it! I don’t a place where I can subscribe. Can you help me? I’d like to stay connected. Thank you!

Kim - February 19, 2014 - 11:13 am

Thanks so much for this post! Seeing the side by side comparison was great.

I was leaning towards buying the Huntress boots now even though I’m in the process of working out and eating healthier. I think I’m going to hold off for 6 months and reevaluate and hopefully can fit into the Pillar Box Red Original Gloss ones.

Merylinda - February 19, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Hello Nicole and Thank you for posting this!

Are you able to tell me how wide the calf part of the Huntress Boot is? I can not seem to find the width of these babies to make sure they will fit me.

Thank you!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 19, 2014 - 2:29 pm

16 inches! I’m so glad it helps!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 19, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Hi Deena! I’m so glad to help, and thrilled you enjoyed my little slice ofthe ‘net. =) I re-added the subscribe bar on the left-hand column, hope that helps!

Sonia - February 20, 2014 - 3:08 am

Great advice!!! Thank you! So excited to buy some online!

-Warm regards from Chicago <3

Mardi - February 21, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Do you know anything about the adjustable back style of these boots? And if the wellie socks work with them?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 25, 2014 - 8:19 am

I’m not familiar with that particular boot. BUT you can always try & return it? Sorry, I know that’s not much help. =/ Please let me know if you figure it out!

Lindsey - March 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Thanks for the advise! When ordering on Zappos, what is the difference between the N and the M option?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 17, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Hi Lindsey, N means “Narrow” and M means “Medium.” It is referencing the width in the foot area only, not the calf. Hope that helps!

Kelley - April 1, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Hi Nicole- Thank you for your review. I’ve been reading reviews online to try and figure out sizing. I am usually a 7 but have read several reviews to stick with the true size if you plan on wearing socks or have muscular calves. Any thoughts? I measure my calves and they are only 14.5.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 1, 2014 - 9:33 pm

I sized down and still wear socks just fine! Glad to help, hope they work out! Let me know if you have any more questions!

Jane - April 4, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Thanks for the helpful tips! I’m going to Nepal during the monsoon season so I wanted to invest in Hunter boots. Unfortunately I’m really short :( and I’d like to wear the original hunter boot (I’m 5’1 by the way). Can I ask how tall you are and if you would recommend me getting the original? Thanks in advance!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 5, 2014 - 8:34 am

Hi Jane! I’m 5’8″, so fairly tall. I’ve heard that the Originals chafe the back of some shorter women’s knees, so actually the kids boots might better fit! And as a bonus, they’re almost half the price, and you don’t need to worry about the larger calf! Just something to consider.

Samantha - May 9, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Thanks for the detailed review! I’m a 10-10.5 so I appreciate the sizing down tip although I may go try some on before purchasing. I’m more concerned about warmth, have you tried the socks? If the socks are warm enough to commute in the snow (like Chicago style train commute in the winter, blech!!) than I’d be set for spring and winter all in one :)

Romina - May 15, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Hi, could you please give me a hand? I just bought UK number 5 and I dont know if the size its ok!!

So according to us size Iam:
Nike 8.5
Guess 8.5
nine west 8.5
aldo 8.5

and the size in CM by rules is 24.2/24.5

UK 5 Should be ok???

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 18, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Sorry for the late reply! Yes, I have the socks. As long as you’re not walking through piles of snow (and just on the sidewalk) you’ll be okay!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 18, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Oh gosh, I’m sorry…I have no idea about UK conversions! I’m usually a 10.5 or 11 US and I’m a 7UK. Hope that helps!

Claudia - May 30, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Hi, I was wondering if all hunter boots have the same patterned lining inside? I just bought some used ones and they are solid white inside.

Thank you

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 31, 2014 - 6:06 am

Mine are plain inside, however they have the logo, size, spot for your name, etc

Lisa - June 11, 2014 - 8:01 am

My daughter is heading to college in a really cold climate. I bought her a pair of Hunter tour boots for that transition weather and now I am worried that they will be even less warm than the original Hunter. I know the Tours feel lighter but do you think they won’t be as warm?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - June 11, 2014 - 8:05 am

Hi! I’ve never tried them, so I can’t speak to the warmth of the Tours…but they’re not very warm boots in general. That said, if she wears warm socks and isn’t standing in piles of snow, she should be fine! =)

Courtney - June 24, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Hi! I’ve been researching huntress boots since I have a wider calf, but like the tall original style better. Has anyone tried wearing the men’s version?

