What to Know Before Buying Hunter Boots

I had a straight Goldilocks and the Three Bears experience buying Hunter rain boots recently (too big, too small, just right) and thought I could save y’all the same grief. I will preface this with my dimensions: I’m 5’4 and a size 8.5 shoe. My legs are pretty short for my height and I typically wear short or petite sizes in pants. So if you were blessed with long skinny legs, the majority of this post isn’t for you. Here we go…

1. Hunter rain boots run large… like really large. Plus, they only come in whole sizes. I wear an 8.5 and the size 8 was large. The size 7 was slightly snug. So if you are a lucky whole-sizer, size down one. If you are a halfy like me, try both a half size down and one and half sizes down to find your perfect fit.

2. Good news for ladies size 7.5 or smaller: you can fit into children’s sizes (and save $60)! The rule of thumb tends to be size down two sizes to find your child size. So if you are a 7, you would wear a size 5 in girls’ Hunters. And children’s sizes are about an inch and a half shorter; perfect for petite women. The ladies in the Nordstrom children’s department are totally used to this, so hit up the department store if you can.

3. The larger your shoe size, the taller the Hunter rain boot will be. The Original Tall were too tall for me in a size 8. The top scraped against my knee cap and didn’t look too nice asthetically because my knee was always folded over the top of the boots. But a size 7 was the perfect height for me.

Red Hunter Rain Boots

4. If the 15-inch calf on the Hunter Originals is a tight squeeze for you, Huntress Boots are the perfect alternative at 16 1/2 inches. Unfortunately though, there are not special welly socks for these as they’re slightly shorter than the Originals.

5. Your Hunter boots will eventually build a white fog layer on them. It’s totally natural for rubber boots and there’s even a fancy name for it: blooming. Some folks think it brings character to the boots. Others ain’t having it. Have no fear, simply spray some boot buffer and wipe ’em down to be fog free. Amoral wipes and olive oil are cheap substitutes too!

Hunter Boots Blooming

6. Just because these are the new grown-up Uggs, doesn’t mean they’ll keep you warm and toasty in the same way. After a little while in the snow, my feet were freezing. And the socks helped only slightly. Hunters are perfect for quick dog walks and trips to and from the car, but will be fab once it warms up around here because they are 100% waterproof (totalllyyyy unlike Uggs).

7. Hunter boots are pretty heavy, but are orthopedic so they are comfy for all-day wear. If you prefer a lighter shoe, Hunter makes packable tour boots. With all of the traveling I do, I really wish I had invested in these.

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I hope this could be of help! I really do love these boots and am happy that I finally found my perfect pair. If you need some more Hunter Boots outfit inspiration, check out these looks. Happy shopping and enjoy your boots 🙂

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75 Comments

  • signe

    Good to know! I’ve had my eye on a pair of Hunter’s for years, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet!
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    • CortneyDryden

      You’ll love them! Hopefully your department store has a lot of options because the process of buying online is rough!

  • Chrissy

    I WISH I had found this post a year ago! I did lots of research on Hunter boots, as I am 5′ 0.5″ so I knew the regular boots were going to be too tall. Luckily I wear a shoe size 6.5, so I got kids and got to save $60- SCORE! Thanks for writing this all out for those of us who are vertically challenged!

    • CortneyDryden

      Thanks so much! It was definitely trial by fire finding the perfect boots! If I decide to try another color, I may go the route of children’s sizes as well 🙂

    • Jen

      I wear a 6.5 in womens, what size would you recommend I get in kids? Thank you so much for sharing this info!

    • Marlette

      Hi this is extremely useful! Thank you for your post! If i’m 6.5 do you recommend 4 or 5? In kids

  • Eric R

    Some excellent tips, i would add for guys to size up one. Im a size 11 in shoes but needed a 12 for my hunters because of my calves, jeans and wool socks having to fit. Best boot purchase i have ever made. Also you look super cute in your red ones, i am hoping to find those in my size by next fall!

    • CortneyDryden

      Interesting! I’m glad you mentioned this! 🙂

  • Jade Johnson

    Great tips! I’ve had my Hunter boots for about a year now and they’re already beginning to “fog.” I bought the buffer, but I’m a bit nervous to try it on the matte finish. Have you tried it with the matte Hunter boots?

