Figuring out what is what with a highly customizable product can be overwhelming sometimes! Nicks buying guide is here to make deciding on what boots to order a bit more simple. Check out our help center for more information, or use our handy chat tool to narrow your options down by answering a few questions.  Just click on the chat after the jump.  


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If there is a style or configuration that you are looking for that we do not currently offer on our website feel free to fill out this questionnaire and let us know what you would like to see from us!

1. Sizing

Nicks Boots will fit a bit large compared to your mass-produced footwear. We recommend going 1/2 size down from your Brannock size.

Example: If you normally wear size 12D, we'd recommend a size 11.5D in your Nicks. For more sizing advice and our DIY at home Sizing Guide Click Here

2. Leather

We offer more leather options than most boot companies out there, coming from three different U.S.A. tanneries each with at least three different leather types. Check out the different options below. Some leathers are only available in limited quantities and will not be shown below. 

Max Support Black

64 Ash Gray

64 Monarch

64 Brown

64 Mahogany

64 Tan





Coyote Brown

Brown CXL

Black CXL

64 Brown

Double Shot

Italian Brown


Predator Orange

Brown Shackleton

Cognac Shackleton

Greener Pastures



Waxed Flesh

DS Mojave

DS Crimson

DS Cobalt

DS Meadow

DS Olive

DS Navy

DS java

DS Walnut

DS Buck Brown

Latigo Black

3. Last

The last is what gives a boot its overall shape and size. For Nicks it also determines the level of arch support in the boot. We offer three different lasts, with two different arch profiles. 

The 11067 and 55 lasts both have our "classic arch" which has a oaktanned leather arch piece. The HNW last is our moderate arch.

Due to the shape of the HNW last, it is only available with our moderate heel height.


Nicks arch profile options include the 11067 sprung toe, 55 classic arch, and HNW moderate arch.Nicks arch profile options include the 11067 sprung toe, 55 classic arch, and HNW moderate arch.

4. Toe Shape

Nicks traditional toe shape is iconic in the PNW Boot industry. The standard toe provides a sleeker toe shape without being too narrow for work applications. 

Nicks Thurman toe shape is inspired by the historical Munson last, which provides a wider more natural toe splay compared to the traditional PNW Boot lasts. The Thurman toe shape is available on the 55 and HNW arch profiles.


***Thurman lasts are not compatible with Moc Toes, or Safety toes due to the difference in toe shape. It is also only available in B-FF widths ***


Nicks arch profile options include the 11067 sprung toe, 55 classic arch, and HNW moderate arch.Nicks arch profile options include the 11067 sprung toe, 55 classic arch, and HNW moderate arch.

5. Boot Height

Deciding on how tall you want your boot is typically just a matter of personal preference or requirements based on profession. We offer a number of different boot models with varying boot heights, however if you do not see a silhouette in the height you are looking for, you will likely find it configurable in the custom configuration section.

Our heritage boots range from 3" up to 10" and our work boots are offered from 6" all the way up to 16" in some cases. Anything taller than a 10" boot will come with an extra cost and in some cases require leg measurements from you.


Nicks Aldert 4" boot sits ankle high and is a great casual bootNicks Aldert 4" boot sits ankle high and is a great casual boot


Nicks Americana is 6" height. The classic height for all bootsNicks Americana is 6" height. The classic height for all boots


Nicks builderpros in 8 inch height. Great for better ankle support and everyday work.Nicks builderpros in 8 inch height. Great for better ankle support and everyday work.


Nicks Hot Shot fire boot in 10 inch height. The industry standard for NFPA fire boots.Nicks Hot Shot fire boot in 10 inch height. The industry standard for NFPA fire boots.

6. Hardware

Top Style

Our boots come with a range of different top styles. While most are for aesthetic preferences, the padded collars provide a bit more comfort at the top of the boot. 

Toe Style

Toe caps are a secondary piece of leather that are stitched to the toe of the boot. This provides more durability in the toe, along with a classic look for casual boots. These come in options of two rows of stitching and four rows of stitching


Our Moc Toes are a purely aesthic row of stitching, providing the classic look of a moc toe without the durability issues of having a seam at the toe of your boot

Toe Structure

All of our safety toe boots are ASTM certified.

Composite safety toes are a bit more lightweight and eligible for EH rating.

Steel safety toes are a bit heavier but provide more space in the toe box.

Celastic Toes provide a "toe puff" that keeps the shape of the toe. They are not considered safety toes and do not meet ASTM requirements

6. Outsole

Each boot model has a flagship outsole associated with it, and many times is the differentiating factor between boot models. Travelers always get wedge soles, Builderpros always get lug soles, Rangers get none lugged, heeled soles. If you like everything about a boot other than its sole, there is likely an identical boot model that comes with the sole you want.

Nicks heritage sole options feature durable yet sleek vibram outsolesNicks heritage sole options feature durable yet sleek vibram outsoles

Buying Guide

Frequently Asked Questions About Boot Buying Guide

How do I ensure a correct boot fit?

To ensure a correct boot fit, measure your feet with a foot-measuring tool or visit a shoe store. Remember that sizing can vary between brands, so consult size charts and customer reviews for guidance. Additionally, consider the thickness of the socks you plan to wear with the boots when selecting your size.


Are all boots waterproof?

Not all boots are inherently waterproof, but some are designed to offer water resistance or come with additional waterproofing features. Pay attention to the boot's materials and construction, such as waterproof membranes like Gore-Tex.


How long do boots typically last?

The lifespan of boots can vary depending on factors such as quality, materials used, care, and frequency of use. High-quality boots with proper care can last anywhere from a few years to over a decade. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning, conditioning, and conducting necessary repairs, can help prolong their lifespan.


Can I wear boots in all seasons?

Boots can be worn in different seasons, although certain styles may be better suited for specific weather conditions. Consider factors such as insulation, breathability, and traction when choosing boots for different seasons. Lighter, breathable boots may be preferable for warmer seasons, while insulated and waterproof boots are ideal for colder seasons.


Which boots are best for hiking?

For hiking, look for boots specifically designed for outdoor activities. These boots should offer proper ankle support, traction, and durability. Generally recommended are  hiking boots with sturdy construction, strong outsoles, and features like waterproofing and toe protection.


What is the best boot brand?

Reputable brands like Nicks Boots offer high-quality boots known for their durability, craftsmanship, and performance. Research customer reviews, seek recommendations, and explore brands with a reputation for excellence in the boot industry.


What is boot shaft height and why is it important?

Boot shaft height refers to the measurement from the bottom of the boot's sole to the top of the boot's shaft. It plays a significant role in determining the style and functionality of the boot. Factors such as ankle support, protection, flexibility, and coverage vary depending on the shaft height.


Do I always need to try boots on before buying?

While trying boots on before purchasing is generally recommended, it may not always be feasible, especially when buying online. If unable to try boots on, consult the brand's sizing guide and customer reviews for guidance. Pay attention to return policies in case the boots don't fit as expected.


Are there boots specifically for men and women?

While some boot styles are unisex, others are tailored to fit the anatomical differences between genders. Men's boots tend to have a wider fit and larger sizing range, while women's boots are typically more narrow and offer a smaller size range.


Can I wear orthotic inserts with boots?

You can usually wear orthotic inserts with boots, depending on the design and fit of the boot. Orthotic inserts can provide additional support, cushioning, and comfort, especially for individuals with specific foot conditions or specific arch support requirements.