Jennie - July 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm

This is such a helpful post but I was wondering if you could do me a big favor and tell me the measurement of the width of the widest part of the boot (bottom, not the calf)? I normally wear wide shoes and I’m worried these will be too narrow for my feet but calling Hunter proved to be unhelpful since they “don’t have that available”. Or maybe you could tell me how wide your feet are at their widest because I noticed you said you can’t imagine them being much narrower. Mine are 11cm (4.3in) wide.
Crossing my fingers!

Jennifer Ross - July 24, 2014 - 9:31 am

I love the boots but I agree with Rachel (13 February) about the problems getting them off. When I wear them to the office I always take them off in the privacy of the ladies room and if I wear them out shopping I never remove them to try other footwear on. I dislike being seen to struggle and I know from seeing myself in the mirror at home that my face is contorted with the pain and effort of pulling and I have no wish for others to see that. I did wear them with bare feet on one occasion and they were absolute agony to get off. Never again!

Kelsey - August 25, 2014 - 9:35 pm


I just wanted to let everyone know. I used to work at a shoe store that sold hunter boots. I saw so many people come in during the winter during cold temperatures with cracked rubber boots. Just so you all know.. they are NOT winter boots.. even though they have the welly socks. If you live somewhere where it gets cold in the winter.. just be warned that it is possible for them to crack and this is NOT covered by warranty!

Other than that they are great :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 25, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Awesome, good to know! Thanks Kelsey!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 25, 2014 - 9:42 pm

They are really narrow!

Lindsey B - September 6, 2014 - 10:28 am

What a great post! I read your original one first then this one – so helpful! I also spent hours researching so thank you for your awesome compilation! And PS – as soon as my daughter can fold, she will be folding

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 6, 2014 - 10:48 am

Haha, thank you! Glad to help! =)

Ashley S - September 6, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I was looking into to buying some of these boots because they are the only place I have seen an 11, but my feet are also wide. Do you know if they are roomy enough that a M would be okay or not?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 6, 2014 - 2:19 pm

They are VERY narrow! My best advice would be to try some on, then buy!

Monica - October 3, 2014 - 8:58 am

The tip about buying kids size is genius!! I am very excited to get my boots and they were MUCH cheaper!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 6, 2014 - 6:57 am

Glad to help! Let me know how they work out!

Erin - October 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

Do you have the original flat or gloss? When looking online, I can’t tell if the flat looks weird or if I’d like it better than the gloss. I know I don’t like the super gloss but am torn between these two.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 19, 2014 - 6:26 pm

I have the gloss and I love the finish! I just thought the matte would look more weathered, more quickly. But I’m not speaking from experience with the matte. Just a guess. =)

Erin - October 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Do you have the shearling insoles for your boots? I was wondering if they are worth the extra $25.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 22, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I don’t! I’ve always just worn socks and they’ve been just fine. =)

Deanna - October 25, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Thank you for the great info. I just bought a pair if the Hunter Original Tall. I’m a size 8 so I bought the UK 6 (as per the size chart) but they hit the back of my knees/thighs when I go up or down stairs. Does that mean they are too big for me? They are a little loose at the foot but the UK 5 is too tight. Help!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 26, 2014 - 8:26 am

Try the kid’s sizes! Not only are they less expensive, but they’re *slightly* shorter and still narrow around the calf (like the originals)! Please let me know if that helps!

Caitlin - October 26, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Thank you for the helpful tips!

Hannah - November 4, 2014 - 6:07 pm

I’m after 2 things in a pair of hunters and I can’t seem to find both. I want black gloss but with neoprene lining for warmth. Is there a style that covers both because if there is I seriously can’t find it!!! Help!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 4, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Hey girl! I honestly don’t think there are. They are not the warmest boots, but unless you’re walking through piles of snow, they’re plenty warm! Thick socks do the trick just fine! Sorry I’m not much help!

