Think swimsuit season is rough on the esteem? Just wait until you try to shimmy into your favorite boots and get a rude awakening. Boots can be hard for those of us with wider limbs.
Know how to measure
Be prepared before you buy. Measure your calf by grabbing a tape measure and finding the circumference of your calf at its widest point. You are going to want to do this on both legs because most of us have legs and feet that are not exactly the same width.
For your favorite boots, you’ll need to determine two measurements: shaft height and shaft circumference. Shaft height is the measurement from the middle of the arch to the top of the boot. The height of the boot’s shaft will determine your own calf circumference. (Science, you guys!) What I tend to do is take note of the shaft height on the description of boots I like, and then take out my tape measure and measure that height amount from the heel of my foot up to my calf. Next, go for calf circumference. If the difference is just a half-inch, that’s not a big deal. Boots stretch over time and a half-inch stretch can be increased after one or two wears. If you love a pair of boots and it’s that small of a difference, don’t be afraid to go for them.
Note that there’s no standard for wide (or not wide) calves — your legs may not fit some boots and may easily fit others. In some boots, I seem to need wider styles, but because the widest parts of my calves start lower than many others (I’m petite!), that often makes a difference.
Much like any other item of clothing or accessories, boots with some “give” are often our best friends. In the realm of wide-calved boots, lace-ups are a great bet — and a good way to keep your ankle stable. Here are some boot styles worth trying for your wider calves.
Timberland Earthkeepers Trenton Tall Boot
The lace closure and side zipper can make all the difference.
$240 at ShoeBuy.com
Gomax Full House
This Gomax Full House 14 vegan leather wedge boot with elastic panel is great for wider calves — they fit over mine!
$69.99 at TheShoeHeaven.com
Two Lips Revenge
Two Lips Revenge boot also has the hidden elastic panel for extra calf space — I like to think of it as storage space for our extra baggage!
$120 at Twolipsshoes.com
Two Lips Jade
Also from Two Lips, the Jade flat boot has 3 adjustable side buckles, which is a great option for wider calves, especially if you want to adjust as your legs get wider and thinner.
$130 at TwoLipsShoes.com
Love the genius sweater design in the back of the Aetrex Chelsea boot — awesome to accommodates wider calves.
$200 at Aetrex.com.
The UGG Tupelo boot features a super helpful calf adjustment strap, and it's cute too.
$225 at Shoe-store.net
For those cozier evenings, the wide width Tullia Boot by Comfortview is perfect for your inner snow bunny and the comfort width will give plenty of room to breathe (and fit!).
$140 at WomanWithin.com.
Sotisfactory Boot by Aerosoles has a double zipper feature that lets you zip down to allow for 2” of extra calf room when needed.
$120 at JessicaLondon.com.
The UGG Adirondack Tall boot is lace-up — ideal for adjustment for wider calves, but also can be worn up or cuffed down to adjust for your outfit needs. Plus, it's so adorably warm and cozy.
$325 at Shoe-store.net.