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Cute Boots for Skinny Calves

Last year's Solemani Gabi -- from the label's "Slim Calf Collection" -- was one of the snuggest-fitting boots I've tried. Will this year's collection measure up?
Last year's Solemani Gabi -- from the label's "Slim Calf Collection" -- was one of the snuggest-fitting boots I've tried. Will this year's collection measure up? | Source

Handpicked Styles For Thin Legs

Like many women, I love shoes — and boots in particular. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect pair. What makes the quest challenging is that although I run a few times a week and try to build some muscle, my calves remain chicken-leg scrawny. Their circumference at the widest point is a bit shy of 12 inches. Most knee-high boots, by contrast, are sized at 14+ inches around. So they flop around on me in a way that's appropriate for, say, a fun pair of wellies, but not for styles meant to be snug.

Several years of online research tell me I'm not the only woman with this problem. There is a small but determined Sisterhood of the Scrawny Leg on the web. Unfortunately, many recommendations run toward the fiscally impractical (four-figure Chanel, Prada, or Jimmy Choo boots). I can't spend a month's mortgage on boots, and if you can't either, you've come to the right place. I've done the legwork and found an array of styles to fit slim calves on a non-millionaire's budget — though, unfortunately, truly modest pricing in a slim shaft boot is extremely hard to find, as mid-priced to upscale labels (for whatever reason) cater much more to thin-legged shoppers.

Stretchy

Stretchy leather/faux leather, suede, and fabric boots generally have a smaller circumference, relying on their give to accommodate a range of sizes, which is helpful for legs on both ends of the spectrum. I've owned four pair of stretch boots and found them cute, comfy, and versatile.

The Pliner Nellie

This pretty boot measured 14 around at the very top, but only 12 3/4 where my leg is fullest. Hard to do much better than that :) Source: verymary
This pretty boot measured 14 around at the very top, but only 12 3/4 where my leg is fullest. Hard to do much better than that :) Source: verymary
Donald J Pliner Women's Nellie Riding Boot,Black,8.5 M US
Donald J Pliner Women's Nellie Riding Boot,Black,8.5 M US

This one is over 50 percent off retail as of mid November 2014. And it's great for taller boot lovers, as it's got a higher than average shaft for a knee high boot. If you're petite in stature, you might find it too tall.

 

The Solemani Gabi (last year's)

This one was quite fitted over knit tights... Source: verymary
This one was quite fitted over knit tights... Source: verymary

Solemani is one of only two brands I know of that have produced a specifically labeled "slim calf collection" of boots, aside from custom bootmakers. May they inspire others to do the same! Last year's Gabi riding style (pictured at the top of this page) was a winner for me in terms of calf circumference. And now there's the Gabi 2!

SoleMani Women's Gabi 2 Black Leather Boot SLIM CALF 7M
SoleMani Women's Gabi 2 Black Leather Boot SLIM CALF 7M

Not sure how I feel about the metal accent around the heel, but I definitely trust this brand to deliver a skinny calf.

 

The Oralie

The Oralie on my 11.9" legs -- pretty, no?
The Oralie on my 11.9" legs -- pretty, no? | Source

While not specifically "slim calf," Aquatalia boots tend to run quite narrow, and every year this brand offers a few styles with a small base circumference and some stretch to accommodate average-sized legs as well.

Aquatalia Women's Oralie Equestrian Boot,Black Calf Elastic,8 M US
Aquatalia Women's Oralie Equestrian Boot,Black Calf Elastic,8 M US

I loved the Chanel-like quilting on this pretty boot -- and of course its slimness. A very elegant choice, and weatherproof, too -- perfect for our nasty Chicago winters.

 

Laceup

Tighten to your heart's content with these styles. The extra minute it takes to tie them up is worth it for a custom fit. If you pick a style like the Fryes (shown below) that also features a narrow calf circumference, you shouldn't even have to tighten all that much. Lacing can only go so far if the circumference is large, so if your gams are quite thin, avoid styles over 15 around or you might get some gapping.

Fun fact: The Melissa, below, is reportedly what Jennifer Lawrence wore in the "Hunger Games" movie.

This budget-friendly Breckelles style will set you back a mere 27 bucks. It's synthetic, of course, but if you're on a shoestring budget, this could be a winner.

Buckle: The Mullen Spice

The Mullen Spice on me. So comfy, so cute.
The Mullen Spice on me. So comfy, so cute. | Source

Like lace-ups, these are adjustable for a custom fit. The buckles also add a bit of edge that can be very appealing. Some of these also have quite narrow calf circumferences to begin with.

Buckles enhance so many styles, from classic riding boots to trendier moto styles that are everywhere this year. I'm happy to see brands known for comfort and durability (e.g., Clarks) offering thin calf styles.

Clarks Women's Mullin Spice Harness Boot, Tan Leather, 9.5 M US
Clarks Women's Mullin Spice Harness Boot, Tan Leather, 9.5 M US

Can 100+ rabid fans be wrong? Probably not. And to me, the brown was prettier in person than it looks online. I would need another hole punched in the strap to fit my 11.9-inch calves, but the cobbler could do easily do that. This is a very adjustable boot...

 

ECCO Sullivan Buckle

Walk all day in the ECCO Sullivan Buckle
Walk all day in the ECCO Sullivan Buckle | Source
ECCO Women's Sullivan Buckle Riding Boot,Black,37 EU/6-6.5 M US
ECCO Women's Sullivan Buckle Riding Boot,Black,37 EU/6-6.5 M US

Out of the buckle styles I have tried, this one is probably the best-designed for adding an extra punch per buckle, rendering it perfect for skinny calves. Why? The extra leather folds easily into the inside of the boot, so nobody's the wiser. This gleaming ECCO style features a generous (but not clunky looking) toebox and a snug heel, for maximum comfort.

 

also worth a look...

Sesto Meucci 81207F

Mia Ursela

Not Rated Shasta

Naughty Monkey Risk It

ECCO Saunter GTX

Miz Mooz Kelsey

Arturo Chiang Celeen

& (the supercute) Eric Michael Shannon

Non-Stretch, But Slim

Not everyone wants a wide swath of their boot shaft dedicated to stretch fabric, no matter how stylish the overall shape. The problem is, it's very hard to find non-stretch designs that hug our skinny gams. But I have found two labels that do well with this.

The first, Skinnycalf Boots, is a brand-new line that is based in New York City but has its products manufactured in Italy for a high-end, high-quality result. Their 2015 line includes a wedge style with warm shearling lining, a classic equestrian style, and this heeled style that I find super sexy but not "trying too hard"—a great office-to-on-the-town option that is saved from over-formality by the soft pebbled leather and slouch-preventing stretch band. (Yes, I know I said "non-stretch" in the heading, but this band is such a small part of the boot that I think it qualifies).

Here's the Skinnycalf Grady on me. Source: verymary
Here's the Skinnycalf Grady on me. Source: verymary

The second brand I want to mention that pretty reliably offers nonstretch but slim styles is La Canadienne. Stylish and waterproof, these boots have earned quite a following among thin-calved ladies. "A great fit for chicken legs!" cheers one reviewer, with others seconding her impression. As with Skinnycalf, most styles will break the $300 mark, but for a good fit it might be well worth a try.

In addition to the sleek Sandra, look for the Paige, Galaxy, May, Stefanie and Passion styles.

La Canadienne Women's Sandra Boot,Black,8 M US
La Canadienne Women's Sandra Boot,Black,8 M US

Having road-tested these, I can vouch for their versatile, comfy beauty. The calf in my size was a bit bigger than listed (so am assuming the listing is for a smaller shoe size than my 8). See pix below of the Sandra on my 12-inch legs...

 

The La Canadienne Sandra on me...

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Sorry these photos aren't quite as crisp -- but you get the idea.  Here's the Sandra over some skinny cordsAnd here with some knit tightsAnd with some thin stockings. (Love those metallics for holidays!)
Sorry these photos aren't quite as crisp -- but you get the idea.  Here's the Sandra over some skinny cords
Sorry these photos aren't quite as crisp -- but you get the idea. Here's the Sandra over some skinny cords | Source
And here with some knit tights
And here with some knit tights
And with some thin stockings. (Love those metallics for holidays!)
And with some thin stockings. (Love those metallics for holidays!)

How snug must they be?

~ Not so snug that you can't fit tights, jeans, whatever you plan to wear under them. Add at least 1/2" to your calf measurement for this purpose.

~ Snugger with very sleek boots, especially high heeled. Less so with slouchy styles. "Tougher" styles like motorcycle or combat can go either way.

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Above are my 11.9 inch calves in 13-inch-circumference Frye Taylor boots. So this is what an inch (almost on the dot) of space looks like over skinny cords. Wtih skinny jeans, they'd be a bit tighter. Wearing a dress or skirt, it will be a bit looser, but the one inch of space does look good with any of these options. I personally wouldn't go with less than a half-inch of space, which for me would be a 12.5 inch boot circumference.

Budget-friendly Stretch Boots

On a shoestring budget for footwear? The BCBG Jericho is going for under $100 in some sizes!

BCBGeneration Women's Jericho Combat Boot,Black,8 M US
BCBGeneration Women's Jericho Combat Boot,Black,8 M US

This simple, budget-friendly style is 13.75 inches at the midcalf measurement, which makes for a nice fit, but in my size (8) it was over 15 at the opening, so keep in mind what you'll wear with these. See pix below for how it looks on my 12" calf.

 

The BCBGeneration Jericho on me...

