Wide Calf Boots Review

The problem here was that online it states that it has a 20-2/5″ circumference, which is simply not true. It fits me as it should (not too snug or too loose), but if your calf is beyond my size (17″ circumference) these will likely not fit.

I can’t help but notice that plus size girls are getting the shaft (pun intended) when it comes to tall or over-the-knee boots.  Finding the perfect pair of boots with a shaft that can accommodate our larger calves is often difficult, which is usually why I avoid it all together.  However, this year I figured I’d give it another shot. So, after countless hours in-store and online searching for boots that can work for the curvy girl, I’ve finally found (read: actually tried on myself instead of just reading the specifications online) a few pairs that could work.  

(Note: This information is based on how these boots fit me.  I have a 17″ calf circumference.)

Steve Madden ‘Creation’ Boot (at Nordstrom) –  This is an adorable boot.  It has stretchy material on the back, which allows the shaft to stretch to fit a wider calf.  It also has enough stretch to accommodate jeans or a thick legging without feeling too snug.

Me Too ‘Maddi’ Boot (at Nordstrom) – This is another boot that has stretch material.  The stretchy material here is located on the back sides of the boot with a strip of leather in the middle. I liked this boot a lot, but I wasn’t in love with the amount of stretch material this boot has.  On the plus side, the stretchy material was soft and the heel wasn’t too high.  This pair would look great with jeans or a skirt.

Style & co. Mighty Wide Calf Tall Boots (at Macy’s) – This boot fit well and zipped up quite easily. There also wasn’t any stretch material, which I liked.  And this pair looked great with my jeans.

The problem here was that online it states that it has a 20-2/5″ circumference, which is simply not true. It fits me as it should (not too snug or too loose), but if your calf is beyond my size (17″ circumference) these will likely not fit.

Style & co. Hooray Wedge Boots (at Macy’s) – This boot was also a good fit. It comes a bit above my knee, which I liked. (Keep in mind I am 5’4″.)  Additionally, you can fold down the top portion of the boot if you don’t want it to fit over the knee. 
Again, the problem here was that they are marked as having a 22″ circumference and this is not the case. They fit me with barely any room to spare.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Top Notch Flat Boots (at Macy’s) – This boot fit comfortably. The stretch on the sides allowed the boot to expand to fit.  However, the stretchy material here was a bit stiff and definitely made the fit more snug and a bit uncomfortable in comparison to the others.

Out of  all of these, my favorite were the Steve Madden boots. What I loved about them was that the fit was great, the stretch wasn’t as noticeable because it was located in the back and there wasn’t too much of it.  Also, they looked great with my jeans. 

Lastly, I must say that doing this search wasn’t easy.  I ended up ordering about 15 pairs of boots after doing a few weeks of research. The biggest problem I encountered was the grossly inaccurate and unhelpful information given by retailers, online and in-store, about the measurements of the shaft.  Also, most of the reviews online about wide calf boots from various online sources (blogs, online magazines, etc.) were not helpful unless your calf circumference is no more than a 16-inch circumference.  

The retailer that I found to be the most helpful and accurate was Nordstrom (at least online).  Not only was there website super easy to search, but they had all the necessary details listed in the description and all of that information was completely accurate.  Everything I received from them was exactly as described.  

However, this was not the case with Macy’s.  The descriptions weren’t always helpful and, often, were completely inaccurate.  If the specifications of the boots were accurate online, I might have been able to find more boots at Macy’s.

I hope this review was helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions about how to find great wide calf boots. 

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Thanksgiving. 


  1. November 28, 2013 / 2:42 am

    I'm so glad I read this! I have been looking at the "Creation" boot for a while but wasn't sure if it would fit my large calves. I have noticed with shopping for knee/over-the-knee boots it seems like the circumference measurements are for the top of the boot at the widest part and not at the calves.

  2. November 28, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Carmesha, that is a wonderful observation and I'm glad you shared it. I did not know this. I wish they would stop doing that type of measurement because it is not helpful for the customer. It would be more helpful to do it from the fullest part of the calf, which is how I measured my calves.

  3. April 14, 2016 / 5:36 am

    This is a really good review. Very descriptive.