Styling Boots For Wide Calves

By Gabrielle Callan

July 23, 2013

boots for wide calvesNow that you have purchased a great pair of boots for wide calves how are you going to style them? Never fear there are plenty of ways to look great in your new wide calf boots. Of course you can go with a dress or skirt, check out our article on that here. You can also go with jeans, get some ideas for styling those here.

Dresses with Boots For Wide Calves

A couple of dress ideas to pair with your suede boots are a bohemian dress or a sweater dress. The bohemian dress with brown suede will give you a nice nature chic look. The thicker sweater dress will bring you in to late fall when you may need a little more warmth but still can get by without stockings. The sweater dress is a very casual look perfect for a fall outing.

Edgy Ideas for Pairings

A great chic pairing would be to take those boots for wide calves and add a girly leopard print mid-thigh skirt, a nice loose beige blouse and top it off with a cute waist length black leather jacket. Of course a casual look would be a nice long sweater or long scoop neck shirt paired with skinny jeans or jeggings and the tall boots. Finally an edgy look would be to pair your wide calf boots with some tattered jeans, circa 1980, along with that leather jacket and a crisp white shirt.

Check out the YouTube video below to see some cute stylings in action. I love the three styles the video features. The first is tall boots with black leggings an oversize black and white striped sweater and a short black wool jacket. This look is semi casual but still very elegant and put together. The second styling is a long button up sweater with a neutral mid-thigh trench or rain jacket over black leggings and tall boots. This look is so professional and chic. Finally, the last outfit is tall black boots paired with black pants, black blouse, black fitted blazer and a beautiful colorful scarf. The scarf is the feature point here but the boots still add to the outfit. These are three very cute looks you can try with your boots for wide calves.

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A Wide Calf Boot and Skinny Jeans

By Gabrielle Callan

July 23, 2013

wide calf boot One of the most classic style pairings is skinny jeans and a wide calf boot. There are so many different styles of boots that for this article I am sticking with the mid-calf to tall boot. These two styles look great with jeans.

Jeggings and a Wide Calf Boot

An interesting combination these days is to pair a super comfortable jegging with a tall boot. Jeggings are similar to tights as they are very soft, comfortable and stretchy. The main difference is that they are made to look like jeans. They have a denim look to the fabric and usually a similar stitching along the sides and jean-type pockets on the rear. They fit skin tight and look great in boots.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans and boots are a wonderful look. Be sure you wear skinny jeans and not regular jeans. It will be difficult to stuff jean legs down into a tall boot and usually throughout the day the jean fabric will begin to bunch up at the top of the boot if you have excess fabric. Skinny jeans will stay tight around your ankle allowing the jean to look taut all day long.

What to Style the Jeans With

You can go with many different looks when you pair jeans and boots. A slouchy sweater and wool pea coat is a chic yet casual look. A long man’s shirt belted at the waist is always unexpected and fun. Go with a vintage concert t-shirt and leather jacket for a rocker look. A frilly blouse and belted raincoat is cute. A super casual look is an over sized scoop neck shirt and some big hoop earrings. You can always go with all black and accent your pieces with a bright stylish scarf. Whatever you choose remember that with a little tweaking you can be casual, chic, edgy, natural or trendy. With jeans and a wide calf boot the sky’s the limit.

For more styling tips you should check out this YouTube video from e-how.

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Extended Calf Boots with Skirts

By Gabrielle Callan

July 23, 2013

extended calf bootsThe most important thing to remember when styling your extended calf boots with dresses or skirts is that proportion is key. The shorter your skirt the taller the boot should be and conversely the higher the heel the longer your skirt should be. So an example would be to pair your extended calf boots with a mini skirt, tights, and over the knee flat boots. This would be a sexy, stylish look for winter. You would look cute, not show too much skin, stay warm, and not look like a street walker.

Style Tips for Extended Calf Boots

When styling your tall boots make sure you don’t choose a boot that ends at the thickest part of your calf or a skirt that ends at the thickest part of your thigh. A mid-thigh length skirt pairs well with a boot that hits you about two inches below the knee. You will see about 8-10 inches of leg which is not too much. If you prefer to show less skin you can always pair your boots with some tights or stockings. A monochromatic look would be ideal in this situation. Think: black skirt, black tights and black boots. They will all be a variation of black, with the skirt and tights being a more muted color and your boots carrying a shine, which provides some color distinction to the eye and is a classic look.

If you want to add a patterned tight go with a similar color for your skirt, boots, and blouse then finish the look with a scarf that pulls  color from the tights you chose. Always choose a blouse that contours to your figure without being clingy, this will give you a shape while still disguising any little lumps and bumps. Another figure friendly blouse tip is to either go with black, which hides many imperfections, or go with a pattern that has some busy-ness to it, nothing garish though.

If you would like to see some styling in action view the video below that I found on YouTube.


