perfect pair of boots can be trickier than you may think, especially if you’re looking for a pair that lands just below, at, or above the knee. The difficult factor? Landing on a pair that fit perfectly over your calves—not too snug or too loose, but just right. If you have wider calves, you may think that a pair of knee-high boots that you can actually wear doesn’t exist, but that’s where you’re wrong. They do—it just takes a bit more digging to find them, and the search starts with figuring out which boot brands actually offer wide-calf styles.
If you’re shopping for a pair online, one great way to learn about the fit is to read through customer reviews, many of which speak to the fit and whether or not they work well with wide or narrow calves. As you don’t have
all the time in the world, we did our due diligence, looking solely for styles that shoppers said had a “wide fit” or a “large circumference.” We’ve narrowed in and are focusing on the best brands that offer wide-calf styles that on- trend, yet comfortable to wear.
Read on to see and shop five brands with the best boots for wide calves, with product selections from each that are customer-approved. And don’t worry—we’ve included the best reviews for proof.
“Love! These are such a great fit—especially for those like me with a wider calf—and really nice quality.”
“These are the perfect over-the-knee boot, very comfortable and soft material that does not slouch, shapes well to the legs, and is high quality. The heel height is perfect for wearing casually or dressing up, and the cognac color is beautiful and perfect for fall. I highly recommend them!”
“Fits true to size! It’s hard finding over-the-knee boots that tie at the thigh with wider calves, so these are a dream!”
“True to size and very easy to walk in!”
“This boot is so adorable! The fabric is like a tough, stretchy type material that stretches around your calf. I am normally a size 9 or 9.5 in boots, and the 9.5 fit me perfectly (I ordered both and the 9’s were a bit tight). The heel is a nice height and easy to walk in. I am so excited about this boot and can’t wait to wear it. I imagine it will be as comfortable as it seems to be right now.”
“I just received these boots and am so glad I decided to buy them. I got them in black. I sized up as noted in the description. The heel height is perfect, and the leather is very soft. I also like that the zipper runs the height of the boot shaft. The shoe laces can be adjusted to the suitable calf circumference.”
“This is a boot! So, cute and comfortable and this color? TO DIE FOR. I’m usually a size 10 (I have wide feet and calves) and ordered a size 11!”
“Love the covered heel and the height, sexy. True fit, especially for the calves/mid-leg. Fabric is super soft. Feels more like a microfiber than a non-suede. There’s no slouch, which I’m happy about.”
“These are the most gorgeous boots I have ever purchased! The style is so flattering and current. They are very, very comfortable, and I can wear them all day. I think Jeffery Campbell has such a wide range of styles…something for everyone. Just remember, wear a thin sock with these!”
“LOVE these! I read a bunch of reviews saying the calf portion was too tight despite having “average” sized calves, but I completely disagree! As long as you measure your calf correctly the measurement of 15” is very accurate. I was a bit nervous because I am petite (5’0”), but I do have athletic legs, and I actually found them to be a bit loose in the ankle and knee.”
“Calves are wide from the ankle all the way up. If you like that look, then these are the boots for you.”
“I purchased this in cognac, and I’m so amazed! The fit, color, style, leather, and height are just perfection. I’m disappointed in myself for not buying all the colors. Grab this boot!”
“I love that these are super on- trend and comfortable. The fit is so nice, and walking in them is a breeze because of the block heel.”
“Can never go wrong with a stretch fabric! I will be wearing this shoe all throughout the holidays.”
“I’ve been searching several seasons for good quality, genuine leather wide-calf boots. For reference, my calf measurement ranges 17.75 – 18.25 inches, early morning to evening time. It’s really difficult to find quality, style, fit, and comfort all in one boo. I purchased these in both black and brown shades, hoping for the best and prepared for the worst. I am SO HAPPY with my boots!”
“I have wide feet and a 17” calf (I measured before ordering this pair of boots) and because of my knees, I can’t wear a really high heel, and still these boots fit perfectly.”
“These boots are so comfortable. I usually wear a 9.5 W or even WW. I ordered 10W, and they feel great with thick socks. The leather is so soft. I was concerned about the heel, as I usually wear flatter heels, but there was no reason for concern.”
“Love these boots, super cute! The wide calf fit my, well, wide calves. The leather is also super sleek and soft!”
“I love my Naturalizer boots. They are the perfect fit, in every way. I have never owned a pair of boots that are as comfortable as these are.”
“I have really big calves, and this fits really well. I always wanted Hunter boots, but couldn’t get it past my calf. I love that fact that I was able to have the adjustable option.”
“I’m so happy with these rain boots. I’ve always had a hard time getting tall boots/rain boots because I have a larger calf. These boots pulled right up and are so comfortable. I love that they still say Hunter at the top, but since it’s black on black, it’s very subtle. I also feel the black on black makes them look a little dressier, so I could wear them on weekends or to work also.”
“I love these boots. They don’t look like the typical hunter rubber boot, which is nice. I wore them in slushy snow and mud puddles. When dirty I wore them to the car wash and sprayed them. They look new again. The gold on the back is a nice touch. I have bigger calves, and they fit due to the adjustment in the back. Definitely recommend!”
“These boots are simply amazing. So easy to put on and the adjustable gussets in the back are functional and not just decoration.”
“I love my Hunters. They are such great quality and last so well. I have thicker calves, 17 inch, and I find them to be very roomy, which is wonderful. They are such a staple item in my wardrobe. Definitely worth the somewhat steep price.”
“Hunter has long been my favorite boot, and I own several styles. These fall into their own category though, falling between styles and filling a gap for those colder days.”
Next up, shop the best winter boots worth buying, according to the glowing reviews.
This post was originally published and updated at a later date.
Ed. Note: Reviews have been edited for clarity.