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
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Wide calf leather boots
A wide calf, cushioned insole and classic riding boot styling – the Naturalizer boots (below) may be the perfect combination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wide calf riding boots
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grey wide calf boots
For an extra wide calf, you could choose the double buckled Journee boots (below).
The best wide calf boot brands
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!
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!
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!
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.
As well as being a good plus size option, Simply Be generally stocks around 20 or so knee-high wide-fit boots.
Kohl’s offers another good way of choosing as you can opt for wide fitting or extra wide fitting.
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!
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.
As it stocks curvy sizes, Eloquii knows many of its customers will also be looking for boots that can accommodate a wider calf.
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?
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?
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