There’s no worse feeling than finding the perfect pair of boots only to find that they won’t zip up, or they are uncomfortable to wear! So, to save you from disappointment, you’ll find a round-up below of the best wide calf boots for winter and fall.

Do you need wide calf boots?

As you know, the fit of both clothing and shoes varies across brand to brand, so while you may not need wide-fitting boots in one store, you may struggle to zip up another brand’s boots.

As a general rule, if your calf measures 16 inches or more, you will probably find a wide calf fitting more comfortable.

Sit down and place your feet flat on the floor in front of you. Then measure your calf around its widest point to get your measurement.

Quick tips for choosing wide calf boots

If you know you need wider boots, what are the other things to look out for when choosing a pair?

1. Look for elastic goring

Fonda wears a pair of ankle boots | 40plusstyle.com

Many knee-length boots, particularly those for wide calves, are designed with elastic goring at the top to allow for extra stretch.

Also, if you find you are just at the cusp of needing a wide fit, goring can help to make sure your boots don’t gape too much. You could also choose ankle boots with goring if you’re worried about comfort around your ankles.

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above opts for ankle boots with her burgundy pants.

Get her look with this similar striped top, cardigan, pants and boots.

2. Remember they might stretch

Make sure you take into account that your boots will give and stretch a little, especially if they are leather.

3. Look for laces and buckles

To get a better fit, it’s worth looking out for boots which feature laces and buckles because you can adjust these to give your feet or calves more room.

4. Do you also need a comfort brand?

Tanasha wears burgundy boots | 40plusstyle.com

It’s easy to become so focused on the fit on your leg, you forget about your feet.

Make sure if you do suffer from sore feet or a foot condition, to get boots that offer the correct support, such as those with arch support.

Tanasha @stylishheights above matches her boots to her hat and top.

Check out this similar top, skirt, tall boots, trench, fedora and bag.

5. Don’t forget booties

If you really are struggling to find a pair of boots that fit perfectly, how about a pair of booties instead? That way, you still get the look of boots, but you don’t have to worry about them fitting your calves.

6. Pay attention to the height too

Mel wears knee-length boots with her jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Don’t just think about the width when you are buying boots. Also, pay attention to the height.

Make sure you don’t choose a pair of boots that end at the widest point on your calves as this will only draw attention to this area.

Mel @curvycartel above chooses a pair of boots with buckles that end at her knees. The low heel means these would be perfect for everyday wear.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans and knee high boots.

The best wider calf boots for winter and fall

Let’s take a look at some of the wide calf options you will find in stores now. See if you have a favorite…

over the knee boots

You don’t have to choose knee-length. You could choose a pair of boots which fit just over the knee instead to add impact to your outfits.

The Journey Collection boots (below) will look good worn over your skinny jeans or under your dresses. You can choose from black, gray or the beige shown.

Journee Collection Mount Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Journee Collection Mount Boot

Wide calf leather boots

A wide calf, cushioned insole and classic riding boot styling – the Naturalizer boots (below) may be the perfect combination.

Naturalizer Jessie Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer Jessie Knee High Boot

knee high boots

Dr. Scholl’s is another brand known for it’s comfort options. The riding boots below come in brown or black and should go with everything.

 Dr. Scholl's Brilliance Wide Calf Riding Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Dr. Scholl’s Brilliance Wide Calf Riding Boot

Wide calf rain boots

If you’re expecting rainy weather, you may want a pair of stylish rain boots to make sure you stay dry. The Western Chief boots (below) feature an on-trend floral print.

Western Chief Waterproof Printed Wide Calf Rain Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Western Chief Waterproof Printed Wide Calf Rain Boot

Wide calf slouch boots

A number of different boot styles are on trend for fall and winter 2021, including slouchy boots like the Dream Pairs pull on boots (below) which come in a good choice of neutrals as well as burgundy.

DREAM PAIRS Wide Calf Knee High Pull On Boots | 40plusstyle.com

DREAM PAIRS Wide Calf Knee High Pull On Boots

Wide calf high heel boots

If you want a dressier option that you can wear for work or an evening out, the Bella Vita boots (below) have a small heel so they should be easy to walk in, and a buckle detail for added interest.

Bella Vita Troy Ii Dress Boot Knee High | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Vita Troy Ii Dress Boot Knee High

Wide calf riding boots

Kimba wears riding boots with her dress | 40plusstyle.com

If you want a classic look, a pair of riding-style boots will be on-trend season after season.

Kimba @kimbalikes above matches her boots to her belt.

Steal her look with this similar dress, boots, tights and belt.

DREAM PAIRS Knee High Riding Boot | 40plusstyle.com

DREAM PAIRS Knee High Riding Boot

Wide calf black boots

Black is, of course, one of the easiest boot colors to wear as it should have a slimming effect and will go with everything in your wardrobe. The buckle detail on the Luoika boots (below) will draw attention to your ankles rather than your calves.

Luoika Knee High Boots Extra Wide Calf Winter Boots | 40plusstyle.com

Luoika Knee High Boots Extra Wide Calf Winter Boots

Wide calf brown boots

For a more casual style, you could try a pair of biker style or combat style boots. The Globalwin boots (below) are likely to hit mid-calf so you need to think about if they will end at a flattering point for you. However, the buckles do draw the eye to different points of the boot rather than your calf.

GLOBALWIN Mid Calf Biker Boots | 40plusstyle.com

GLOBALWIN Mid Calf Biker Boots

Wide calf snow boots

If the weather where you are gets very cold, you may also want to think about a pair of cozy snow boots.

