We’ve all been there. You find the perfect “wide” knee-high boot online in preparation for fall season, only to unpack it then realize with agony the boot won’t even make it halfway up your bulging calf 🤦‍♀️.

We know the struggle is real, so you can be sure this list of boots has been curated with wide calves in mind (16-21 inches) , and there is also a section at the end for boots for super-wide calves. As a girl with big calves myself (20 inches), it’s been a revelation to see a number of brands killing the wide calf boot game in recent years.

Note this when shopping for wide calf boots:The calf measurements I’ve listed below are generally going to be for size 8 feet. If you have a bigger shoe size, expect the circumference to be bigger. The general difference between a size 8 and a size 12 would be 1.5-2 inches.

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best rated wide calf boots

comfortview malina wide calf boot in black/brown

Fits calves up to: at least 19”
Price: $106
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19 inch wide calf boot

These beauties fit calves up to 19 inches in a size 8 and over 20 inches in sizes up to 12 wide. They have great tall women reviews too, with multiple reviewers in the 6 feet range attesting that these genuinely come up to their ankles. It seems like the boots actually can run larger than they state, with a lot of women saying they’re too wide in the reviews. I mean, that’s great, I’d just be extra careful when picking the size here, from what some of the reviews say they could be several inches bigger and it does look like they have some give to them.

They do a couple colors but the brown one looks so classically appealing to wear over denim jeans in fall and winter.

luoika extra wide knee high winter boots

Fits calves up to: 19”
Price: $97
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luoika extra wide calf boots

These traditional riding boots have two pronounced buckles on the ankle and knee, but also come with the full-length zipper to make getting them on and off super easy.

Seeing these being rated 4.4 stars overall from hundreds of reviewers is not surprising for me, as Luoika consistently deliver true wide width footwear that I can endorse as actually being made for wider feet and calves!

These run up to 21.5 inches in a size 12W!

aerosoles tall boot

Fits calves up to: 17″
Price: $180
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wide calf faux suede boot

This wedge boot has 4.5 stars on average from hundreds of wide calf reviewers, and is one of the most versatile wide calf boots around. I just didn’t put it as high up as it supposedly only runs to 17 inches around the calf.

Still, I love the versatility of this quality boot. Not only can you pair the faux suede wedge with a number of outfits (over jeans, with a dress or skirt) but Aerosoles have a rep for designing footwear that’s super comfy, too.

eloquii lane at the knee boot

Fits calves up to: 20”
Price: $169.95
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eloquii extra wide calf boots

All my plus size girls know Eloquii do great things! These “lane at the knee” boots are a prime example. They’re loud, have with a 2.8 inch heel, and the snakeskin/crocodile skin options make them ideal for getting a little dressy.

They recently did a re-release of these boots, but did have plenty of happy wide calf reviewers on their old product page when I first came across these.

just fab jesyna thigh-high booties

Fits calves up to: 21.2”
Price: $104.95
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Hallelujah, some sassy faux suede boots that not only run in regular (up to 16.5 inches) but also in extra wide (up to 21.2 inches.) Guys, these boots have absolutely glowing reviews if you look at the product page, and go up to a size 12.

nine west allair over the knee boot

Fits calves up to: 18.5″
Price: $169.00
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These struck me as a sleek lower heel round toe boot, and they have unanimous five star reviews from women with big calves. The black is a more classic option but they also come in a light gray which offers something different. The gray option is on a final sale so is probably worth it; again, really good reviews.

avenue wide fit sasha tall boot

Fits calves up to: 17”
Price: $41.00
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wide calf faux leather boot from avenue

These are more on the budget end for wide calf boots but I wanted to include this one because with the faux suede finish I think it’s perfect for a more relaxed, or even dare I say witchy kind of fall look (as long as you have calves below 18 inches!)

dream pairs faux fur-lined boot

Fits calves up to: 17″
Price: $60.99
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dream pairs wide calf boot

These have a number of reviewers who can confirm they are truly a wide calf fit. I like them as a more affordable option if you obviously don’t mind trading price for the faux leather look. With a number of neutral colors to choose from, these have an average 4.4 stars from thousands of reviews.


riding boots for wide calves

I’m a firm believer that any style works for any body. Riding boots are no different, and I’m pleased to say there are several brands putting out riding boots for larger calves.

luoika winter tall boots

Fits calves up to: 21″
Price: $84.99
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luioka wide calf boots

These tall wide calf boots come highly rated, and actually can accommodate calves over 21 inches in their size 12 and 13 versions. Made from soft faux leather, they don’t have a stiff feel and generally fit true to size.

