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Top 10 Extra Wide Calf Boots

Updated on November 18, 2014

Love gorgeous boots but have sizing issues? Your search is over.

I am a boot fanatic who has come to realize that finding the right knee-high pair is harder for some of us than others, whether we've got scrawny or wider legs. Most knee high boots are sized at a 14 to 15 inch circumference, which just does not work for the thinner or fuller calved. Especially if you have legs under 12 inches or over 17 inches around, finding cute options can be a real hassle.

In this lens I focus on the generously sized challenge. The good news is that there are tons of super cute, versatile looks available online, and most of them are affordably priced, to boot! (ouch, I know -- I had to say it)

(photo: the Tanya ~ info below)

What's an "average" measurement?

A quick online tour of fitness sites suggests 14-15 inches is about the female norm, and Nordstrom defines wide calf boots as 15.5 around or more. What I've seen is that most retailers aim for 14-16, and anything over 17 is hard to find. Here, my top 10 styles that fit that category...

The Topic

It's straight-out-of-the-box love for reviewers of this boot, with a cool fold-down (or leave-up, for an over-the-knee look) cuff at the top.

The Jali

Here's a stylish boot with a bit of stacked heel for extra polish. A work-appropriate choice.

The Atom

Sometimes it's the details that make a boot stand out from the pack. This beauty features a cute D-ring harness -- and arguably the best reviews of any style on this page.

Rose Petals Women's Atom-xw, Black, 11 M US
Rose Petals Women's Atom-xw, Black, 11 M US

Circumference listed is 19.5 inches.


Tip: Sometimes you can find the perfect boot in terms of the midcalf and top opening measurements, but it's way too large or small in the ankle. In general, high-heeled styles will have a more tapered ankle, while riding boots will be straighter from top to bottom.

The Maine

Here's a (very) high-heeled choice for work, date night, whenever you need to dress things up.

Rose Petals Women's Portland-w, Black, 6.5 W US
Rose Petals Women's Portland-w, Black, 6.5 W US

18 inches around, with a 3.75 inch heel


Wide Calf Wellies!

Fall rains got you down? These much-loved wellies will keep your legs warm and dry. Better yet? Seven cute solids and patterns to choose from.

Flat Festival Wellies Wellington Knee High Rain Boots Black US 9
Flat Festival Wellies Wellington Knee High Rain Boots Black US 9

This one is 17 to 19 inches around, depending on your shoe size.


The Sonah

A clean, classic silhouette works for all occasions.

Ros Hommerson Women's Sonah Boot,Black,9 M US
Ros Hommerson Women's Sonah Boot,Black,9 M US

Circumference listed is 18.5, but some reviewers measured it at closer to 20 -- clearly a true extra-wide-calf option.


The Mustang

This sporty style featurees double buckles that are described as "adjustable," but the straps don't appear to have more than one hole, so it's unclear how that would work. Nevertheless, a very cute look. Faux leather and just trendy enough,

David Tate Women's Mustang Extra Wide Shaft, Black, 6.5 B(M) US
David Tate Women's Mustang Extra Wide Shaft, Black, 6.5 B(M) US

This one starts at 18 around and increases with shoe size


The Tanya

Looking to strut your stuff in heels? Check out this super sexy "corset" style with a 3.25 inch heel, in soft leather with a padded footbed.

Ros Hommerson Women's Tanya Wide, Black Softy, 9.5 WW US
Ros Hommerson Women's Tanya Wide, Black Softy, 9.5 WW US

Circumference listed is 17, but a reviewer recommends them specifically for calves over 18 inches around. I suspect this is a matter of shoe size, with 17 being the measurement for smaller sizes.


The Trendy

Here's the same sexy back-button detail as the Tanya, but with a lower heel for all-day wearability.

~~ Still haven't found your dream boot? ~~

>> Specialty shopping to the rescue! The online Wide Widths shop is a specialty spot that carries wide shaft boots in two hard-to-find categories:

"Super Wide Calf" boots (18 to 22 inches around, depending on size ordered) and

"Super Wide Plus Calf" boots (21 to 24 3/4, per size selected)

Best of all, the boots are really pretty riding, mid to high heel, wedge & slouch styles. So take a look :)

>> Another fantastic tool is the niche search tool at Zappos, which currently yields over a dozen boots with 18+ circumferences and knee-high shafts. For best results, read the reviews, but bear in mind that with free shipping and returns you risk only a bit of your time, if your choice(s) don't end up working out. Amazon also offers free shipping and returns for many of its boot offerings.

Also consider:

A professional-grade boot stretcher can turn

any boot into an extra-wide boot.

Details & user reviews....

FootFitter Cast Aluminum Combination Boot Instep and Shaft Stretcher
FootFitter Cast Aluminum Combination Boot Instep and Shaft Stretcher

"Works miracles" says one in the parade of 5-star reviews for this tool -- an investment, and especially wise move if you know others who can borrow & benefit. Some recommend using a special spray to enhance the stretching -- check out their input for details.


~ poll! ~

What are you hunting for?

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Which is your favorite of my top 10? Have another brand or style to recommend? Please share!


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      4 years ago

      The brown boots are a stunner.

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      4 years ago

      Great selection of boots. I love the quality of them.

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      5 years ago

      very nice lens

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      5 years ago

      I love boots and have just taken all mine in to be re-heeled in readiness for winter. I'm sure I could use a new pair though.....!

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      Sharon Berry 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great selection of wide calf boots.

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      5 years ago

      I like these boots for my wife. Looking for a good Valentine's Day gift.

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      5 years ago

      I love the Sammy boot from Torrid.

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      5 years ago

      nice lens

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 

      5 years ago

      a great experience of looking at premium boot collection

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      nice! I love boots and finding the right fit is no longer a hassle, thanks to this great lens!

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      Stanley Green 

      5 years ago from Czech Republic

      Another simple and very nice lens by KarateKatGraphics. I like it.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Love these boots! Awesome lens, thanks!

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      lshields lm 

      5 years ago

      Great Lens, with wonderful line of boots

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      5 years ago

      Amazing selection, well done!

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      6 years ago

      Love this lens! I've always had chunky legs, even at my slimmest! Thanks for some great boot inspiration :D

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I had an extra wide calf once, he couldn't get through the barn door and I had to build a tent for him! ha! Blessed.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Such difficult choices again!

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      Love the boots and you are so right about how hard it is to find boots, my legs aren't that big, but I'm short so they're sort of compacted and a good fit is so hard to find that I normally stick to ankle boots, but I have one cute knee length pair. Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Love the page its always hard to find boots that fit these are cute!

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      6 years ago

      I like this . i can buy a boot for my girlfriend


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