Finding the perfect pair of boots can actually 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 first 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, you guessed it, read through customer reviews, many of which speak to the shoes' fit and whether or not they work well with wide or narrow calves. But because today's focus is on the best brands with wide-calf boots. As you don't have all the time in the world, we dug through the heap, looking solely for styles that shoppers said had a "wide fit" or a "large circumference."
Read on to see and shop five brands that have 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.
"Purchased in distressed black with wide calf. The wide calf fit is perfect! (I'm 5'7".)The boot is well made and will work great during the dog days of winter with keeping my feet warm."
"These boots run true to size. The mesh fabric gives them a bit of a stretch and they maintain their shape very well. Quite comfortable and a stylish higher heel."
These boots are brand new, so they don't have any reviews yet, but the wide calf in combination with an adjustable tie at the back makes sure that they will fit any size calf perfectly.
2. Jeffrey Campbell
"Wow! Have been searching for a cowboy-look boot for several months; finally found them. I’m so in love with these boots. Ordered the black ones. Not only are they comfortable, but they also look great on. I’ve gotten many compliments. Ordered my size 8, and I have a fairly wide foot and calf; they fit like a glove. I recommend these boots."
"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 heal is a nice height and easy to walk in. I am so excited about this boot and can't wait to wear it. I image it will be comfortable as it seems to be right now."
3. Vince Camuto
"Comfortable and stylish over the knee boot. Plenty of room in the calf. The heel isn’t too high so I can walk comfortably. I sized up 1/2 a size for a perfect fit."
"Cute OTK boots! I’m in love! They actually came to the top of my thigh and I’m 5’7” tall. They stayed up around my calf the whole time, which really made me fall in love even more. Don’t hesitate…BUY THEM!"
"This boot is beautiful, stylish and classic. I followed another reviewer's recommendation and purchased 1/2 size larger to accommodate a cushioned insole—it fits perfectly! Because they are pull-on and have no zipper, I was concerned about the fit in the calves; mine aren't athletic, but they are not slender either. I was able to pull them on easily. The leather is buttery soft, and they scrunch nicely around the ankle area."
"Just received these boots and I am super happy with the quality and fit. The buckle detail looks great, and they fit my wide calves perfectly. I got the brown and love the color."
"I have wide feet and a 17-inch 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."
"Love these boots, super cute! The wide calf fit my, well, wide calves. Pretty color—looking forward to wearing them in the fall!"
"I have really big calf and this fits really well, Always wanted Hunter boots but couldn't get it past my calf; 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 dresser, so I could wear them on weekends or to work also."
"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."
Next up, shop top-rated black boots to wear with everything this season.
This post was originally published and updated at a later date by Aleksija Vujicic.
Ed. Note: Reviews have been edited for clarity.