“My calves are 17” around. Regular boots don’t fit and plus sized boots are way too big. Help!“
-Made for Boots
(aka Samurai Mom)
Dear Made for Boots,
The standard boot has a 14 inch leg opening and plus size boots can extend up to 20 inches. Your stalwart stems deserve better than droopy enclosures or asphyxiation by vinyl. Below is a solution to your in-the-middle mire:
one. Measure your calves. While you’ve obtained this vital integer, many buxom gams are uncounted. The squishy definitions of wide calf or plus size are highly ambiguous, so you’ll need to arm yourself with specifics.
Find the widest rim of your calf and discover how many inches surround it. Measure both legs and use the larger of the two. This will act as a generally helpful guide. However, if you’re investigating an explicit boot, find the boot’s shaft length and measure at this height on your own leg. This is particularly important if you’re investigating an over the knee or a shortie boot, or if you’re petite since the boot will most definitely enclose a completely different section of your lower limb.
two. Shop virtual. There are vastly more flexible soles online than in retail stores. Armed with the information gathered above you will be able to remotely assess fits prior to ordering. For best results search specifically for wide calf boots and explore the diversity available at both online shoe emporiums and the shoe area of plus-size merchandisers.
three. Opt for stretch. If your dream boot is just shy of your ideal, all is not lost. Following repeated wear, real leather will stretch. Other swelling options include gusset panels and lace ups which can be re-laced with longer laces.
four. Alter as needed. If they’re only an inch or two shy of perfection, take your booties to your local cobbler. A moderate adjustment can be made on the boot stretcher, more extensive enlargements may require the addition of gore gussets or panels of new leather at the seams.
Endless.com offers an a filter specifically for wide calf boots: