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Wide Calf Boots & Slim Calf Boots: Boot Love For All Shapes
I’ve heard it said that “Men have power ties; women have boots.” If you have other-than-average sized calves and have difficulty finding well-fitting boots, it’s finally time for you to step in with the power crowd, because we’ve come up with a crop of great options for both slim calf and wide calf boots wearers. For reference, wide calf boots are considered those with a calf circumference of greater than 15 inches. Slim calf boots are those with a calf smaller than 13 3/4 inches. Please note – whether your calves are slim or wide – your calf measurement is usually not the same as the boot circumference you’ll require. You need a bit of wiggle room, so allow an extra inch. For example, if your calf measures 15 inches, you’ll probably need a 16 inch circumference boot, especially in taller boots that cover the widest part of your calf.
Wide Calf Boots:
We’re crazy about the corset-style lacing, contrasting inset panel, and favorable price point of the Very Volatile Marcel boot. Not only are the laces stylish, they mean the 16″ shaft circumference can be expanded to fit larger calves. Depending on the color of the upper, the inset may be leopard (shown), camo, or a fun buffalo plaid. Find them at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
There’s lots to love about the riding-inspired Trotters Lyra Wide Calf boot. In addition to its 18″ calf circumference, it has a hidden goring panel for a better fit and feel, and a lightweight, slip-resistant outsole. A luxurious leather upper and padded footbed will keep you looking and feeling great. Find them at Zappos, Shoes.com, and The Walking Company.
Rich suede, on-trend tassels, a contoured, cushioned footbed with arch support, a non-slip outsole, and a 17″ calf circumference – the Naturalizer Demi Wide Calf boots are pretty close to the perfect wide calf women’s boots. The Demi is available in sizes 4-12 in medium and wide width from Zappos, Naturalizer.com and Shoes.com. Not a fan of suede? A great smooth leather option is the Naturalizer Wide Calf boots Jelina available from Zappos, and Naturalizer.com.
If you need a dressier boot, the David Tate Tacoma is a great option. Its classic styling is amped up by interesting detailing up the back. It has a 16″ calf enhanced by an elasticized back panel and padded footbed for extra comfort. Bonus: it’s available in medium, wide, and extra-wide widths. Find the David Tate Tacoma at Nordstrom.
Need extra wide calf boots? Check out the David Tate Best, a super wide calf boot with a 21″ calf circumference.
If nothing on our list suits your needs, check out the many styles of wide calf boots (and wide width shoes) available at www.widewidths.com.
Slim Calf Boots:
For unique styling that beautifully accommodates both wider and slim calves, check out the Sofft Sharnell. Thanks to stylish, vintage-inspired lacing, the shaft circumference is adjustable from 13 1/2″ to 16 1/2″. Supple leather and a cushioned footbed with arch support make the Sofft Sharnell as comfortable as it is beautiful. Available from Nordstrom, Amazon and Zappos. If you prefer a heel, the Sofft Wheaton is a higher-heeled version of the same boot that gets great reviews for comfort and style.
Slim Calf Boots:
Wearers with slim and extra-slim calves need to know about Solemani boots. This brand offers numerous styles of boots in slim (13″) and extra-slim (12″) versions. One of our favorites is the Solemani Avigial, a classic riding boot style in butter-soft leather. Elastic on the back provides a perfect fit on calves and ankles. The Solemani Avigial gets rave reviews from slim-calved wearers who have searched for years to find boots that fit. Available in slim and extra-slim from Amazon.
The 13″ circumference of the Blowfish Angel boot makes it a great pick for slimmer-calved wearers. It has a cushioned footbed, comfy rounded toe, interesting wrap-around buckle straps, and a budget-friendly price point. Available from Zappos, Amazon, and Famous Footwear.
Tall laces add to the hip style of the Taos Tall Crave boot, but also mean the kind of adjustability that’s perfect for cinching around slim calves. A side zipper makes for easy access – no bothersome lacing and unlacing to get the boot on and off. The Taos Tall Crave boot features a just-right heel height and a leather-lined, removable Taos Soft Support™ PU dual-density footbed for extra comfort and support. Available from TaosFootwear.com, Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom. For more details about the Taos Crave boot, read Kirsten’s recent review about the lower, mid-calf version.
The Rieker 94773 boot has promise for wearers of slim calf boots thanks to its narrower shaft, adjustable back lacing, and calf-hugging textile collar. Reviewers rave about how stylish, comfortable and supportive they are. Available from Zappos and Amazon.