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Cute Boots for Skinny Calves

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Mary likes to share her beauty and fashion finds for her body type.

The Solemani "Gabi" is one of the tightest-fitting riding boots I've found.

The Solemani "Gabi" is one of the tightest-fitting riding boots I've found.

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 or more 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 scrawny-legged women on the web. Unfortunately, many recommendations run toward the fiscally impractical, like 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 (so to speak) 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.

Boots Made of Stretchy Material

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

The Pliner Nellie

This pretty boot measured 14 inches around at the very top, but only 12 3/4 inches where my leg is fullest. Hard to do much better than that.

This pretty boot measured 14 inches around at the very top, but only 12 3/4 inches where my leg is fullest. Hard to do much better than that.

The Solemani Gabi

The Solemani Gabi is one of the snuggest-fitting boots I've tried.

The Solemani Gabi is one of the snuggest-fitting boots I've tried.

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! Their Gabi riding style (pictured above) was a winner for me in terms of calf circumference. And now there's the Gabi 2!

The Aquatalia Oralie

The Oralie on my 11.9-inch legs—pretty, no?

The Oralie on my 11.9-inch legs—pretty, no?

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.

I loved the Chanel-like quilting on the Oralie Equestrian Boot pretty boot—and of course its slimness. A very elegant choice, and weatherproof, too. It's perfect for wintertime.

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 shoe. No need to buy wellies or snow boots, all you need to buy is a $10–$20 fleece boot liner.

Lace-Up Riding Boots

Tighten to your heart's content with lace-up styles. The extra minute it takes to tie them up is worth it for a custom fit, although some of them have zippers on the inside for a speedy custom fit. Make sure to check that the lace-up boot also features a narrow calf circumference, and you shouldn't even have to tighten them 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 inches around, or you might get some gapping.

The Mullen Spice

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

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

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.

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

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 a label that does this well.

La Canadienne makes stylish and waterproof boots that have earned quite a following among thin-calved ladies. "A great fit for chicken legs!" cheers one reviewer, with others seconding her impression. Most styles will break the $300 mark, but for a good fit, it might be well worth a try.

Having road-tested the La Canadienne Sandra, 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).

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

How Snug Should They Be?

  • Not so snug that you can't fit tights, jeans, whatever you plan to wear under them.
  • At least 1/2 inch larger than your calf circumference to allow for jeans or tights.
  • Very snug if they are sleek and especially high-heeled boots.
  • Not especially snug for slouchy styles.
  • For "tougher" styles like motorcycle or combat boots, you can go either way.

The Frye Taylor

My Frye Taylor cowboy-style boots.

My Frye Taylor cowboy-style boots.

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. With skinny jeans, they'd be a bit tighter. Wearing a dress or skirt, they 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!

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 inches at the opening. So keep in mind what you'll wear with these.

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 and it's cute. But with many rain boots measuring 15 inches or more around, if your calves are very thin, the flap factor can be extreme. Basically, you want about one to two inches of space around your calves for a cute rain boot fit. I've been pleasantly surprised with the thin calf wellies available.

Just in time for September rains, I grabbed the Kamik Heidi in glossy black. I 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 inches, but a wellie looks cuter with a little breathing room. And the extra couple inches around my just-under-12-inch calves distribute fine; it's only really noticeable when I'm sitting down.

There are pull tabs at the back, but they're quite tiny, so I probably wouldn't recommend this boot for calves much over 13 inches. I'm gonna miss my decade-old green Hunters, but they were always ginormous on my legs, giving me a noisy gait that was 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.

Kamik Brand Rain Boots

Kamik brand makes some lovely waterproof smaller circumference rain boots. Look for these online.

  • Kelly: Fleece-lined for winter months.
  • Annabel: A houndstooth print.
  • Cynthia: A floral print.
  • Naomi: Cool solids.

Made-to-Measure Boots

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 the company now offers free shipping worldwide. The only drawback is the price. It's not a month's mortgage, but a bit splurge-ish at $250 to $400 a pair.

