Frustration and disappointment are the two words that describe my search for tall boots since September.

Tall boots have been non-existent in my closet for years. I actually had no idea I had wide calves in relation to my feet and body until I decided to bring tall boots back in my life. I’ve shared on my Instagram (@julietatorresd), that after weaning my youngest I gained some weight. It wasn’t super-noticeable (at least to me), but my ill-fitting jeans don’t lie. Tall boots don’t either.

I initially loved Shana’s snake print Sam Edelman boots, but they were tight on my bare leg. Over jeans? Forget about it. The same story happened at least five more times. I returned all the tall boots I’d bought.

Snap ‘Em Up: Tall Boots For Wide Calves Worth Buying Now

But just when I was ready to give up, there they were! Not one, but three pairs, all on crazy sale. This is the first time in my life I bought something based on negative reviews. It was amazing to see all of the “calf is too wide” comments.

This is actually the best time of year to get some high-quality boots you can wear again and again. Wide calves = a blessing in disguise when you can get great tall boots for over 50% off. Here are two pairs I have (and love,) plus another pair that would be perfect for our taller mamas.

1. Cole Haan Perfect Pairs Glenda Knee High Boots

This is the first pair I found. The style and variety of colors hooked me right away. I ordered them in taupe and tan, but honestly, I’m wondering why I didn’t get the snake print pair. Should I go for it?

Featured: Cole Haan Perfect Pairs Glenda Knee High Boot – 60% off right now and available in 4 colors.

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.
Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.

Sweater (My most-worn sweater this season) l Jeans (TTS) l Boots

Details: Cole Haan Perfect Pairs Glenda Knee High Boots

  • Calf circumference: 14 3/4″
  • Heel: 3.5″. A little higher than my average boot heel, but for that price and quality, I kept them for the occasions I do wear a high heel.
  • Zipper: No, but it does have hidden elastic at the ankle for easy on/easy off.
  • Comfort: Soft cushioning. What I love the most about Cole Haan shoes is that there’s always cushioning. These have the GRANDFØAM cushioning, which absorbs shock and distributes weight with each step.
  • Sizing: They run on the smaller side. I went a 1/2 size up yet I can’t wear them with thick socks, so maybe one full size is better if you prefer thicker socks.
Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.
Left: Stone Taupe l Right: British Tan

Note on color: The British Tan color is not as bright as it looks in the retailer pic. It’s softer and more taupe-ish, which I actually like. Now, the actual Taupe is more gray. I initially was going for the Taupe, but they were too gray for my skin and wardrobe so I kept the British Tan.


2. Cole Haan Willa Boots

This is the pair I’m wearing weekly. I bought them for full-price at $350, but after wearing them for just one day at home, I decided the color, fit and heel would allow a lot of wears, so it justified the price. Soon after they went on sale and I was able to get a price adjustment (which is always great business from a brand). I’m even happier with them now.

Featured: Cole Haan Willa Boot – Up to 60% off right now, and also available in black.

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.
Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.
Spots are from my mirror, not the boots. Sorry about that.

Sweater (My most worn sweater this season) l Jeans (TTS) l Boots

Details: Cole Haan Willa Boots

  • Calf Circumference: 14 1/4″
  • Heel: 2 3/4″. I wear 2″ heeled shoes pretty much every day and was ecstatic when I saw the heel on these.
  • Comfort: Insanely comfortable. These have the same GRANDFØAM cushioned footbed I mentioned above (I already tested them walking in NYC).
  • Zipper: No, but you can see where the elastic is on the first pic. Love how clean they look without the hardware.
  • Color: I know green boots are not common, but this green is a great neutral and perfect to add something a little unconventional to your wardrobe. It goes great with pretty much everything, and is a color that makes dressing up and dressing down easy.
  • Sizing: I went a 1/2 size up because of the pointy toe. I think it’s important to have some room.

3. Charles David Intermix Knee High Boots (The Widest Of Them All)

These were a no for my short legs. They hit me mid-knee, and just look and feel funny. But, I’m including these for our tall mamas.

Featured: Charles David Intermix Knee High Boot – Available on Amazon

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.
Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.

Sweater (My most worn sweater this season) l Jeans (TTS) l Boots

Details: Charles David Intermix Knee High Boots

  • Calf Circumference: These are extra wide on the calf, measuring 17″.
  • Heel: 3.5″
  • Color: This deep chocolate brown was the color I was looking for the whole time, but couldn’t find for me. It’s understated and elegant.
  • Sizing: TTS.

3 Ways I’m Rocking Tall Wide-Calf Boots Into Spring

1. Tall Boots With Skinny Jeans & A Floral Silk Top

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.

Top (similar) | Jeans (TTS) l Boots


2. Tall Boots To Complement A Midi Dress With A Sexy Slit

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.

Dress (Sized up for more comfort) l Boots


3. Tall Boots All Day, Everyday With Straight-Leg Jeans & A Square Neck Top

Wide calves = blessing in disguise for great women's knee-high boots on sale. We found tall, high-quality boots w/ a cost-per-wear to last for years.

Top l Jeans (TTS) l Boots

Hope this helps my fellow mamas with wider calves. We can still find fashionable boots! Which pair is your favorite?

Besos,

Julieta

For more boots, a lot of high-rise jeans, and a real and honest take on body image and motherhood, let’s connect on Instagram (@julietatorresd) Social media shouldn’t be for the good things only. 

8 COMMENTS

  1. I have the opposite problem and would love a post on tall boots for extra narrow calves/over the knee boots for chicken legs?

  2. Ha, me too! When we lived in Italy tall boots were in and I found their boots actually fit my skinny legs. I still have the 4 pairs I bought. So just take yourself to Italy? ??

  3. Same here! I haven’t been able to find a pair of nice narrow calf tall boots, ever. I always look like I’m playing dress up. So envious of women who can actually fill a pair of boots. An article on narrow calf boots would be soooo appreciated!!

  4. I love all the useful details you include in your posts! Knowing the actual measurements of items is really helpful, especially when you do a lot of online shopping like I do.

  5. Ugh I have seriously been stalking wide calf tall boots nonstop for the past 48 hours! Why is it so hard?! Thank you for this post, and if anyone knows of other good options (especially lower heel) I’d love to see them.

  6. Finding wide calf boots that are both good quality and flattering can be tough. My calves are sadly wider than Julieta’s but sometimes those that say wide calf are also too wide. I love options that are normally stretch/pull-on or give a lot of stretch overall. I have been wearing the heck out of my Aquatalia low-heeled boots which are on sale on their site right now. I have also had luck with wide calf boots from Aerosole and Naturalizer.

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