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Before you know it, winter and the weather that comes with it will be upon us. Wide calf snow boots and rain boots can be hard to find, and it makes sense to start looking early while there is selection. You want to protect yourself from snowdrifts and puddles, but it's tough when most styles won't go over your calves. Many wide calf snow boots and wide calf rain boots claim to be wide but don't go up to even a 16″ circumference. Below, I share several styles of wide calf winter boots and rain boots and all are a minimum of 16″ wide in shaft circumference. I hope you find the perfect foul weather wide calf boot for you.
Where to Shop for Wide Calf Snow Boots and Rain Boots
Wide Calf Winter Boots
Bogs 'Amanda' Rain Boot
- I have a similar boot to this from Bogs (see in this post and this post) and they are one of the hardest working pairs of shoes in my closet. Camping trips, slushy commutes, shoveling snow, or just trying to look chic on a grody day, these boots are there. And because I own a pair I can attest that they can work with a wider calf. These go up to a 16.5" shaft, but I have wider legs than that and they still work on me over lightweight skinny jeans or leggings. Four colors to choose from.
Pendleton Embossed Tall Waterproof Rain Boot
A classic tall rain boot but with style - this boot from Pendleton has a subtle geometric embossed print. The boots have a Wool-Plus™cushioned insole with odor-control technology and fit up to a 17" calf circumference.
Sorel Joan of Arctic Faux Fur Waterproof Snow Boot
I have always loved boots like these, they're ski chalet chic, but rarely do they fit a wide calf. These boots from Sorel are waterproof and comfort rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit and are made to accommodate up to a 21" calf. Four colors to choose from.
Jileon Extra Wide Calf Rain Boots
Jileon is the place to go for wide calf and extra wide calf rain boots. This is just one of the many styles that Jileon offers and this style accommodates up to a 23" calf and receives rave reviews.
Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boot
If you're looking for a boot to quickly slip on and off for your work commute, to yank on to take the dog for a walk, or to be able to easily throw on over slim jeans and leggings for weekends, this is the wide calf snow boot for you. A pull-on style with a warm fleece lining and soft knit top that won't dig into your leg, this boot from Hunter has a 17" shaft circumference and is available in three different colors.
Sperry 'Saltwater' Duck Boots
These boots are too short to worry about a wide calf, but they are wide width which is also incredibly hard to find in such a style of boot. With a microfleece lining, they will be warm and comfortable as well as stylish while keeping your feet dry. Three colors to choose from.
Tundra 'Sara' Boots
Waterproof, a durable rubber sole, and rated to -22 degrees Fahrenheit, these boots are elegant enough to get you to the office and even a special occasion in the evening while being easy to slip off for your other pair of shoes. 16" shaft circumference.
Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Waterproof Boot
Able to adjust up to a 19" shaft circumference, this lace-up natural rubber boot has a lug sole that will give you grip and comes in three fab color choices. It is lined in cotton fleece to keep you cozy when the weather outside is frightful.
Chooka Versa Wide Calf Rain Boot
You can't go wrong with a classic, and this traditional rubber wide calf rain boot in moss green is one you can wear now and decades from now. Adjusting from 16.5" to 18" for the calf circumference, this boot receives rave reviews for fitting wide calves while also being stylish and comfortable.
Kamik 'Abigail' Tall Winter Boot
Available in four colors and with a 16.5" shaft circumference, this boot will keep you warm and dry while you're on your daily commute or just heading out to run errands. Waterproof, non-slip sole, and an EVA footbed makes this made in the USA boot a great choice for foul weather.
Bos. & Co. 'Hayday' Tall Waterproof Hiker Boot
Hiker styling brings on-trend appeal to a waterproof mixed-media boot featuring a cozy wool lining and grippy lug sole to take on Old Man Winter's worst. Temperature rated to -13°F/-25°C, this boot has an 11 1/2" shaft, 15"–18" calf circumference, and available in three colors.
Kamik 'Canuck' Winter Boot
Featuring an adjustable shaft opening for added weather protection, glove-friendly toggle closure, waterproof 1000 denier nylon upper, and removable 8mm Zylex® liner will keep your feet nice and warm with added versatility. This boot has an 18" shaft circumference.
Kamik 'Miranda' Rain Boot
- The Kamik® Miranda boot offers the perfect blend of comfort and style that is ideal for the season. This lightweight RubberHe rainboot is 100% recycleable. Available in four colors, it has a 16" shaft circumference.
Bogs 'Neo' Wide Calf Boot
Durable hand-lasted rubber upper with 7mm Neo-Tech four-way stretch bootie construction that provides waterproof insulation and comfortable warmth, and an 18" shaft circumference makes this cult-favorite boot more comfortable for wider calves.