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On the right side you can see the extra space at the opening - but with pants these don't look too huge overall.Here they are with thin tights. Again, the top could be snugger.But for the price, if your legs are slim but not ultra skinny, these are worth a look.
On the right side you can see the extra space at the opening - but with pants these don't look too huge overall.
On the right side you can see the extra space at the opening - but with pants these don't look too huge overall.
Here they are with thin tights. Again, the top could be snugger.But for the price, if your legs are slim but not ultra skinny, these are worth a look.
Here they are with thin tights. Again, the top could be snugger.But for the price, if your legs are slim but not ultra skinny, these are worth a look.

More slim boots! (Some only on ebay at this point...)

Stuart Weitzman Halftime, Madden Reggo, ZiGiny Knowing, DV Tison, Miz Mooz Oakley, Minnetonka 3-Layer Fringe, ara Frances, Modern Vintage Diana & Olympia, Frye Carson, Frye Sabrina Inside Zip, Coclico Seaghan (high end, very limited sizes), Mia Bold, Nine West Elspet, Steve Madden Candence (with a 13-in. circumference, per the co.), Paul Green October, Coclico Otto, KORS Porter, Isola Claris, Aquatalia Deliver

3-in-one?

Yes, this page is for knee-high styles. But read this account of how the ultra slim, sleek celeb-cult-classic Stuart Weitzman 5050 can be folded from its over-the-knee style to create a knee-high or even midcalf look.

Even as is, the 5050 -- a streamlined riding boot celebrating it's 20th birthday this year -- is classy enough to convert even an over-the-knee-allergic boot lover like me. (Think prosecco with Clooney, not jello shots with Kid Rock.)

I've seen the circumference listed anywhere from 12 to 14 inches, but if they fit Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, and this style vlogger, it's a safe bet they'll work for most of us. The price is rough for all uf us without Jolie-level income, but (silver lining) you can save 20% by signing up for Amazon's shoe-related email like I did.

p.s. I asked Stuart Weitzman about folding down the 5050, and a very courteous customer service rep said it can be done but might not be as aesthetically pleasing as going with the shorter but otherwise identical Mezzamezza boot, which he said "measures in at about 12 inches" around the calf.

Stuart Weitzman Women's 5050 Over-the-Knee Boot,Black Nappa,6.5 M US
Stuart Weitzman Women's 5050 Over-the-Knee Boot,Black Nappa,6.5 M US

Cult classics usually last just a couple of seasons, but not this one, which shows no signs of slowing down for 2015!

 

Skinny Calf Rain Boots

So here's the deal with wellies: These boots aren't supposed to be fitted. They're supposed to flap around on your legs -- that's the style, and it's cute. But with many rain boots measuring 15 inches or more around, if your calves are very thin -- say, 11 to 12 inches around -- the flap factor can be extreme. Basically you want about 1 to 2 inches of space around your calves for a cute rain boot fit. I've been pleasantly surprised with the thin calf wellies available. An excellent choice...

Kamik Women's Heidi Rain Boot,Black/Noir,8 M US
Kamik Women's Heidi Rain Boot,Black/Noir,8 M US

Six great colors, 13.5 inch circumference

 

The Kamik Heidi on me...

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Just in time for September rains, I grabbed the Kamik Heidi in glossy black. (Have to admit the teal appealed, but I figured the black is a bit more versatile. The gray would be perfect too, if it weren't sold out in my size -- funny how a matte gray rain boot seems kinda sad, but when glossy it's chic.) My tape measure says these are more like 14 inches around than the advertised 13.5, but a wellie looks cuter with a little breathing room. And the extra couple inches around my just-under-12" calves distributes fine; it's only really noticeable when I'm sitting down (photo 3). There are pull tabs at the back, but they're quite tiny--there for style only?--so I probably wouldn't recommend this boot for calves much over 13. I'm gonna miss my decade-old green Hunters, but they were always ginormous on the legs, giving me a noisy gait that was just a little too noticeable at soccer games! Plus, I personally find the slightly shorter shaft on the Heidi more flattering than the tall Hunters, which never really worked with skirts.

also check out...

Bogs Alex II

Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II (14.5 around, but some reviewers complain of too-skinny calf!)

the very luxe Aquatalia Wasabee

& from Kamik the Kelly (fleece lined), Annabel (houndstooth), Cynthia (floral), and Naomi (cool solids)

Made-to-Measure

UK-based DUO is well known in the scrawny-calf community for offering boots you can customize by calf size. Choose from more than a dozen boot styles in 21 calf sizes, most offered from 30 centimeters (about 11.8 inches) up to 50. DUO's stores are in Britain, but you can too, and the company now offers free shipping worldwide. The only drawback is the price: not a month's mortgage, but a bit splurge-ish at $250 to $400 a pair.

About $400 USD will also get you a nice-looking custom pair from Canadian company Poppy Barley. I've seen very few reviews/stories about this brand, but you may find it worth exploring.


also see...

Kors Arley, Aquatalia Orso , Enzo Angiolini Zareh; Vaneli Rian & Vimy styles,To Boot Avery; BCBG Erinn (with back laces for extra tightening); Aquatalia Unity, Star, Umpa, Under & Diane styles, Ara Tilly; Stuart Weitzman Grounded; Frye Chelsea Riding; Joan & David Zadarah

Note: Some of these may be ebay-only at this point. Happy hunting!

Vintage

I was intrigued by a tip from one skinny-calf sister who says she always buys vintage boots, and they fit great. I'm kind of assuming you'd need to seek out styles from the 1970s or earlier for a significantly narrower fit than we find in today's marketplace. Worth a look on ebay and etsy, maybe? Happy hunting :)

If all else fails...

Found your perfect pair of boots, but they're too floppy? Contact a cobbler about narrowing the calves. I haven't done this personally, but I know it's possible -- if a bit pricey.

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Your ideal non-adjustable boot would have what calf circumference?

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What type of boot are you looking for?

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In love with Aquatalia--arguably the most consistent slim-cutting bootmaker out there--but can't stomach the cost? Most of this brand's styles are weatherproof (check the description to be sure!), so much like a stylish down coat, a classic leather riding boot could function as your fall/winter one-and-only (no need to buy wellies or snowboots) with the addition of a $10-$20 fleece boot liner.

I'd love to hear about your dream boot -- whether you own it or are still in coveting mode. Special thanks if you find a cute one around 14 inches around and share the info here.

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Fahsionboots 13 months ago from Australia

wow, great hub and so many comments here too. I have found that in general tall boots without a zipper are better for the skinny leg and tall boots with a zipper are better for a wider fitting leg calf.


Michelle Keahey 19 months ago

This is great information...but what size shoe do you wear? I wear a 10, so often even narrow-shaft boots start getting too wide at that size.


Laura 2 years ago

Hi, Your columns for skinny calves is great. I am looking for a simple, flat black boot that is midcalf. Most of the boots you review are taller. What do you recommend for a 3/4 boot. Thanks so much


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williamslaw 2 years ago

Awesome boots!


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teelover 2 years ago

Great lens! Its always hard to find boots for thin legs :)


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AnonymousC831 2 years ago from Kentucky

Love boots. Great lens.


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verymary 2 years ago from Chicago area Author

@KellyMR: Hi Kelly - sorry I didn't see this sooner! (for some reason...)

The last F Sarto boot I tried on was the Cipher, and was 14.5 around for me, vs. the 13-14 it's generally listed at with the online shops. I did check out the Cymbols at Macys and could tell without even trying it on that it was going to be too big for me, but my calves are just under 12", so for 13" maybe it would work. Did you ever try those out? Let us know...


anonymous 2 years ago

I always hated the extra room left whenever i bought a pair of boots. Your lens was really helpful.


KellyMR 3 years ago

Has anyone tried the Franco Sarto Cymbols? It claims to have a 14" cirucmference but I never know if that's for a really small shoe size (I'm typically an 8.5). Reviews are mixed. My calf is around 13"...I'm so happy I've foudnt his blog, so helpful!


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Diaper Bag Blog 3 years ago from Czech Republic

Great lens! Lovely selection of boots... My wife is going to love it too!


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@jmills1976: Thanks J for that info! The Kayce boot lists a 14 in circumference, online anyway -- that that would likely not work well for 11.5 inch calves, so you must have found it was really smaller than 14, right? Or maybe it's possible to tighten quite a bit with the buckle?


jmills1976 3 years ago

I am an avid shopper and have spent a lot of time and energy attempting to find knee high boots that fit my tiny calves (around 11.5, definitely under 12 inches). In the past I have spent the money to have a cobbler taper the top of a boot, but alas the proportion to the ankle looks pretty bad. Still use that boot (a cognac Guess 3 inch heel) at times with skirts. The search, however, continued for the perfect everyday boot. I stumbled across a knee boot from Target, that's right Target. Of course I bought both colors available. This year the quest began again for the perfect cognac low heeled riding boot. I found the perfect one in Clark Mullen Spice. Fits true to size and has buckles that are adjustable. Between adjusting the buckles and wearing with skinny jeans I am more than satisfied with my purchase. But wait, I found myself in Target again and could not resist trying on this year's version of my prior knee boot purchase and boy am I glad I did. I ended up buying those too... in 2 colors of course. They are the Kayce tall boot with back studs. Bought black and brown during a buy one get one half off sale and paid $60 for both. They are motorcycle chic for this suburban mom. Just enough edge to them without being too young or costumey. They are comfortable and fit true to size. Do not hesitate if you have a skinny calf. I have never met an adult woman with skinnier calves then me and these all work!!! Happy shopping :)


modstyl 3 years ago

Thank you soo much!!! I'm a tall gall with big feet and skinny calves (12.5â) - last years version of these are the only pair of boot that fit without requiring alterations. (It looks a lot like the Aquatilia Upswing Riding Boot at a 1/3 of the price). It's on final markdown so don't know how long it will last but they are comfortable waterfproof and instead of a cloth it has a vinyl weave all around the calf that's pretty too me. It started at 13" and stretches from there (This year's version has leather on top so I don't know - the description states 14"): shop.nordstrom.com/s/blondo-boot/3485379?origin=category (Also FYI Corso Como Women's Sutton Riding Boot per Amazon review are actually 15")Thanks again for your dedication for all slim calves!! Please keep your insights coming!!!