Stephanie - November 14, 2014 - 9:34 am

I brought a pair of Hunter Adjustable boots. I am 5’3″ and I normally wear a size 9/10 in boots. After researching and reading about making sure to size down & if you have large calves (16″). Well… I ordered a size 9 from since Zappos and Nordstrom were out.

When I received them, I tried them on and thought they sent me the wrong size. I check the size chart 3 times to make sure I wasn’t crazy. They were Size 9 – UK 7 and 8M/9F (8 Male and 9 Female). I thought, “Okay…but I had on running socks – thin as paper – and why are these TIGHT through the ankle and the toe box???” I even took my socks off and they were impossible to get off. I know I love having a wider toe box, but the heel area was huge. I decided to put on fleece wellie socks to see if it made a difference – not a chance. The ankle area makes it impossible to to get your foot in the boot – socks or no socks. I agree with Jennifer (7/13 post) and Rachel (2/24 post), it is agonizing to take them off. Why was everything I read about going a size down because they ran big? They were the correct size. I called Hunter and they said that I need to go up to a size 10 be safe EVEN though I sizing a size 8 US/6 UK according to their chart. So, word to the wise, try them on in the store first and avoid the headache.

Paula - November 25, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Hi there I’m trying to buy some hunter wellies for my Mom and really stuck. She is only 4’11” (bless her!) and has quite big calves. I already know the Huntress boots would be the better option as I have original hunters and they would be way too tall for her. But I was wondering if you knew the actually height of Huntress boots. I’m bothered they will be too tall as well! May have to go for the Short boot! Any help will be much appreciated. Also I’m puzzled on the calf measurement. Are you measuring all the way around the calf? What is the calf size for the Huntress boot?

jamie - November 25, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Hi, I usually wear a size womans 8. What size hunter’s original do I order? Do I size down to a 7? Also what # am I looking at ?
the W, M, or UK size?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 27, 2014 - 8:25 am

I’m referring to US sizes, but I highly recommend trying on a pair in-store before ordering online! But if you aren’t able, I would size down. Personal opinion!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 27, 2014 - 8:27 am

Calf size of the huntress is 16″, and they run an inch shorter than the originals. I think she’d be okay with the Huntress in a smaller size because I think they run shorter as they size down.

Jo - November 29, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Hi nicole,
If I take your recommendation of sizing down I would be a size 7- does this mean I could order a kids 5? Or would that be too small?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 30, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Hi Jo, I am unable to do the kids sizing myself, so I haven’t tried. Based on what I’ve read, that would be correct! However, keep in mind they are slightly shorter. The best bet is always trying a pair on before ordering!

Tonya - December 2, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Nicole, I’m wondering if you’ve tried the Hunter Original Back Adjustable ones? They are taller than the Wellies, but I see the circumference is 16 1/4. I’m a 16.5 But I hear they can be adjusted to larger??

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

I haven’t tried them, I’m sorry I can’t speak to their adjustability! Another person’s post mentioned that they’re less stiff so they sometimes appear saggy. I have never seen them in person though!

Lisa - December 18, 2014 - 8:10 am

Here is a link from Nordstrom for Hunter kid sizes. it includes womens sizes. i am 5’2″ and wear a size 8 and am weaing a Hunter kids size 6. hope this helps!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 23, 2014 - 10:20 am

Thanks so much Lisa! Glad the kid’s sizes worked for you, I’m jealous! =)

Coryelle - January 5, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Let’s talk about buying Hunter boots. Are there ever sales or discounts?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 8, 2015 - 10:42 am

If you know someone who works at Macy’s, they get the employee discount! Anyone else know of anything?

CORYELLE - January 9, 2015 - 7:55 am

Last time I checked, Macy’s doesn’t carry Hunters.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 11, 2015 - 11:35 am

You’re right, I don’t see them on there! My friend who works there can use her Macy’s discount at Nordstrom. Nordstrom has them!

