Folks with larger calves know two things to be true: 1. shopping for skinny jeans is incredibly stressful, and 2. so is shopping for boots. Eventually, you'll find a pair of jeans that are stretchy enough to accommodate your calves, but boots are trickier (they generally don't have the option of stretching).
In many cases, finding boots that won't suffocate your calf muscles can often feel like finding a needle in the haystack. While many retailers aren't always a shoe-in (hehe) for carrying these styles, that doesn't mean all is lost. We scoured the internet to find the roomiest boots for people with larger calves—and we found some really cute, stylish, and high-performing options that are perfect for wearing, year-round. From ankle boots to knee-high styles, here are some of the top boot options for bigger calves.
Best boots for bigger calves
As far as boots you can wear every day, there’s nothing more versatile than a pair of utility boots. And these ones from Dolce Vita are no exception. They’re a bit chunky, thanks to the platform style heel. What really stands out is the elastic sockliner at the top of the shaft that gives your lower calve some much-needed room. Snag ’em in black, white-on-white, or white-on-black.
Originally $159, now $120
If you’re looking to give some serious “I mean business” energy, these Franco Sarto Tribute Wide Calf Tall Boot will definitely do the trick. They fall right below the knee and have a handy side zipper that also allows you to easily slip them on and off. Not to mention, the croc-like design gives them an added punch of style. Crafted with leather, these are available in burgundy and black.
Every closet deserves a go-to boot you can wear with any outfit at any time, and Sam Edelman Pansy Knee High Boots fits the bill. Dress them down with some Bermuda shorts or fancy them up with a maxi dress and long coat during the fall. FYI, the extra wide styles have a 17-inch wide circumference, which is perfect for pairing with jeans.
Originally $170, now $115
Whether you’re heading back to the office, or want a more polished day-to-day look, you can’t go wrong with these Ralph Lauren Artizan Suede Boots. Their slouchy silhouette gives you extra space to wear them with leggings, denim, and your fave pair of thick crew socks. They also have a rubber outsole for added traction and durability.
As the weather starts to heat up, these boots are the perfect option to pair with your spring looks. They’re lightweight, easy to wear, and super soft on the outside. But the best part is how stretchy the shaft is. It includes both a zipper and an elastic liner to better adjust to the shape of your ankle and lower calve. This way, you don’t have to squeeze your feet each time you pull them on and take them off. As a bonus, the shoes are available in three styles, including black and black crinkle patent.
While cowboy boots had an unlikely fashion moment last summer, they’re definitely here to stay (IMO). And for those looking to unleash their inner cowgirl or channel the Stagecoach vibe, these boots are the perfect fit. They’re made with 100 percent leather and have special StretchFit technology for larger calves. This includes a wider shaft and elastic panels on the side. For a fashion forward look, pair these with some denim shorts and an oversized blazer.
When you don’t know what to wear on that second date, try these Journee Collection Glenda Tall Boots on for size. They are super comfortable, thanks to the faux fur lining and Tru Comfort Foam at the midsole. The upper is 100 percent vegan leather, and the heel is almost three inches tall. Currently, you can snag them in this green above or in white, clay, light pink, and black.
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