    I also agree about them not keeping your feet warm! Even with the Welly socks, they tend to freeze.

    Great post!

    Jade from jadynamber.weebly.com

  • Robin

    Wish I had seen this before purchasing! I wear size 8, so I bought size 8. Will these be ok for me if I wear them with the sock insert or will they still be too big? Nervous now : /

    • CortneyDryden

      Fingers crossed they fit! It all depends on the style of Hunters you get. The classic tall ones I have are the tiniest bit snug with socks, but I had to size down one and a half sizes. Let me know how it goes for you! Regardless, once you get the perfect size, you’ll love them 🙂

  • Tiffany

    I just got my second pair of boots in yesterday. I had to send the first pair back since they were too tight around my calves. I’m short and have bigger calves. I ordered the Huntress in a size 8, even though I am normally a 9. The foot part fits, but when I walk the squeeze around the ankles. I don’t think they’re suppose to do that. Am I right or being too picky? I’m afraid If I went with a 7 they would be too tight.

  • Sha'Ante Graham

    So i wear a 7.5 , should I get the 5 in girls or the 6 in girls ? I’m also getting the short pair . Does that make a difference ?

  • Michelle Wallisch

    so happy you posted this! do the kids boots still run large like the adults?

  • Tia

    hi… so glad u post this,, so am looking for Hunter as well, but i can not find any reference for size since i live in Jakarta. i am size 6 for shoes, but size 7 for boots for larger room when am wearing thick sock. what size do u think i shud pick since it came with large size? can u share ur size 7 Hunter boots? i love how u look in it.. 🙂 thx

  • Melina Murray

    Hi I wanna buy a pair of boots but I am around a size 7 and sometimes can fit 6.5 would a size in womens5 fit me or would a size 5 in kids be better?

  • Rachel

    Which red color did you get? Pillarbox Red or Military Red?

    • CortneyDryden

      Pillarbox Red 🙂

  • Heather Wilde Mull

    Hi, love the outfits! May I ask where you got that fabulous leopard cardigan? I cannot find one that is the perfect leopard and I love yours!

    xoxo,

    Heather

    • CortneyDryden

      Hey Heather! I got it at PacSun a year or two ago. I hadn’t been in there in forever, but they have some cute stuff 🙂

  • Erin

    The kids sizes fit completely different. shorter and smaller around the calf!!

    • CortneyDryden

      They definitely do! I suggest them only for petite women 🙂

  • Kim

    What department stores sell hunter boots?

    • CortneyDryden

      Nordstrom 🙂

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  • kym oneill

    costco has these boots for $79.99 right now!! some are backed ordered! i was thing of the matte gray but not sure if matte or glossy holds up better?

    • CortneyDryden

      They hold up the same but I think the matte show dirt a little more than the glossy. Total personal preference though!

  • Mateya

    So what style and what size did you end up getting? I am having the same problem as you. I’m also 5’4 and between an 8 and an 8.5 normal shoe size.

    • CortneyDryden

      I wound up getting the Original Tall in 7. I can’t wear really thick socks with them without it being a bit of a squeeze, but they have been super comfy for me.

  • Amanda

    I am the same shoe size 8.5 and height as you, and am totally confused by which ones to purchase! Were you able to order a 5 in the kids size and they fit you, or did you have to order a 7 in the women’s size? Your boots are gorgeous. Thanks for this post!

    • CortneyDryden

      The women’s size 7 wound up being perfect for me when it comes to shaft height and shoe size 🙂

  • Rosane Estis

    Awesome post Cortney – very helpful! i’ve been researching for the past few days and thinking about purchased the tour. Im normally a size 7 (im 5’2″) shoe but thinking of getting the tour in a size 6 or the childs size 5 🙂 I want red ones but on the official hunter site (USA) there are two versions of the colour red. Lava and Military. I want the darker red – so im thinking the Lava. What do you think? the boots here on this blog looks almost orange (don’t want that).

