Plus size women generally have wide calves and despite sixty percent of the population being some form of plus size there seems to be a shortage of wide calf boots on the market.
In general the calf size of a boot tends to go up with the size of the shoe. So if you want an 18" calf you would have to get a size 12. This is ridiculous for (at least) two reasons; first, not all women who are a size twelve have extra large calves, and second, women with tiny foot sizes can have extra large calves.
If you have the time and patience you can find a number of online shops that offer wide calf boots but there are a few things you should keep in mind to save time and aggravation:
- Measure your calves (both of them!) with a tape measure. Chances are, one of them will turn out to be slightly larger than the other -- don't worry, it's normal but go with the larger number. And never go smaller on the assumption that you are going to lose a few pounds.
- When you are shopping for boots online it is important to read the calf circumference in the product information. Most times it changes with the size of the shoe.
- If there is no calf size information listed in the product information then do not order the boots -- you will most likely be disappointed with the fit. If a boot is labeled as being "wide calf" don't assume it will fit your calf. IF you really want the boots email the retailer and ask for specifics for your size. A good retailer will have no problem giving you the information and will respond within a few days and if they do not then they are probably not a company you want to be giving your precious dollars to.
- Read any reviews for clues on comfort and fit. In some cases you will even see signs of past customers not reading the product information.
- Expect to spend a little more on your boots for a good fit and comfort especially if they are genuine leather. That being said, extreme prices do not necessarily guarantee fit and comfort.
Where to Shop Online for Wide Width Boots
Ready Made Shops
- Torrid has been the only retailer to bring the plus size woman thigh high boots. They always have a small but sweet selection of knee high fashion boots for truly wide calves and they are most affordable. Almost always under $100. They ship within the U.S. and Canada.
- Shoes.com offers a nice selection of wide calf styles from Naturalizer and Ros Hommerson. They ship internationally.
- Zappos offers a variety of wide calf boots in dressy and casual styles. They are known for their customer service and satisfaction. They started out as the "it" store of shoes and have now expanded to clothing, bags, and other accessories for both men and women including a plus size clothing line. They ship internationally.
Custom Made Shops
- JJ Footwear offers twelve styles in made to order sizing. They offer a wider range of calf sizes than most shops but not all sizes and they work mainly by calf size. The styles are fashionable, functional and well made for the $295 (shipping price included).
- Boots for Broads is an Australian retailer that offers international shipping on nine styles of custom made boots in black, brown, or red. There are no size limits for you to fit into, you enter your ankle and calf size information and they make your boots to your specifics. If you need one heel adjusted they will do that too. All styles are $250. Email them for shipping information.
Every woman deserves a great pair of boots whether she has wide calves or not. This listing should have you well on your way to finding your next favorite boot.