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Womens Wide Calf Boots Care Tips

By Gabrielle Callan

July 23, 2013

womens wide calf bootsOnce you decide that you are ready to invest in a great pair of boots you need to protect that investment. Womens wide calf boots care is an important part of keeping that investment in tip top shape for years to come. Luckily, the products you will need are not expensive and the time involved is very little if you will be consistent with your maintenance. Of course if you want to invest in something that will really help your boots, you should consider purchasing a boot dryer. But more on those later!

Products for Womens Wide Calf Boots

To keep your boots in great shape you just need to spend a bit of time after each wearing giving them a little care and attention. One tip I would give you is to never wear your tall boots two days in a row. When you walk your boot will absorb some moisture from your feet, you need to give the boot time to dry and air out before you wear it again, this will double the life of your boots right there.

First of all purchase a boot brush, this will allow you to gently remove any dust or dirt that you’ve picked up over the day. In fact, most often a gentle brushing is all that is needed. After you get home and remove the boots you can brush them and then put them away to air out and dry.

If you notice any stains on the boots you can go on to phase two. Several products you can obtain to help you clean your leather boots are saddle soap followed by mink oil. This will condition and protect your boots. Goop hand cleaner which can be found in most automotive supplies stores is another great product for getting the leather clean, without damaging the product. Goop is waterless and is excellent for removing oil and grease from the surface of the leather. If your boots get a nick or scratch you can use Pine gum. This product absorbs into the leather and will camouflage the blemish.

Extra Items That Will Help

After cleaning and conditioning the boot be sure you store them on boot trees or use a boot dryer to keep moisture at bay. If you don’t do this your boots could develop a problem with mold and mildew. Boot trees are plastic and fit inside the boot to keep it upright and open. Boot dryers are tube that fit into the boots that push fresh air into the boot to dry them quickly and effectiently. If you have a pair of wide calf rain boots that need cleaning check out our tips on that here.

Check out this great YouTube video from Martha Stewart, it goes into tons of detail about cleaning all types of leather.

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Wide Calf Rain Boots: a Sensible Addition to Your Wardrobe

By Gabrielle Callan

July 18, 2013

wide calf rain bootsWide Calf Rain Boots are sometimes called Wellies. This name comes from a very popular style of rubber boot, the Wellington. Wellies were first popularized by the 1st Duke of Wellington and became a staple for hunting and outdoor wear in the early 19th century. Wellies are also known as rubber boots, billy-boots, top boots, gum boots, gumbies, gummies, rain boots and Alaskan Sneakers. These days rain boots are a great addition to women’s wide calf boots collections as they are both sensible and fashionable.

Wellingtons come in a wide variety of styles from the traditional black or hunter green to chic stripes, patterns and dots. Whether you make your purchase based on functionality or fashion a cute pair of wide calf rain boots will be a wonderful addition to your footwear collection.

For ideas on some of the Top Rated Wide Calf Rain Boots available, check out the buyers guide below.

Wide Calf Rain Boots Guide and Comparison Key

Included in the matrix are 8 columns:

  • Boot photo- (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Boot brand and name/model
  • Circumference – In inches, the size of the boot opening. Keep in mind as the boot size gets larger or smaller so does the opening. Most are calculated on a size 7 or 8.
  • Shaft height- From the highest part of the arch up the side of the boot to the top of shaft, in inches.
  • Heel height- From bottom of heel to top of heel in inches
  • Boot Material – the material used on the boot shaft
  • Price – These are approximate prices on  These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.  But generally speaking: $ = under $40, $$ = $40 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
  • Rating –The average user rating on  This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.

*Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier.

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There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing to purchase a pair of rain boots; they sometimes will have a lingering rubber smell and good quality rubber will get cloudy over time.

First of all to get rid of that rubber smell you can wash them down with a liquid dish detergent. Use baking soda on the inside of the boots to help absorb some of the natural smell. And when storing the boots you can stuff them with some paper, be careful of newspaper though the ink can rub off onto fabrics. Check out the YouTube video below on this topic.

Now that your boots smell great, let’s make sure they look great too! One sign of a superior quality rubber is that it will get a cloudy finish on occasion. You will need some dish detergent, a slice of lemon, some UV Tech spray, a rag, paper towels and water. Put some dish detergent on a moist paper towel and scrub the boots well. Rub the lemon over the boot to really get it to shine. Finish with the boot buffer or uv tech spray to get rid of any remaining cloudiness and to lock in the shine. You can view a video below that I found on YouTube that shows all these steps.

Finally, if you want to wear your rain boots year round, essentially using them as winter boots, there are some wonderful boot liners that you can get to make them much more comfortable in cold weather. There are many different styles and sizes, most reviewers mention that the liners will work well with wide calves. The pricing is great too with most of the liners coming in at under $20.

