Buying Guide: Wide Calf Boots

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Boots are a perfect option for year-round wear, but women with a wide calf size may find it harder to find that ideal boot. Fortunately, we have some tips and boots just for you!

First you will need to measure your calf. Grab a tape measure and measure around the widest part of your calf.  Ask yourself this very important question.

How do you want your Boot Top to fit?

Every person has a different personal preference, but there are 3 basic ways your boot shaft can fit:

a. Tight around your calf
b. Loose around your calf
c. Somewhere in between

Determine your size based on the three criteria above. You will also want to take into consideration if you will be wearing your boots with jeans, or just bare legs.

Boot fit tip: Real boots do stretch a bit over time giving you some wiggle room.

Now that you know you calf size here are a few tips & styles that should work for you!

Buying Guide: 5 Options for Buying Wide Calf Boots

1. Adjustable boots

The Frye Dorado Lug Riding Boot is a great option for wide calves with a 16.5″ shaft circumference. It is stylish and practical. Both buckle’s straps are adjustable so that you can find the perfect fit!

wide calf boots

2. Scalloped top

A deep “V” or scallop opens the top of the boot, making it more accommodating for all calf sizes.

Every cowgirl should have a pair of the Heritage Western boots in her closet! An elegant stitch pattern makes this a wonderful boot for a day, or the night on the town.


3. Flare at the top

The Lucinda Boot by Ariat is an elegant western style boot! With the intricate stitching design and rich brown color. You will always feel luxurious when you wear these boots.


4. Order a wide

You may not consider your feet wide, but generally boots made in wide have a wider shaft. You can always wear thicker socks if there’s a big difference between the width of your foot and the width of your calves.

Don’t compromise on boldness when shopping for wide calf boots. Just find available boots in wide sizes.


5. Shorter shaft

Another great option for wide calves is to get a short boot or ankle boot. You will never have to worry about the boots fitting because the shaft stops just above your ankle.


Try the Ariat Billie Boot.

For more ways to style wide calf boots click here to see our Style Guide.

Find everything you need? To learn more about boot fit, in general, see our post: Boot Width Guide.

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