Wide Calf Riding Boots - The Ultimate Buyers Guide
Boots have been the go-to cold weather fashion staple for women for a long time. First influenced centuries ago by both Native American footwear and the boots of the world’s military leaders, they gradually evolved and became an essential part of women’s fashion.
Fortunately, the heightened popularity of boots in general has resulted in some designers creating versions for wider legs. After all, it is important to wear boots that fit, because tight ones can actually cause circulation problems for the wearer in addition to great discomfort. When trying on boots, they should be snug, but you should still be able to easily slide a finger down the side.
Aside from brands and retailers that specifically cater to plus-size women, most general clothing and shoe stores now carry larger clothes and wider sized footwear. Other stores worth visiting (or checking out their websites) are Macy’s and Nordstrom. Yes, both are department stores, but each has a large shoe section stocked with dozens of shoe brands for women. It may be difficult to find boots in general during warmer seasons, but in fall and winter boots dominate the footwear sections. Furthermore, if you aren’t sure what size boot to get there are staff members on hand that can give you a professional measuring.
Nevertheless, there are some shoe sellers known for their options in wide calf riding boots. One such company is Naturalizer. Although its stores are less widespread than those mentioned above, Naturalizer provides more resources both in stores and online for finding wide calf riding boots. For example, the Naturalizer website frequently lists wide leg boots at the top of each page. It also allows users to search specifically for wide boots and provides a lot more options than many other retailers.
As for online-only retailers, Zappos is one that offers a variety of wide calf riding boots, perhaps more than many other brands because its website allows shoppers to sort through boots not only by style and what occasion you intend to wear them for, but also by shaft height (where the top hits on your leg) and heel height. While not a brand itself, Zappos features literally hundreds of shoe brands and styles, and there are over 500 different riding boots on the website alone. For example, Frye Shoes, a brand that includes wide calf riding boots in its designs, can be found on Zappos, and often for a better deal than at other retailers. Frye boots can also be found at the aforementioned Nordstrom.
That being said, before heading out to a shoe store or brandishing your credit card online, it always helps to do some research first and find out what kind of riding boots you are look for. Wide calf riding boots come in different materials with various style variations like different colors, zippers, buckles, straps, heel thickness etc. Reading reviews from people who have previously purchased the boots you are interested in will also be very helpful, often revealing things that the retailer may not disclose in its description (mind you, these revelations can be both good and bad). While you will be able to find sales among the retailers mentioned in this article, riding boots can still be on the pricey side. So, it will be well worth your time to browse through your options first and compare different brands at different stores. Happy shopping!