I am a woman of substantial calves. But not proportionately so. As a teenager, trying to learn to ski was a nightmare. If the ski boot fit my foot, I could rarely latch it shut around my leg. I eventually found a pair with a sort of ratchet system that I could just clamp down on the loosest setting without completely cutting off my circulation.
In more recent years, for reasons of either fashion or function, I have tried many many different boots, searching for ones that will accommodate both my small feet & large lower legs. I know, I know, you’re thinking just go get some plus-sized boots & shut up already! Unfortunately, I have also tried those. They are too big. I measured my calves at one point – one is 15.5″ & the other is 15.75″. Plus sized boots generally start at 16-17″. Regular sized boots generally end at 14″ or 15″… So my choices seem to be either wildly floppy boots with large gaps, or that lovely sausage-effect (Don’t even talk to me about those all stretch ones.) I has a sad.
My biggest problem (besides the calves, which I’m honestly pretty grateful for – as my g’ma always reminds me I should be, as I inherited them from her: They used to call me “legs” in high school, she likes to remind me) is that I just can’t seem to shake the desire to find the holy grail of a boot that will both fit my freakishly muscular calves & agree with my fashion sense.
If any other non-plussed (ha ha), big-calved women out there have any advice, I’d love to hear it!