Q&A: The Best Knee High Boots for Skinny Calves

January 8th, 2008

Q:  I have tiny calves and have been looking for a cool pair of knee high boots. Can you suggest a brand that tailors to smaller calf sizes? It seems anymore that everyone makes bigger boots, but not small ones. I’m a runner who is 5’8” and all skinny leg.

Donald J Pilner Doris Boot by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A:  The good news is that you’re blessed with slender calves.  The bad news is that designers find that more women have oversized (rather than skinny) calves–and your boot selections are limited.

With your slender calves, you’re going to want to look for two things: soft materials and stretchiness (since boots cut in stretchy materials have a narrower cut).  Combined, soft material and stretch should hug even the skinniest of calves.  Start your search with this Donald J Pilner boot, which features soft suede and stretch material.  While it was designed to stretch for oversized calves, it may just fit your legs without stretching.

Worse comes to worse, if you find that the soft, stretchy boots are still oversized for your calves, you can have a shoemaker take them in (or splurge for custom boots).

Have a great tip about where to find knee high boots for skinny calves?

  Share it with us in the comments!

Donald J Pilner Doris Boot | $338.95 at Zappos.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. susannah  |  January 23rd, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for where to find boots for fuller calves?

  • 2. Sheila Carson  |  March 4th, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Hi – Try Duo. http://www.duoboots.com
    Duo design their boots in different calf widths. They are not ‘made for you’ because when you order a pair, they come the next day. You measure your leg, choose your favourite style and order. I have three pairs, and also struggle to find boots on the high street that fit me, because my legs are really skinny. Duo boots are not that expensive either – there is a promotion section of the website http://www.duoboots.com/promotions/ where they start at £50. Highly recommend!

  • 3. Trisha  |  March 4th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for the tip, Sheila! I learned something new from you :)

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