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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:
When it comes to extra wide calf boots, David Tate does it best. This simple black boot accommodates calves up to 20-21″ and foot widths from medium to extra wide. Available in sizes 6-13 for $208.95 from Nordstrom and Zappos. For 18″ calves, take a look at the David Tate Branson.
There’s lots to love about the riding-inspired Sam Edelman Penny Wide Calf boot. In addition to its 17″ calf circumference, it has a hidden goring insets for a better fit and feel, and a back zipper. A luxurious leather upper and lightly cushioned footbed will keep you looking and feeling great. Find them in extended sizes 4-13, medium and wide widths for $149 from Zappos, Amazon, and Shoes.com.
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 6pm.com. Not a fan of suede? A great smooth leather option is the Naturalizer Wide Calf boots Jelina available from Zappos, and Naturalizer.com.
You love their sandals, but did you know that Teva makes boots? Very nice boots, in fact! If you have athletic calves but don’t quite qualify for wide calf boots, consider the Teva De la Vina Dos tall boot with its 16″ calf circumference. The De La Vina Dos features a waterproof leather upper. moderate arch support, cushioned footbed and a durable rubber outsole. Available in sizes 5-11 for $189 from Zappos and Shoes.com. Find a deal at Amazon.
For picky feet that need good arch support and supreme cushioning, the waterproof Earth Raleigh is for you! This wider calf boot has a circumference of 15″ with adjustable lacing up the back for even more room if needed. Find the Earth Raleigh in sizes 5-11 for $209 from Zappos. EarthBrands.com (size 12), Amazon and Shoes.com.
Slim Calf Boots:
For unique styling that beautifully accommodates both wider and slim calves, check out the Sofft Sharnell 2. 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 in sizes 6-11 for $199.85 from Nordstrom, Amazon and The Walking Company. 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.
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.
A happy Zappos customer raves, “Skinny girls, buy these boots! I have tried and returned nearly 20 pairs of boots this season because they all look like waders, even the ones that supposedly have a narrow circumference. Look no further, buy these boots!” And she’s not the only one who loves the Eric Michael Montana, multiple reviewers with thin calves state that this boot fits snugly without gapping. With a 14″ calf circumference and an adjustable buckle, you’ll be able to get a snug fit around narrow calves. Find the Eric Michael Montana in euro sizes 35-42 for $190 from Zappos and Amazon (multiple colors).
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 in euro sizes 36-42 from TaosFootwear.com, Zappos, Amazon, Nordstrom and The Walking Company. For more details about the Taos Crave boot, read Kirsten’s recent review about the lower, ankle boot 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 Amazon.