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Hi Carole -- I just tried the Franco Sarto Cipher, and it's too wide for me, but not by as much as most boots. I measured it at 14 1/2 in. circ. for my size (8), so if I had to guess, I'd say the circ. would be maybe 14 for sz 7, 13.5 for sz 6. Can see how this would be a great pick for those with 13-in. calves like yours, if they're ok w/ faux leather. One inch extra is good for wearing over jeans & other skinny pants and will still look good over just tights/stockings. Thanks again for the tip.


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casquid 3 years ago

Great job! I enjoyed this walk. . .us skinny calved girls need to know these things. Thanks


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@Lilysmomma: you get the wittiest comment prize :) -- I think I'd dine w/ my cats too for those boots, except they eat Newman's Own! I'd have to downgrade them first, or maybe go with oatmeal or generic Cheerios...

in some style-related article I read years ago, this woman said she had a Clergerie jar where she dumped all her change; each time it filled she could get a new pair of Clergerie shoes. how big a jar would we need for those 5050s??


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@thin_legs: ok good - thank you! at least the 13.5 is from a size 8 .... more manufacturers need to be listing circ. at size 7 or 8 -- middle-of-the-road -- rather than sz 6.


Lilysmomma 3 years ago

I found my Mr. Right & Left at Macy's about 3 years ago - just like the Stuart Weizmann 5050 but about 1/3 the price. They are comfy, snazzy and durable - walked me all over (sigh) Paris and still bring in heaps of compliments. I would give a significant body part to find another pair in brown. I may have to share dinner with the cat for few weeks and go for the SWs - the reviews are SOOOO persuasive - but will spend more time delving through your wonderful site before I belly up to the kibble dish. Thank you!


thin_legs 3 years ago

@verymary: Yes, directly from aquatalia.

Dulcy Kozlowski


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@thin_legs: Thanks - did you get that info from Aqu. directly? Sometimes stretch styles don't vary as much by shoe size, in their circ. Because the stretch material already allows for expansion, they don't feel the need to increase it by shoe size very much, if at all. (This is what I heard, anyway, from another high-end shoe co.)


thin_legs 3 years ago

The Aquatalia Upswing and the Upstart have a 13.5" shaft circumference as measured on a size 8. The calf measurements will change approximately 1/4" per half size.


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

Not sure why this comment wouldn't post -- but thanks thin_legs for the tip on Aquatalia Orso & Deliver, both of which fit her 12-inch calves but unfortunately are in the $500 range. Some more slim cut Aquatalias I'm looking into are the Upswing (like the old "Under" style), Darla & Diane. Keep the tips coming, please!


thin_legs 3 years ago

The Aquatalia deliver & orso are VERY narrow. Fit my 12" calves nicely. Unfortunately, they are in the $500 range. :-(


IreneL11 3 years ago

This lens it was very helpful. I love Nine West boots and bags.


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Carole - thanks for this great info; very helpful! I didn't even know Tahari made boots. I've had good luck with my Franco Sartos in the past but love the Tennley style too. Good luck choosing!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Also, except for the Cole Haans, all of these boots were under $200.


anonymous 3 years ago

OK ladies, I ordered 6 pairs of boots after reading this article and doing a lot of digging online. Here are the results:

Narrowest calf was a tie between the Franco Sparto Cipher

and the Cole Haan Tennley. Both boots were so similar I had on 1 of each and couldn't even tell. Biggest difference is the Franco Sparto has a full length zipper, which may be helpful when wearing with skinny jeans, although I was able to pull the Cole Haans over my jeans. The Cole Haans have more style, with the double buckle and embossed leather on top.

The other 4 I tried, which were all about 2 inches too big for my 13" calves were:

--Ecco Hobart Harness (this one has a short shaft as well)

--Nine West Partay

--Bandolino Countless

--Tahari Karen

All of the boots promised 14" or less calf circumference, but that was definitely not the case. I wanted boots that will look good with tights, so was looking for the narrowest possible. I haven't yet decided which of the 2 that fit to keep, but either one would be a great choice for a classic black leather riding boot if you have small calves.


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Meganhere 3 years ago

I loooove boots!


vanthang012 3 years ago

thangk


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happy-birthday 3 years ago from Here

My wife loves this lens! Thanks a lot for sharing!!!


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: try http://hubpages.com/style/midcalf-boots - some of these have more fitted ankles, or at least not huge. the ecco hobart harness has lots of good reviews & doesn't appear baggy. maybe others too.


anonymous 3 years ago

I've been searching (exhausted!) for a low-mid calf boot that actually fits, but doesn't have the sky-scraper heels, and does not have a lot of bling on it. Just a nice looking plain-ish black boot that isn't clunky. My lower calf is around 11", but there is always too much room around my ankles too.


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: wow, yes, I'm afraid you need alterations. with a 10-inch calf you'll probably want an 11-inch circumference (remember there needs to be some space with a slip-on boot; your ankle needs to be able to move around; and a truly skintight riding boot looks weird) -- which is almost an inch smaller than even DUO offers. the good news is that if you have no choice but to take it to a cobbler, you can pick out the boot you really love, regardless of its circumference. best of luck!


anonymous 3 years ago

I'm tall and skinny (5'9"). I've been looking for the perfect flat riding boot for years. My calf is about 10 inches. I refuse to purchase a boot for the leather cobbler to cut down, but it seems I may have to.


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SianaL 3 years ago

Love these!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

First I would have to get the skinny calves. Once that little item is out of the way, the rest will be a cakewalk LOL


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: ok, check out the new section above, just for shorter legs :)

tall ladies, let me know if you want me to split out some extra-tall boots, like 17+ inches -- there are some good ones


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: actually there are about 20 shorter-shaft boots (under 15 inches) on this page. I'll add a section soon that highlights them. in the meantime, check out the La Canadienne Galaxy, Jenny & Viola styles in addition to my other recommendations :)


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: thanks for the input! right off the bat, 2 great boots come to mind -- under More Thin Calf Boots, check out the ECCO Hobart Harness and the Frye Taylor Pull On (I have and LOVE the latter, and the Hobart is very well-reviewed). will have to think about how to make these & other shorter-leg options more obvious on the page.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey there, I would love to see a selection of boots that are shorter in shaft height - i.e 14" or less as while these are a great selection of boots for my narrow calves, they are all impossible due to the shaft height.


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Cyrus Solomons 3 years ago

pretty cool lens.


anonymous 3 years ago

I like these boots for my wife. Looking for a good valentines day gift.


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@Ksal99: thanks; very courteous -- have a great weekend!


Ksal99 3 years ago

@verymary: Kat, my sincere apologies. I absolutely love your blog!!

It won't happen again.


Ksal99 3 years ago

@verymary: Kat, my sincere apologies. I absolutely love your blog!!

It won't happen again.


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

dear Karen -- pls stop spamming the guestbook here! thanks hon!


Ksal99 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Lace, I totally understand your frustration. I'm 5'9" , wear a size 11 and have a 13.5" calf. Size 11 boots are brutal! The only boot I've found over the past few years has been the Stuart weitzman 50/50 boot. All other boots are egregiously wide.

I'm doing research for a line of narrow calf boots. Please post your size (shoe and calf) on my fb page. Search for skinny calf boots on Facebook and like my page/group. I Tried posting the link, but it won't let me. Try cutting and pasting this: www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Calf-Boots/114920425351637. I look forward to hearing from you. Thx!!, Karen


Ksal99 3 years ago

@WillowSkye: Hi everyone, I totally understand your frustration. I'm 5'9" , wear a size 11 and have a 13.5" calf. Size 11 boots are brutal! I'm doing research for a line of narrow calf boots. Please post your size (shoe and calf) on my fb page. Search for skinny calf boots on Facebook and like my page/group. Tried posting the link, but it won't let me. Try cutting and pasting this: www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Calf-Boots/114920425351637. I look forward to hearing from you. Thx!!, Karen


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: WHOA, you got an Aquatalia boot for 82 bucks? all hail the Boot Ninja!

the Mona Beam is great for skinny calves, though can be hard to find. you did great!


anonymous 3 years ago

Just got 2 pair of boots that touch my calves and they are under 11.5"! I got the Gentle Souls Mona Beam as a black boot with a 2.75" heel and super comfy. I also got the Aquatalia by Marvin K Crystal on clearance (I wear a 5.5) on Amazon for $82!!! Best boot every purchased.


New-Shoes 3 years ago

Very nice boots, however amazon is a bit tricky if you order from Greece like i do :(

For ordering boots from Greece we prefer our very own new-shoes


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks


anonymous 3 years ago

Leather is still the best for our feet


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OhMe 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Our daughter in law has skinny calves and would love these boots


andrew69 3 years ago

Very cool looking boots for the ladies! Nice Lens


anonymous 3 years ago

This is great information, I like them very much. :)


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verymary 3 years ago from Chicago area Author

@Frischy: There actually are more choices for wide calves. But iI hear you - when we find something that fits, it can look very nice. Wide calf boots can also look great, though - don't give up! :)


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Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

I have very thick calves. I have always loved boots, but never been able to wear them. Women with slender calves look great in all kinds of boots! Very fortunate ladies!


