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18 Pairs of Boots for Wide Calves

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If you, like many, have wide calves, you know that finding the best boots means more than picking your favorite style and shoe size. You have to make sure they actually … zip up. (A concept! We know!)

Since finding boots that fit wide calves and still fit comfortably (emphasis in comfortably) can be a task —especially if you’re ordering online and going off reviews and vibes the Cut Shop team has scoured the internet for some of the best boots for wide calves.

As people whose calves reach 16 inches or more when winter socks are involved, we’ve rounded up our picks below.

Best Boots for Wide Calves

The Under $100 Options

These boots from Target have been making the rounds on TikTok for their wide calf-friendly sizing. Available in standard or wide calf sizing, choose from black faux suede or black and brown faux leather.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

Another good option for affordable boots with a wide size range is Torrid. For under $100 you can find plenty of wide-width and wide-calf styles. While we love these stiletto over-the-knee boots, there are also plenty of comfortable chunky heels and flats. Options!
Available in sizes 6 to 13.

Journee Collection offers wide and extra-wide calf sizes up to 16 inches in circumference. Yes, these western-inspired boots are available in black, but why not buy them in green? The wide-calf option gives you about 15.5 inches in circumference and the extra-wide option is 16 inches.
Available in sizes 6 to 12.

Kitten heels are a divisive trend, but with this print the teeny heels are barely noticeable. Embrace the comfortable alternative to sky-high heels with just a bit of lift. Landing just about mid-calf, these boots have a 13-inch circumference. Journee Collection’s shoes are made of synthetic leather.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.

The Under $200 Options

Not only are these wide-calf-friendly, but the 17-inch circumference is also perfect for thicker thighs. These faux-leather boots are among many wide-calf-friendly boots from our writer Asia Milia Ware. The thigh-high boot is cut in the back so they fit comfortably on the thigh.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.

Another pick from Ware comes from Eloquii. The plus-size brand carries a number of chic boots from ankle boots to stretchy over-the-knee stilettos. These faux croc-print boots that land just at the knee are a happy medium.

They have a circumference of about 20 inches so they’ll fit perfectly.
Available in sizes 7 to 13.

Outside of the deep-wine color, these boots are unique for the 3.5-inch metallic heel detail. With a 15-inch calf circumference, these are ideal for wide calves, and reviewers agree, it’s the perfect fit. Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Footwear brand Franco Sarto offers a handful of wide-calf boots in classic styles — and harder-to-find, trendier styles — on its site and at select retailers. This faux-leather boot zips up to just above the knee, with a calf circumference of just under 15 inches. This shade of brand is the ideal neutral to match almost anything.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The selection of wide-calf boots available at Sam Edelman is small, but don’t skip over it. One of the styles available is this riding boot, a classic silhouette available in two colors that goes with everything. The leather and synthetic boots have a calf circumference of 16 inches and a hidden zipper in the back.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

With a calf circumference of 16 inches, these tan boots are one of a few wide-calf options available on Nine West and select retailers. The classic silhouette is flattering and perfect for winter nights out.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

These faux-suede boots are comprised of polyester and come in four neutral colors with a small metal detail on the heel. Reviewers assure that they still have a quality look and feel. As far as calf circumference, these are just under 15 inches.
Available in sizes 5.5 to 12.

The Ones from the Brand Made for Wide Calves

Duo Boots are made to fit any calf, offering classic boots in seven calf sizes. For a more customized fit you can grab a tape measure or their sizing tool, the DuoBelt, to figure out your calf size. When adding to your cart, choose your shoe size and your calf size, up to 50 centimeters (roughly 20 inches). We suggest shopping the Dalia boot, an all-leather, classic knee-high boot you can wear with almost anything.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

If your style is a bit more casual, opt for the Mabel boot, an edgier knee-high style comprised of leather and stretchy neoprene. Like many of their wide-calf styles, it’s available with calf widths up to 50 centimeters.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Splurge-Worthy Options

If you’re looking for a good everyday boot, consider this pick from senior shopping editor Bianca Nieves. The Cut-approved brand makes high-quality leather boots you can wear every winter. These have a circumference of about 15 inches for a fit that’s snug and comfortable.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.

Senior writer Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz’s favorites come from Labucq. The leather boots come handmade from Italy and are worth the splurge. The boxy silhouette leaves plenty of room for your calves, comfortably fitting at 15 inch circumference. They’re also available in other colors including white and a brown python print.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.

Another option from Nieves, with similar sizing, is these leather boots from Mango that look way pricier than they are.
Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.

The Designer Options

The fashion brand from designer Jennifer Le counts Beyoncé and Rihanna as its celeb clients and is another favorite of Ware’s. A number of the brand’s knee-high boots are available in three calf-width options up to 19-19.5 inches. Who wouldn’t want to brave the harsh winter temps with these glam patchwork boots?
Available in sizes 35 to 44.

Hanifa’s best-selling boots are Ware’s ultimate wide-calf-friendly boot. Their signature silhouette is not only wide-calf-friendly style but it comes in three shades and has a circumference of roughly 15 to 16 inches. Wear them over denim or under dresses and skirts, and feel like that girl every time.
Available in sizes 36 to 42.

18 Pairs of Boots for Wide Calves