These boots. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, it’s taken me years to find the perfect knee-high black boots. Even some styles marketed as “wide calf” have been too small, so through much trial and error, I was united this pair from Jessica London. Today I’ll share with you some of the places selling wide calf boots, so those of you in the same boat as I was can see the good, the bad, and the ugly of what’s out there.
Jessica London: As I said, the above pair is from here. I found these boots on sale, but I wasn’t hopeful when I made the order since they don’t give specific calf circumferences. I was pleasantly surprised when this pair zipped all the way up! What helped is the shaft is made of a stretchy pleather that has some give. Not all of their styles have that though. I also went a shoe size larger than my usual. While these boots are a dream come true, I won’t be able to wear them over jeans or pants–just something to keep in mind. They do have very good sales, though.
Simply Be: I ordered a black pair of boots from here right before the Jessica London pair and had to return them. I thought they would fit because I ordered a brown pair from them last year that worked. I’m wearing those boots here. Keep in mind, I ordered the brown ones because the same boots in black were out of stock at the time. I’ve noticed that this is an issue at Simply Be, which is unfortunate because they have cute stuff. If you’re a bit smaller than I am, you may have better luck. Also, they offer multiple calf circumferences, but with my experience, you should go the next calf size up if you can. Also, the largest shoe size they offer is 11 (UK 9), but they do have most styles in EEEEE width.
Evans: I’ve never had direct experience with this British retailer, but I was checking them out over the weekend. They do have a wide selection of boots in different widths. They don’t market their boots as “wide calf,” but they offer a “stretchability” rating for each pair.
Zappos.com – Powered by Service: While I haven’t bought this type of shoe from Zappos before, they do have quite a selection and give very specific sizing information. They are more expensive, but that’s because many of their styles come in real leather and not so much in pleather or PU. This is also something to consider if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan option.
WideWidths.com: This company only sells wide calf boots. Again, it’s not a place I’ve ordered from, but I may in the future. Like Zappos, they’re pretty pricey and offer many of the same brands; however, they exclusively carry boots in a circumference called “Super Plus Wide Calf” which, according to their site, ranges from 21″ to 24 and 3/4″ depending on your shoe size. If I get this size, I think I’ll have good luck with them going over even my slouchiest pair of jeans, but I’ll only know if I order. I’m currently coveting this pair. The only thing, is at the price, I have to know if I’ll be wearing them for many, many years. Can anyone out there predict the future?
As for the rest of my outfit today, I was at a loss for how to accessorize. I feel pretty bare without a necklace, so I figure some obnoxiously big earrings would be a good substitute. I got this dress from Gwynnie Bee, and wore the same style before in a different print in this post.
I hope this post was helpful if you’re on the hunt for a perfect pair of boots. If you have any boot shopping tips for me or for my other readers, please let me know in the comments. And, as always, thanks for reading!
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