Before I get into the places to shop wide calf boots, let’s take a moment to talk about how to shop wide calf boots. May seem silly, but without some general knowledge you may find yourself incredibly frustrated. First, there is going be a lot more stock and selection online versus in-store. So chances are, you’ll be shopping online. That’s super convenient if you know which boots will fit your calves!
Shopping online has drawbacks. It sucks to have to buy a bunch of styles in a variety of sizes in the hopes that one pair might fit. And then, as if not fitting into 75% of what you buy isn’t bad enough, you then have to go through the return process. Or worse, you miss the return deadline and are out the money and stuck with boots you can’t zip up! I realize these are first world problems, but I know you know the struggle.
How to Shop Wide Calf Boots
Step 1: Measure. The MOST important thing you can do to prevent frustration is to know the circumferences of your calves. Just to jog your memory of geometric terms, circumference usually references the perimeter of a circle. But in this case, the circumference is the distance around the length/width of your calf, at the widest part.
To get this measurement, sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Use a measuring tape to measure both calves at their widest parts, respectively. Measure both calves in case they aren’t the same size. Due to my history of blood clots, I have post-thrombotic syndrome and my legs are actually significantly different in size. So yeah, it happens!
Once you have the circumference of the larger calf, that’s your “magic number,” to which you compare all boot circumferences. You want a boot with at least the same circumference, if not larger. The industry standard for “wide calf,” is any boot that is 16″ or larger in circumference. If you have a “magic number” of about 16″ most wide calf boots will work for you. If, however you have a larger calf, it’s going to be more difficult but not impossible!
Another thing to know is that some boots’ circumferences are dependent on the size and width of the shoe. For example, the same boot style might have a 16″ circumference in a size 6, but a 17″ circumference in a size 6W. So, in some cases, you will have to reference a chart to get the right size and width. Yeah, it is a bit much, but we’ll get it figured out! Lol.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the “scarcity” of 17″+ boots. So, if you have large calves and see some boots you like, buy them. Immediately. Take no prisoners and ask questions later! Because despite all of us wide-calved gals, stores seem to think our money is no good.
Also, you can go here to see my shopping guide where I include lists of places to shop plus size clothing and wide calf boots. Oh and one more thing, if you aren’t an email subscriber, you can go here to subscribe to receive my new posts in your inbox.
10 Places to Shop Wide Calf Boots
10 Places to Shop Wide Calf Boots
No matter your size, budget, or style, I’ve got a place for you to shop wide calf boots! Ok, there are actually 11 on my list! In alphabetical order…
Duo Boots (custom fitted, up to 19.7″)
Eloquii (up to 19″)
Macy’s (16″ – 17″)
Naturalizer (16″ – 17″)
Nordstrom (16″ – 17″)
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15 More Places to Shop Wide Calf Boots
Some of these retailers don’t have their wide calf boots stocked yet, but will have a selection as we get into the fall season.
Go here to see a list of places I recommend to shop plus size clothes and wide calf boots.
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