Having big calves isn’t the end of the world – it just means you’re strong in the legs, and that’s good for so many things, like doing weighted squats or having acrobatic sex. But wearing boots can often be an issue, if you don’t know exactly what to look for. If you try to squeeze your big calves into something tight and unforgiving, you’ll just be uncomfortable. Every time you step foot in those boots, you will hate your calves, and not the manufacturer. But really, your calves aren’t the bad guy here, it’s the boots. So, you’re going to want to look for a couple styles to give you the best payoff.
The first is an ankle boot that cuts just above the ankle. With these styles, aim for a bit (or a lot) of heel, because that will give your leg extension. Extension is good, because it creates the illusion of a longer leg, leaving less emphasis on what you perceive to be your elephant-sized calves. Mid-length boots aren’t your friend here, because they’ll cut your calf in half, and then that’s where the focus will be. You’ll also appear squat, because the boots aren’t creating length at all.
The other option you should look out for is a tall, above-the-knee boot with a wide calf. But if you can’t find any made-to-be-roomy options, a boot with stretch will do the trick. We’ve found 17 options that are going to look so good, you’ll forget you were ever concerned about your beautiful, sexy calves.
17 boots for gals with big calves
Boots for Big CalvesGive yourself a lot of lift with these bordeaux heels. These are going to give you a lot of extension, which means longer looking legs with minimal effort.
$160 at AldoAldo
Boots for Big CalvesFunctional? Check. Stylish? Check. Weather-resistant? Check. All this, and it's got a wide enough entry for any leg (and that heel is going to give you nice extension).
$195 at HunterHunter
Boots for Big CalvesWhile a slight heel, there's still enough lift to make a difference. But the best feature of these Chelsea flats is the forgiving opening. All calves welcome.
$70 at ZaraZara
Boots for Big CalvesLook for styles that are adjustable, whether it's with a clasp at the ankle, or stretch material at the back.
$130 at WinnersWinners
Boots for Big CalvesZippers also offer ease of wear, but you'll find even without them, these beauties will fit quite nicely. The opening is roomy, but if you need some extra help, there is a zipper on the opposite side.
$70 at H&MH&M
Boots for Big CalvesTry a workwear-inspired pair of heeled booties. These cut just above the ankle and have a strong, slight heel.
$235 at UggUgg
Boots for Big CalvesThese babies have stretch, so don't let their narrow appearance fool you. The zipper will also help you keep everything in place, and because it's just above the ankle, you're cutting things off at the narrowest part of your leg.
$225 at Capezio Capezio
Boots for Big CalvesBoots can be practical and stylish. These babies send that message beautifully. And look at that reflective heel!
$130 at AldoAldo
Boots for Big CalvesThese have everything. A wide entry, a thick, stacked heel, and a nice pointed toe. All of these together will give you the appearance of legs for days.
$173 at LoftLoft
Boots for Big CalvesRubber boots take a whole new form with these awesome Converse. They're water-resistant, and the gusseted tongue keeps other elements at bay. They're high-tops, so they cut just above the ankle which is a flattering fit for all legs. And these colours are incredible!
$65 at ConverseConverse
Boots for Big CalvesBuckles and straps for the win. Find your sweet spot and then lock it in.
$248 at BrownsBrowns
Boots for Big CalvesWe're not telling tall tales here with these boots. They're a bit slouchy, which means there's so much room to breathe. But they aren't shapeless. They're structured with a bit of slouch, and they'll cover you up above the knee, creating the illusion of long legs.
$337 at Net a PorterNet a Porter
Boots for Big CalvesWe have no other words besides ... these are simple and gorgeous.
$90 at ZaraZara
Boots for Big CalvesTry looking terrible in these.
$328 at CapezioMichael Kors
Boots for Big CalvesThey're warm, they're fun and they're perfect for hiding your big calves. Add a pair of wool socks to the equation for more winter readiness.
$225 at Hunter Hunter
Boots for Big CalvesThese beauties have good stretch and will conform to you like a glove. And isn't that what we want? Our very own glass slipper?
$150 at MarshallsMarshalls
Boots for Big CalvesThese soft calf heeled boots are the pièce de résistance. They're luxurious, they'll slip on to any leg (thanks to the soft calf) and you'll feel super-rich and elegant wearing them.
$549 at Club MonacoClub Monaco