Did you know that according to a recent study conducted by the College of Podiatry, 88% of women in the United States wear shoes that are too small, and many men admit to purchasing shoes that don't exactly fit as well? Wearing the correct shoe size is critical to your foot health, not to mention your comfort. In addition to that, when shopping for boots, calf size can also be a factor, as many of us fall into the wide calf category and would benefit from selecting a style that accommodates a more shapely leg.
So how do you know if you should be buying wide calf boots? Try measuring the fullest part of your calf or grab a pair of your tried-and-true boots and measure those around the inside at their widest part. This will give you a guide to go by when you’re checking out measurements on new boots.
Sit down and place your feet flat on the floor in front of you.
Use a tape measure and wrap it around the widest part of your calf, doing your best not to leave a gap.
If your calf measures 15 1/2” or more, a wide-calf boot will likely be the most comfortable option.
Another feature to keep in mind is boot height. Once you've selected a pair you like, follow these simple steps to make sure it's a perfect fit:
First, check the height of the boot you’re thinking of purchasing. This information should be provided in the product description if you're shopping online. If you’re in a store, it may be listed somewhere in or on the box, or you can always ask an associate for help.
Next, you’ll want to compare this measurement to your own leg. To do this, grab your measuring tape again and sit on a chair with your knee at a 90-Ì angle and your feet flat on the floor in front of you.
Then, place the end of the measuring tape, so it’s touching the floor behind the bottom of your heel.
Measure straight up the back of your leg to where the boot would hit (using the measurement you found in step #1). Keep in mind: the top of the boot shouldn’t rest in the crease of your knee, as this will cause discomfort whenever your leg is bent.
And there you have it! With these two measurements, you can shop for wide-calf boots with confidence. Now the only hard part is picking between all the great styles!