Michelle - January 14, 2015 - 11:02 am

Okay, I have spent THREE hours trying to decide between Huntress (Wider Calf) and the Original. I see online Hunter says the calf circumference is 15″. The Huntress goes up to 16.5″. I have really narrow ankles and feet, 15.25″ calf at the bulk muscle. Can ANYONE tell me if they have a 15″ calf and had the originals fit? Nicole, if you are willing to offer your calf size, you may save me a huge headache. I looked at hundreds of Zappos reviews, and had mixed answers but nothing that said “My calf is _. These fit.” or anything clear. One reviewer said that sizing up gave more room in the calf, too. I do not have a store near me :( For the record, I am usually a 9.5 in heels and sneakers. I was thinking either 8 or 9 to order. I believe the online sizer puts me at a 9. Whew, who knew they’d be so hard?!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 14, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Hi Michelle! As far as size, I would guess you would be pretty safe with a 9, but if your calves are even a little over 15″ the Originals won’t fit (that was the initial problem I had). =/ I would not recommend sizing up, the 10’s were massive in comparison to the 9’s. I wouldn’t worry about the feet being too wide, they are quite narrow on the Huntress AND the Originals, but the ankle is much wider (as you can see in the pictures). I’ve heard that the adjustable one might be a good alternative, but I haven’t personally tried it on so I can’t attest to the fit. Some commenters have mentioned that those can tend to slouch since they aren’t the solid rubber. I would try the Huntress in 9’s if I were you, Danielle. Even though the ankle wasn’t as narrow as I would have liked, I did love them and the were great boots!

Jessica - January 17, 2015 - 9:59 am

Hi Nicole, thanks for this awesome post! Very helpful and informative. I am normally a size 8, but since I am seeing that they run large, do you think I would be okay getting a size 7?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 17, 2015 - 1:46 pm

I always recommend trying them on first, but I do think a 7 would be safe!

Jess - January 21, 2015 - 10:34 am

okay so I’m on this new kick where i wanna go vegan and buy products where animals weren’t harmed in the process. i’m a die hard ugg fan and own a few pairs, but i’m looking into buying the hunter boots since they’re waterproof. I’ve read some reviews that say their cheap and bad quality so i’m a little nervous. I also wear a wide width in my shoes but i have a narrower foot except for across my toes. I have a pair of the ugg classic tall boots and they fit very tight on my calves. I’m wondering if the Hunter boots run narrow in the whole foot or if they are slightly wider across the toes?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 23, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Personally, I think the whole foot is pretty narrow. I’d always recommend trying them on first if you can, but most places have free returns so you’ll probably be safe either way. As far as the quality, I’ve never had an issue! But if the classic tall Uggs are tighter, you’d definitely want to go with the Huntress!

linda - March 1, 2015 - 12:46 am

hi nicole!

I’m having “issues” with my hunters.. lately when wearing them in the rain… my feet are getting soaked? I’m kinda of stumped, had the boots for a year…

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 1, 2015 - 8:09 am

Weird…I’ve never heard of that before! Sorry, I have no idea what that could be! Anyone else?

linda - March 1, 2015 - 5:29 pm

i know, i’ve been searching forums, and i have no idea what else to do… considering it doesn’t rain much here in CA, I had worn them recently with the one storm we got, and my socks are soaked when i take them off.. it makes me kinda of sad. i think i am going to email hunter to find out..

Elizabeth - March 6, 2015 - 9:17 am

I dont have any stores that sell Hunter boots so I have to go off reviews. Hunter brought out a slim boot and I am wanting a tall pair of boots. Do you know how the slim Hunters compare to the tall Hunters?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 8, 2015 - 9:17 am

Hi Elizabeth! I’m sorry, I don’t have any experience with the new ones!

maria - March 9, 2015 - 4:42 pm

I wore my hunter boots in a huge puddle of water and water seeped in through the toes…my boots are brand new…has this happened to anyone else?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 12, 2015 - 7:35 am

I haven’t had this problem! If they’re brand new, I would definitely call and request another pair!

Michelle crone - March 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

I just bought a pair of the hunter originals. I’m usually an 8.5 but since I have a larger calf the sales rep suggested I take a 9. They fit perfectly, except when I bend my leg foward the boot bends in around my ankle. Not sure if this is normal? And I’m just not used to it yet.