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

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. It's definitely worth a look on eBay and Etsy. Happy hunting!

3-in-1 Thigh-High to Mid-Calf?

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 mid-calf look.

Even as is, the 5050 streamlined riding boot is classy enough to convert even an over-the-knee-allergic boot lover like me. (Think prosecco with Clooney, not Jell-O shots with Kid Rock.)

I've seen the circumference listed anywhere from 12–14 inches, but if they fit Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, it's a safe bet they'll work for most of us. The price is rough for all of us without Jolie-level income, but (silver lining) you can find savings online at different retailers.

I called and 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.

What If I Can't Find Any Boots That Fit Perfect?

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, but it may be a bit pricey.

Some Skinny Calf Boot Options

Aquatalia Deliver

DV Tison

Madden Reggo

Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II

Aquatalia Orso

ECCO Saunter GTX

Mia Bold

Sesto Meucci 81207F

Aquatalia Unity

Enzo Angiolini Zareh

Mia Ursela

Star

Aquatalia Wasabee

Eric Michael Shannon

Minnetonka 3-Layer Fringe

Steve Madden Candence

Ara Frances

Frye Carson

Miz Mooz Kelsey

Stuart Weitzman Grounded

Ara Tilly

Frye Chelsea Riding

Miz Mooz Oakley

Stuart Weitzman Halftime

Arturo Chiang Celeen

Frye Sabrina Inside Zip

Modern Vintage Diana & Olympia

To Boot Avery

BCBG Erinn

Isola Claris

Naughty Monkey Risk It

Umpa

Bogs Alex II

Joan & David Zadarah

Nine West Elspet

Under & Diane Styles

Coclico Otto

Kors Arley

Not Rated Shast

Vaneli Rian & Vimy Styles

Coclico Seaghan

KORS Porter

Paul Green October

ZiGiny Knowing

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! Please share your finds here.

Questions & Answers

Question: What about boots for those of us with a skinny calf AND a very narrow (AA) width foot?

Answer: Unfortunately, as hard as it is to find skinny calf boots, it's even harder to find skinny calf boots in AA width. Stuart Weitzman is the only brand that comes to mind. I'll keep my eyes open for more and post if I find any.

Question: What about a non-riding-boot recommendation?

Answer: KG Kurt Keiger makes a cool pair of boots for slim calf -- the Trekker. These are described as "sock boots," but the exaggerated treads make it clear these babies are not messing around! It's a fun look to suit the young and young-at-heart.

Also, a thin calf trivia tidbit: Did you know that WW2 era pinup girl Betty Grable had 12-inch calves? Yes, those famous legs, insured (as a movie-studio publicity stunt) for $1 million, were just as skinny as ours -- from the knee down, at least!

Question: My calf circumference is 11" at a stretch. Stuart Weitzman seems to be my only option for a minimum of a $500 boot. Are you aware of any other vendors that make a boot with a more narrow shaft?

Answer: If you want a truly fitted calf, you may have to consider lace-up styles, where the full-back or side of the boot laces up for a custom fit. (I'm talking about true functional laces, not just decorative.) Bed Stu and Sofft are two brands that have offered that type of boot before and may still. The Sofft Sharnell, in particular, has answered many thin calf prayers :) Sometimes La Canadienne, Cole Haan, and even Frye have narrow-ish circumference boots, as well as Aquatalia. (But Aquatalia is in the same price range as Weitzman.) The knee-high version of the Vagabond Amina boot is worth a look as well. (I've got pumps by that label that I love.)

Question: Have you tried secondhand boots?

Answer: Yes! I got a steal of a deal on some super narrow calf boots by Prada, made in Italy and of indeterminate year, from The Real Real. I also have a rugged pair of Fryes from ebay that I love. But for an abundance of gently used/like-new, high-end skinny calf boots, my top recommendation is probably Poshmark. In a 10-minute browse just now for Aquatalia boots, inaffordable for most at retail prices, I found a ton under $100: A size 6.5 Rhumba (Kate Middleton's fave, retailing $695) in great shape for $99, a barely used size 7 Oralie for $79, a new-without-tags Florienne, size 10.5, for an outrageous $55--and many more. A couple sprays of disinfectant inside the boot and you're good to go!