    • CortneyDryden

      I got the Pillar Box Red boots and I feel like they are the perfect red color… not too orange, not too blue 🙂

  • Lisa Bontekoe

    Hi Ladies,

    If you are looking for Hunter Boots and are a Costco member, they have the tall boots for $79.99 and the short ones for $76.99. They come in multiple colors. Happy Shopping! 🙂

  • Cheryl Bazemore

    I received my online order yesterday. I am a 7 1/2 so I ordered a size 8 in the original tall black matte. The size is perfect but they are too tight in the calf. I will be returning them.

  • Amy Carroll

    Hi there. I’m shopping for Hunter rain boots for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas. She wants the original tall ones, but she’s SOOOO short for her age. So, for clarification, are you saying the kids version are like the talls, too, but just a bit shorter to accommodate for kids? She wants them to be about as tall as they are on you, but I can’t tell online how tall the kids ones are. Please help! 🙂

    • CortneyDryden

      Hi! If she’s short I would look into the Huntress or the kids version. The original talls range in height which drives me nuts! But an 8 on me (5’4) was definitelyyyyy too tall. I hope that helps 🙂

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  • Alli

    I want to buy a pair of the original glossy but I am 5’1, do you think they will be up on to my knee caps if I wear a US 7? I would look into getting the kids sizes but i want them tall, like below the knee cap. And is the sizes on the Hunter website in UK or US?

    • CortneyDryden

      Alli, for a reference on me… I’m 5’4 and am wearing the 7s in those photos. My extra height is in my torso, I probably have the legs of a 5’1 girl. They hit at a comfortable height so I would think you’ll be ok! If at all possible, I would get into a store and try them on though!! Regardless, you’ll love them!!

  • Madeleine Qiu

    That was such a great post, thank you so much! Even though I’m 5’10 (and allmmoostt stopped reading when you said this post wasn’t for long legged gals) I found it super helpful, and also hilarious!

    I’m off to buy my first pair now! ^-^

    xx Madeleine

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  • Mikayla

    I love this article! But I have some question about hunter boots, I bought a pair the other day and I usually wear a 7, so I tried both a 7 and a 6 but I felt like the 6’s were a little snug with the socks so I grabbed the 7’s but even with the socks my heel is coming up, should I buy the 6’s and have them a little snug?

    • CortneyDryden

      Hi Mikayla,

      I sized down and don’t mind the snugness. I found it more comfortable than the looseness of the other size. Unfortunately without half sizes, it’s almost impossible to find a perfect fit, but sizing down for me was the most comfortable I found.

  • TorrieWalton

    Hello ladies,

    I recently got a pair of Hunter gloss black tall adjustable boots, and today I was my routine cleaning when I noticed all of the metal details on the boots are starting to tarnish to a copper color!!!! What do I do?

  • Eva Sijbring

    Thank you for your tips they are really helpfull! I live in the Netherlands so for me it’s quite complicated with sizes. I have a 38,5-39 European size which means 7 in US size and so a 5 in children sizes! I love the short Chelsea wellington hunter boots though, but do you know if these short ones run Large too?

  • eden

    Hey I am normally a size 8 and had 7 in the tall boots but sold them to get short ones. I honestly don’t remember how my tall ones fit at the foot because well they were so tall and I am short so I guess I didn’t think about it plus I got them almost new for 40 bucks at last chance (Phoenix) . Anyways I just bought a size 7 in the short boots and am wondering if I should have bought a size 8 but some horror stories have me feeling like 8s would be too big. I also fear going up in size would make the calf parts even bigger on me and my legs aren’t thick at all (calves specifically are not). Basically when I walk I can feel the front toe touching like my toe is going to suffocate but just like can feel where my foot is at the front but the back feels loose like when you walk in flip flops the back of the boot kind of flops up as I walk with space. When I stand still it isn’t like an uncomfortable touching just enough to have me worried I bough the wrong size!?!? Will the 8s be too big from the sound of my panic? sorry for a rant if it makes sense at all

    • Eden

      That is supposed to say “not like my toe is going to suffocate” !! sorry typo

    • CortneyDryden

      Eden, if you are able to get to a Nordstrom or another store that carries Hunters, trying them on is your best bet. The shaft on the 8 isn’t going to be any wider than the 7 so you don’t have to worry about that, but the shaft will be taller (which wasn’t great for me because my legs are short). The 8s also felt like they were going to fall off of me and that bugged me a bit more than the snugness of the 7s. If you intend on wearing thick socks with your Hunters, it couldn’t hurt to try the 8s. But in my experience, they were a bit large. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Johanna

    Iam Petite 4″10 and my shoes size is 2 in kids what size u think. Will be a good size in the boots for me ?