Samantha Jackson - March 27, 2015 - 7:39 am

Hi, Nicole! This is such helpful information…thanks for putting it all together. I want to order a pair of these for my teenage daughter for her birthday. She’s tall and slim. I know there are slim fit Hunter boots, but I can’t find one that I think she’ll like (color wise). Do you know if the adjustable can narrow the calf if necessary. Also, do you know how to describe the Damson color? It appears to be just red, but I can’t tell for sure. Thanks so much!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 29, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Normal! Since they’re one piece of rubber, mine do that too.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 29, 2015 - 9:34 pm

I haven’t seen it in person, sorry! I have the Huntress red and the Originals in Military red. Not sure of the Damson one!

Kim Campbell - April 15, 2015 - 10:19 am

I apologize if you have already answered this question, but I cannot for the life of me find the answer to a question (not even on the Hunter website).
How tall are the Originals (measuring from bottom of heel up to top)? Do you know how tall the kids’ Originals are? I wear a size 7, and was going to try to get away with the kids’ version, but really do like the look of the tall. I’m 5 ft 7 1/2 so I’m thinking the kids’ version will be too short, but what an awesome price savings! :) Btw, these two posts have been super helpful to me!

Kim Campbell - April 15, 2015 - 10:48 am

Oooh, I just found measurements for the Original boots. Still not finding the kids’ measurements. Anyone who can reply would be great! :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 17, 2015 - 12:58 pm

I’m so glad they’ve been helpful! I don’t know the kid’s height, sorry!

Kim Campbell - April 17, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Thank you! No worries. I was in a pinch needing boots by tomorrow, so I found some made by Roma ($89), but friend works at a store so I got a discount. I got boring black but having them monogrammed for fun. Next time I’m at our mall with Nordstrom I’m going to check out the kid’s Hunter boots.

Cynthia - May 5, 2015 - 9:24 am

Hi, I saw a comment asking about the inside of the boots. I have 3 pairs from over the years. The older pair is solid white (off white kinda textured) inside, and the new pairs have the inside smooth, matching the outside of the boot. So I think the older pairs were light colored inside, and the more recent ones match the color of the boots.
Also, to add, I tried the kids size 4 (I am a size 5 women). They fit about the same, but seemed a little wider (however my feet are narrow with a high instep). But… I just couldn’t deal with the reflectors on the back! I tried to talk myself into them, but they just seemed too “kiddie” to for my taste- bummer, because I could have paid like half price!
I am 5’2″ (but leggy- however short torso)- anyways, the original tour and the original tall fit fine on me. I have almost 2″ between my kneecap and the top of the boot. No issue with it digging into the back of my knee when I walk, and the boots are also pliable enough to get down to my toddler without being awkward.
Anyways, thank you for a great post, very helpful!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Mine from last year have a whitish lining…

Sabrina - June 3, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Hi Nicole, thank you so much for all the informations very helpful!! I’m from Brazil and trying to get a hunter boot so as i will not be able to try it on first, i was very worried about chosing the right size, but now i think it will be ok!!

I want to share this very helpful Calf size Chart for Hunter Knee Boots that i found!! it s in centimeters but easy to convert…

Hope it helps!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - June 12, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Thanks for sharing Sabrina!

selma - June 24, 2015 - 12:07 pm

I have bought may Hunter from Costco. But they look fake to me.
What do know about it?Thanks!!

Dana - June 26, 2015 - 8:50 pm

I bought the original tour in a 6 and 7 on zappos. Not sure which to keep. I can wear socks in both, but the 6 fit snug. The 7 with or without socks my heel lifts up. Is the heal rising up slightly typical with these. If only a 6.5 was available. Interested in hearing how others for their heel.


Janet - July 16, 2015 - 5:25 am

Thank you for all the tips. I went to Nordstrom to purchase the Huntress, as I always have calf issues with tall boots. However, the sales person brought out the Huntress, as well as the Original Adjustable. The Adjustable is the same height as the Original, but it has an adjustable toggle at the top of the back of the boot and a cute expandable flap. I liked the Adjustable must better than the Huntress. And the boot socks I bought cover the adjustable google, so you can’t see it.

Grace - July 28, 2015 - 2:24 pm

If I’m 5’4 could I wear the hunter originals? I’d like yall boots so the kids don’t quite meet that requirement and my calves are too small for the huntress. /: Thank you!!

Lorraine - September 2, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Hi just wondering if you knew if the wellies socks would fit the adjustable back? I know you said you haven’t tried them but I’m having difficulty finding if they fit.