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WillowSkye 4 years ago

You have put together a great list of boots! It is very difficult for me to find boots that fit right because my calves are so small...I will have to check more of these out.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: good one!! similar style to the Aquatalia Under & the Vaneli Vimy. nice find; glad it fits ya!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Size 9


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Should be waterproof "boot" and tall sock "touching" all the way around. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

Okay - got another one. Blondo "vergara" waterproof book. After I went to Nordstroms and tried on the really expensive Aquatalia I came home and searched more online - and found this one. It came in the mail today and it fits on my 12 1/2 in calf with a tall sock toughing all the way around. I'd say it is about a 13 maybe a tiny bit shy on circumference. Cute boot - I'm wearing it around the house.


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HairBowHanna 4 years ago

My boots are always falling down my legs - this is a great lens!


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: It's on sale now for $199.99 on Timberland's website!! In my boot quest, I saw (only online) the Robert Clergerie Passacd as having 11-12" circumference. Nordstrom lists it as 11" and it's on sale now for around $417 from $695. But still too high for my budget.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I'd heard good things about the Stratham Heights but saw it on amazon listed with a 14.5 circumference, so that doesn't meet the criterion for this page. You measured it at 13? Maybe it's 13 in 6.5 but 14.5 at a more average shoe size like 8 ... ? I think I'll contact the manufacturer and find out for sure, as that's a nice boot. Thanks for the info! You've had quite a boot adventure!!


anonymous 4 years ago

This is gonna be long, sorry...I started searching for skinny boots this past Oct. and have spent hours reading forums like this. (We even had a little exchange below.) My original search was for dressy mid-heeled boots. For the first time, I ordered footwear online and now I am a happy owner and wearer of Timberland Stratham Heights boots with 3" heels. It's regularly $240 but the website gave me $20 off and free shipping. A few days after I received them, the website had a 20% off sale. When I called to request a price adjustment, the person said she couldn't do it. I called the next day and another lady gave me the difference, excluding the $20 discount I got. Not bad. My right calf is 12" but my left is slightly smaller. I have teeny-tiny 6" ankles. I wear a 6.5 shoe size. The Stratham heights has 13" circumference so it's huge when worn bare-legged. I just wear it with jeggings and skinny jeans and it looks great. The ankles are wide but because the leather is thick and not shiny, it doesn't wrinkle on me. IMO, the style in black or brown is more on the casual side, despite the heels.

Returned the FS Yoni bec it was actually too high (heels) and the calf circ was 13". It was shiny so the ankle wrinkling really showed. I really liked how dressy it looked in taupe! Ordered LC Dorina from Zappos (great customer service) but the heel was too low for me, the calf circ was really 14" not 12.5" as listed on website, and the shaft was 14" which reached the biggest part of my calves. I didn't like the look. Now the ankle wrinkling wasn't bad perhaps because suede (again not shiny) doesn't make it obvious. I must say the workmanship was tops. Well, the price was also high, $305.

Then I decided to try Duos but had to waste $20 to ship it back because the ankle wrinkling is really bad. I ordered the smallest calf size (30 cm) and it was tight at first then I got used to it. i forgot my right calf was 12", which would translate to 31 cm. Also, the shoe part ran big. Maybe it's the UK sizing. Their customer service is awesome, though. And $20 is not bad considering it's international.

Stumbled upon a past season Tahari Karlene riding boot at Marshalls ($63) which had 13" calf, leather front and stretch back and if it had been a 6.5, I'd own it now to wear with jeans and leggings.

I've concluded that matte leather would reduce the presence or perception of ankle wrinkling. As for dressy boots, I'd have to go with suede like the Rhumba--on my wishlist for now.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I haven't come across any boots with a circumference under 12 inches, sorry! Will certanily post if I do. DUO goes down to 11.8, which I think would work for you if you factor in skinny jeans, leggings or thick-ish tights -- but I've heard they don't tailor down the ankles accordingly. Aquatalia boots may be better for you, with legwarmers hidden underneath if need be. Not only are Aquatalia styles like the Rhumba, Mona & Rap quite thin in circumference, but they're also cut slim through the ankle.


anonymous 4 years ago

i have been in love with boots for all my life and i dream of perfect boots.... But lets be honest here not many people have an 11 inch calf and even less have a 7 inch ankle.. So my quest for a perfect boot with a not so imaginary price continues...


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: congrats on your big purchase; wear them in good health! sometimes ramen for style is a good trade.

personally I can't imagine needing more luxury than Stuart Weitzman - and a couple of those are on sale now for $356!


anonymous 4 years ago

OK, I've been a thrifty, off-price shopper all my life. But I fell in love with the Gucci high heel riding boot. Going to the store to try it on. Thinking, checking my balance and finally, taking the plunge - four figures!!! But I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve them. (The most for one item since my wedding gown) And to have a smooth leather boot with a calf that fits (12.5 - 13 in a 71/2) is sheer heaven. I don't mind eating ramen as pennance. :-)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: you're absolutely right; the calves do get wider as foot size goes up -- which is kind of nuts, as there are plenty of thin to average calved women in the larger shoe sizes ... as well as small-footed women with wider calves.


anonymous 4 years ago

My calves aren't that small for the average girl but I am 5'8", wear a shoe size 10 or 11 and my calve size is about 14 inches. I think if I was shorter and wore a size 7 I would be set but for some reason it seems calves sizes greatly go up with shoe sizes. :) I did find some chinese laundry heeled tall boots that fit my leg well. They are a black leather strechy material and I can wear them with a dress and they look great! I pretty much buy boots by whether or not they fit my calf not which ones look the best. :)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Hi Jan -- What you need is a short shaft boot as well as narrow shaft. Click on these boots and in most cases in the info section there will be a line that says "Shaft measures approximately __ from arch." I would think best bet for you would be to click the styles you like and see if any of the shafts are under 15 inches tall from the arch. Some that are: the ECCO Hobart Harness, La Canadienne Galaxy, Frye Taylor, Miz Mooz Oakley, and Santana Angela. There are probably others, too, so check whichever ones you like. GL!


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: I'm so happy I stumbled into your column. I, too have the skinny calves. However, I have another problem, 5' 1" which means short calves also. On top of that, I can't wear too high of a heel, wedge is great, but some are 3". Any additional suggestions? I live in Atlanta, GA if that matters. Thanks y'all - stay warm.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@verymary: ooh! check out the La Canadienne Jenny boot -- narrow calf & does come in AA sizes, though limited available on amazon. if you like it, maybe google around & see if others have the AA in your size. also look for the Munro Sophia boot and the Blondo Vallera.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I haven't seen that, but I'll look.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: My boot collection was already too big (ask my husband!) when I first wrote this page, so I haven't acquired the exact styles here -- but I have 3 Aquatalia boots that fit VERY well, one similar to the Charm featured here, one like the Cara, and one that actually looks more like the MK Brandy w/out the faux fur at top. My other snuggest boots are Franco Sarto stretch (but I still have to put thick socks underneath), a Modern

Vintage pair that I think have a smaller circumference than the MV Olympia shown here, and a pair I got at a small shop in Canada -- unfortunately there's no brand label in those :( My advice is if you find a pair that really fit and are relatively classic in style, try to get an extra pair for the future, or the same boot in another color....because they do run out & are rarely reproduced. If I could justify adding to that large collection today with any boot here, I think I'd get one of the slimmer calf Fryes like the Melissa laceup, the Taylor, or the Jenna -- or one of the gorgeous smaller-label designs made in Italy, Spain or Portugal.Thanks for stopping by!


anonymous 4 years ago

I dream of finding skinny-calf boots that come in a narrow (2A) width. Do such boots exist?


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi! We have the same calf circumference and I was wondering which of these boots do you own. Thanks!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: hi Jane -- those boots @ top are the Frye Chelsea Riding Boots -- 2nd pair under "Stretchy Boots"


anonymous 4 years ago

At the top of this article, under the heading, "100 handpicked styles for thin calves" are a pair of boots, but there isn't any indication as to the brand name. Does anyone know? I don't see them listed under any of the headings below. Thanks.


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: Leather slouches, too. My daughter rides, and they deliberately get taller boots knowing they will "drop" an inch or more after breaking in. And these are super stiff, hunter/jumper riding boots.


anonymous 4 years ago

I found two brands of flat boots (like riding boots) at DSW that are 13" and 14" in circumference and fit my 12.5" calves very well when I tried them on with skinny jeans. They're very cute, too. Calvin Klein (I think the Tamryn, but Zappos says that's 15-inch and it was definitely 14-inch) and Vaneli Replay . I wound up buying the Vaneli because they fit a little more snugly, and the Calvins were kind of tight for a 7.5 (I usually wear a 7, so this surprised me). If I wear them with leggings or tights, I'll put boot socks/leg warmers on to close any slight gap. I was just thrilled to find these. I have dress boots from Bootmakers with custom calves, so I just needed inexpensive boots for jeans. (btw, Don't buy from Bootmakers. My boots are gorgeous, but there is absolutely no padding in the foot, and they hurt in 10 mins. of walking. I had to get super, high-arch, padded insoles. Go to Duoboots for custom calves.


anonymous 4 years ago

Amazing selection of stylish boots:)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: thanks again Josie -- most of the boots here a free shipping & free returns, yea! returns are always a bit of hassle no matter what, but free makes a big difference.