For more great ideas on top rated wide calf boots check out our Top 50 boot buying guide here. Or browse the Recent Posts and Categories on the right.



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How to Clean Patent Leather Boots

By Gabrielle Callan

July 8, 2013

To care for patent leather boots you need only follow a few simple tips. Patent leather, which was invented in the 1700’s, is produced by applying a synthetic finish to a high quality leather, originally this finish was made from linseed oil but today it is a plastic coating. This is what makes for the most recognizable feature, the super glossy shine, that you will find on patent leather boots.

Cleaning Your Patent Leather Boots

First of all you can usually clean patent leather with a damp sponge or cloth to remove the surface dust and dirt. Wipe the boots down and then dry them with a clean rag. This is really all you need to do to keep your boots looking good after each wear.

If They Are Scuffed

patent leather boots

If you notice that you have scuffed your boots you should clean them as mentioned above and then use a solvent to remove the scuffs. Dr Martens Patent Leather Cleaner is one cleaner that is recommended for patent leather items. There are other cleaners made for patent leather that you can use as well. These are solvent-based cleaners and do a really good job at cleaning off scuffs. At this point you can buff the boots and be done.

Furniture Polish?

However, if you want to go one step further and protect the boots from further scuffing grab some Pledge furniture polish and give the boots a good spray. Then wipe them down completely with a dry cloth.  Now your boots are cleaned and protected and super shiny!

Naturally Waterproof

Since the boots are finished with a plastic coating you generally won’t have to be concerned with wearing the boots in water, snow, sleet or other damp conditions. This built-in weatherproofing is one of the main benefits of choosing a patent leather boot for fall and winter wear.

Check out the video below for these tips in action.


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Tall Boots: How To Measure For a Great Fit

By Gabrielle Callan

July 8, 2013

tall boots diagram

When you are shopping for tall boots you need to be sure that

the boot circumference will fit your calf. All manufacturers are different so there really is no standard circumference size which makes it a bit difficult for a boot buyer. One thing that will make you shopping easier is to know the sizing that you need so you can make the best possible purchase and have the greatest likelihood of a great fit.

Use a flexible tape measure or you can use a shoelace or string to measure then use a ruler or hardware tape measure to measure the string. Be sure to measure around the widest part of your calf and if you plan on wearing the boots with skinny jeans or leggings measure with those on so the boots won’t be so tight they can’t be zipped up over them. Check out the video below on how to measure your calf for a proper fit.

Know Your Sizing in Tall Boots

Another measurement you need to be sure of is your foot. It makes sense to go to a shoe store and have your foot properly measured for length and width so that you will know exactly the size to get. You should do this occasionally, especially if you have gained or lost weight or had a baby since the last season. Your shoe size will have also changed a little. In tall boots the circumference of the boot shaft will increase along with both the length and the width of the boot. So a size 6M will have a much smaller circumference than a size 10WW. If you find a great boot but the calf size isn’t big enough sometimes you can get a wider width and add an insole to fill in the footbed while gaining a larger calf size.

Know Your Leg

Be sure you consider shaft height when choosing your tall boots. The boot shaft, which is measured along the side of the boot, needs to be taken into account as you are choosing a boot. Measure your leg from the floor up to see how tall you want you boot to be, you probably want the boot to sit an inch or so below your knee. If the boot is too high on your knee the boot will dig into your skin behind your knee with every step and will bruise or rub your leg raw over time.


Also, consider the heel height you are comfortable with. The heel height is measured from the floor to the top of the heel along the backside of the boot. Also take into account the platform height; this is the sole of the boot. It is usually only a half inch or less but as you can see from the photo, sometimes it is much more.

These are all things to consider when making a tall boot purchase; you will have a much more successful purchase if you do.


Wide Calf Suede Boots Maintenance Tips

By Gabrielle Callan

July 5, 2013

wide calf suede bootsKeeping your wide calf suede boots in good shape requires a little attention after each wearing. Suede is special leather that has a textured, raised surface called a nap. Because of this nap suede boots seem to collect dust and dirt even more than other styles of leather footwear. You will need a few items to keep your suede boots in great shape: a suede brush, suede eraser, cleaning block, and suede protectant spray. With these items and a commitment to clean and maintain your suede boots after each wearing you will enjoy your boots for years.

Tips for Wide Calf Suede Boots Care

Be sure to lightly brush your boots after each use to remove any loose dirt or dust that your boot accumulated, always brush in one direction only. This takes seconds but will add years of wear to your boots. For more serious problems there are tips you can use to keep your footwear looking good.

For shiny spots on the suede this is usually caused by a scuff or by continued wear in a particular area. When this happens the nap is usually compressed. Use your suede brush to lightly lift the nap by brushing briskly in one direction.