Deanna - September 3, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Hi all, just got my 1st pair of Hunter rain boots, they’re the short wedgeswith heels. After wearing them one time with average thick socks & the tops of my feet are super sore. How do I make these more comfortable? I bought them for cuteness, but expected them to be comfortable, to be disappointed to experience differently.
Thank you,

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:15 pm

I’m sorry I don’t have any suggestions, I haven’t heard anything about the wedges!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:16 pm

I’m sorry, I don’t have a clue! I’d imagine they would, though. They just fold down over the boot, and the buckles are similar.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:22 pm

I think you’d be okay!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Thank you for letting me know, someone just asked about the Welly Socks fitting over the adjustable!

Gigi - September 12, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Hi, thanks for your article.
I’m planning on buying without trying.
Just like you, i’m often a size 11US but UK8 or 7.5
Will Hunter size 10US be enough? On their size guide, the insole for the size 10 is 27.8cm and my foot measures exactly that (28cm)
Does this mean there’ll be no wiggle room? The boots i want are only available up to size 10!
What you think? Should i risk it?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 15, 2015 - 12:14 pm

I always recommend sizing down! I think you’ll be okay! I’m usually a 10.5 or 11, and I got the 9’s. I originally tried the 10’s, and they were HUGE. You really don’t want a ton of wiggle-room with these.

Heather - October 5, 2015 - 8:06 pm

I have seen a soft coral color Hunter boot. Looks like an original tall. I can only find a bright coral one that is slightly different than original and a little more expensive. Any ideas if the soft coral exists?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 8, 2015 - 12:12 pm

I’m sorry, I have no clue! Anyone else?

Carla Freitas - October 25, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Thanks for this post! I have some healthy calves just bought a pair of the original at Costco (only $79) but they don’t work. I had heard they had a style of people with bigger calves and now I know! Thanks for the TIPS… I will continue to follow you!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 25, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Thanks for following Carla! Glad it was helpful!

Hope - October 28, 2015 - 11:40 am

Hi :) i wear a 9 should i get a 8 in the hunters?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 28, 2015 - 11:42 am

I always recommend trying them on first! But sizing down is definitely a safe bet. They don’t expand at all since they are solid rubber, so be sure you are comfortable with the fit because it won’t change! Personally, I prefer them to fit a little more snuggly because it was too loose by the heel in my regular size.

Katrina - November 6, 2015 - 4:17 pm

I ordered a pair in a size 9..which I normally am..I have narrow feet. They seem to fit lengthwise fairly close but feel a little big around the ankle/top of my foot. I’m hoping some thick socks will help. Also a tip, if anyone belongs to Costco or knows someone who does, the adult regular boots are $80, which is about $60 less than normal prices. And you can order online :)

jenny roberts - November 7, 2015 - 10:05 am

As I work in the ladies shoe department of a large store I was very interested to come across your site and to read the various comments relating to the sizing of Hunter Boots. We get a lot of customers looking at the boots at this time of year but there is always an interest throughout the year. Obviously most people ask to try a boot in their usual size but it is very common for them to end up trying 2 different sizes depending on the style of boot and I have known some trying 3 sizes! The other interesting issue is the one of getting the boots off. They are not that easy to get off and we frequently see a lot of face-pulling and gritted teeth as the wearer struggles to remove them. What is amazing is that there are instances of the customer buying the boots which only a few minutes previously have caused them to grimace with the effort of getting them off. As for wearing them with bare feet, that is something to be avoided unless you wish to spend anything up to 20 minutes getting both boots off. Perhaps somebody should make a video for You Tube to show the perils of not wearing socks!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

Thanks so much for your input! Maybe I will do a video about the non-sock wearing problem. =) Apparently they make “boot jacks” to help get them off! Haha

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 8, 2015 - 9:07 am

Thanks! I’ll post an edit to the blog now letting everyone know!

Dena - November 10, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Just wanted to let you know I wear a size 5.5-6 in most adult shoes so I was able to buy and fit big kid size 5 for only $80! They fit great and look perfect. The reflective patches and the slight height difference in he shaft are the main things but barely noticeable unless you are really looking for them. Love them:)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 11, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Oh yay! I’m so glad you were able to save with the kid’s sizing!