Question: What boot would you recommend for 13.5 calf, narrow ankle and foot with a bunion?

Answer: Bunion would require more of a roomy, rounded foot than almond shaped right? Check out the Sofft Sharnell, a favorite for many. Its latest iteration is the Sharnell II, but that looks identical (or close to it) to the original Sharnell. Frye boots, too, sometimes feature a rounder foot shape.

Question: Where can I find a narrow-calf high heel boot with a circumference of 13-14 in.?

Answer: A 14-inch circumference is easier to find than a 13-inch one. Some suggestions in your circumference range are the Lamari by Bandolino, the Rochelle by Solemani, the Elena by Linea Paolo, and the Parker Moc by Frye. If you've got big bucks to spend, Stuart Weitzman and Aquatalia always carry narrow-calf high-heeled boots. The Aquatalia Rumba was made famous by its high-profile, slim-legged fan Kate Middleton and is still floating around in limited size and color combinations, now under the name "Rhumba 2."

Question: What about those of us with skinny calves AND narrow feet? Stuart Weitzman works but doesn't make waterproof boots. And it's impossible to find rain boots.

Answer: I've found Michael Kors boots to run narrow sometimes in the foot, but perhaps not *extremely* narrow, if that's what you need. Maybe try on an MK pair next time you're out shopping, just to see.

Stuart Weitzman always has at least a couple of narrow calf styles on offer, and if you find that brand works well for your foot width, my suggestion would be to choose leather, not suede, Weitzmans and give them a good massage all over, before first wear, with something like a Frye Conditioning Cream or Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam. I've used both of these successfully, many times, to make smooth leather boots & shoes more water resistant. Essentially these treatments help raindrops bead on the leather, buying me enough time to get indoors and wipe it dry, minimizing further damage.

I remember asking a Weitzman store clerk about this at one point, and she suggested just using a drugstore brand waterproofing spray. That could work too. I just prefer the feel and, by far, the smell of the Frye cream & DM balsam. The sprays tend to provoke my chemical sensitivities, though airing the boots outside post-spraying can help. (Not that I'd want to leave Weitzmans outside for long, lest they walk away with the wrong owner!)

For rain boots, I'm partial to Kate Spade brand, and I've more or less given up on full-length rain boots unless they lace up for calf adjustability. My Kate Spade rain boots are somewhere between ankle & midcalf height on me and don't look too sloppy despite the extra circumference space. I also love my UGG brand duck-style rain shoes, which eliminate the skinny calf issue entirely. Not sure if either of these brands would be narrow enough in the foot for you, though.

For a very affordable option, you could try the Kamik Ellie rain boot. I've not tried this firsthand but have seen reviews claiming a snug calf fit -- probably slimmer than Hunters, at least.

Question: My calf measures 14” -- but I need a rounded toe and want (boots) to look nice with skirts and jeans. I’ve bought and sent back no less than 1/2 dozen pairs in the last few years. Any suggestions?

Answer: A 14" calf is actually within normal range, so not my area of expertise, I'm afraid. A nice boot I saw recently that might fit your needs, though, is the Gentle Souls Ella. It's quite pretty and could be dressed up or down.

Question: I have a 12 inch calf and a 14 inch shaft. I want a good looking riding boot that fits to my leg and hits where it should right below the knee. Any suggestions?

Answer: Hmm, the 14-inch shaft is a challenge. That's shorter than almost all riding boots I've tried. Two to check out are the Bos. & Co "Rebel" and the Toni Pons "Tacoma" -- but both may still be too tall for you. Most riding boots have a 15.5- to 17-inch shaft. You could look at "midcalf" styles that might be closer to knee-high on you, but most of these will be too short. I'll keep my eyes open and circle back if I find anything.

Question: Any new thin calf boots for fall 2021?

Answer: Good news: the Kenneth Cole Levon looks like it has a pretty narrow calf!