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  • Denise T

    Have you tried the Hunter Socks? I’m in the same boat got the 7’s and they were a little snug, while the 8’s were too big. Was wondering if I should even waste my time with the Hunter Socks( but they are so darn cute!). Didn’t know if they are really thick.

  • Zachary Adams

    Great information! I used to get some bad blisters. Before buying new boots I decided to play around with socks too. I discovered I was on the low end of a large sock (I wear size 9…the large said it fit sizes 9-12). I bought some med socks (size 6-8.5) and the blisters stopped. Problem solved!

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  • Kevin Barrett

    Wife bought a pair of hunters over 15 years ago now and they are still in great shape but the logo on the front of the boot reads : Hunter made in scotland.
    We have since both bought another pair just over two years ago and the rubber is starting to crack and let in water., just not the same quality as the old days ( same price though ). But as most things they are now made overseas ( i believe )
    Am currently trying to get a replacement boot as very disapointed for such a high profile brand name.,

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  • Anna

    I’m so glad you posted this, it’s so helpful. But do your feet get really sweaty after you wear them for a whole day?

    • CortneyDryden

      Depending on the time of year, they can! But I typically don’t wear them all day… just when braving the rain or snow 🙂

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    Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!!! 🙂
    Amy

    • CortneyDryden

      Awesome! You’re welcome 🙂

  • Jenn

    Any tips on cleaning them? They seem to develop a whit film in a lot of the pictures I’ve seen on google.

    • CortneyDryden

      The boot buffer is a miracle worker. If I’m in a pinch, though, I’ll use an amoral wipe 🙂

  • Lois

    Anybody tried them on zero degree C*? I’ve read it’s enough cold( But if the snow melts how this goons be? And why Hinters made with the wool inside then? 😄So much confused

  • Foxy3ls

    I have to wear a wedge or heel boot do they run narrow in the foot part? Unfortunately I have feet like my dad so it’s hard to find shoes 🙁

  • Alexandra Lee

    Funny. I’ve been reading some of your comments and I have the complete opposite problem. I’m 5’8 with super skinny legs but size 9 feet. I got a great deal on some Hunter tall, but they are way too wide in the leg and clunky on me.

  • Suzanne

    I wear a size 10 US and what size Hunter boot should I buy. I’m living in France and somehow it’s so hard to find shoes for woman who have the French 41 size foot. What’s your advice. Love the blog..Desparate Big Foot

  • Allison

    This was such a big help!!! I am a size 8.5 too and have shorter legs. I’ve been hesitant to buy because I was worried that the 7 would be too snug if I wanted to wear thicker socks. Thank you so much for posting this and having such awesome tips!

  • Brianna walker

    Do you know if the socks will fit on the Adjustable Tall Boots

  • Shannon Etheridge

    I can’t decide between glossy or matte!! What do you recommend?

    • CortneyDryden

      I have two colors in glossy and love them, but I think it depends on the color. For neutral colors, matte looks best. For bright colors, glossy looks best! 🙂

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    This saved my life!!! Just got my first pair in the mail and they’re perfect!!!

  • Pat

    Thank you so much for writing this! In addition, if you have a very high instep like I do, Hunter rainboots probably won’t work for you.

  • Elizabeth Roberts

    Hello.. .love you and your blog.. this is coming from a 51yr young .. corp executive..lol.. I am 5’2 with short legs and a bit confused about the kids.. I wear a 6.5-7 in Steve Madden shoes and boots with room to spare in the 7’s… I typically size down in rain boots and sneakers to 5.5 or a 6.. the Hunter boots I may be able to score are a kids Size 5/6/7 EU38.. do you think these would work.. love that your day jobs is off the norm as mine is as well and my hobbies couldn’t be more non girly.. shark diving, furniture builder , and 3Gun / USPSA Competition… love your blog honey!

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