Le Chameau Size Guide: Getting the right fit

Ensuring you get the right fit is always important especially when it comes to footwear. You want to make sure that you can feel comfortable wearing them, whether it’s for a short walk or all-day long. With Le Chameau, you can be assured of comfortable and long-lasting footwear designed to support your foot in all the right places. The sleek curves, individual calf sizes and special fits in some styles, means that Le Chameau can offer a truly personalized fit. But it can be a daunting task finding what fits best; Ladies, Men’s, Unisex, size up or size down?

Le Chameau have researched and measured many feet to work out the average foot size, and from there, decide style, fitting, comfort and material in order to make the best rubber boots.

Here at Philip Morris & Son, we want you to make the right decision when it comes to investing in a pair of Le Chameau footwear so we’ve made this handy guide to help you out.

You may have noticed that Le Chameau do 3 styles; LadiesMen’s and Unisex. Whilst they all have typical stereotypes to their names, it does not mean that you can’t have Men’s because you are a female. Besides no-one will be able to tell the difference! These are simply different variations based on lots of research to get the truest fit, so you can get what is right for you.

So, what’s the difference?

When people ask “What’s the difference between men’s and women’s?”, we normally say that women’s boots have a slimmer profile, this means that the instep is more fitted and the calf width is slimmer. To show you the difference, we paired some men’s and women’s Vierzonord boots so you can see the comparison…

Whilst the ladies’ footwear looks rather snug, Le Chameau believes that a well and truly fitted pair of boots require the assistance of a boot jack to remove them. You will discover many people comment on how well supported around the foot a pair of Le Chameau boots can be. Furthermore, to add to Le Chameau’s theory, we advise using a boot jack with all footwear to prevent kick damage to the heel and for extending the quality of life for your boots.

The biggest difficulty we encounter when finding the right pair of boots for our customers is getting the right calf size and we can assure you that you are not alone! Based on the average foot sizing with Le Chameau, ladies’ footwear tends to have a calf circumference approximately between 37-39cm depending on the boot. Whilst the men’s calf average between 39-46cm. Boots with an adjustable side gusset, like the Vierzonord, give more leeway and support giving you control of the fit. Boots without this feature, such as the zipped Chasseur boots can vary from 41cm, 44cm and even 46cm calf sizes in some styles.

Here’s a chart guide providing calf sizes for some of your favourites. If you can’t see the boots you’re looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

To ensure you get the right size, follow these steps for measuring your calf.

  1. Take a seat, that’s the easy part!
  2. Ensure you have bare legs
  3. Make sure your knee is positioned at a 90-degree angle
  4. Measure around the widest part of your calf
  5. Add 2cm to take jeans and socks into account

Foot Size

So, you’ve got the right style and calf width now but what about foot size? Le Chameau recommend taking your normal foot size when choosing their footwear. But if in doubt, and you normally take a half size, then it’s better to take the larger size as it will always be more comfortable than a boot that is too small a size. If you’re considering wearing thicker socks, then Le Chameau boots are generous enough to allow these to be worn with your normal foot size. To help make your decision slightly easier you should note that the choice of lining, whether it’s neoprene, leather or cotton, has no impact on the fit and size of the boot.

You’ll also notice that Le Chameau footwear come in EU sizes and some styles have different conversions to our UK sizing. Therefore, we advise checking the individual size guides available on our product pages to help get the correct size for you!

If our handy guide has helped you decide which boot is right for you, then why not head over to our website where we have a huge range of Le Chameau footwear just waiting for you!

If you’re overwhelmed by all this information, then please do not despair! Our customer service team is only a phone call away, so please get in touch and will be happy to answer any questions you might still have.


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  1. My calf measures 32cm over jodhpurs and long socks. I think the vierzonord will be too big fir me although I like the style. If too wide at the top hay, shavings, etc get into the boot – this is the problem I am having with my present boots. How tight can the buckle be tightened and still look ok?

    • Hi Anne,
      Thank you for your comment.
      The Vierzonord can be tightened to approximately 35cm but this may slightly vary depending on thickness of socks and trousers. The gusset itself has got a slit to allow it to be tightened so it won’t look out of place when tightened. We hope this helps. 🙂

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  3. Hi.
    I have narrow feet, taking a AA fit. Which style would work best.

    • Hi L Farrall,

      Sorry about the delay in replying to your message. The ladies Le Chameau wellington boots have a slimmer profile and therefore you may find that these are better suited for your feet. If you require any further information on a particular style of Le Chameau footwear, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    • I also have AA width feet and Le Chameau ladies are the only wellington boots that fit me without slipping round my heels. They also have great grip on the soles. I bought mine a couple of years ago after an extensive search and love them.

  4. Paul Robinson

    I have size 7 but very wide would i need a larger size

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for messaging us. With regards to Le Chameau footwear, the wellingtons are designed to mould your feet and calf for the best comfort so you may find these to be snug fitting. However it is always best to try your true size and then you can always go up or down a size from there to get the best fit. We hope this helps!

  5. Hello, could you provide some advice on the height of the boot? I have short legs! Thanks

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog! Please could you confirm which boot, and what size, you are enquiring about and we will obtain a measurement for you.

  6. My calves are 39cms wide. I would love a pair of rouge/cherry wellies. Could you advise me on what model to go with please?