Question: Which boot would you recommend for less than 12-inch circumference and skinny ankles?

Answer: In my experience, the Solemani brand of boots is a good fit for both skinny ankles and skinny calves.

Question: How about a boot for calves 14 inches, but feet on the wide side? I don't need a true wide, just something that runs wider.

Answer: Well, 14 inches is a pretty standard calf size, so you should have tons of choices on that. You just need to look for a brand that runs wide or offers wide-foot sizing that isn't too extreme. I would look into Naturalizer, maybe Clarks. Another tip, though: About 4 years ago I invested in a wood-and-metal shoe stretcher from Amazon, and boy has it been worth its weight in gold. For boots, it only really works for full-zip ones where you can easily access the foot part -- if that makes sense. But I've used my stretcher for MANY shoes and boots that, before stretching, painfully pinched my wonky right-side little toe. This has rescued a bunch of fave footwear from the Goodwill box.

Question: Every boot you recommended seems to be no longer available or sold out. I’ve used your links and have also google-searched the brand/style. Any suggestions for up-to-date, available options?

Answer: So sorry I haven't had a ton of time recently to update. I recommend you take a look at the Solemani Venetian, Valent, and Gabi styles; the Cole Haan Lanie, Isabell, and Lexi Grand Stretch; and the La Canadienne Lanie. Please let me know if any of these work out -- or if you've found another slim calf boot you love!

Question: What are some more thin calf boots for 2021?

Answer: The Kenneth Cole Levon looks very promising! Also check out the Volatile Chellin boot, the Blondo Gallo Waterproof, the Seychelles Itinerary, and the Steve Madden Dexie.

Question: What are some slim calf boot styles for 2021?

Answer: A reader asked for this update a while back; sorry it's taken me a while to respond! I recommend checking out the Solemani Venetian, Valent, and Gabi styles; the Lanie from La Canadienne; and from Cole Haan, the Isabell, and the Lexi Grand Stretch. If anyone has found additional in-stock styles very recently, please post here to let us know!

Question: Can you please help me find a 4"+ utlra-high-heel women's boot with a calf circumference of 13 1/2" and a 12" shaft height; in a size 6, 6W or 6.5; in black, espresso or brown?

Answer: Wow, that's tough. The Chinese Laundry Everley style meets some of your criteria but not all. (It's a hot boot, though, so you might want to check it out anyway) There's also the Cambridge Select Women's Stretch Mid-Calf that is perhaps worth a look. Solemani might run too narrow in the calf for you, even in the relatively small 6-6.5 size range you requested. Still, you might want to see if Solemani has a stretch style that could accommodate your 13.5" calf and wouldn't be too tall for you, in terms of shaft height.

Question: Where is that knee high riding boot that really fits?

Answer: I just discovered Adalante for custom made boots! They have 2 classic riding styles, and you can choose from calf circumference Narrow I (10.6 inch to 11.4 inch), Narrow II (11.4 inch to 12.2 inch), Narrow III (12.2 inch to 13 inch) and Narrow IV (13 inch to 13.7 inch). That should cover pretty much every slim calf, right? Bonus: These are are ethically made boots, per the founder, who shares his interesting backstory on the shop's website.

Question: Any new boots with narrow calves to check out for the holiday season?

Answer: The Louise et Cie Tiley comes in a really pretty eggshell color as well as black. Louise et Cie is an offshoot of the Vince Camuto brand, apparently.

Question: I want some white knee high boots for my skinny calves. Any suggestions?

Answer: Yes! You might like the Matisse Ryder, a sleek leather boot with a mildly lugged sole, or the calf-hugging Sam Edelman Lila.

Question: Where can I find cute but cheap boots with small calf?

Answer: Keeping in mind you generally get what you pay for in terms of materials, the Vandal by Dirty Laundry is a fun lace-up style that's been well reviewed by numerous gals with skinny calves. Enjoy!

Question: I need skinny calf boots that are sexy, with a heel, but walkable, any ideas?