Baffin 'Flare' Waterproof Winter Boot
Take on cold, snowy weather with confidence in this rugged waterproof boot featuring fuss-free toggle lacing and a tough, traction-enhancing outsole. Temperature rated to -58ºF/-50ºC, this boot is adjustable up to a 19" shaft circumference. Available in two colors.
Bogs 'Crandal' Insulated Waterproof Boot
Bogs gets all the details right in a waterproof boot that's temperature rated to -40ºF thanks to Neo-Tech insulation that keeps feet cozy. A dual-density, contoured EVA insole offers serious support, while a self-cleaning outsole with grippy treads delivers excellent traction. A DuraFresh inner bootie with four-way stretch and Max-Wick moisture-management technology helps keep your feet dry and smelling sweet. Up to an 18" shaft circumference and two colors to choose from.
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If you have a pair of great wide calf snow boots or wide calf rain boots that aren't mentioned here, do share them in the comments and help a fellow reader!
I investigated the BOGS WIDEs listed here and they told me their shaft was 17 vs. 18 inches which I’m not sure will fit me – especially with a sock in the mix. FYI. Unless someone who owns one above can indicate if there is ANY stretch to them?
Alison Gary says
I have their short Sydney boot and it’s very stretchy, like neoprene for the shaft. You can see them on me at https://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/tag/bogs-footwear/ and I have really large calves/shins/ankles, like 20″
Love my women’s Bogs. As a heads up, I tried to buy the steel toe Bogs for work – those only come in men’s sizes and the calf isn’t big enough.
I have wide feet and calves and in rain and snow I wear LL Bean duck boots. Like the Sperry’s–but with a STURDY leather loop on the back to allow you to slip in and out of them (even if you have laced ones). Made for messy weather, they are a staple. I have a seven year old pair that is just starting to show its age–they will be fine for this year, but come the spring I’ll likely send them to Beans to get them resoled for $39.
Also– a tip, LL Bean sells shearling insoles to really up the warmth factor of your bean boots.
Made in Maine, will last for decades, highly recommend.
I wear Muck Boots – much wider calf than the standard neoprene women’s bogs and they even have a wide calf chore boot.
Susan L says
A perfect post for the 3-4 inches of rain we are expecting today!
The Amanda Bogs are my absolute favorite! They are so cozy and warm. I live in Vermont and wear them from now until April. Highly recommend!
Do you have any recommendations for swollen feet and wide calf?
Ann Marie says
Thanks for this. I have been looking for snow boots and did not like what I was finding. I live in NYC and have to commute to work via public transit so I wanted something that is comfortable and looks more urban (no duck boots, for example). I ordered #6 just now from Zappos.
By the way, I like how you put the prices next to the item. It helps me filter to find things in my budget.
Alison Gary says
My pleasure! I play around with the pricing, I find sometimes it inspires more links, sometimes it doesn’t. But when it’s a product like boots where someone needs them and they likely have a budget, I feel the prices are necessary!
You must have read my mind! I’ve been needing a post like this for years. In MN, winter boots are a must (obviously). I’ll be ordering the Sorel boots, though i’m having issues with the link? Looks like Nordstrom’s website might be down. i’ll try again later.
Alison Gary says
Yep I checked and Nordstrom is down right now. Hope it gets back up soon!
You can also order Sorel boots directly from them. You don’t have to buy them from Nordstrom.
Alison Gary says
Fully agree! I do love Nordstrom because it’s free shipping, free returns, no time limit for returns and if you do wear them and find something wrong with them or the fit you can still return them. And you still get the Sorel warranty. I’d love to promote shopping Sorel directly and that is where you will get the best selection, but you only have 60 days, shoes need to be returned in new condition, and it costs $6 to send them back via UPS.
This is a great post! As a Montanan, I have tried a few different snow boots, and always thought Sorels couldn’t be beat. That was before I got my first pair of Bogs. The insulated Bogs with hole-style handles on either side for pulling up are a game changer. Warm (no matter what) tough against mud, snow, wet sloppy hikes, everything. Bouncy underfoot. And durable?? I just replaced the pair I had for (no joke) 9 years.
The updated version I gt this year is improved in a couple of ways. Grippier sole. Cute pattern (I’ve actually gotten compliments on them!) and a wedge-shaped thingy on the back to help kick the boots off. I’m in love and hope they last just as long as the first pair.
They are not advertised as “wide calf” but I have wide calves and these are stretchy without being sloppy or loose. Highly recommend (in addition to the great choices in your list!!)
Alison Gary says
Bogs are great! And thank you for sharing your experience with these boots, that’s great to hear!