It's boot season, and that means you have every right to scoop up a few new pairs to replenish your shoe closet. Now, when purchasing a fresh set (online especially), there are, however, a handful of things to keep in mind, including fit (are they narrow- or wide-calf-friendly, for example, which we'll get into), the quality, and the sole. Luckily, most of these things are either described in the description box or the product reviews, so before hitting "add to cart," make sure to read through everything carefully.
To help make to search for the perfect-fitting boots slightly simpler, we decided to find five brands with the best narrow-calf boots, helping you cross off the first criterion on the shoe-shopping checklist. So now you have one less thing to look for. Read on to see and shop our edit, along with the top customer review for each boot style. You know, for context.
"I absolutely love these boots! They are timeless and such great quality. I have thin calves, so I have a difficult time finding knee high boots that look good on me."
"I've always wanted a Frye boot, and this was the first pair I've ever bought, and they are just what I wanted. Classic style in the cognac brown that can go with anything. I do have narrow feet and small calves, so they fit like a glove; however, if my feet and/or calves were any bigger, these definitely would be a struggle to fit. I have worn them a lot already and only have had for two weeks! … Fryes are a staple in your closet, and I know these will last forever. Don't forget to condition!"
"Finally a narrow-calf boot that is true to the claim. Thanks, Stuart, for filling a need. … It seems that most boots on the market are always marketed as wide calf. For reference, my mid-calf circumference is 12.5". I got the leather, and it's gorgeous. True to size and is made with good quality material."
"They're great for my thin calves, although I will say I went down half a size, as my normal size would've been too big. And not only are these a stylish classic, they're so comfortable! "
"Finally I found boots that have a narrow calf. They are beautifully made and look great. I bought both black and cordovan colors. I ordered my regular size, which fit perfectly, BUT if you want to wear a heavy sock, go 1/2 size up."
"Great tall boots—just to the knee. Made so can adjust to calf size—which is a big plus regardless of calf size. Cannot wait to wear these in the fall. Nice size heel—not too high—but not a completely flat boot."
"I absolutely LOVE these boots. I've searched for a long time to find the right pair. If you have narrow calves, these boots are the pair for you. They are true to size, and my toes don't feel scrunched. If you have narrow feet I recommend wearing a thick sock or gel inserts to keep your feet from sliding. There is a small elastic band on the back to keep the boots up. It felt weird at first, but I didn't notice it today while wearing them."
"Love this boot! I am thrilled to find an over-the-knee boot that is sleek and has a narrow calf. This is best for someone who has a narrow foot and calves. The boot is nice quality with a good heel and stays up well when worn with leggings, tights, and tight jeans. I ordered my regular size 8, and the fit is perfect. Get them and you will love them!"
"I love my boots! I have a really hard time finding OTK boots because my calves are super skinny, but these are PERFECT! They stay up and are so comfy!"
"Just the right details. Love the character of the stripes and zipper up the back, perfect heel height for a long day walking, and very comfortable. Classic shape—these will be in my wardrobe for a long time. Narrow calf, FYI."
"True to size! I have narrow feet, so the pointy toe was not a problem for me even with socks. I first got a pair of Steve Madden called Dominique that looked exactly like these but instead stretched thigh high and immediately returned because I'm only 5'3"—it took up my whole leg! These are PERFECT height, hits right above the knee. I have pretty skinny legs, and the boot shaft wrapped around them tight! Love the zipper feature as well."
Next up, shop the best black sock boots.