Boots for Wide Calves: You Wanted It, You Got It

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But one question I've been getting all weekend long (and all last fall and winter as well) is what to do if you have wide calves. And often, it's not even the women who are ... ahem ... "not size two" asking this question -- it's the runners. And the dancers. And the bodybuilders.

(Okay, so I haven't heard from any bodybuilders, BUT I KNOW ONE OF YOU IS TOTALLY A BODYBUILDER. ADMIT IT.)

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Anyway, oh-ye-with-wide-calves, if you have been bootless all these years, more's the pity. The fact is,there are PLENTY of boots on the market just for you, and they're no more expensive or hard to find (online, anyway) than ordinary boots.

Don't believe me?

I'll prove it...

First off, if you want to find boots to fit your calves, do a search for "wide shaft boots" or "wide calf boots" and you'll turn up plenty. Look for boots with at least a 16-inch circumference, and measure your calves if you're still not sure.

Now, here are a few of my top wide-shaft boot picks ...

First, we have a classic Fitzwell Action Riding Boot (Zappos, $139.41), available in brown and black.

I love this Gabrielle Rocha Chickadee Boot (Zappos, $90.60 on sale) for a casual look. These also come in brown and black.

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Looking for something dressier? How about this sexy Type Z Madeira boot (Zappos, $129)?

And I'm really liking the detail on these Fitzwell Kyoto boots (Zappos, $129) as well. They're also available in black.

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These Bare Trap Trystine Boots (DSW, $59.95) are a fabulous price, and look almost identical to my $200+ Dansko slouch boots!

And for an ultra dressed-down look, how about these Fifi and Elvis boots (Endless, $164.95)?

Where do you find cool wide-shaft boots? Is this the first you've heard of them?

Written by Lindsay Ferrier for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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