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Top 5 Wide Calf Rain Boots
Rain rain go away--in style!--with these wellies
When cute wellie-style rain boots first hopped over the pond from the UK, I thought they'd be in vogue maybe two, three years. Was I ever wrong! These functional cuties have dug their heels in stateside, and luckily for the hard-to-fit, there are now excellent options for wide calf rainboots.
Here, my top picks for rain boots with over 15-inch calf circumferences -- plus a couple of stylish runners-up for legs just at the wide end of average.
** Before You Choose... **
Make sure to get an accurate measurement of your calf. It's not all that rare for one leg to be thinner than the other, so be sure to get that cloth or paper tape measure around each, and (if they differ) go with the larger of the two numbers. Best to get this info while seated, with both feet flat on the floor and legs relaxed, not flexed.
Spy Love Buy Wide Wellies
In black, green, navy and pink, plus several fun prints. Calf is 17 to 19 inches around, depending on size ordered, but a reviewer with 20-inch calves says they fit her (barely). Probably the most generously sized boot on this list.
At 16 inches around, these cuties bring the two-tone trend into rainwear, with adorable results. The only tough decision is picking from six great colors.
I love a functional buckle on a boot -- helps customize the fit to your leg.
If only Hunter will do, the Huntress is the label's wide calf model, with a calf circumference of 16 1/2 inches. The classic trio of colors is black, green & navy, but you can also get these in a glossy black or red or (on sale! as of late June '14) a vibrant violet color. (Note: This brand + style generally runs 1/2 to 1 shoe size big, so order with that in mind....considering too whether you'll wear 'em just for rainy seasons or in winter also, with heavy socks or bootliners.)
I personally think Kamik makes some of the cutest wellies around--arguably as cute as my Hunters. But it's unclear whether they offer a true wide-calf boot. The most promising candidate at present appears to be the terrific-looking Jennifer, with a matte finish in five colors (the periwinkle-ish blue is particularly fun, though you can't go wrong with the neutrals). It offers two more inches of shaft height than the brand's sold-out "Ellie" (if that's your preference), along with the extra color options. It lists a 16 inch calf circumference, but some reviewers are skeptical, so check out their (extensive!) input. And if the boot fits -- definitely wear it!
The label's insignia on the side is a cute touch too.
The Tretorn Emelie
In black or olive,with a cute buckle at the back -- 16.5" around
What's in a name?
"Wellington boots" are named for Arthur Wellesley, first duke of Wellington (1769-1852), who popularized them among the British elite in the early 1800s. Early iterations--used for hunting & other outdoor pursuits--were modeled after Hessian boots, made of soft leather, and midcalf in height. The rubber version we now know & love was developed in the mid 1800s and caught on instantly with farmers, who welcomed the chance to trade soggy wooden clogs for waterproof footwear and clean, dry
The Nomad Puddles
In over 30 wild and crazy (and some classic) designs. 15 1/2 inches around. I especially like the animal, chevron and argyle prints and some of the paisleys.
Wellies -- what's the attraction?
Any of these styles strike your fancy?