If you’re like me, it doesn’t matter what size you wear; you’ve always needed wide-calf boots. We have beautiful curves and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, just because it says “wide-calf” on the box, doesn’t mean it will fit or be cute. It’s like some designers forgot wide-calf women have style!
Well, it’s time for that to end.
I went through my closet and made a few special shopping trips to find out what brands are doing it right in terms of style, color and fit. Here are tried and tested brands that can work for you.
Yes, the brand that makes nickel-free jewelry and teamed up with Selena Gomez is after the rest of your wardrobe. Coach is known for making fun, quality pieces that last. I have had multiple Coach purses and coats (I’m wearing one as I write this!) over the years without the need to re-buy it every season. This brand is also carried in most major department stores as well as online retailers. So, finding it for a good price is easy enough. I found the ones pictured above for under $80, including shipping, from Bluefly. If you’re looking for a staple that can go with multiple pieces in your wardrobe, this is it.
I’m not just talking about the Gigi Hadid collaborations. This brand can add a pop of color to your wardrobe without the need for a double zipper. Simply look for the styles with stretch, like shown above, and you should be covered. I bought a pair of blue suede TH riding boots last year, sprayed them with a suede protector and they have been my go-to ever since. Those of you who have tried, know how hard it is to find fitting wide-calf boots in anything other than black or brown. Problem solved for $80 to $120.
This label is for the women who want something on-trend and on-budget. Back in London, I used and abused my G by Guess wide-calf cuties. They were light brown and went with almost every outfit as well as showed off a cool plaid print along the zipper. That pair didn’t last more than a season, but were beyond reasonably priced! I just did a quick search and found multiple options between $35 and $60. (They even have an online version of their factory store so you may not have to go out in the cold to get them.)
Don’t even say it, I know what you’re thinking. No, this brand is not just the “old lady” shoes your grandma wears. Fact is, they’re pretty comfortable and come in staple hues. If you need something a little wider than the above, their double zippers will come in handy. Look to this brand for work-friendly styles and something you can re-wear for a while. Up until a couple years ago, A2 by Aerosoles was my sole brand for boots (pun not intended!) and I always got them for less with a Kohl’s coupon.
I couldn’t leave you with just four brands when I know there are more in your closet. I’ve also had some inconsistent luck with Calvin Klein, Madden Girl and Michael Kors. It really depends on the style and your calf circumference, which brings me to my next point.
Still can’t find a one that works for you? Brands such as Torrid make extra, extended-calf sizes. You can also buy boot zipper extenders to give your favorite pair some extra room. When in doubt, take a measurement of both calves and compare it to the boot’s shaft circumference listed under “product details.” I usually add an inch for comfort and it’s worked so far! Otherwise, mid-calf and short boot options that you know will slip on/off easily, like the above, are good, too. There’s always a way to “make it work,” as Tim Gunn says.
I know we’ve hit that time of year where boots are essential. So, happy shopping, everyone! If you like this post, please share it or drop me a comment below. Have a great weekend!