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: My F. S. Yoni boots are synthetic. Even if I don't mind the ankle slouch on a lot of ladies' boots I see, I seem to dislike the slouch on me. So, gonna go shopping and see what I can find. If not, I'll try out the ones you suggested, which would have to be online. I've ordered shoes online only once...these F.S. because there was free shipping and online coupon from DSW. And I can return to their store without incurring extra costs. You see, most of these lovely boots are just so expensive and having to pay for shipping, round trip if the boots don't fit, aahh! But I do hear what most people have said here that it's worth the cost. So we'll see. Thanks for your help. Love this site.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: thx Josie! are your Franco Sartos faux leather? I've had 2 cute F.S. faux leather pair that were very soft & comfy but did slouch at the ankle somewhat, so I know exactly what you're talking about. Leather boots should be better at the ankle, as many (albeit not all) of them are going to be stiffer than the faux leather.


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: Hi! Thanks for this website. You've put in a lot of work researching and updating. I just got these comfortable Franco Sarto Yoni dress boots online with 3-inch heels. My calf is 11.5"and my shoe size is 6.5. The boots' calf-size is actually 13", still too spacious but isn't bad if tucking jeans in. However, there is the wrinkling at the ankles that bothers me more. I think this will always be an issue with any boot unless there is a hard piece of lining right at the ankles.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: one option is a thin-cut boot that also has an adjustable ankle strap -- like the Sesto Meucci 1146 (Under "More Boots...") or the Aquatalia Umpa or Under (under "Stretchy Boots") appear to have. but I do think plenty of these boots are slim cut enough that they shouldn't slouch at the ankle.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Hi Josie -- I've seen that criticism on Duo boots as well -- the idea that they seem to adjust the top circumference but not the ankle. The trick is to find non-stretch boots that are cut fairly slim all the way up. What kind of boot are you looking for -- wedge, riding, flat, heels?


anonymous 4 years ago

Where can I find narrow calf boots that don't slouch at the ankles? Or is this impossible unless the boots are made of fabric that hug your skin from ankle up to your calf? There's this article a lady with Duo boots posted with pictures that shows what I mean.

alterationsneeded.com/2010/12/revisited-duo-narrow-width-calf-fit.html


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: hi Amy -- you will have lots of choices with those 13 inch calves :) Look at the 13.25-13.75 inch circumference boots on this page, plus the Stretchy Boots, Buckle Boots & Laceup Boots sections have a bunch in that circumference range (those with still skinnier calves can tighten w/ the buckles & laces). also see http://www.squidoo.com/boots-for-narrow-calves for some great-looking wedges in your circ. range. have fun :)


anonymous 4 years ago

I was cursed with chicken legs myself, your research is a god send! I just measured my calf and it looks like a little over 13 inches. I would love a boot with a low heel or a wedge with leather or suede. I'll be shopping soon enough thanks to what you've found! Cheers!


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for this info I've struggled for years to get boots I can wear with skirts and dresses and now you've given me hope that this winter I will find my perfect boots


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: under "More Boots for Skinny Calves" above, check out the Lindsay Plate and the Carson, both 13 circ & come in cognac. also, the Frye Taylor or Melissa Trapunto (lots of Frye Melissas, but look at the Trapunto). GL!


anonymous 4 years ago

Frye boots in cognac for 13" calves. Help! lol.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: yes, actually I have several cowboy boots to add when I get space on this page! click any of the boots above to get to amazon, then search for "Dan Post Mignon" or "Dan Post El Paso" & see what you think. So pretty, and 13-13.5 inch circumferences. Also gorgeous & pretty slim is the Ariat Corazon. And from Frye, check out the Carson, Billy or Taylor. good luck! :)


anonymous 4 years ago

I LOVE you for this. I'm looking for mid-calf cowboy boots. I want to wear them with dresses but haven't found any for my bird legs. Any ideas?


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: wow, great deal! Casadei is a cool brand, featured at Anthro sometimes, right? so glad you snagged the GeeWaWas too .... wish they would come back & make more skinny boots for us!!


anonymous 4 years ago

Just wanted to say - don't despair, from time to time there are even great deals on skinny boots. I just snagged a pair of brown suede boots with (yikes, four inch) heels on eBay for $79. Not bad at all - and they fit perfectly! Brand is Casadei - a schmancy Italian company that's generally quite expensive. I love this feed and was able to get the Gee Wawa Blair boot thanks to you guys, so I thought I'd throw in my two cents. Stuff's out there for us - just look carefully.


MuffinPuffART 4 years ago

I have very small feet and wide calves so it makes it really hard to find boots that fit me. I know none of the boots here would fit me, but I wish I could fit into them. You've got a lovely collection going on here!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: one last p.s.... look up at the "Stretchy Boots" section for the BCBGeneration Erinn -- really pretty boot, and laces in back so you can get a perfect fit. sz 10s almost gone though!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: and right on this page, ps check out the Bella Vita Transit II and Vaneli Each styles under "Buckle Boots" -- both narrow circumference, heels, and have buckles to adjust even further -- but could still qualify as "dress boots" I think.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: let me go back in & check all of these -- sometimes amazon updates a circumference & I don't know unless I check them all again ... but in the meantime, the boots with heels @ http://hubpages.com/style/slim-calf-boots all definitely have circs. under 14, so take a look.


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for the research you've done, much appreciated. Maybe I'm reading the descriptions wrong but the I'm finding boots with a calf circumference over 14. I get excited about the boot and then see the calf size and I get discouraged. I have a size 10 foot and need 13" calf...and am looking for a dress boot with heals.


anonymous 4 years ago

This site is an excellent resourse - thank you!


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TaraWojt 4 years ago

Very stylish boots, great selection.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I love that boot too! but it appears to be gone gone gone except for those 2 sizes :( lucky ladies at the "edges" of size range can always score the good stuff!


anonymous 4 years ago

FYI- Amazon has the Gee Wawa Blaire boot at a great price in blakc, but only size 6 and 10.

I have these in a blonde color and it is amazing how many compliments I get from total strangers when I'm wearing these. LOVE em'!


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spids1 4 years ago

great lens love this!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: hmm -- I checked out that site & am not real impressed (circumferences are all over the place) ... but are they good at tailoring the boots? for the Dublin boots -- nice looking pair -- it isn't really "selecting a calf size" if the calf size automatically goes up depending on your shoe size, is it? sorry; I'm a little confused! but thank you for the point about larger shoe sizes automatically adding to calf circumference... clearly you and other women in that boat have it worse than smaller-shoe-size skinny calf ladies!


anonymous 4 years ago

Not only do I have a 12 inch calf, I also wear US size 11 (which generally adds another 2 inches to the calf of an already too wide boot). The best recommendations I can give for not-too-pricey boots are Dublin Aristocrat Dress Boots, which are a black riding boot where you can select a calf size (12.5 to 14.5 inch depending on shoe size) and the site slimcalfboot.com, which will customize boots to your calf for an additional $30.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: great to know! the listed circ. is 14.5, but yes, several people complain of narrow shaft, so 13 would make more sense. insider info is awesome :)


anonymous 4 years ago

I just got a pair of Frye Carson lug riding boots.. Circumference is 13 inches. Great tall boot with a little edge and it actually fits my leg! Lots of negative reviews on them for being so small in the calf.. I figured they were for me ;)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: you might need to try DUO (see link above) -- they only go down to 11.8 in. (30 cm), but if your calves are 11 inches, that could be ok. or are your calves actually under 11? also, think about the Frye Melissa laceups -- reviewer comments say they can be tightened quite a bit w/ the laces, and the base circumference listed is 13 inches .... so that is promising ...


Dalia_VG 4 years ago

@anonymous: I would very much appreciate a line like that! Its an absolute must. I was just thinking of figuring out a way to make my own boots, since my search has been unsuccessful. Good Luck with the launch, I'll definitely be one of the first in line.


anonymous 4 years ago

I've been on a constant search myself for knee high boots with a circumference of 11'' and I'm sad to say that I have found nothing. I bought myself those 1b60 Dr.Martens and they were way too big than I thought it would look. The calf protrudes wider than the top part of the boots. I had to return them.

So much for skinny people being able to fit in everything.

Good luck to everyone on their search!


anonymous 4 years ago

THANK YOU for this post! I always see boots advertising for women with larger calves but have such a hard time finding boots for "chicken legs" like me :). And when you do- they're great!


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montanatravel52 4 years ago

Awesome - I have skinny legs don't know the circumfrence, but nice selection and ideas, thanks!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: hi Christina-- I check regularly & try to remove any boots that are completely unavailable; found only 2 like that this a.m. and took them off. Some are in very limited sizes, but that lucky sz 6 or 10 can score a great deal! Others are still there in almost all szs. Bad news is I only found 1 boot to add this week, so yes, advice on brands & styles that readers post is essential! thx for stopping by.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@fooshz-redactie: yes, I've been surprised by how many need circ. actually *under* 12 inches, which is really quite small!


fooshz-redactie 4 years ago

Thank you for your poll. It reveals much more demand circumferences under and up to 13 inches than we thought.