I’m 5’7”, 250 lbs, and these boots were actually loose in the calf on me. That’s shocking because most boots won’t close over my formerly broken ankle or my calves.

LUOIKA CUSTOMER ON THEIR WINTER TALL BOOTS

cloudwalkers tall diana boot

Fits calves up to: 18.5″
Price: $59.50 (at Target)
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Loving the naming of this one, and the recent price cut here from $119 means that you can feel like a boss royal at an extremely affordable price. These have a quilted faux leather finish on the front for something different, as well as a stretchy calf backing that reviewers love.

Speaking of reviews, this has overall highly positive reviews, including one from a verified buyer who states “my calf measures 21 inches and I had no trouble zipping it up; the material in the back is super stretchy so I think that helps get any calf in there.” This is interesting as they say the calf circumference measures 18.5 inches, so the reviewer probably had a larger shoe size. It’s just so pleasing to see a genuine plus size girl celebrating a pair of riding boots.

just fab chain detail riding boot

Fits calves up to: 18.5”
Price: $96.95
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This riding boot is extra and I love it! First of all, it goes up to 18.5 inches, but how about this gold chain fastened around the ankle? This would go so well with a colorful dress or standard denim jeans and a gold wrap-around belt and is a statement!

roaman’s luella plus wide riding boot

Fits calves up to: 17.25”
Price: $99.99
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A traditional bold, black riding boot with the front half smooth and the back half embossed in a decorative pattern that is subtle and classy. I think these would be ideal fall/winter boots paired with denim or black jeans.

Roaman’s actually have a couple different styles of riding boots too.

torrid buckle knee boot

Fits calves up to: ?
Price: $89.50
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Had to keep it original and shout out Torrid’s classic black riding boot that has a double buckle just under the knee as well as the traditional ankle buckle. I think this would be a safe bet to fit pretty wide calves, though annoyingly while Torrid have a literal video showing you how to measure calves, there is nothing about the calf width on the product page itself!

Torrid boots are tall girl friendly. I mean to say, if you have longer calves, they’ll fit you just fine!


boots for super-wide calves

Okay, it was a bit depressing for me to see that not many of the supposedly “wide calf” boots go over 19 inches to fit my fat calves in a size 8. So for those of us with extra large calves there are two websites that do stock knee high boots for extra large calves, and these two are really in a league of their own.

wide widths

Fits calves up to: 24.75”
Price: $300
Shop them: Here

They may be pricey but every boot is genuine suede or leather, and they officially are the “winners” in terms of catering to calf sizes almost up to 25 inches.

Wide Widths have a really useful calculator on their website, when I input my measurements I got about 30 options… awesome! 

wide calf bootstore: jj footwear

Fits calves up to: 24”
Price: $150-$250
Shop them: Here

This is a European site and JJ Footwear is a Dutch brand that carries sizes all the way up to boots for 24 inch calves. The boots are all leather.

Wild Calf Bootstore does stock a few brands but from what I can see JJ Footwear offers the most variety in terms of heel sizes, buckles, etc. The site also has a useful calculator that returned a whopping 13 boots that would fit me 😂 so they don’t quite have the variety of Wide Widths but still, it’s progress right?


how to measure your calf

Wrap a tape measure loosely around the widest part of each calf. It’s important to do both calves as one may be larger than the other.

If you’re under 5’4”, it’s recommended to add 1.5-2 inches to your calf size measurement.

If I’ve missed anything or there are other brands to mention, please let me know!