At the beginning of each fall season, excitement builds as we evaluate our wardrobe, browse the racks stocked with the newest sweaters, and decide what our look will be for the coming season. Finding the perfect pair of boots to complement the look is only made more difficult if your lower legs happen to fall into the mysteriously undefined category of “wide calves.”
To find the best boots for you, try these tips:
Pre-shop online Knowing which brands and retailers carry wider calf boots can save a lot of time and self-confidence. Pull out a measuring tape and measure your calf at its widest point. Look for shaft widths of that measurement or higher in the style's description.
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Find a good cobbler A good cobbler can manipulate an oh-so-perfect pair of boots that may not fit quite right. Not only can they stretch the calf leather up to an inch larger than the current measurement, but they can also take the leather in or add an extra gusset of leather or elastic. Think of cobblers as tailors for your shoes.
Fashionable wide calf boots are tough to find, but these retailers make looking chic easy:
A UK-based retailer, DUO allows you to not only shop by size, heel height, and style, but they also allow you to shop by calf width, so you don't have to lust after any styles that won't fit. For a classic riding boot, check out the ELM ($330) in black or tan leather.
Specializing in wide calf boots, Wide Widths offers a wide variety of boots, from flat to over the knee and styles from urban to western. Put a pep in your step with the Maine ($199) from Ross Hommerson in brown leather.
Amongst Zappos very wide assortment hides Fitzwell, a brand specializing in wide widths and wide calf styles. For an extra wide calf, take a look at Bit ($118), a harness style with a shaft circumference of 18".
Do you have a favorite wide calf resource? I'd love to hear about it!
Image via DUO