JSWEI Mid Calf Snow Boots | 40plusstyle.com

JSWEI Mid Calf Snow Boots

Read our article on the 12 best winter boots for women to learn more.

Wide calf suede boots

If you prefer a softer look to leather, you could choose suede or faux suede. I always think the texture of suede works well for fall, although you may want to think about whether it’s likely to rain.

The Ermonn faux suede boots (below) come in a good choice of colors, including navy and the burgundy shown. Reviewers say they are good quality and they’ve had lots of compliments while wearing them.

Ermonn Faux Suede Wide Calf Winter Boots | 40plusstyle.com

Ermonn Faux Suede Wide Calf Winter Boots

Wide calf wedge boots

If you aren’t keen on walking in heels, but you prefer to add some height, you could choose a wedge.

Aerosoles Binocular Wedge Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Aerosoles Binocular Wedge Boot

Wide calf cowboy boots

Cowboy-style boots tend to be a bit wider in the calf as they aren’t designed to be tightly fitting. Cowboy boots may go particularly well with your outfits if you have a bohemian style personality.

Laredo Cowboy Boots | 40plusstyle.com

Laredo Cowboy Boots

Red wide calf boots

To add impact to your outfit, how about a pair of red boots? The RF Room of Fashion boots (below) are well-reviewed by women with wide calves. Plus the block heel will add a little height without making them tricky to walk in.

RF ROOM OF FASHION Wide Calf Block Heel Boots | 40plusstyle.com

RF ROOM OF FASHION Wide Calf Block Heel Boots

Grey wide calf boots

For an extra wide calf, you could choose the double buckled Journee boots (below).

Journee Collection Stormy Extra Wide Calf Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Journee Collection Paris Extra Wide Calf Boot

The best wide calf boot brands

Eugenia wears cream boots with her yellow coat | 40plusstyle.com

Eugenia @theeageofgrace above (read her style interview here) chooses boots that end just above her knees.

Recreate her outfit wit this similar trench, boots and handbag.

Of course, everyone’s legs are a different shape and size, so it may take a bit of trial and error, and trying on lots of pairs before you find the perfect pair for you.

You’ll want to make sure not only that they fit your calves well, but also that they are just the right height for you.

For instance, it’s generally not a good idea to go for a boot height where the top of your boots hits your legs at the widest part of your calves.

Also, you will want to make sure, particularly if you are petite, that the top of your boots don’t hit your knees while you walk (unless, of course, you are going for an over-the-knee style!)

I’m concentrating on knee-high boots here, as obviously you won’t have the same sort of problems with booties when looking at calf width.

If you have a favorite brand or pair of boots, don’t forget to add your comments to this article so it becomes a definitive guide for other women too!

Naturalizer

Just as Naturalizer is a great option for arch support shoes, the brand is also a good go-to if you’re looking for wide calf boots.

You’ll find widths in medium, wide and extra-wide, so you can find a pair with a snug fit but which don’t cut into your calves.

There are classic riding boot styles, which won’t go out of style, so you can choose a pair of boots that will last you for years!

Naturalizer Adler Wide Calf Tall Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer Adler Wide Calf Tall Boot

Zappos

Zappos carries a big variety of brands with wide-fitting, and you can search by width to make it easy for you to find a pair of boots to fit.

There are also width measurements in inches, so you can measure your own calf to make sure it will fit before you order!

LifeStride Kent Wide Calf Boots | 40plusstyle.com

LifeStride Kent Wide Calf Boots

Nordstrom

Another great multi-brand option, Nordstrom allows you to search by width, heel height and shaft height, which makes it easy for you to narrow down your boot choices.

Trotters Kirby Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Trotters Kirby Knee High Boot

Simply Be

As well as being a good plus size option, Simply Be generally stocks around 20 or so knee-high wide-fit boots.

Simply Be Benthley High Leg Boots | 40plusstyle.com

Simply Be Benthley High Leg Boots

Kohl’s

Kohl’s offers another good way of choosing as you can opt for wide fitting or extra wide fitting.

LifeStride X-Anita Women's Tall Shaft Boots | 40plusstyle.com

LifeStride X-Anita Women’s Tall Shaft Boots

DSW

DSW (or Designer Shoe Warehouse) also allows you to search by width.

It tends to act as an outlet, so you may well find brands including Naturalizer.

But, you may find there aren’t all sizes available so best to snap a pair up if you see something you like!

SOUL Naturalizer Frost Riding Boot | 40plusstyle.com

SOUL Naturalizer Frost Riding Boot

Amazon

Often an overlooked option for fashion, Amazon is a good choice if you’re looking for sizes that aren’t always available. Searching on such a vast fashion store will give you plenty of wide-fit options.

Luoika Extra Wide Calf Winter Boots | 40plusstyle.com

Luoika Extra Wide Calf Winter Boots

eloquii

As it stocks curvy sizes, Eloquii knows many of its customers will also be looking for boots that can accommodate a wider calf.

ELOQUII Karali Colorblock Boot | 40plusstyle.com

ELOQUII Karali Colorblock Boot

Wide calf boot stretcher

If you already have some boots in your closet which fit nicely on your feet, but are too tight around your calves, have you thought about stretching them out?

HOUNDSBAY Boxer Heavy-Duty Professional Boot Stretcher | 40plusstyle.com

HOUNDSBAY Boxer Heavy-Duty Professional Boot Stretcher

Hope you enjoyed this roundup of the best wide calf boots for winter and fall! We would love to hear your recommendations too.

Do you need wide calf boots? Which are your go-to brands for comfort, fit and style? 

Continue reading:

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  3. Trendy Shoes And The Best Shoe Trends For Winter And Fall 2021

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