For water spots you can gently and lightly dampen the entire boot using a damp sponge. This will lessen the appearance of the spots and give the boot a more uniform look. After you dampen the boots keep them upright by placing a rolled magazine in each shaft, allow them to dry completely and then give them a good brushing to raise the nap.

If you get mud or other foreign materials on your boots make sure the boot is allowed to dry completely before you attempt to clean them. If you try to clean mud off while it is wet you will just push it into the nap deeper and ruin the boot. Once the mud is completely dry use your brush to clean off the large bits of dirt.

If deep stains remain you will use your suede eraser and cleaning block to gently pull the stain out of the material.

Overall, suede boots are a cute look and a good investment if you take a few minutes after each wearing to keep them clean and tidy. For tips on maintaining full grain leather boots check this article. And if you are looking for your next pair of suede boots to add to your collection check our Top 50 rated boots guide.

I found a great video on how to maintain your wide calf suede boots, you can check it out below.

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Wide Shaft Boots Storage Tips

By Gabrielle Callan

July 5, 2013

wide shaft bootsWhen you are ready to put your wide shaft boots away in favor of sandals and peep-toe shoes be sure you do some basic maintenance that will prolong the life of your boots.

First of all be sure the boots are clean and dry before you store them. You can read our article about cleaning boots here. Simply, brush the boot with a horsehair brush, use a boot conditioner such as Leather Honey, polish the boot well, and be sure they are completely dry. If your boot has any odors you can check out our article on that topic here for some suggestions to remedy that issue before storing the boots.

After the boots are clean, conditioned, polished and dry you need to decide where you are going to store them. If you have a large closet you will probably keep them there. Just don’t store your boots in the attic or garage where they will be subject to high heat conditions. Heat will prematurely age the leather and possibly cause it to become brittle and crack. If your closet isn’t an option you could also consider storing them under the bed.

How to Prepare Your Boots For Storage

If you have the original packaging the boots came in this would be a good way to store them. Be sure the box has a photo of the boot on it so you will remember what is inside the box; remember out of sight out of mind. You can also go with a plastic storage container. Be sure to choose a clear one for the same reason as above or if you go with a solid color you will need to tape a photo or write what the container has in it so you don’t forget.

Where to Store Your Wide Shaft Boots

If you have room in your shoe are to store the boots off season you should consider using cedar boot trees so the boots keep their shape. Combine this method with a drawstring cotton bag to keep dust from accumulating on the boots and you have a winning combination! There are also nice storage bags made especially for boots! If you have more hanging space than shoe space you can get some cool shaft inserts that come with a hook at the top so you can put them right on the clothes rod with your coats and jackets.

Use these tips to prolong the life of your wide shaft boots, check out the video below to see these tips in action!

Check our guide to Top 50 four and five star rated boots when you are ready to make an investment in quality leather boots.

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Wide Calf Leather Boots Odor Removal Tips

By Gabrielle Callan

July 5, 2013

wide calf leather bootsIf you begin to notice that your wide calf leather boots are developing an odor there are several tips for alleviating this. However, your first concern should be to eliminate the source of the odor. The main reason for a smelly boot is not allowing them to dry out completely before wearing them again.  For this reason the best solution is to purchase two quality pairs of boots so that you can allow one to dry completely while wearing the other pair. If you don’t allow your boots to dry completely you can create an environment that encourages the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria that will cause musty, smelly odors.

Daily Boot Care

When you take your boots off after a day of wear make sure they stay standing upright so that there is an opportunity for air flow. You can place a couple of empty paper towels tubes that have been taped together inside the boot shaft to keep it upright and open.  Another idea is to use a cedar boot tree to keep the boot open and absorb moisture. There is also a nice product called Stuffits you can use in your boots to quickly dry them. They are made of cedar and anti-microbial materials and help the boots dry quickly which will keep the odors at bay.

Occasional Boot Care

There are some freshening spray’s that are made especially for shoe odor. Of course it really only covers odor it doesn’t eliminate the cause but it is a nice product to keep on hand just to freshen up your boots on occasion.

If your wide calf boot has a removable insole it is a good idea to replace them if you begin to notice a persistent odor even with thorough drying between wearing. Replacing the insole on occasion will also give you continued support and comfort to your feet.

Wide Calf Leather Boots DIY Ideas

Some interesting ideas for DIY remedies for stinky boots include placing some coffee beans in a cloth or sachet bag and inserting them into the boot for a quick and interesting smelling sachet. You can also use a few paper towels lightly dampened with a mixture of water, baking soda and lime juice. This will freshen the smell of the interior of the leather boot, just don’t soak the towels they only need to be slightly damp. Finally, stuffing the boots with crumpled newspaper will give the boots shape and the paper will absorb moisture.

Check our guide to Top 50 four and five star rated boots when you are ready to make an investment in quality leather boots.


Watch the videos below to see some of these tips in action.


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