Finding the perfect pair of boots can be trickier than you may think, especially if you're looking for a pair that lands just below, at, or above the knee. The difficult factor? Landing on a pair that fit perfectly over your calves—not too snug or too loose, but just right. If you have wider calves, you may think that a pair of knee-high boots that you can actually wear doesn't exist, but that's where you're wrong. They do—it just takes a bit more digging to find them, and the search starts with figuring out which boot brands actually offer wide-calf styles.
If you're shopping for a pair online, one great way to learn about the fit is to read through customer reviews, many of which speak to the fit and whether or not they work well with wide or narrow calves. As you don't have all the time in the world, we did our due diligence, looking solely for styles that shoppers said had a "wide fit" or a "large circumference." We've narrowed in and are focusing on the best brands that offer wide-calf styles that on-trend, yet comfortable to wear.
Read on to see and shop five brands with the best boots for wide calves, with product selections from each that are customer-approved. And don't worry—we've included the best reviews for proof.
1. Franco Sarto
Franco Sarto Haleen Over the Knee Boot ($239)
"These boots are fantastic! I had such a hard time finding flat, leather, over-the-knee boots and these had far exceeded my expectations. I haven’t worn them for long days yet, but the fit seems to be great, so hopefully breaking them in won’t be terrible."
Franco Sarto Kiana Knee High Block Heel Boot ($219)
"These boots are even better in person, and easy to get on and off with the side zipper. I would say true to size too—love them!"
Franco Sarto Stevie Bootie ($169)
"I’m 5’2 with pretty big calves so these mid-calf boots usually make me look shorter and stumpier but not these! They look and feel so good!"
2. Jeffrey Campbell
Jeffrey Campbell Dagget Genuine Calf Hair Western Boot ($315)
"I’ve gotten so many compliments for these boots! These are true statement boots."
Jeffrey Campbell Siren Booties ($125)
"This boot is so adorable! The fabric is like a tough, stretchy type material that stretches around your calf. I am normally a size 9 or 9.5 in boots, and the 9.5 fit me perfectly (I ordered both and the 9's were a bit tight). The heel is a nice height and easy to walk in. I am so excited about this boot and can't wait to wear it. I imagine it will be as comfortable as it seems to be right now."
Jeffrey Campbell Dauphin Over the Knee Boot ($215)
"I have been on the hunt for skin-tight knee-high boots, but I’ve always been so concerned because I have very muscular calves and long legs. These boots fit my calves and legs perfectly! They aren’t too tight or too loose and sit right at my knee."
Jeffrey Campbell Tanked Boot ($240)
"What a perfect boot! Combat enough to give that combat look we all love right now, but tall enough to make them look classy and sexy too. These are my favorite new boots—and I have a lot of boots!
Jeffrey Campbell Parisah Over the Knee Boots ($165)
"Love the covered heel and the height, sexy. True fit, especially for the calves/mid-leg. Fabric is super soft. Feels more like a microfiber than a non-suede. There’s no slouch, which I’m happy about."
Jeffrey Campbell Maximal Knee High Boot ($275)
"This boot is high-quality leather with tons of cushion inside. It runs true to size, but I like mine slightly bigger to wear with socks."
3. Vince Camuto
Vince Camuto Phranzie Knee High Boot ($229)
"These boots are gorgeous! I’m a 7.5 in boots and these were true to size. They're easy to put on, have a nice feel, and are comfortable."
Vince Camuto Englea Over the Knee Boot ($249)
"Let me just say that it has been a STRUGGLE to find boots to fit my calves and these boots fit me perfectly! The circumference of my calves is about 16 1/4 and these boots fit no problem! I’m usually in between a 7 1/2 or 8 and I went with an 8. I will say that they fit just right with regular to thinner socks so if you plan on wearing thicker socks I would recommend sizing up if you’re in between sizes. They are suede so I feel like in time they will loosen up. They are also soft enough to wear a little bit more slouchy as well to where they can be at the knee instead of over the knee."
Vince Camuto Armonda Knee High Boot ($229)
"These fit true to size— I’m about a 6/6.5 and I got a 6.5 so I could wear thin socks, and I’m glad I did. They are beautiful. You won’t be disappointed!"
Vince Camuto Afelia Knee High Boot ($239.95)
"I’m over the moon with these. Finally, a cute boot that fits my muscular calves. Ladies who have an issue finding boots for larger calves, I would encourage you to try this one in a wide calf size as you may be pleasantly surprised."
Vince Camuto Alimber Knee High Booy ($229)
"I love these boots! I love the color, style, and height. These boots pretty much pair well with anything that I own!"
Naturalizer Sterling Knee High Boots ($109)
"I've been searching several seasons for good quality, genuine leather wide-calf boots. For reference, my calf measurement ranges 17.75 - 18.25 inches, early morning to evening time. It's really difficult to find quality, style, fit, and comfort all in one boo. I purchased these in both black and brown shades, hoping for the best and prepared for the worst. I am SO HAPPY with my boots!"
Naturalizer Reed Riding Boots ($132)
"I have wide feet and a 17'' calf (I measured before ordering this pair of boots) and because of my knees, I can't wear a really high heel, and still these boots fit perfectly."
Naturalizer Melanie Knee High Boots ($138)
"These boots are so comfortable. I usually wear a 9.5 W or even WW. I ordered 10W, and they feel great with thick socks. The leather is so soft. I was concerned about the heel, as I usually wear flatter heels, but there was no reason for concern."
Naturalizer Kalina Boots ($138)
"Love these boots, super cute! The wide calf fit my, well, wide calves. The leather is also super sleek and soft!"
Naturalizer Dale Waterproof Knee High Boots ($144)
"I love my Naturalizer boots. They are the perfect fit, in every way. I have never owned a pair of boots that are as comfortable as these are."
Hunter Original Tall Waterproof Rain Boots ($150)
"I have really big calves, and this fits really well. I always wanted Hunter boots, but couldn't get it past my calf. I love that fact that I was able to have the adjustable option."
Hunter Refined High Gloss Quilted Short Waterproof Rain Boot ($165)
"I love these boots. They don’t look like the typical hunter rubber boot, which is nice. I wore them in slushy snow and mud puddles. When dirty I wore them to the car wash and sprayed them. They look new again. The gold on the back is a nice touch. I have bigger calves, and they fit due to the adjustment in the back. Definitely recommend!"
Hunter Original Embossed Refined Tall Waterproof Rain Boot ($185)
"These boots are simply amazing. So easy to put on and the adjustable gussets in the back are functional and not just decoration."
Hunter Original Play Tall Waterproof Rain Boot ($115)
"These are great shoes for my winter/fall/spring wardrobe. I waited years to get these boots and wish I purchased them sooner. I’ve owned a lot of rain boots, and the quality of these cannot be beat."
Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boots ($135)
"Hunter has long been my favorite boot, and I own several styles. These fall into their own category though, falling between styles and filling a gap for those colder days."
This post was originally published and updated at a later date.
Ed. Note: Reviews have been edited for clarity.
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