A study of the relationship between foot size and combat boot size in the Canadian Forces


  1. Dyck, W.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Foot and boot size data were collected on 825 individuals (70 females and 755 males) predominantly Canadian Forces (CF) Land Force (LF) infantry. The differences between foot-plus-sock dimensions and boot dimensions were determined and the results indicate that 227 personnel were wearing the predicted length of boot, 217 were wearing the predicted width of boot, and only 58 were wearing the predicted length and width of boot. The data suggests that priority is given to finding the best fit in the width of a boot and then accepting the best length available in that width. A large number of individuals, however, cannot find a boot that fits properly or do not know what constitutes a good fit and thus must compromise on at least one dimension, usually resulting in wearing a boot that is too long. A new sizing system for boots, which is better correlated to the foot dimensions of the CF LF population, is required. The numerous occurrences of very large differences between boot fit dimensions and foot-plus-sock measurements indicate that many personnel have not been fitted properly. Since these large differences exist for all lengths and widths, a much better fit was theoretically available for many. Soldiers admit there is not enough effort expended to achieve a good fit, a deficiency that can be overcome with minimal training and patience.
Size determination;Size distribution;Foot plus sock;User preferences;Sizing system;Mondopoint;Socks
Report Number
DCIEM-TR-2000-137 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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