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22 Most Stylish Boots for Wide Calves

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If you, like many, have wide calves, you know that finding the best boots means more than picking your favorite style and shoe size. You have to make sure they actually … zip up. (A concept! We know!)

Since finding boots that fit wide calves and still feel comfortable can be a daunting task — especially if you’re ordering online and going off reviews and vibes the Cut Shop team has spent weeks testing different options and scouring the internet for the very best boots for wide calves. Keep reading to shop 23 of our absolute favorites.

The Western-Inspired Boots

Journee Collection offers wide and extra-wide calf sizes up to 16 inches in circumference. Yes, these western-inspired boots are available in black, but why not buy them in green? The wide-calf option gives you about 15.5 inches in circumference, and the extra-wide option is 16 inches.

Available in sizes 6 to 12.

The Best Kitten Heels

Kitten heels are a divisive trend, but with this print, the teeny heels are barely noticeable. Embrace the comfortable alternative to sky-high heels with just a bit of lift. Landing just about mid-calf, these boots have a 13-inch circumference. Journee Collection’s shoes are made of synthetic leather.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.

The Best Wide-Calf Cowboy Boots

Finding a cowboy boot that fits wide calves is especially challenging because they’re usually made without zippers. This ASOS pair slips right on with its wide circumference.

Available in sizes 5 to 13.

The Best Winter White Boots

These boots have a 14.7-inch circumference, which would normally mean they’re not wide-calf friendly, but the stretch material is flexible enough to fit bigger calves and they have an easy-to-zip zipper. The short block heel instantly elevates them.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Best Givenchy Dupes


These boots went viral on TikTok for being a Givenchy Shark boot dupe. The difference? These fit wider calves and are a lot less expensive. Our fashion and beauty writer Asia Milia Ware, who has 16.5-inch calves, loves them because, even with the high stiletto heel, she can wear them all night long.

Available in sizes 5 and 5.5.

The Under-$200 Option

Not only are these wide-calf friendly, but the 17-inch circumference is also perfect for thicker thighs. These faux-leather boots are among many wide-calf-friendly boots beloved by Ware. The boot is cut in the back so they fit comfortably on the thigh.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.

The Croc-Print Ones

Eloquii Lane At the Knee Boot

Another pick recommended by Ware comes from Eloquii. The plus-size brand carries a plethora of chic footwear, from ankle boots to stretchy over-the-knee stilettos. These faux-croc-print boots that land right at the knee are a happy medium. They have a circumference of about 20 inches, so they’ll fit perfectly.

Available in sizes 7 to 13.

The Classic Brown Boots

Footwear brand Franco Sarto offers a handful of wide-calf boots in classic styles — and harder-to-find, trendier styles — on its site and at select retailers. This faux-leather boot zips up to just above the knee, with a calf circumference of just under 15 inches. This shade of brown is the ideal neutral to match almost anything.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Best Wide-Calf Riding Boots

The selection of wide-calf boots available at Sam Edelman is small, but don’t skip over it. One of the styles available is this riding boot, a classic silhouette available in two colors that go with everything. The leather-and-synthetic boots have a calf circumference of 16 inches and a hidden zipper in the back.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Platform Ones

With a calf circumference of 16 inches, these tan boots are one of a few wide-calf options available from Nine West. The classic silhouette is flattering and perfect for winter nights out.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Best Metallic Boots

These viral Zara boots were also beloved on TikTok. The black pair instantly sold out, but the brand recently came out with a silver pair for us to channel our inner Renaissance women. Boots from Zara don’t tend to fit wide calves, but these surprisingly glide on easily over calves that are up to 17 inches in circumference.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

The Affordable Snakeskin Boots

Lane At The Knee Boot

Because we can’t get enough of snakeskin boots, this comfortable pair has a friendly heel for those who don’t love stilettos. The 20-inch circumference keeps all calf sizes in mind.

Available in sizes 7 to 13.

The Classic Black Pair

Dolce Vita Fynn Knee High Boot
From $120
From $120

Dolce Vita is known for making sleek boots that are perfect for any look. These are made with a 16-inch circumference and a block heel that’s great for the office or a night out.

Available in size medium.

The Camo Boots

These bucket boots were Ware’s favorite fall accessory. They’re similar to Balenciaga’s Waders boot, but with a 20.5-inch calf circumference, they fit wide calves and thick thighs. They’re sort of a statement boot that turns heads, but the heel is short and comfortable. They also come in black and denim.

Available in sizes 6 to 12.

The Ones From the Brand Made for Wide Calves

Duo Boots are specially designed to fit any calf, offering classic boot styles in seven different calf sizes. The brand also has a sizing tool called the DuoBelt, so you can find your perfect fit (up to 50 centimeters, which is roughly 20 inches) before adding to your cart. We suggest shopping the Dalia boot, an all-leather, classic knee-high that you can wear with almost anything.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Trendy Moto Boots

If your style is a bit more casual, opt for the Mabel boot, an edgier knee-high style crafted from leather and stretchy neoprene. Like many of Duo’s styles, it’s available with calf widths up to 50 centimeters.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

The Best Water-Resistant Boots

These water-resistant knee-high Chelsea boots have an elastic design for ultimate comfort. It’s also great-quality leather that will last you for multiple winters.

Available in sizes 35 to 42.

The Lug-Sole Boots

If you’re looking for a good everyday boot, consider this pick from senior shopping editor Bianca Nieves. The Cut–approved brand makes high-quality leather boots you can wear every winter. These have a circumference of about 15 inches for a fit that’s snug and comfortable.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.

The Pair With a Block Heel

Senior writer Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz’s favorites come from Labucq. The leather boots come handmade from Italy and are worth the splurge. The boxy silhouette leaves plenty of room for your calves, comfortably fitting at a 15-inch circumference. They’re also available in other colors, including white and a brown python print.

Available in sizes 35 to 42.

The Designer Option

Jennifer Le Vaughan II

The fashion brand from designer Jennifer Le counts Beyoncé and Rihanna as its celeb clients and is another favorite of Ware’s. A number of the brand’s knee-high boots are available in three calf-width options up to 19.5 inches. Who wouldn’t want to brave the harsh winter temps in these glam patchwork boots?

Available in sizes 35 to 44.

The Wide-Calf Boots for Fashion Girls

Hanifa’s best-selling boots are Ware’s ultimate wide-calf-friendly boot. Its signature silhouette is not only a wide-calf-friendly style, but it also comes in three shades and has a circumference of roughly 16 inches. Wear them over denim or under dresses and skirts, and feel like that girl every time.

Available in sizes 36 to 42.

The Best Splurge-Worthy Wide-Calf Boots

These chic boots are made to be a second skin. The stretch lamb leather molds to the body for a perfect fit, while also feeling soft against the skin. They’re a splurge, but one that’s definitely worth it. The back zipper is a stylish addition.

Available in sizes 35 to 42.

23 Most Stylish Boots for Wide Calves