Style 911: “I Need Wide-Calf Boots!”

Damn you all and your cute boots! Except — not really. I’m just jealous. I have wider calves and would love to find some smart and stylish brown boots made for gals like me–do you all have any suggestions? Comfort and adorable-ness are a must. Thanks and keep up the good work! — Betsy

It’s incredible that shoe makers regularly forget that boots need to fit regular people with regular calves. What are they thinking? Thankfully there are a ton of brands that do cater to wide calves — or at least offer their shoes in both narrow and wide sizes. After the jump, we’ve found four great pairs of wide calf brown boots for you! 

1. Aerosoles Mezzotint Boots, $120

2. Naturalizer ‘Arness’ Boot, $178.95

3. Naturalizer Aria Boot, $119.99

4. Frye ‘Veronica Slouch’ Boot, $327.95


But even if you don’t like the options given, we’ve got some tips for you. Shop for boots with elastic give in the leg column, or that contain some stretch fabric. And if you’re feeling really frustrated, opt for slouchier styles that give you the option of pushing the shaft of the boot down. Whatever you do, don’t suffer needlessly in too-tight boots that just strangle your gams. And if you’ve got some extra cash to spare, why not try getting a pair of custom boots made? Ayla Boots will take your measurements and build a pair just for you, starting at around $200.