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, here’s a round-up 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 wide calf boots, what are the other things to look out for when choosing a pair?
1. Look for elastic goring
Mel (above) opts for a pair of white ankle booties with goring at the sides.
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.
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.
Erin (above) chooses a pair of lace-up boots.
4. Do you also need a comfort brand?
If you need a wide calf, 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.
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.
Jona (above) pairs classic brown booties with her plaid pants.
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.
Julia (above) opts for boots that end just below the knee.
The best wide calf boots for winter and fall
Wide over the knee boots
Tanasha (above) shows how you can still wear white jeans for winter by adding over-the-knee boots.
Wide calf leather boots
Wide calf knee high boots
Kim (above) opts for a classic pair of black riding boots.
Wide calf rain boots
Wide calf riding boots
Wide calf slouch boots
Michelle (above) chooses a pair of on-trend slouch boots.
Wide calf high heel boots
Wide calf black boots
Malia (above) styles her bright sweater dress with black boots and tights.
Wide calf brown boots
Wide calf snow boots
Ann (above) stays warm in a pair of lace-up boots and a teddy bear coat.
Read our article on the 12 best winter boots for women to learn more.
Wide calf suede boots
Venetia (above) opts for a lovely neutral shade of boots with her yellow dress.
Wide calf wedge boots
Wide calf cowboy boots
Cassie (above) wears her cowboy boots with a leather moto jacket.
Red wide calf boots
Get a similar pair of red boots from Via Spiga.
Grey wide calf boots
The best wide calf boot brands
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!
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
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.
If you also need extra arch support then there are some great bootie options here.
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.
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