how to measure for wide calf boots

Widths of Wide Calf Boots

The key to a well-fitting boot is knowing the widths of wide calf boots. Typically a woman’s boot is designed to fit a calf of 14″-15″ even if the foot of the boot is a wide width (such as a 12W). If your calf is larger than 15″, you will need to purchase wide calf boots.

Widths of Wide Calf Boots

The actual measurement of the boot’s shaft depends on the manufacturer and the style. However, it is common to find size ranges for wide calf boots:

  • Wide calf boots – These boots typically have calf widths ranging from 16″ for a size 6M to 18″ for a size 12W. They are for women who need a little more room than what is typically offered in a 14-15″ shaft boot. This is the most commonly available sizing in wide calf boots.
  • Extra wide calf boots – The calf widths in this size range are from about 17″ for a size 6M to 20″ for a size 13WW. Retailers who offer “extra wide” calf boots are typically offering this size.
  • Super wide and super plus calf boots – These boots are harder to find. They have calf ranges from 18″ for a size 6M to 24″ for a size 13WW.

Remember: Just because a boot is a wide width (such as a 12W) it does not mean that the calf width is extended. In fact, the width of the foot does not determine the width of the calf size.

How to Measure for Wide Calf Boots

Start by determining your foot size. The average foot size is a size 8. If your feet or ankles swell, it makes good sense to select a boot one full shoe size larger. You can always insert an insole to take up some extra room if necessary.

To measure your calf use a tape measure to find the circumference of your calf at its widest part. If you don’t have a tape measure, hold a string around your calf. Cut the string to fit the widest portion of your calf. Then, measure the string on a yardstick.

Great Values on Wide Calf Boots

Leather Boots offers the David Tate Women’s Bree Super Plus Wide Calf Boot for about $280. also offers the Lola Women’s Extra Wide to Super Plus Wide Calf Stretch High Heel Boot for under $220.
Shoebuy offers many styles (all with free shipping!) including the David Tate Best-20 for about $200. It has a 20.5″ shaft circumference in size 6 and expands 3/8″ with each size increase.

Manmade Materials

WomanWithin has a variety of wide calf books in several styles and price points. For example, the Alanis Wide Calf Boot by Comfortview is suede, available in four colors and sells for under $120.
Payless Shoes has the American Eagle Women’s Smarty Riding Boot for under $60. They are not leather; but, their stylish exterior and super soft interior make them a perfect fall and winter boot.
JC Penney has the 2 Lips Too Natasha Womens Riding Bootsicon are available in a wide width with a wide calf for under $65. The shaft is 18″ tall and measures up to 18″ in shaft width. It is a faux leather material with a memory foam insole.

For more retailers and boots under $50 check out Where to Buy Cheap Wide Calf Boots for Under $50.

Rain Boots carries the very fun Lily Women’s Extra Wide Calf Rain Boot in several styles in solids, polka dots and leopard print for under $150. Lily Women's Extra Wide Calf Rain Boot (Red Polka Dot)

If you can’t find a boot style that you like with the widths of wide calf boots that you need, consider having a shoe repairman insert an elastic panel next to the zipper.

For more tips and great boots available online check out the GrandStyle Pinterest board Wide Calf Boots.