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you!!!! I'm so happy I found this page, I no longer feel alone!!! It's officially boot buying season and I was incredibly discouraged yesterday. Once again reminded of our limited to non existent selection. Some of the styles on the page are no longer available, but I continue to look and have new found hope with all the additional info from the skinny calf gals here!! I'll post what I find!


anonymous 4 years ago

nice


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: please do give details when your line is out! also, as a stylist, maybe you know the answer to a question that's been on my mind forever ... how do stylists make boots look fitted on skinny models? Do they pin them somehow, or do the models secretly wear heavy socks or leg warmers under the boots, or what?


anonymous 4 years ago

I do NOT recommend buying boots and taking them to a cobbler to have them narrowed. I have tried this with three different cobblers and each time the boots were ruined. The seams came out lumpy and never looked or fit right. So far, I have lost over $1,000 attempting to do this and I will never do it again. If they don't fit, don't buy them.


anonymous 4 years ago

I am a fashion stylist, and this is such a huge problem for all of my clients. I don't know why the manufacturers think everyone is fat with wide calves. There are just as many skinny girls with thin calves. I am so tired of searching for thin-calf boots that I have decided to start my own line tailored just for us pencil-legged fashionistas. My boots will range from 11-14 inches and will feature haute couture style, but will be moderately priced. I'll let you know when the line launches next year.


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Hailemichael 4 years ago

I like this lense!I have now good understanding of this skinny calf shoes


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lesliesinclair 4 years ago

I sure like the first boot.


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this blog!!! I am a skinny calf sister and usually cry over the very cute and cheap boots sold EVERYWHERE and all I can do is buy a pair and have them tailored fit. Usually will cost me more than the boot did. Thanks for doing this investigative work and helping me to find boots that might fit! Hugs!


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aylsbillones1 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing, very interesting..


LonaYap 4 years ago

Great lens, i love boots also. Usually i will find the boots with heels to make my legs look longer.

I can find so much kind of boots here.

dr martens shoes


anonymous 4 years ago

I recently got a pair of 20 hole dr. martens on eBay. I love them!


vintagebaby 4 years ago

brown leather biker boots with straps and buckles, the older and more worn the better! Can't imagine what I'll do when mine wear out... find another vintage pair I suppose! Great lens, thanks!


kgdunst 4 years ago

black leather + buckles


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I love that Gee Wa Wa Blaire. Unfortunately that co. doesn't seem to be making more boots, at least that I can find. I've seen some nice styles from Sigerson Morrison, but $600+ :( Kind of loving the Frye Deborah right now -- has some studding, but classy & cool. Says 14.5 circ., but maybe tighten-able thru the lacing at top? I have had a very, very hard time lately finding new boots under 14 inch circ. to add to this page (sigh) but will get back on it in early Sept., when (let's hope) more fall stuff will be up.


anonymous 4 years ago

Do you happen to have any updates on boots for the 2012-2013 season? I looked in the Gee Wa Wa boot and it's sold out! It looked perfect. Thank you! I will keep searching and will post updates if I have any luck.


anonymous 4 years ago

Size 8, 12" circumference here. I'm so glad I found this article. I've been on the skinny calf boot mission for years now (dress boot, riding boot, whatever). I've come to accept the fact that I do need to up my budget some. I was looking into the Frye Kids boots and I thought I'd found the perfect pair but, the largest size they have is a Kids Size 4.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: great brand & about as snug a calf as you can get without going the custom-made route -- good choice :)


anonymous 4 years ago

I am definitely a member of the skinny-calf club. Thank you for this article. It was SOOOO helpful! I just ordered one of your recommendations (La Canadienne Galaxy)!

az


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: Update: Frye says that you can add 1/4" for the size 8's (all their sizing is based on a size 6) on the circumference. However they are too short for my long legs. :( And they don't really have anything else that fits the dream boot specs. Although they do have lots of pretty boots! Also, I should mention my calf size is 12"...I just said 13" for the boot size because I figure I am not going to find anything smaller but please keep me posted to anything else you find out there! Thanks for writing this blog!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: hmm, good point. I think w/ the 8 being only 2 szs up from 6, it should still be in the 13-13.5 range, but can't be sure. sadly the only personal experience I have w/ Fryes is coveting them on friends! try emailing the company http://www.thefryecompany.com/contact with a link to that exact Rider boot & ask about circ. in the 8. maybe even give them your full "dream boot" specs & see if they've got anything even closer than the Rider. pls. report back if you can!


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: That is a stunning boot and one I'd love to have but I am concerned because the specs say "13" shaft circumference (based on size 6)"...and my being a size 8 would say the circumference would be larger. Any experience with this brand on this issue specifically? Also, I think it may be a little shorter of a boot than I was thinking. But if it actually did fit, I'd consider it... thanks!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: 11 inches is really small -- even DUO only goes down to about 11.8. 45 bucks isn't all that bad -- does your guy do a good job? will he work by mail? wondering if any of our other readers would want to try him out....


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: try the Frye Rider:

http://www.thefryecompany.com/products/77365/rider...

heel is 1/4 inch shorter than you want & doesn't look tapered, but it's got your other specs & is a nice looking boot. check amazon too for a price comparison. good luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

Size 8, 13" circumference. Natural color. Round toe. Western style pull up and 1.5" stacked tapered heel but no fancy stitching, just plain and classy. How's that for specific?! Just found a boot maker (in Denver) who could make them for $1200...ack! If you have any ideas in a more reasonable price range would love to hear!


anonymous 4 years ago

I have always had this problem. I take them to a shoe guy and have them taken in which is about 45 bucks in addition to the price of the boots. I am 11 inches so most boots flop around and sometimes chafe. Glad I am not the only one...


Bartukas 4 years ago

Thank you


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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

Cute boots and so many to choose from.


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squidoogiftsfor 4 years ago

wow! great boots! - fantastic lens!!


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OliviaDaughter LM 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful lens.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@BeyondRoses: lucky you to be in a tropical climate! winters here are really bad!


BeyondRoses 4 years ago

There was a time, I wore boots often, and loved the skinny calves style. Several years ago I got a lovely pair of dream boots, but have not worn them. I was ill the winter, and as I live in a more tropic climate, there are not many days cold enough to wear them. Maybe this winter, I'll venture out in my boots. :)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Could be a good option for under 12 inches esp. (DUO has more styles but only goes to ~11.8 in.). How does each pr fit 11 to 12.5? Stretch material? If anyone tries, do report back....


anonymous 4 years ago

There's this site that sells boots that fit calves 11 - 12.5 inches with a scaled down ankle of 7 - 8.5 inches as well. All their boots are made of suede & stretch to the previously mentioned ranges, & as such they only offer 1 shaft & ankle size (but different shoe sizes, of course). They all cost about $400, though. However, it seems worth the price in this quest to find the perfect-fitting boot for skinny calves.

http://skinnylegboots.com/index.html


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: dang it! file that one under "too good to be true," I guess

pls., if anyone else finds a discrepancy between the circumference in product listing & a measurement you take at home, let us know, as Annabella did

thx for the heads-up!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Yeah good idea Meghana!!


anonymous 4 years ago

Franco Sarto Heights boot (as mentioned in article above):

I bought size 6, brown (chestnut) ...I measured with a tape measure and the opening is actually 14 inches around (when zipped shut). I also measured 3 inches below the top of the boot, they measure 13 and a half inches around.

So they are NOT 12" around as in the description! Hope this helps my skinny calfed sistas ;) Thanks for this great article


jakealoo 4 years ago

I have skinny calves and Im a runner lol.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I've been too scared to have any of my boots taken in, worrying that they'll get ruined. I do know a couple of others who've done it, though. At 13 inches your calves are slim but not "difficultly" so -- so you've got some nice options here :)


EnjoyLens 4 years ago

Very nice lens! thumbs up!


anonymous 4 years ago

Fabulous list. Than yo so much from my 13 inch calves. I previously have had my boots taken in. Not many shoe Repairers will do it. I use Hallejuias is Bris. Its impossible to get them as finished as a new pair though. So choosing from the list I am!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I basically am hunting for new skinny leg styles every month to add, year round -- but it's hard; there really are not that many, esp. for those who need a circumference under 13 inches. Glad you found something!


anonymous 4 years ago

Actually - can you do this every season? I am obsessed with boots and really do have a damned hard time finding ones that work. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

Wow - thanks so much for putting this together! It's so damned hard to find boots if you've got skinny legs. But I was able to find a great pair thanks to you!


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terrym2442 4 years ago

Love this list!


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your great list of skinny calved boots! I'm definitely going to be buying a pair or two. Narrow calved boots are such a pain to find..I have 13 inch calves and have always struggled to find boots that look sexy. But it's comforting to know I'm not alone. Thanks again.xx


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Scotties-Rock 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

Cute boots, I wish I had skinny calves. :) or maybe just something skinny. :) Nice lens.


gravityx9 4 years ago

these boots are really cute......too bad I don't have skinny calves! BTW thx for stopping by my wedding lens! it was a nice surprise to get a comment there! :D


anonymous 4 years ago

An adjustable-calf rubber or plastic rain boot!


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Lauriej1 4 years ago

Cool lens!! :)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I hear ya -- my ankles are about 8 inches at their widest point, and I have strappy sandals that flap around at the ankle. But yours are even thinner! Some styles (like riding boots) aren't meant to have a snug ankle, so maybe that's your best bet. Or look for something leg-hugging all the way down, like the Mona Beam appears to be, and some of the stretch boots. Good luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

My issue is not just the skinny calves (13") but my stupidly skinny ankles (7 1/2"). I am constantly on the search for comfortable, stylish, flat boots that don't make me look like I'm wearing gumboots! The best I've found so far is a pair of Merrell boots - gorgeous detail of suede straps and buttons across the back of the calf, contoured insole, waterproof, inside leg zip - but the calf circumference is 14 1/2" and the ankle 11". Luckily the leather has enough substance to keep the boot from sagging too much around my ankles, but a firm fit would catapult me to heaven!!