Jackie - November 24, 2015 - 2:09 am

Hello do you happen to know why the hunter boots from Costco look different ?

judy - November 26, 2015 - 8:43 am

are men and women’s boots the same? I am having trouble finding the color my daughter wants. If I go to the men’s section – they have them – out of stock for women. I know I would need to adjust the size but is the style the exact same?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:37 pm

I honestly don’t know. I tried digging into this and I can’t find any information. But hey, if they fit her, I say go with it!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:38 pm

I don’t! Someone else asked the same thing. I might try to call and find out!

lynn - December 4, 2015 - 12:16 pm

I’m in canada, and am size 9 here. I want to urder from the UK store, the size chart says the uk size 7 is equal to the 9 canadian – can anyone confirm that or are hunter size 9 – hunter size 9 no matter where you buy them?

Kori - December 5, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Can someone tell me the calve circumference of the slim with zippers vs the original tall vs huntress. My calf measures 15 1/2.

Is there a difference in the adjustable vs zipper in the calf?

jenna - December 10, 2015 - 11:15 pm

My boyfriend purchased a pair of Hunters for me for christmas (kind of spoiled it for me, still so excited!!) Anyways he said he got me a size 6 which I am a size 6 in other shoes, now I’m a little upset and overthinking that they are going to be too big now! He also got me a pair of Wellys so I’m hoping that will make a difference? I guess if they are too big I can exchange them but just wondering what you’re opinion is…

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 14, 2015 - 6:56 am

I’d just wait and see! =)

daniela - December 29, 2015 - 10:08 am

This was SUPER helpful! Thank you :) On the ‘hunt’ I go for a pair…

Lindsey - December 30, 2015 - 5:46 pm

I just got a pair of huntress boots for Christmas and while they fit, they seem to be just a tad tight at the top. I can get them all the way up but it’s a tad uncomfortable. Do they ever stretch out? Is there a pair that would fit better? Maybe the ankle boot? I’m 5’2 so the short boot would be good.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 1, 2016 - 8:32 am

They do not stretch out since they’re solid rubber!

Kristina - January 1, 2016 - 12:57 pm

Thank you for your posts!!!

I finally bought a pair of Huntress boots after eyeing them for a loong time. I wear size 9s in just about every shoe. I used to be size 8.5 until the last few years.

Anyway, the calves fit perfectly but they feel really big in the ankle and feet part — very loose. In normal socks, my feet sloosh around in them a bit and I think there’s at least an inch between my toe and the top of the boot…with thick socks, it’s a bit better — still a lot of ankle room. Is this normal?

I tried on an 8 in the Hunter original short and it felt snug — like a tennis shoe. I don’t think that was with thick socks…its such a pain in the @ss to return to the store, order the size 8 Huntress and then hope it fits…are the huntress 8 likely to be bigger in the show part than the Hunter 8?

Any advice would be much appreciated!!! :-) :-) :-)

Kristina - January 1, 2016 - 1:29 pm

Oops — forgot to mention I bought the Huntress size 9s.

susan - January 2, 2016 - 2:27 pm

hi i own a pair of hunter black boots have them a year wore them all last year with all the snow and rain we had here in ny. i took them out this year and the black color looks worn and grey any suggestions??

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 3, 2016 - 7:30 pm

It’s called “blooming” and the rubber naturally produces wax…a little hot water and a lot of elbow grease should help! I also use ArmorAll car protectant on them after I clean them!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 3, 2016 - 7:31 pm

I went with the size down for this very reason! I found the ankle very loose, and didn’t mind the slight snugness near the toe. They’re supposed to feel more snug, it’s actually common to wear them without socks…but then they’re impossible to get off. ;)

Erin - January 12, 2016 - 9:34 am

Thanks for all the helpful info! I’m debating between the huntress and original short boots, and I’m wondering if anyone has noticed a difference in the tread of the sole? It looks like the huntress is part of the Field collection, and might be better on a slippery sidewalk? Thanks again!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 12, 2016 - 9:39 am

Hi Erin! In my personal experience, even the Huntress tread was quite slippery on ice, but it was just fine on regular sidewalk! If anyone else has input on the short, it’s welcome!