    • Hi Ellie,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. The Le Chameau ladies wellington boots have a calf size of approx 38cm so you may find the brand new Iris boot suitable but if you prefer something adjustable then the Vierzon range would be ideal as you can control the fitment. Regrettably, these are not available in rouge/cherry but I have provided a link for the Iris wellington boots if these are of interest:

      We hope this helps but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any more information.

  7. Please could you tell me the calf width of the Andalou riding/Wellington boots? Thank you

    • Good morning Ann,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog.
      The calf measurement for the Andalou is approximately 41cm based on a EU40 (UK6.5). This may vary slightly depending on the size chosen.
      We hope this helps but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

  8. Hello I have just received my boots a d they fit once I get them on, but putting the on and getting them off is not easy. Is this normal or should I return to get the next size up?

    • Hi Sian, thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog.
      Le Chameau footwear is designed to fit snugly and sculpt your ankle and leg for a flattering look. If you were to size up, you may find your feet sliding in the boots which could potentially cause blisters and discomfort.
      Have you tried using a boot jack to remove your boots? This is the easiest and most recommended way to remove any footwear as it prevents damage to the heel and therefore prolonging the life of the boot.
      We hope this suggestion helps and please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance!

  9. Hi, I have small but wide feet. I usually wear 35. For flip-flop I wear 34 and 36 for close-fitted sports shoes. Feet wide is C. What size should I take if I buy Vierzonord? Thanks.

    • Good morning YY,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. Le Chameau footwear is quite fitted so you may find sizing up to be a suitable option. However, if you are unsure, then we advise taking your normal size then you can always decide to size up or size down from there.
      We hope this helps!

  10. Hi.
    I bought a pair of Vierzonord and when I tried them on I had a terrible time getting them off. (I’m a size 8 US , 40 in your size) It took my husband helping and about an hour to finally get the boot off. When I put it on it felt great, nice comfortable fit but, there has to be an easier way to remove them. Any suggestions other then a boot jack? I’ve read using a plastic bag but, that seems silly and unproductive. I would thing it would make your foot slide. Any suggestions would be great.

    • Hi Becca,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. Apart from using a boot jack, there is no other suitable way to remove the wellington without causing damage to the heel. Using a plastic bag is normally advisable to help insert your foot into the boot, rather than removing it although I can understand how this might work.
      We apologise unreservedly that we are unable to advise any further with your query.

  11. Hi, I have UK9 feet however with some shoes I find my big toe rubs. I also have 45cm calves(with jeans on). Would you recommendthe EUR 43 and XXL calf fit in the Chasseur? Thanks

    • Good afternoon Steve,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. The Le Chameau Chasseur wellington should be suitable footwear for your requirements and we always advise trying your normal foot size (EU43) first as you can always go up or down from there. Another alternative is the Le Chameau Vierzonord XL which has a side gusset that can expand up to 46cm.

      We hope this helps!

  12. Hello, is there a difference between the height of the men’s and women’s vierzonord boots? Also, what is the range of the calf measurement on each? So for example, where it says the women’s is 38cm, does that mean it can be adjusted to between 37-39cm or is 38cm the maximum/minimum? Hope that makes sense! Thanks.

    • Good afternoon Lisa,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. Both men’s and women’s Vierzonord boots have a similar height so there is no obvious difference. The calf measurement of 38cm is referring to the circumference of the top of the boot in its normal position. This can be adjusted to be smaller or larger with the gusset and clip fastening feature.

      We hope this helps!

  13. Can you confirm which book would be suitable for wilder ladies calves, and also I am looking for a warm, comfortable boot which will also be suitable for taking to ski resorts. I was looking at the leather versions.What do you think ?

    • Good morning Sarah, thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. The Vierzonord boots would be a suitable option as they have the adjustable size gusset which can expand to suit your calf size. Depending on how much insulation you would like, neoprene can withstand temperatures as low as -15°c whereas leather provides both insulation and comfort.

      We hope this helps!

  14. I am looking to buy wellingtons for my husband. He has very wide feet (usually an F or G fitting), size 8 and wide calves (44cm). As tier 4 residents I would like to buy online. Do you have anything which would fit him ? Thank you

    • Good afternoon Sara,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. For your husband’s calf size, we would advise a wellington with a side gusset so they can expand to fit better. With regards to the wide fitting, regrettably, the majority of our wellingtons are only available in a standard width.
      Hunter does, however, stock an Argyll wellington boot which provides a more generous fit in general which may prove suitable. I have provided a link below:

      We hope this helps!

  15. Good evening, My husband has a very high instep – could you recommend which boots would be suitable please. He has found that Hunter boots do not suit him as they are too tight across the top of the foot.

  16. Hello,

    I’m looking for a pair of boots for my other half. He is a 49cm calf what type would you recommend as he has very muscly calfs.

    Many thanks

    • Good afternoon Ellie,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. Regrettably, the Le Chameau footwear only goes up to a 46cm calf and as this size is only available in the zipped boots, there is no room to expand further like the side gusseted boots (Vierzonord). We advise getting a boot with a side gusset to allow room to expand for the calf however we do not stock anything suitable for your size.

      We apologise unreservedly for any inconvenience caused.

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