Large Size, Wide-Width &
Wide-Calf Boot Report
Plus-size women often wear larger shoe sizes,
have wider feet, or big calves. Some
styles are appropriate for fall and spring,
while others are meant specifically for snowy
winter weather. Water resistant treatments
are applied to leather in some styles, in
addition to more weatherproof styles in
Wide-calf boots are some of the most difficult things to find off-line,
yet many women need a plus-size calf to go with their full-figured bodies.
Athletic women also tend to have muscular calves that require larger boots.
Sizes larger than 10 are rare.
The term "wide-calf" or "wide-shaft" is often used for tall boots that
larger than 15 inches, but savvy retailers will indicate the actual
measurements because some come as large as 22 inches. It's important
that you know your own measurements
before ordering a pair of boots.
Some wide-width boots have wider
calf measurements, and others do not, so make sure to look for that
information while shopping also.
Finally, many wide-calf boot styles have progressively larger calf measurements
as the foot size increases.
Lace up boots can give extra
ankle and calf circumference which can work well
for those who are larger than average, but not
overly so. Boots with strategically placed
gores can also adjust size for larger calves.
A few styles are sometimes available with
adjustable gussets fastened with buckles for
Women with wide feet also often
have thicker ankles. Look for lace up and
gored short boot styles if this is a fit issue
for you. Wide-width boots and booties, and those in sizes
larger than 10, are also extremely difficult to
find off line. Fortunately the internet
provides access to a broader range of sizes than
Zappos remains one of the best
retailers on the internet for shoes and boots,
partially because not only do they have an
especially deep and diverse inventory, but also
because product descriptions include
measurements and fit guides and consumer reviews
further refine the process.
Other especially good resources
for wide-widths, especially, but also for
wide-calf styles include
Nordstrom. Footsmart specializes in foot
health and has an especially good selection of
wide and extra wide widths, generally, from a
wide variety of well-known, quality brands.
Nordstrom began life as a hard-to-fit shoe
specialist and, although they are now an apparel
giant, have remained true to their original
roots. Both are likely to not only have
fashion boots, but also more practical styles
for rain and snow.
Plus specialty retailers will
often carry a small selection of plus shaft
boots and wider width booties in the fall and
winter seasons. Often more budget friendly
and of synthetic materials, rather than leather,
these can be a good choice for trendy
fashionistas and those devoted to vegan leather.
Avenue with their Cloudwalker line is the most
reliable source with sizes up to 13WW.
Torrid only offers wide-widths and has the
trendiest looks with the widest calf
measurements. It isn't unusual for
hard-to-find styles such as plus-size
over-the-knee boots to turn up here.
Bryant will often offer a selection of modern
Other less well-known sources can
Long Tall Sally which specializes in
women's tall clothing,
QVC which does especially
well with winter proof styles and wider widths,
and some of the large internet shoe specialty
Shoe Buy and
Certain shoe brands make
collections of wider calved boots that are available from
multiple retailers. Look especially for
Naturalizer, and Blondo.