Lily - January 14, 2016 - 10:54 pm

Do they work in the snow? Because I asked to the people of Hunter and they told me not to use them because the boots will crack because of the salt of the snow/streets.. Has anyone wear them in the snow?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 15, 2016 - 10:17 am

I’ve worn them in the snow, but not often! Mostly for sidewalk-walking! They are not warm enough for regular winter use, in my opinion!

Miss - January 17, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Question for you – I recently bought the a pair of Hunter Original tall boots. I’m typically a size 9 and ordered a size 9. I also got the socks. I’m frustrated that when I put the boots on the socks slip and are not smooth on the bottom of my foot. I’m struggling to explain it, but I’m having trouble understanding why people love these boots so much if the socks slips and is bunched on the bottom of my foot.

Am I doing something wrong here?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 19, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Nope, I’m not a fan of the socks much at all. I think they’re awkward. Etsy probably has some cute ones!

Katrina Hart - January 19, 2016 - 1:09 pm

I haven’t tried their socks – I actually bought some Uggs insole replacements and they’ve made the hunter boots very comfy/warm on me – I’m a size 9 also, but I have narrow feet. I just have worn regular socks and that combo seems to work :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 22, 2016 - 2:34 pm

Awesome thanks for sharing!

Wendy - January 27, 2016 - 5:12 pm

What Is the difference between the beige and red box versus the black box when buying Hunters?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 27, 2016 - 7:44 pm

No clue, sorry!

Leslie - February 28, 2016 - 8:01 pm

What’s the difference between hunter rain boots and rain boots you’d get at Walmart? Just the logo?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 2, 2016 - 9:10 am


Preeti - April 23, 2016 - 10:47 pm

Hi All. I wore my Hunter tours for the first time to a music festival since there was mud. I wore them with shorts and crew socks. It was 80 degrees out and the boots rubbed my leg raw around the top of the boot. The boots fit fine at home so I’m not sure if my legs swelled in the heat or if it was because I walked a lot in them and the rubber irritated my leg. Maybe knee high socks may have helped. They were super comfortable so I’d like to wear them again. Anybody have this problem before?

MANDY - April 28, 2016 - 7:54 am

WOW NICOLE, congratulations on blogging about such a widely discussed topic. I hope someone in Hunter marketing department has stumbled across this.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 31, 2016 - 6:12 pm

Haha, wouldn’t that be dandy?!

Isaac Stuart - July 2, 2016 - 2:53 pm

Hello There,

Looking for a pair of hunter wellies online. Are the men’s and women’s boots different? Just thinking in terms of sale prices etc. Thanks

Janice - September 8, 2016 - 9:40 pm

Is there a colour difference between hunter red and military red … I am looking for a darker red. THanks :)

Sabina Coston - October 9, 2016 - 9:33 am

Thanks for your great review! I have the slim boot in green but they are too tight with skinny jeans. Have been thinking about getting the Huntress and your post makes me think that this would be a good choice for me. I have muscular calves and being that I am only 5′ 3″, think these would be perfect! Thanks for all the tips.

Tracy - October 14, 2016 - 7:32 pm

Hi. I just received my Huntress boots. I tried them on and they are very tight around my calfs and sloppy around my ankles. My calfs measure 16.5. Do you think I should send them back? How much room is suppose to be around the calf when wearing them?

Diana - October 18, 2016 - 3:26 pm

I’m a size 6.. would the size 6 fit good or should I go down another size? Somebody please help

Sandra - November 14, 2016 - 7:24 am

Hi Nicole! Thanks for the tips about Hunter Boots, they are very useful! Since you have both types of boots, can you please tell me what size did you bought in huntress and original? I have the huntress but I don’t know if the original will be the same size (insole length) thanks! :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 14, 2016 - 7:31 am

Unfortunately the Huntress is wider in the ankle, as well as the calf. I found that annoying too.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 14, 2016 - 7:32 am

You could probably get kids! And they’re about half the price. I always recommend trying them on in store if possible

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 14, 2016 - 7:33 am

I fit the same size for Originals and Huntress! I sized down from a 10 to a 9 in both. =) If you like the fit of the ones you have, you should be fine!