Shopping for a fresh pair of fall boots is supposed to be a fun activity, but if you're a working mom with wide calves, it can be just the opposite. Many of us with muscular or naturally plump lower legs tend to find regular tall boots to be too tight, but fortunately, many shoe brands are getting with the program and are designing roomier styles. Below, 10 pairs of chic, work-appropriate boots that'll glide over—not squeeze—your calves. Maybe one of these will finally convince you to give your pumps or flats a much-needed break.
The quilted pattern of these equestrian-inspired shoes, which have a 16.5" calf circumference, keeps things looking glam ($189, nordstrom.com).
Tired of basic black and brown in your shoe collection? Shake things up with a show-stopping tall pair in mauve, which goes well with long, loose dresses. These boots impressively accommodate calves that are up to 20" wide ($140, eloquii.com).
For a classic piece to wear with pants, skirts or dresses, look no further than these tall, sturdy-heeled boots, which come in wide-width and wide-calf sizing. For example, a wide size 7 fits a calf with a 19.17" circumference, while an extended wide calf size 7 fits a calf with a 20.51" circumference ($75, torrid.com).
This grey version of the classic riding boot is super dreamy, and comes in wide and extra wide sizes to accommodate calves up to 16 1/4" ($200, nordstrom.com).
Give your summer frocks a fall update by wearing them with tights and slouchy boots, a fall staple. This pair has a 16" calf circumference ($130, nordstrom.com).
Whether you're pairing these with a skirt for casual Friday, or sporting them on the weekends as you do errands with the kids, your arches and calves will thank you, due to its 1.25" heel height and 16.25" shaft circumference ($90, footwearunlimited.com). To find on the site, type Yvonna2 in the search bar and look for the listing with the label Wide Calf.
Tall boots are reaching new heights, and because of this boot's clever design, even gals with curvy calves can get in on the trend. Featuring a drawstring closure in the back, you can adjust these shoes—they fit calves up to 17" around—to fit as snug as you'd like ($90, lanebryant.com).
Going straight from work to play? These gorgeous wine-colored boots—a size 10 has a 19.5" calf circumference—can work for both due to its simple shape, yet dramatic coloring ($45, ashleystewart.com).
With a 16" calf circumference, these dressy boots go with everything, are as sexy as pumps and are perfect for those with slightly wider-than-average athletic calves ($159, ninewest.com).
Nina Shoes Westing Boot
Hitting right under your calves, these comfy, slouchy suede boots keep your feet covered up and balance the look of muscular legs ($168, ninashoes.com).
JustFab Miabella Flat Boot
These boots for thick calves—a size 8 has a 17.5" calf circumference—leave plenty of room for you to tuck in thick socks, leggings or jeans ($80, justfab.com).