Oh boots. Knee-high boots. I have lusted over boots my entire life. (Well, at least since they've been in fashion.)
Enter my monster calves. Call them “oversized,” or “athletic,” or “plus sized” – they're large and standard calf-widths will not fit.
First, I tried these thigh-high boots from Lane Bryant. I already have some black knee-high boots, but liked that these were flat and would be a little higher. Massive fail. I think it was about a 17″ circumference on a size 11W. Back to the store they went.
Next, I ordered these boots from SimplyBe. They were in-between camel and brown, which was the color I was looking for. SimplyBe has cute stuff, but they're based in the UK, which meant shipping took a while. As you can see, I could zip them, but had spillage at the top of the calves. Not a cute look, nor was the lack of circulation comfortable. Back across the pond they went. Such a shame because the price was good, color was nice, and they would have been really comfortable on the feet.
For try number 3, I ordered these boots from Jessica London. I loved the camel color and buckle detail on the sides. I should have known that at $40, the price was too good for them to be true, and they arrived a full width narrower and a full width smaller than expected. The calf was around 17.5 inches, which of course, didn't fit me. Strike three.
For try 4, I bit the bullet and went back to my old standby of Zappos. They have never failed me, and the fact that I get the shoes the next day is ridiculously satisfying. Free returns also, which was good considering the returns I already had to make in my wide calf boot search.
I have my black knee-high boots (shown in this post) from Zappos, which are rsvp brand. They're big enough to wear over jeans, and even after 1 year of owning them, they've held up pretty well. Perhaps Zappos could pull another win out for me? I finally settled on ordering the Fitzwell Bit with an extra wide calf in dark brown. I was a little disappointed they didn't have any in a lighter camel color, but at this point, I just wanted something to fit.
LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Seriously. They are real leather (unlike all the other boots I tried), are made beautifully, fit my calves with room to spare, and are super comfortable. I've pranced around in them the past 3 days straight with no foot pain. Plus, they make me feel extra sassy. I can't find my tape measure, but I'm guessing it's about a 20″ calf. Here they are with my outfit from yesterday.
Cardigan: Old Navy
Skinny Jeans: Seven7 from Ebay
Tank: Essential Stretch Camisole from Kiyonna
Sunglasses: Fendi from Bluefly
Necklace: Old Navy
Boots: Fitzwell Bit from Zappos
Bag: Alesya Bag in Equestrian Tan
Have you found some great wide calf boots this year? Share your finds!