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TTMall 4 years ago

Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.


moonlitta 4 years ago

God Bless for doing this leg work:)


moonlitta 4 years ago

God Bless for doing this leg work:)


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SophiaStar LM 4 years ago

I love myself a good pair of boots. Excellent selection!


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SteveMcGUK 4 years ago

Excellent selection of boots. Thank you.


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nophie lm 4 years ago

thanks for sharing many choice of cute boots


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: in between large & small is probably ideal, as most boots have a medium-size calf circumference (14-15 inches) that works well for "in between" legs. I'd say avoid the ones on this page that are listed with under a 14 inch circumference.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@MelonyVaughan: so true -- I have a couple pr of F.S. shoes as well as boots, and I have never had to break them in -- even the pointy-toe pair with a heel. instantly comfortable.


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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

Franco Sarto makes very comfortable and stylish shoes. Great lens. I think I might be going on a shoe shopping spree... ;)


anonymous 4 years ago

They're cute, but I can't buy online, because I'm in between large and small and I need to try them on to make sure they fit.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@katyabee: ps yes to the pull-on thing, and I also think riding boots are not meant to be skin-tight. OTOH, we shouldn't be swimming in them either (sigh)


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@katyabee: excellent! let me ask, re. the GeeWaWa Blaire boot, how high does it coime up on your calf? another commenter is quite short & has an issue with boot height; I see the Blaire listed w/ a 13.75 inch shaft height. is it somewhere between midcalf & knee high? do you think it would be knee high on a short person? 'cause that could be a cute option.


katyabee 4 years ago

@verymary: riding boots are so tough - i think it's because they tend to be pull-on, and if the calf is too small you can't get your foot in! maybe that's just me :-)

i did end up keeping those GeeWaWa boots i wrote about earlier despite the style not being EXACTLY what i was looking for, and i'm so glad i did! they are super comfy, fit great, and i get tons of complements.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@Stacy Birch: Hi Stacy -- that does sound tricky! The key measurement for you may be shaft height rather than shaft circumference. Most of the boots on this page are 15 to 17 inches tall, which is probably too tall for you. But the Wanted "Queen" boot in intro photo (and under lace-up boots) is just 11.5 inches, so depending on how short you are, that may actually work as a knee-high boot for you. Or the Van Eli Reita (toward the top of page) is 13.5 inches tall and has some stretch to it, so it my also be a great choice. Good luck!


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Stacy Birch 4 years ago

My problem is that my legs are too short, so the biggest part of my calve isn't that far from the smallest, feel luck that you will at least fit into your perfect boots, cute lens.


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curious0927 4 years ago

I would love the Calvin Klein Black , no heeled boots...so cool! Thanks for the great lens. You take all the work out of boot shopping! Bookmarked, tweeted , Liked, and of course Blessed!


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curious0927 4 years ago

I would love the Calvin Klein Black , no heeled boots...so cool! Thanks for the great lens. You take all the work out of boot shopping! Bookmarked, tweeted , Liked, and of course Blessed!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@SheGetsCreative: well, if it's any consolation, most Frye styles are too wide in the calves for thin calf ladies! but I love 'em too...


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SheGetsCreative 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Love Frye boots! Wish I could afford them.


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: textured tights are so cute with boots! but they don't add much "girth," no...


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: Thanks...yes, I own so many leg warmers and thick socks...textured tights! anything to add some girth to my skinny calves! It works well during the winter..I just have this fantasy to someday own a pair where I don't have to pull some tricks!..I too will keep looking and let you know if I find anything. Thank you!


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I think on the Karma boot, that middle buckle running straight around the calf is adjustable, but maybe not the 2 criss-cross ones. So you might not be able to get them as snug on top as you want. It is definitely a challenge! Even the luxury boots I've researched ($800-1000) seem to run 13 inches or more around the calf. You may have to do as some models do & wear leg warmers underneath the boots you love! It may well be a choice between style & fit. Will post if I dig up anything else promising. Good luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

@verymary: Thank you! I do really like the look of the PARIS HILTON Karma boots. I have to research them a bit more because they do not mention the calf circumference & the buckles don't appear to be adjustable? But you understood exactly what I was asking for..thank you for response!. I am willing to pay up to $500 for the perfect boots but they have to be perfect...I'm sorry to say I absolutely hate the look of the Duo boots :-(


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verymary 4 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: Duo makes a custom boot in as small as 11.8 inch circ. and a fairly high heel, but it doesn't look "trendy." In that calf size & budget, I think buckles are your only hope. I added 2 Paris Hilton styles that might work for you -- look under buckle boots.


anonymous 4 years ago

I want to find the trendy style knee high boots with high heels 3 3 /4"+. Not flats. Not wedges. Trendy, fashion forward boots for my skinny calves 11 1/2" circumference! Not these old lady looking boots! Under $200! Maybe with pull type buckles at the top of boot where they can be pulled and adjusted to fit snug?


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AskPat 5 years ago

Nice boots! Thanks!


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@katyabee: bummer! but good to know the circumference is indeed slim. you want something low-heeled but a bit more sleek/urban? will keep looking. you might have to look into Duo boots. they've come a long way in terms of variety, these past few years. not cheap, but not Prada prices either.


katyabee 5 years ago

@verymary: The Blair was true to it's numbers - the calf is pretty slim! still a teeny bit big on me but given the style of the boot, it looks ok. definitely not swimming in it, and could wear it with leggings and skirts for sure. the laces up the back are adjustable too, so i might be able to tighten it up a little more. that's definitely a nice feature. the rest of the boot fits a little strange - seems to run a bit smaller than normal in width but the leather is soft and nice and might stretch a little. and there seems to be some extra room in the heel despite the otherwise snugness. these are a little more casual than i was hoping for - the toe looks a little cowboy bootesque - so given the fit issues and the style i still might have to send them back....


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

heads-up to ladies looking for a classic riding style -- I just added the Steve Madden Reggo (see "More Thin Calf Boots") and think it could be the answer to some thin-calf prayers ... if anyone owns or buys it, pls. report back!


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@katyabee: please report back on the Blair! the Moschino boot is cute, and 12 inches is the smallest circ. I've seen. maybe they'll go on sale? interestingly, narrow-calf boots tend to be much more expensive than wide-calf boots. go figure.


katyabee 5 years ago

@verymary: anxiously awaiting a cyber monday purchase of the Gee Wa Wa Blaire boot! am hoping they fit.

for anyone who wants to splurge (and i mean SPLURGE - these are almost $800), check out the Moschino Cheap & Chic Ruffled Leather Boot at nordstrom. it's a pull-on boot listed as having a 12" calf. wow.


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aesta1 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have thin calves so it was good to find this although right now we try to avoid winter.


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aesta1 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have thin calves so it was good to find this although right now we try to avoid winter.


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@TheGreenHornet: it's interesting -- I seem to find more heeled boots for thin legs than riding type styles...not sure why. we need ALL the options, but it is seriously hard to find them.


vitralyoz 5 years ago

i will buy a boots for my girlfriend . thanks


TheGreenHornet 5 years ago

Hmm I could never get into the boot with high-heel thing. The rest are very nice


warmwinter 5 years ago

lots of love from a fellow boot lover here! =)


equityreleasemortgage 5 years ago

I really liked that


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: ooh, the Griots look great. I think I will add them here, as the Rockport Leiden appears to have sold out :( plus the Griots not only lace but have a 13.5 circumference, which is not too bad. thanks for the info.


anonymous 5 years ago

@verymary: They were $500 Katia Lombardos, which were a steal at around $200, and beautiful, but huge in the calves. I bought a pair of Charles by Charles David Griots (also Italian, and a similar price on a flash sale site) that lace up, and they took their place. They fit well, similarly to the Trouve's another poster mentioned, just not quite as comfortable( with the heel).

Thanks again for the great lens. Invaluable; saves a lot of returns!


x-stage 5 years ago

I really, really, really like those ones you have used as the title image for this lens.

I am going to have try to source them or something similar over here in the UK.


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: oh no! what was the designer so we can avoid? sorry that didn't pan out, especially since you got such a good deal


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: I got those so-called 13" circumference boots, AND they were a designer brand. I opened the box and was immediately crestfallen. They were so big, I could have put two of my legs in one! Very disappointed. They're going back.


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@katyabee: yes, I have a MV pair too that fits snugly! but that style is out of production now, and their other ones don't seem as slim if you look at the specs. thx for the tip on Gee WaWa -- have not tried it, but just found 2 styles that list 12.5 circumference! will add them above.


katyabee 5 years ago

i have a pair from Modern Vintage from a few years back that fit my skinny legs like a glove! i've also been eying boots by Gee WaWa on Endless, which claim to have a 12.5" boot opening. Anyone try that brand before?


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: I'm commenting a lot today! Sorry.

But I thought I should share that Nordstrom has a coupon on retailmenot for free shipping to Canada thru 12/12 for orders over $100. (I can't verify that it works, since I'm U.S.)

I went ahead and ordered those boots! Wished I'd checked those out before buying the Charles Davids at 13.5 cm. May be returning one of these!


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks for the note. I couldn't find those on any of my usual shoe sites, so I went over to Nordstrom's. Those are really cute boots! Reviews seem to agree with you that they work great w slim calves. Just might buy those (but they only have dark brown in the 9s, unfortunately!).


anonymous 5 years ago

Zappos has changed their search feature so that one can narrow the search to certain calf circumferences in boots. It does not always work, but it helps. It also helps that some companies are showing circumferences based on size 8 or 8 1/2; in the past (and outdated Overstock still does) they used size 5 1/2 or 6. How many people wear that size (lucky!)?

