Boot Season: Those words may excite you or make you cringe — depending on the size of your calves. (Can you relate?) While most women welcome the amazing boot styles that fill the shelves in fall, some of us just yearn for a pair of boots that fit. But finding women’s wide-calf boots can be tough!
As a big-legged woman, this has been my struggle for many years. In fact, I didn’t even get my first pair of knee-high boots until I was 49. Sad, right?
For so many years, trying to put my 21.5-inch calves into unforgiving and unaccommodating boots was nothing short of frustrating and demoralizing. Even my boyfriend would say that he had seen larger women wearing boots, but my legs just didn’t seem to fit.
Finally, wide-width and wide-calf boots appeared on the scene, but I still struggled. Now, thanks to a growing industry, there are lots of adorable options.
There are some things to remember, though, when shopping for wide or extra wide-calf boots.
Know Your Calf Measurement
Knowing your calf size is especially important if you’re shopping online. Take a tape measure and wrap it around the biggest part of your calf and know your number. Most catalogs and online descriptions will state the calf size. After all, there’s no sense in ordering something that will arrive too tight. In addition, measure your calf height. This will help you to avoid getting boots that are too short or too tall.
Bust Out Your Those Old -School Support Hose for Try-Ons
Go ahead, laugh. I know I’m showing my age. But seriously, grab a pair of support pantyhose for try-ons. Those bad boys will allow your foot and leg to slide into and out of boots more easily. Here’s the thing: If you wear regular pantyhose, you will find they tend to snag on the zippers, but the support hose will stay against your leg, making the zip process easier. (Obviously, I don’t normally wear pantyhose, but for trying on boots? Totally worth it.)
Look for That Spandex Panel
You want the right kind of panel in your boots. The panel you’re looking for runs from the top of the boot to the ankle, and sometimes will make up the entire back or side of the boot. And don’t worry, no one will notice, but you will feel comfortable and accommodated within the boot without feeling like it’s going to fall down. (Booties have this stretch panel in the ankle area and, if you have cankles like I do, then you will need it there, too.)
Don’t Be Afraid to Shell Out a Little Dough
Bargain hunting is fun, but don’t feel guilty about paying a little more than you normally would in order to get a pair of awesome boots. If they fit you perfectly, don’t beat yourself up for splurging.
Remember That Not All Brands Fit the Same
One of Curvicality’s team members recently ordered thigh-high, wide-calf boots from a company she had never tried. They didn’t even come close to fitting. Every brand runs differently.
Ready to shop?
Here are Curvicality’s top 7 picks for 2022. (Be sure to measure your calf width for individual fit.)
To rock this season’s “Barbiecore” trend, check out the Platform Stretch Over-the-Knee Boot from Torrid. Pink has been all over the runways this season. (Available in sizes 6 WW to 13 WW.) See these beauties here.
The Equestrian Trend
The equestrian trend is oh-so-hot for fall 2022. Rumor has it Chanel even showcased the trend with a horse on the runway at Paris Fashion Week! We’re crushing on these Fawne Wide-Calf Riding Boots, created for Macy’s. (Available in sizes 6W to 13W.)Saddle up to these beauties!
The Swingin’ Sixties
Swing into style with this throwback retro look from Asos. (Available in sizes 5 to 11 wide fit.) Swing on over to Asos. Click now so you don’t miss out!
Live Easy in These Slouch Boots
We know your mother always told you to stand up straight. These boots are made for slouching. (Available in sizes 7.5 to 12.5 EW and 7W to 13W.) Relax in style.
Back to the Basics
Update the staples in your wardrobe with the Buckle Knee Boot from Torrid. Everyone needs a timeless black boot. (Available in sizes 6 WW to 13 WW.) Slide on over and try these on!
Wow Them in White
Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? We know we will be! If you’re on the hunt for an adorable white boot, check these babies out. We’re loving the cowgirl design. (Available in sizes 6W to 11W.) See them now.
For a leopard print bootie, take a look at this Lace-Up Hiker Boot from Torrid. The elevated heel and lace-up front make for an unforgettably adorable look. (Available in sizes 6W to 13W.) Stalk this boot here.