Answer: Try the Jeffrey Campbell Hot Lava boot for a block heel with a touch of curve to it. Dress up or down and look fierce!

Question: Are there any new narrow calf rain boots?

Answer: I should have known about these already! The Hunter Refined boot is made with a slimmer calf than original Hunters and, from the videos I've now watched, looks great on thin legs! It still has room for a cozy, warm sock you'll need for early spring in most parts of the country. A caveat: these rain boots for small calves are described as being made of thinner rubber than the traditional Hunters, so if you've got serious wet-weather gardening and other outdoor work to do, with lots of kneeling and bending, they may not be the best choice. Still, I'm glad they exist!

Question: Are there any over the knee narrow calf boots you can recommend?

Answer: Try the Naturalizer Janna, with one caveat: per reviewers, this style may require slim thighs as well as calves, which isn't always the case.

Question: Are there any mid-heel boots for skinny calves you can recommend?

Answer: Try the Franco Sarto Tribute, in several cute colors and textures. The heel is 3 inches, but it's a block style so not too hard to walk in.

Question: It rains a lot where I live, any waterproof boots for a slim calf?

Answer: Well, I've found truly waterproof to be elusive, but the Sofft Sharnell is an all-time favorite style of thin calf boots that is now offered in water-resistant leather and suede shades. (I especially love the Coffee and Cashmere ones.) Says a reviewer, "very pretty boot but the shaft is very very narrow, so your calves need to be thin." This is the type of unfavorable comment that is favorable for narrow calf boot lovers -- and it's echoed, more favorably, by other reviewers who tout the customizable fit of this style on their thin legs.

Question: I need truly narrow calf boots, what's your skinniest recommendation?

Answer: Try the Avigail Super Slim from Solemani, with calf circumferences ranging from 11.5 to 12.25 inches, depending on shoe sizes, or the Solemani Gabi Super Slim. If you need boots with skinny calves in the 12-13 inch circumference range, which is still quite slim, try the Solemani Valencia or another of the brand's styles in "Extra Slim" rather than "Super Slim."

Question: Do you have an update on slim calf boots?

Answer: Yes, I have a more upscale and a more budget-friendly recommendation for slim calf boots this month: the Vince Nella in buttery soft leather and the Doric boot by Soda in faux leather. Happy new year to all!

Question: I'm looking for affordable boots with narrow calves; can you help?

Answer: As of December 2021 these promising picks are all discounted: White Mountain Meditate, Charles by Charles David Guilty, Volatile Midtown and Loeffler Randall Leighton. Good luck!

Question: Boots for slim calf ideas for the holiday gift season?

Answer: I didn't know clothing designer Eileen Fisher made boots, but her Alas narrow calf boots are a great stretchy knit style with only a 12" circumference!

Question: What are your favorite narrow calf boots for spring 2022?

Answer: I'm not even close to being able to afford this one, but the Edie boot by By Far is gorgeous!

Question: What are some vegan leather skinny calf boots that don't look cheap?

Answer: I love the Simon Miller tall boots, both the Scrambler and Mojo styles. The drawback is that they not only don't look cheap but truly aren't cheap. Look for these on sale!

Share your quest...

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 25, 2021:

Donald Pliner has for many years offered narrow calf boots -- and this season the brand has the Cassidy, with a reportedly 13-inch circumference, and the higher-heeled Expo, with an even smaller circumference of 12.5 inches

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 18, 2021:

I found a new boots for slim calf source! Check out the Boden Round-Toe Stretch Boot, well reviewed by several slim calf shoppers.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 14, 2021:

Solemani now differentiates some of its best boots with skinny calves into "slim" (13 to 14 inch calf circumference) and "extra slim" (12 to 13 inch circumference). This is the case with Solemani's Abigail and Venetian riding boots with narrow calf, as well as their Noosh higher-heeled style.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on October 09, 2021:

New boots with narrow calves:

The Vagabond Edwina is a statement maker, very mod

The luxury-brand Clergerie Octavia and Loanea styles are boots for a very slim calf (and a not-so-slim budget)

Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 17, 2021:

Rain rain go away? If that's not possible, I recommend the Sofft Sharnell II Waterproof, with its lace-up back to customize calf circumference. With narrow calf boots getting harder, not easier, to find in recent years, I'm grateful to this brand for reissuing this style, with the added benefit of water resistance.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on April 04, 2021:

Spring is here, and that means plenty of rain where I live and in many other places! Italian-made Aquatalia boots are still among my favorite weatherproof options, but they are expensive. For spring 2021, it looks like the Ocala and Gracelynn knee-high boots are on sale as of early April. Some online reviews for the Ocala complain about too-tight calves, which is always a good sign for those of us who need thin-calf boots! The Gracelynn appears to have a slightly larger calf circumference but is still worth a look, especially in the gorgeous cream color that is offered along with espresso and black. I hope others will also post their narrow-calf waterproof boot finds!

Nikki Gilbert on December 22, 2019:

There is another option. I have just discovered an online seller - the bootmakers.com. They make boots to your exact measurements, not only the calf, but also the ankle measurement. You can also choose from a huge range of colour leathers and suede.I have a 12" calf and tiny ankles too. I used to buy from Duo but many of their boots were like wellies because they were huge around the ankles.

The made to measure boots are a bit pricey but great quality. They also have a clearance section where I bought my books - absolutely amazing value. I would definitely recommend the bootmakers.com

Arbana on October 25, 2018:

I bought the holly grail of skinny boots around three years ago: VC signature Naya tall boots, 12in circumference, almond toe, low block heel, stretch leather on the back (not fabric), waterproof, warm and luxurious. Sorry for the tease, but they have disappeared and I hope someone at VC is reading skinny legs girls' plea to bring them back. overstock had a taupe pair but not my size.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on May 02, 2018:

Darlene & Cathy -- so sorry I didn't see these comments earlier; there must be a glitch in comments moderation for my articles. I post a ton of reviews, with detailed circumference measurements and on-leg photos, in my blog riding-boots-for-thin-calves.blogspot.com -- so maybe check that out. Cathy, some of the Frye styles I've reviewed are more Western or "cowgirl," though those styles tend to be a little roomier around the leg than the classic streamlined, equestrian ones. Nicole, I'm sorry I'm not as current on narrow calf wedge boots, which seem harder to come by these days than a couple years ago, but you might want to check out the Lars by Volatile, Mes by Fly London, Blanche by La Canadienne (not a full wedge, but close), and my fave the After Hours Mid boot by Sorel. Darlene, you've got a tricky situation and may need to invest in a shoe/boot stretcher for the footbed, so you can buy a narrow calf boot but get your wide foot. I've had tremendous luck with wooden shoe stretchers purchased on Amazon -- I don't have your fit issue but have my own, with a pesky right foot wider than my left -- but for the stretchers to work with boots, I think you'd need boots that zip all the way down, so you can insert them into the foot. For folks like you and me with fit eccentricities, I can't recommend stretchers enough -- they've allowed me to customize so many great shoes to my feet!

Happy boot hunting to all! Bear in mind that spring & summer are great times to shop for tall boots, as they go on sale in the warmer months before bumping back up to full retail in early fall.

Darlene Deats on February 19, 2018:

I have returned more boots than can count. I need a 14" calf but size 11 wide shoe. I have inserts that I need to put in all of my shoes. Everything!!! that I have seen are wide calf. HELP I do not need wide calf just the shoe.

nicole lee on February 09, 2018:

Looking for mid- calf wedge boots that are narrow

Cathy on January 16, 2018:

I am looking for cowgirl boots with 12 inch circumference I prefer 14 to 16 inch height.

Jackie on December 06, 2017:

Hi Mary,

I loved your article! Just like you I love shoes and have very thin legs so it is very hard for me to find boots that fit! I am 5 2 and wear a size 7. I am looking for knee high boots with a flat 1 inch heel. My calf size is 12". I checked on the slim calf boots website but a lot of the Sole Mani x-small calf a