Ask Allie – Wide Calf Boots for Petite Women?

Hey Allie,
I have been liking the equestrian boot with tucked in jeans look, but I don't know if I can pull it off. All equestrian boots I see online look really tall and I'm only 5'2”, and let’s say the not so slim side. I was hoping you could recommend something that may work for me. Do they make equestrian liked boots that aren't super tall?
Thanks,
Elvira

Hi Elvira:

As a fellow petite woman, I understand your issue. I remember a few years ago, found a fantastic pair of tall black boots that actually fit my calves, but had to stop wearing them because they dug into the back of my knees, causing major welts and sores. If the lower half of my legs were only an inch shorter, I would have been able to wear them. I have seen this happen far too many times – if I can find a boot that fits the width of my legs, it doesn’t fit the length.

However, there are some great options out there.

First thing, measure your leg. Most boots describe how tall and wide the shaft is. Then you can immediately cross off certain styles or brands for being too tall or narrow in the calf. You will find not all brands or styles are the same, and some styles do run a bit shorter. Usually a shaft height of 14” or so works best for petite women. Sometimes that which is called “mid calf” will be the right height for your leg.

Frye Chelsea Riding boot

As for width, there are many chic riding boots out there with elastic gussets. Elastic will help your leg feel comfortable in a tall boot and make it easier to slip on. The Riding Chelesa boot from Frye has a 15” tall shaft that may work for your height (most riding boots are 16”) and elastic gussets that are kind to a wider calf while still looking stylish.

Also if you find the boots of your dreams but they are a tad snug, you can get them stretched. Cobblers can add up to an additional two inches in a boot shaft without sacrificing style or quality. This process ranges in price depending on what part of the country you are in, but I have never heard of it costing more than $50 (usually closer to $20).

zappos

I have forever been a fan of Zappos – they have such an extensive selection, free shipping and returns and amazing customer service. I never hesitate to call them for additional information on an item I find on their site. Zappos carries great brands known for wider calves like Fitzwell and Ros Hommerson, and had plenty of equestrian-inspired boots. Today when searching “Wide Calf Boot” I found over 103 styles.

duo

DUO Boots is a UK-based company that specializes in wide-calf boots. You can search their site by calf and shoe size, and then read very detailed descriptions and customer reviews on different styles. I have the Bern which is a similar style to the Frye Harness boot, which comes mid-calf. Just by looking at the images on this site, you can see that some styles are taller, others are shorter. They carry very classic styles that will be on trend for years to come. If you are unsure, DUO’s customer service is quite amazing, they respond to emails with speed and much detail and can help you find a style that will fit your body and personal style. The only downside of DUO is that they are a UK-based company which means shipping and returns are QUITE the bear.

widewidths

Wide Widths is a fantastic site, one I have shopped from for ages. Their site is nicely organized by heel heights as well as style of boot. When looking at riding boots, I found many elegant styles with a 14” tall shaft. As that WideWidths.com is a US-based company, there aren’t as crazy of shipping costs. I have deal with their customer service by phone as well as by email and find them incredibly informative, helpful, and understanding with returns.

Hope this helps!

 
Readers, where is your place to go for wide calf petite boots?

 

 

 

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  2. Anonymous
    November 19, 2010 / 1:14 am

    I found a awesome website recently called bennettsboots.com and they have a very wide selection of widecalf boots!!
    There are having a huge sale on at the moment which is always a plus!
    I have had alot of trouble finding boots to fit I think i had been looking for at least 10yrs for boots to fit and i would either find one that had elastic in them that maybe a month after I got them the elastic had stetched beyond use!! Im currently onto my second pair and looking for a third pair! They are 100% leather, they have up to 3 calf widths and i think about 15-20 styles to choose from ranging from perfessional to casual so there is a boots for everyone!

  3. September 25, 2010 / 6:46 pm

    Eddie Bauer?

  4. September 23, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    My suggestion: try out the motorcycle look that is popular this season. Slightly tougher than equestrienne, but the bonus for shorties (like me) with bigger calves (like me, again!) is that the height of the boot is mid-calf in most cases. I bought two pair, one with heels and one flat, and am trying out which one to keep. But both come to a height just below where my calf curves out, and so doesn’t cause the problems of knee-hi boots. There are good values at DSW and Piperlime, some onsale. Piperlime has a free returns policy right now, maybe thru eBates. Check it out.

  5. September 22, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    I’m not short but I am plus sized. I always wonder if I can wear the tall boots tucked into jeans look. The problem is my jeans. I don’t have any that can be tucked into jeans without poofing at the knee area.

    Maybe I just cannot wear boots.

  6. September 21, 2010 / 5:56 pm

    thanks Allie! i’ll totally look into it!!! thanks for answering my question!

  7. Rachel
    September 20, 2010 / 8:45 pm

    http://www.onestopplus.com has some options that are a little less expensive. Most of them are not real leather, but if you are looking for a wide calf boot on a budget it is a great place to look.

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