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What Are the Best Wide Calf Boots for Women?

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Whether you have muscular calves because you’re a workout slave or you have large calves because you’re a plus-sized woman, the result is the same. You will need a boot with a wide shaft (large circumference) that's designed to fit a bigger calf. Most items on this list are knee-high leather boots.

I am not skinny, but most of my weight is in my midsection… so I am built like a marshmallow on two toothpicks. Hahaha. You’re supposed to smile. Anyway, I have never bought super wide boots, however I have listed styles that I would wear myself. And, I've only shown designs that (IMO) will never go out of style.

cute brown boots for wide calf photoMy Boots Won't Zip Up

There ARE days when I can’t get my knee high boots to zip all the way up. And, that's not good, because I wear boots year round. I have several pairs of tan and beige boots that look great with summer dresses. And, of course, I have dark brown and black boots for winter and for wearing in the evening.

Tall Knee High Boots With Stretch Panels

If you are borderline like me (a calf circumference that fluctuates between 14 inches and 15 inches), and you can wear "regular" boots with stretch inserts, here are a few brands from my closet:

  • Sofft: These have a stretchy accordion pleat at the top.
  • White Mountain: My favorite flats have two huge inserts of stretch fabric... but the panels look cute.
  • Bloomingdale’s: Not sure if Bloomies is the brand, but I have two pairs with "Bloomingdales" inside; they have small stretch inserts covered by leather.

Wide Calf Leather Boots

The trick with wide boots is that you want the circumference to be large enough to fit around your calf and then some. That way you'll be able to tuck your jeans (or thick tights or leggings or denim leggings) into your boots.

Personally, I’m willing to spend a bit more for shoes and boots, because I know I will wear my footwear forever. So, if you see something that's out of your price range, this time of year (midwinter) is the best time to find cute boots on sale.

So, here are some styles that don't look like they belong on a Russian bag lady:

Wide Calf Leather Boots With Heels -  Circumference 15 Inches - 15 1/2 Inches

  • Anne Klein Gallagher Wide Calf: Do I need to tell you Baby Boomers how cute, stylish, and on-trend this boot is? (circumference 15 1⁄2")
  • Børn 'Treddy' Boot: This short Treddy boot is part punk, part Mod, part Victorian, and totally hip for any woman of any age. (14" calf circumference expands to 15 1/2")
  • Naturalizer Etton Wide Shaft: The scalloped top and back zip are super cute. (circumference 15")
  • Frye Women's Jane Wide Calf: These boots are a bit cowboy, but not so Wild West that you can’t wear them out to dinner. (circumference 15")

Flat Wide Calf Boots - Circumference 15 - 15 1/2 Inches

  • Frye Veronica Back Zip: These funky boots are absolutely fabulous, but expensive. Oh… how can I live without these? (circumference 15")
  • Enzo Angiolini Zarynn: This riding boot has a side zip, a rounded toe, a sleek look, and great reviews. (calf circumference stretches to fit.)
  • Propet Women's Alicante: Propet is a European brand for hard-to-fit feet. These boots are part suede and part leather. Minor complaint: No zip. (circumference 15")

The majority of women's boots have an average calf circumference of 14 inches, so 151/2" is a bit better, however many women need something much larger. Well, thank God for the internet. Now, you can find boots with a calf size of 18" and above.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Maranda


    Could you please tell me the brand and name of the cognac colored boots that the lady with the dress has on? I have been looking for that style.

    Thank you, Maranda

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I'm sorry to say that I don't know. That photo is just a picture of boots that I found on flickr.com, and I used the photo because I loved the boots. I don't even know what you would call them. I would try googling "mid calf boots" or "mid calf flat boots" but if I run across a similar style, I will put the answer here (or email you if I have time). I am looking for something similar with a heel (for myself), so I might find something.

      Wish I could help more.

      Tina Boomerina