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Just received my new Cabela's lightweights and am trying to decide if they are too big or not. Because of no half sizes I am stuck in the middle. Anyone have any suggestions as to fiiting? I have tried 2 really thick pairs of socks as if I was to wear a pair over my neo stockingfeet but still a little room. Usually wear a size 11 shoe, sometimes 11.5, but ordered a size 12 boot. Are the boots made oversized, to accomadate neos, so should order my regular shoe size, like an 11?
 

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Put your waders on and the boots as if you were actually going out fishing. Walk around the house in them. Are they too loose? Order the next size down. Do they feel about right? Keep them.
 

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Put your waders on and the boots as if you were actually going out fishing. Walk around the house in them. Are they too loose? Order the next size down. Do they feel about right? Keep them.
So if you have boots that are too big - is that not good either in the sense of keeping your feet warm? Unfortunately for me - I dont have alot of choice - I have size 3 feet and the smallest boots I could find were size 4 - so the boots are a kinda big. I have been told the reason my feet are so cold is because my boots are too tight - well thats just not the case. I have tried wearing a couple of pairs of socks - I have tried those sweat proof socks - and still have basically nub cold feet when winter fishing.
 

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Just wondering if in your experience it's better to have a little more room than to be snug. Usually wear my shoes snug, but will this make my feet colder?

Fishnfvr, have you tried wool? I find wool is an excellent insulater, even when wet.
 

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I myself just bought those EXACT boots however I bought the wide ones because I have wide feet. I normally wear an 11 also so I ordered a 12 and they fit fine with my waders on. you want to have a little room for your feet to breath. This WILL NOT keep your feet warmer, however, they will warm faster when you start walking to your next spot. my last boots were a little snug and my feet would stay frozen all day and usually even the whole car ride home. With these new boots my feet take longer to get cold and get warm ALOt faster. not to mention i like the higher ankles for the added support. I hope you enjoy your new boots. If you bought the wide ones by mistake and dont have wide feet then yes they will feel too big for sure.


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If your boots are too tight, you will have restricted blood flow in your feet and your feet will be colder. If your boots are too loose, try wearing an extra pair or two of wool or polar fleece socks, this should help. Cotton socks are next to useless for insulation value.
 

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Well I have tried the fleece - I am going to try Marko's idea (on one of the other postings) of the double up gortex socks and I will try the wool too!
Anything to get away from that aweful numb feeling - lol.
 

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One other thing-try to stay in as shallow water as you can. The deeper the water you are standing in, the more water pressure there is on your feet, and it acts the same as being in boots that are too tight.
 

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Try a pair of -40 socks. I got mine from Mark's, I think they are $12.
I like the looks of the Cabala's boots but when it comes to footwear, I've gotta try them before I buy em. I bought the Simms G3's. I tried a pair of 13's with my waders on and found that my left was a bit too tight. I settled for the 14's and love'em with the -40 socks.
Never buy footwear in the morning. You've gotta let your feet expand after many hours of using them.
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When I bought my Bare, neoprene waders I was told the boots should be two sizes larger than your normal shoe size, and I paid 600.00 dollars for them. To replace the Bare wades would be 350.00. I saw a fellow on the Vedder, yesterday warring a pair of Cabela’s neoprene waders. I went home and look at Cabela’s catalog, 75 dollars for a pare of neoprene waders. I was wondering if any one has those waders, are they any good
 

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When I bought my Bare, neoprene waders I was told the boots should be two sizes larger than your normal shoe size, and I paid 600.00 dollars for them. To replace the Bare wades would be 350.00. I saw a fellow on the Vedder, yesterday warring a pair of Cabela’s neoprene waders. I went home and look at Cabela’s catalog, 75 dollars for a pare of neoprene waders. I was wondering if any one has those waders, are they any good
fullahead-Please do a search before highjacking a thread. There are a several threads with the information you are looking for, including this one: http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php?topic=5078.0
 

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i wear booties that i got at mens work wear and just wear normal socks and my feet are always warm and my waders at the present time are rubber as my neos have gone to the garbage as too many ribs from when i go duck/geese hunting.

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On the subject of boot fittings and what is best, there are a lot of ways to asess...Prof is correct, you do not want to compress the arteries and venous return systems, both of which if surpressed will cause cold feet...The best way to tighten the fit and keep your feet warm is to replace the insole that comes with the boot, with an off the shelf plastic sport insole from the drugstore or workwear world.(thry are thicker and will take up some of the "looseness" Then wear polypropylene and wool socks against the feet and add a thin pair of all wool socks over.....
If you still have some "loose feelings, then add a piece of felt to the tongue of the boot....This will allow you to tighten the boot without putting pressure onto the front of the foot where all the veins and arteries are............Ortho 8)
 

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Ok, don't laugh me off here but any thoughts about the electric socks you can buy? I think Marks used to carry them and they ran off a couple of 'D' cells. After complaining about my frozen toes after each steelie trip, my wife went and bought these for a Christmas gift. They are really, really thick. I don't know if they work or not as the batteries would be pressed up against your calf all day under tight neoprenes and that didn't really appeal to me. I did think about rewiring it to a battery pack on a belt or something but just never bothered. Better to just hike on to the next spot to keep warm. Should I post them in the classifieds? LOL!
 
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