Today is all about some of my favorite shoes, aka one of the reasons I can get through the long, cold winter! Thanks to Jamie for the post request! It doesn’t take much to get me talking about one of my favorite parts of fall: chic boots.
Boots are that amazing fall accessory: they look great and they’re super warm. They look as good with a pencil skirt as they do with jeans. But I’m slightly troubled – I’ve heard from at least three friends who say finding boots that fit them is a huge challenge because of the size of their calves. I feel your pain, and I’m hoping that my tips will help you find your Boot Nirvana. For this post, I’m turning to my darling and lovely former roommate Shea is the boot queen – she wears heeled, cowboy, rain and Uggs, and has tons of ideas for all of you shapely-calved readers.
Try them on in person.
Boot sizes can be tricky. I routinely wear a 10.5 in Talbots shoes, but I have to go up a half-size for boots. Why? Who knows. The point is if you’re looking to spend on boots, find a brand and size that works for you in the store before ordering them online. You just never know with sizes.
This is especially important if you’re looking to tuck jeans or leggings into your boots. Side zippers make putting them on so much easier, and most blend in with the boot itself. I’ve even seen boots with a small leather flap over the zipper so you never even know it’s there. Personally, I think the zipper is part of the boot’s appeal and don’t mind if it shows.
If zippers don’t work, look for boots with elastic or some stretch in the style.
Shea’s experience was that boots with zippers actually didn’t work for her. If this is also true for you, one option is to go for a boot that hits around mid-calf. These are great for tucking under pants or a long skirt, or pairing with cute argyle knee-socks. They’re also super easy to get on and off.
Slouchy boots are great because they have the stretch built into the style. Plus they can be worn dressy or with weekend wear. Some styles of boots have a little elastic “hidden” in the back at the top – super nice when you’re going for a more dressy style. Shea’s final advice on zippered boots: “If the ankle on the boot looks very narrow and fitted, most likely it won’t fit your calf.”
Now about those gorgeous calves – go for the wider size.
Shea has lots of ideas, but this is her
Double-Top Secret most amazing tip: lot of boots have regular and wide-calf size. Make sure when you go to try on these boots, you wear jeans if you’re interested in wearing the boots over pants. That way, you can see the difference between the two sizes. A wide calf boot might work over jeans, but could be too big if worn alone.
When in doubt, go for a bootie!
These fall under my “fall must-haves.” I’m still searching for the perfect pair for myself, and I will not stop looking until I find them. Booties – or shoe boots as some people call them – look equally good under pants as they do with tights and a skirt or dress, and they come in a plethora of styles and heel sizes. A few seasons ago, I thought wearing these with a dress was a bold fashion choice. Now I’d do it tomorrow. Dammit, I wish I could wear them with a dress tomorrow!
1. Talbots tumbled leather riding boots, $249
2. Target moto mid-calf boots, $34.99
3. Liz Claibourne Lachlan boots, $79.95
4. Ann Taylor Adriana Studded boots, $298
5. Madden Girl Preppie boots, $59.95
6. Bare Traps Rynona Boots, $69.95
7. Ann Taylor Arlena Suede Stretch boots, $348
Anyone have any other tips for finding the perfect boots?