Endless bothers me in that you can only narrow (pun intended) down to "15" or less" - almost no help. Anyway, pay attention to what size the circumference is based upon. I've seen up to 3 inches' difference between size 6 and 9.

I ordered a pair from Duoboots in the UK that were pricey but fit GREAT. (They custom fit.) But, I've bought some off their clearance rack that did not fit as well and were way too big; guess there's a reason why they were on clearance, huh?

Finally decided I can have a closet full of flappin'-around-my-ankles boots that I don't wear, or invest in a few pairs of good quality boots that will get plenty of wearing. FYI, Amazon has a sale now (early Nov) on some designer-name boots (these are usually cut thinner, as some have remarked). Just got a deal on 13" shaft boots that was insane! Yay!!!


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kjbranch77 5 years ago

Great lens!


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Hi , great lens ....


mochal 5 years ago

Nice


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anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Exactly! No 14 inch openings please!

But I do much appreciate this article.


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: thanks for this advice! you know, $85 Canadian is not that bad for having boots taken in -- I thought it would be 100+. as you said, with a sale pair it could be feasible. will have to take that into consideration!

I have the skinny ankles like you, too. my favorite sandals this summer had straps that went up around the ankle and just sort of hung there on mine -- but they still looked pretty cool, so I wore them anyway, and everyone liked. sometimes it works out...


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: It's funny how when the slim girl gets teased, everybody laughs it off and tells her to just get over it. God forbid anybody call the "curvy" girl fat, though.


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: awesome, great writing. I so so agree...


anonymous 5 years ago

Hi There:

It is October 15th 2011 today and I am writing this in the spirit of the sisterhood of slender calves and ankles (Size 9; 13â³ Calves; 8â³ Ankles). I found a pair of boots that fit and also a solution to the skinny calves dilemma that I want to share with you all.

Nordstrom has a pair of lace up boots in rich dark chocolate brown and black made by Trouve for 199. US that are true to size, come only in medium width, low heeled, and fit 13â³ calves at size 8.5. With these you can tuck jeans in by loosening the laces or tightening them up to wear with a skirt or dress. I ordered the 9.5 in the rich dark chocolate and they were too big so waiting for the 9. I was impressed with the sole of these boots which had great tread. Nordstrom delivers to Canada and has free returns.

So here is the gem I discovered for us gals with skinny legs and the value of ordering one pair of custom tailored boots. About 2 years ago, out of desperation, I ordered a pair of classic black boots with clean lines from Duo to deliver to Canada. Great service; great product; pricey but under 450. Canadian with delivery, import fees, etc. This was a splurge and not something I can do every time I want a pair of boots.

Having a pair of custom tailored boots has become a major asset. I can now buy a pair of boots that is as close to my calf circumference as I can get. I then take the new boots into the shoe repair store (prior to wearing them) along with my custom tailored boots that fit my calves and ankles. The shoe repair pro tells me whether or not he can take the boot in based on the design. If he canât do it, I simply return the boots. If he can do it (usually takes it in at the zipper) then he uses my custom boot as a pattern.

When I first did this, I was informed by the shoe repair pro that he would not even attempt it without having the custom product to use as a pattern for it is very difficult to just go by measurements and get a good outcome. It is hit and miss in his experience and he wants a happy customer. He also informed me the best boots to alter are ones with full length zippers and real leather. The cost to have them altered so far has been up to $85 Canadian depending on the complexity of taking them in. Get the boots on sale and this becomes even more reasonable to do.

This is one solution I have found to have a custom tailored boot that fits and looks terrific on you. I hope this helps and sure would like to hear from others that have found solutions to our dilemma. Thank you for all your very helpful comments and the lens topic.


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Shivani09 LM 5 years ago

Great lens :)


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: well said & rofl. to quote wise grandmothers everywhere - "this should be our worst problem"


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Really? Take a chill pill, Olive. There are more important things in life to get niggly about. Isn't it nice that you have functioning legs at all?


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verymary 5 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: I've had good luck with the types I've listed here: have had 3 pr of stretch boots that fit well, and also laceup boots & a pair with functional buckles (the circumference listed in product description shouldn't matter so much with functional laces or buckles, as you can tighten). And my calves are between 11.5 and 12 inches around. So it can be done. I don't have 500+ for boots, so the that's not an option for me. Happy hunting, wherever you may look...


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Hip and Hot 5 years ago

These boots were made for walk'in... Look Out! ha! Thanks!


anonymous 5 years ago

You need to define true skinny calves. A boot that has an opening more than 13.5 inches wide is absolutely not for women with slim calves. Those of us with 11- to 13-inch calves are forced to swim in our boots or spend $500 and up to go designer. We are tortured looking for affordable boots, and most of us have been very self-conscious about our legs since childhood -- when friends' mothers would derisively call us beanpoles. If you're going to serve the skinny calf crowd with this list, please, please don't waste our time with those 14-inch openings. Those are for regular calves (let's stop calling large calves "athletic," by the way. My genetically challenged toothpick calves are plenty athletic -- with all the workouts, weights I do, etc. They're just slim.)


anonymous 5 years ago

Just checking I've commented. Great lens!


anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the lens. Great info and easy to access.


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LaraineRoses 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

I'm bookmarking this lens! Thank you.


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traveller27 5 years ago

May need to use these resources some day....great lens!


mistersquidoo_here 5 years ago

nice lens,cute boot..thanks for sharing..


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Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

CUTE BOOTS!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

Wonderful lens, thank you


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BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

Some great advise, I read every word even though I do not suffer from this problem. But I now have something to share with someone who does


greatlegs 5 years ago

This is a great lens. Excellent resource for women with thin legs. Jimmy Choos are definitely the coveted boots though.


anonymous 5 years ago

Oh thank heavens i found this website...I would have went crazy if i looked at or tired on one more pair of boots that did not fit my skinny calves....Thank You!!! :)


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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

Well of all the body parts I wish I could fix, legs aren't them. But I love boots. I would never wear any other shoes if I had my way. even in summer. Great selection, I just wanted to say hi!


anonymous 5 years ago

Badly fitted boots don't just look wrong, they feel uncomfortable too. If your boots are too loose around your leg they will lose their shape quickly, becoming creased and wrinkled particularly around the ankles. This may cause you to tense your foot to 'hold the boot on', making aching feet and even blisters a real problem. Putting an extra-thick pair of socks on won't solve the problem either - all that will do is make the boot tight around your feet, again causing discomfort and possibly more of those pesky blisters. The lifespan of the boot is also shortened, particularly if the boots are made of leather, as the creases around the ankles will quickly crack the surface of the leather and allow the elements in, damaging the material. Find fashionable boots at jeffrey campbell boots.


anonymous 5 years ago

I feel your pain, my calves are only 11 inches! eekk. I have a pair of the Wanted Women's Queen Lace Up Boots you show and they fit pretty good, but still a bit loose for me. Thanks for your post.


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itsmuzza2011 5 years ago

i love some of your boots here , sexy hot boots are the best,so well done and many thanks


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LauraMarie LM 5 years ago

I love Ugg boots too but they are so expensive!! Recently I have been wearing my snow boots alot because of the cold icy weather.


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LauraMarie LM 5 years ago

I love Ugg boots too but they are so expensive!! Recently I have been wearing my snow boots a lot because of the cold icy weather.


boutiqueshops 6 years ago

great choices; I'm still in coveting mode myself, LOL, but thanks to your suggestions I may get my dream boot for Christmas!


southcarolinaweb 6 years ago

I adore boots and I like the lace ups very much.


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verymary 6 years ago from Chicago area Author

@anonymous: "clapper in a bell" -- I love it!


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you so much! As a long time member of the Sisterhood of Scrawny Calves, I have always lived in envy of those who have a whole wardrobe of great boots. I've never found a sympathetic ear, or a sympathetic sales person. This season I'm looking for a simple flat knee high boot that doesn't make my leg look like the clapper in a bell!


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mom-247 6 years ago

Thank you! I am also of the scrawny calved variety and all boots look like rubber gum boots on me. It's summer here in Oz, but come winter I'll be back to look at this page again!


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lapetitefrog 6 years ago

I love boots so much. Great lens!


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Ashly Rain 6 years ago

Well, just like @Grumpy_Fett below, I came looking for cool boots for Kipsy, and definitely found some! Nice lens. If you get a chance to add more photos of people wearing boots, it would make this lens one of the most-popular in Shopping, for sure!


Grumpy-Fett 6 years ago

Looking for boots for my girlfriend...and Kipsy! Good resource.


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verymary 6 years ago from Chicago area Author

@davenjilli lm: sorry; the Koolaburra shoes link won't open for me :( thanks for stopping by!!


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LisaAuch1 6 years ago from Scotland

Great selection, I have always struggled to find boots that do not look like a pair of Wellies flapping in the wind!


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davenjilli lm 6 years ago

Hi Kat, I am in fact wearing a pair of boots as we "speak"! I love boots of all sorts.

I am linking your lense to my [url=http//www.squidoo.com/Koolaburra-shoes] Koolaburra shoes [/url] lense..would you mind terribly checking my lense out?[url


anonymous 6 years ago

Another affordable option -

http://www.fittedbootstore.com/Bespoke-Fit-Boots

They custom fit it, a bit more affordable than Duo, it also includes ankle sizes


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VSP 7 years ago

Thanks for the lensroll.

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