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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 10, 2006
    Albany NY

    Default Men's dress boots - can I wear them?

    I was given a beautiful pair of Petrie Anky dressage boots - they were worn by a woman, but when I look at the number inside the boot, it is clear that these are a size 7 1/2 - since I am a woman's 8 and 1/2, and I am no fool, I quickly deduced that the boots are men's and not women's. It explains the fact that the ankle in this boot is rather boxy.

    Here's my question - I have a high instep, and usuallyl cannot wear off the rack dress boots (why I always get field boots) but these boots fit me really well - except that they are a bit big in the calf and definitely too roomy as the leg goes down.

    I would like to take them somewhere and have them altered to fit me, a woman.

    Has anyone altered men's boots to better fit a woman? Successfully? Got any pics? Or am I better off selling these and buying my own new pair for women. I hate to ruin the boots by trying to alter them if it really doesn't work out like that.

    What to do, what to do?
    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov. 1, 2005
    The Prairie


    Might not be men''s sizes are not one size down. I wear a women's size 11 and the men's equivalent is 9. I know this for sure as I frequently resort to men's footwear as manufacturers often think women's feet stop at size 10.

    If they are a good fit in other regards I would probably try to have them altered.

    Does your heel slip around at all? The heel box on mens footwear tends to be bigger than womens, that is sometimes the deal breaker for me.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec. 20, 2009


    IMO, you don't have much to lose by trying the alteration IF you have a good shoe repair person near you. I can't imagine that you would get much for a used pair of boots - though may be wrong on that - so I would give it a try. You dont say if they have zippers or not, somehow I think that would make it easier to tinker w/ them.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan. 26, 2010


    I wear men's shoes all of the time. They fit me better. I wear men's and women's boots. If they fit you, why not?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2003
    Deep South


    Unlike people, boots do not have any physical attributes that mark them as either male or female. It is quite likely that the size is not American; ie a Women's UK size 7 1/2 is American 8 1/2.
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