How to Measure Heel Opening for Western Spurs

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A properly fitted boot spur can mean the difference between a comfortable ride and a dangerous one. Poorly fitted spurs can shift, slip around or even fall off of the boot, creating a situation that can range from a minor inconvenience to a real problem. Each type of spur requires a different length of strap and band, which varies between manufacturers. It is important to know how to measure for a spur to get the best fit possible.

Items you will need

  • Flexible measuring tape

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

With the Spurs Present

Step 1

Use a flexible measuring tape to measure over the top of the foot, known as the vamp, from one button of the spur to the other. The spur button is the outside of the spur where the heel band ends. If you imagine the spur as the letter “U”, the buttons would be at the top, outside of each side of the U. This gives you the necessary length of strap.

Step 2

Measure from the button of the spur, around the back of the heel, to the other button of the spur. This is your heel length.

Step 3

Place the measuring tape on the ground, then place the boot over the measuring tape with the sole of the boot down, as though you were standing on the tape. Hold a flat object, like a pencil or ruler, against the front of the spur heel band, parallel to the boot. Mark where the flat object touches the measuring tape on the ground, on each side of the boot. This is your heel width.

Without the Spurs Present

Step 1

Measure the boot heel from just below where the ankle bone sits in the boot and around the back of the boot to the other ankle bone. This gives you the band measurement.

Step 2

Measure from the same place that you measured for the band, this time measuring across the vamp of the foot. This is your strap measurement.

Step 3

Measure the width of the boot at the ankle area by standing on a flexible measuring tape and placing a flat object against the side of the boot. Note where the flat object touches the tape on each side of the boot. This gives you your heel width measurement.


  • Measure for spurs while wearing your boot, if possible. This will help account for any expansion that occurs when your foot is in the boot. Adult spurs typically fit a boot size 6 to 13 for men and 7 and up for women.