This isn’t the first time I have written a post about stylish boots for large calves. You can read the first post here. If you are familiar with this original post then you know that it is with personal experience that I write about this topic. I have a bit of a double whammy against me when it comes to finding boots that fit. First, I have naturally large calves and thick ankles. I’m not beating myself up for this, it’s just a fact. I don’t have those sinewy little ankles and I don’t really have sexy legs. In addition to this, I also have exceptionally small feet for my 5’7″ height. I wear a 6-61/2 shoe. You may not know this, but the smaller the shoe size the slimmer the shaft of boots usually are. The assumption seems to be that smaller feet means smaller calves. However, I am living proof that this is not true.
So, yea, I have a lot of experience with finding boots for large calves.
While I gave my tips for finding boots for this predicament in the original post I linked to above, I thought I’d use this post to show some stylish ways to wear these types of boots you may be shopping for this fall.
Stylish Boots for Large Calves and How to Style Them
With olive being such a trend for fall, I am in love with these boots from INC International Concepts, and at $88 the price is surely right. The wide calf shaft of these boots will certainly make it easy to tuck your jeans into them, like this skinny pair from Lucky Brand, and I love the way this casual weekend looks so stylish, yet cozy, with this olive tunic from Modcloth and oversized cardigan from Zara. With olive I love burgundy, so I added this Poverty Flats tote. For jewelry, I finished the outfit with this long necklace from Bauble Bar and Charter Club stud earrings.
In this look, I dressed down this Hugo Boss sheath dress by adding this classic pair of extended calf Frye riding boots in black that I paired with opaque tights. With the dress, I added this separate blazer in black from J. Crew and accessorized the outfit with a printed scarf from Sole Society, a yellow handbag from Topshop and light violet earrings from Kendra Scott. I bet you never thought to pair yellow and purple together. That’s the power of prints, they really can encourage fun color combinations.
I happen to love this dress from Theory. I have seen in on a few clients. It’s not for everyone because it is a shift style, but if you are looking for a dressy, casual dress to wear with tights and boots this is definitely one to consider. I just love the colors in the print.
With this dress I added these brown, wide calf heeled boots from Macy’s that will create a longer leg line when paired with chocolate brown opaque tights, like these from Bare Necessities. I accessorized this outfit with a bright orange bag from Cole Haan and striking statement necklace from Stella & Dot.
Once fall hits it is time to break out those tried and true leggings (just remember, tights are not pants), like this pair from Boden which I have styled with a belted tunic top from Madwell and used my favorite wide calf boots, this pair from Sam Edelman, which I own. They look similar to the classic Frye boots but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, I am on my third fall with them and they still look great. I highly recommend. With the olive top, I love the way this blue bag from Halogen looks and I finished the outfit with these stacked bracelets from Free People and earrings from Max & Chloe.
Having large calves does not mean you are overweight. Even at my thinnest I need to buy boots with a wider shaft. That said, you can wear cute a-line mini skirts if you feel comfortable doing it. Here, I styled this cute camel skirt from Tory Burch with a crisp bodysuit shirt from Tuxe. I added these wide calf boots in dark wine from Naturalizer that have a small heel. If you want to make your legs look longer and slimmer you can add a pair of opaque tights in burgundy or a rich chocolate brown. Finishing the outfit, I added this plaid infinity scarf from from LOFT, a burgundy tote from Lord & Taylor and hexagon stud earrings from Ann Taylor.
Stylish boots for wide calves are becoming easier to find
It took a long time for many designers to understand that few women have slim calves. Years ago, when tall boots made a comeback it was practically impossible to find a pair that I could zip over my legs, and when you did they were beyond ugly, like a punishment for having big legs. However, today, most companies do offer their styles for women who need wider shaft widths. In fact, there is even an website called WideWidths.com that specializes solely in boots like this. I highly recommend you check them out.
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