Gutted - legs too fat for new boots

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Other than to lose weight, what can I do?!? Have just bought these biker boots as I wanted a really nice pair that will last forever.

They have just arrvied and are beautiful and really comfortable on my foot and i LOVE them. But I have short stumpy legs and <ahem> well developed calf muscles and they just hit my calf at the wrong spot. They are about half an inch in width from being okay (or if I was an inch taller they'd be fine too!). Am I deluded in keeping them and hoping they stretch? They're not uncomfortable on my calf but there is a bit of a silly bulge of fat muscle where they dig in. I suppose I could wear them more slouched once the leather loosens up.

Would a cobbler be able to help? Normally I just admit defeat and send them back but I luff them. sad

Alternatively, if anyone can find an alternate pair of lovely lovely black biker boots that will fit my thunderous legs, that would also be great.

<weeps and wails some more>

callmemalcolm Wed 24-Aug-11 12:45:52

this wuld be a motivator for me.
its not even winter yet - come ON!! you can lost a stone by the end of sept

Am not crazy fat - am a size 10/12, 5ft 3 and about 10st 5 (having lost 3/4 st or so this year). I am just sturdy! It's me genes, malc, honest, guv!

<sigh> but, you're right, it might be a motivator to ditch another 1/2 a stone or so and get into the magical 9st bracket. I have also just booked myself back into pilates in the vain hope they can stretch my muscles into lovely long lean things and had a chicken salad for lunch. It's a start.

Will take them home and ask blunt honest DH.

callmemalcolm Wed 24-Aug-11 12:57:10

well then they just dont fit! i thought you were going to say you were a " cury" size 26 wink

Balconygarden Wed 24-Aug-11 13:49:39

I feel your pain Free - I'm tall and slim, but have calf muscles of a rugby player! In my experience leather boots never stretch that well (although suede can stretch too much!). If they don't feel like they're cutting off your circulation then you could chance it in the hope they'll stretch a little more. However, I think I would send them back and wait for a pair that fits perfectly - with autumn stock coming into the shops already I'm sure you'll find something with a better fit.

CMOTdibbler Wed 24-Aug-11 13:58:21

If they do up, they'll stretch - I think there is some shoe stretch stuff you can spray on to encourage it

I sympathise, I have chunky calves. Not particularly fat but biffa calves - I blame years of bloody hockey and horse riding.
I've seen shoe stretchers but for the feet bit, not the leg bit.

lostlady Wed 24-Aug-11 14:02:00

Just send them back; know it's painful, but you will never be happy wearing them (I speak from experience) especially if you actually want to move/sit: the dig in bit will look worse. This is what I should have told myself too sad

herbaceous Wed 24-Aug-11 14:02:36

I believe you can get cobblers to stretch boots. I have similarly 'generous' calves, so know what you mean. However, I just buy cheap boots from Clarks which does wide-leg fittings. Or if they don't fit, and I try to stretch them, I'm only throwing £50 down the drain when it goes wrong, not £250.

Granny23 Wed 24-Aug-11 14:05:41

When I lost a lot of weight, NONE of it came off my sturdy calves. OTOH, when I put the weight back on they did not get any fatter!

fluffles Wed 24-Aug-11 14:06:29

they'll only stretch if you actually wear them - a lot - a few evenings around the house will not do it.

so, if they're uncomfortable or if you feel self-conscious of the bulge then don't keep them as you won't wear them enough to stretch them.

personally, i buy all my boots from duo as i'm only a size 3 foot but a muscly calf and slim ankle and only duoboots seem to accomodate me.

catswipe Wed 24-Aug-11 14:07:41

There are loads of boots of that knid around so send the buggars back. Some boots are just made titchy. It doesn't made you sturdy of calf etc. Best to go out and try on a lot of styles to get the ankle to calf ratio spot on.

catswipe Wed 24-Aug-11 14:08:54

Clarks are doing some really great boots this year.....

I have the same problem but I think it's coz my legs are too short... I'm an inch taller than you and the same weight... I've got a pair of boots that the cobbler said he could cut and put an elastic bit in... but I wouldn't cut up a pair of boots that cost that much! Send them back, there will be another pair that fit!!

WholeLottaRosie Wed 24-Aug-11 14:12:13

I agree with Herb, if they were cheapish then I'd keep them and try the cobblers but I think if you are paying that much money they need to be comfortable.

Send them back. If you had 4 stone shift then it could be worth hanging onto them, but with only half a stone to go they just don't fit you.

Have you looked at Duo? I haven't looked at what they've got this year because I've got 3 perfectly good pairs of winter boots and don't need any more!

Ephiny Wed 24-Aug-11 14:13:50

I am the same, not particularly fat (5'2" and about 8st) but I've always had 'sturdy' calves and it's difficult to get boots to fit. I think being short doesn't help either, as you say OP, because the boots are going to reach the widest part of your calf, which they might not on a taller person. I would send them back - if you're looking for a good pair of boots to last you a long time, and spending that much money, it's not worth settling for something not quite right.

For me the worst thing is ski boots. I have small feet so end up with the boots intended for children, but of course I don't have skinny legs like a child so they often won't do up angry.

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:16:03

send em back

due bikers here

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:16:38


<stupid fat sausage fingers>

<Sob> But I LUFF them! Arghh, I know in my head that you are all right and that I should send them back but I've been looking for the past two winters for a pair of biker boots that I like and these are the ONES.

Duo have nothing, have looked. They are all 'tidy' looking boots and I want a stompy pair with nice thick leather and buckles and sturdy soles. I am tempted to stamp my feet. (I would if it would stretch the leather).

I will consider the stretch spray but am a bit wibbly given how much they cost. Damn damn damn.

Callisto Wed 24-Aug-11 14:23:25

They are lovely boots, but the model has legs like tiny twigs and they look snug on her. I've got fat calves too - again years of horse riding and dog walking. I hate my calves and rarely get them out even in high summer, but I have got lots of pairs of long boots for winter. I have found that Next boots fit well and they will definitely have biker boots so perhaps take a look there?

Callisto Wed 24-Aug-11 14:24:32

Also, can you post a pic of your legs in the boots so we can judge how well they may stretch?

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:26:47

Hmm, Pample. They are okay but I don't luff them. Look okay on the model when she's moving. So a possibility

Duo have a store in London, don't they. Might go and check them out in person before sending back the bastard non-fitting ones.

Would prefer more buckles and not mad about the shearling but I might be able to get my skinny jeans tucked into those ones and I'd have £110 left over to buy myself icecream to cheer myself up spend on something else.

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:29:41

yy to going to the shop

I've only been to the Embra one but the staff were MARV, so so helpful and didn't roll their eyes at me and my mate once

callmemalcolm Wed 24-Aug-11 14:30:14

i likethe shearling

MumblingRagDoll Wed 24-Aug-11 14:30:20

They look really straight in the curve in them at all. A womans boot shold have a curve! We have not got legs that look like dowels ffs!

Send em back! Or....try them on after trying to get rid of some water retention? Could water retention be to blame?

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:31:27

arf at dowel legs

Ah, you are all making me feel better. Will post a picture this evening (am not whipping out the iphone in the middle of the office, thankyouverymuch) and you can help me further cogitate.

Mumbling - don't think it's water retention, it's just fat leg syndrome!

MumblingRagDoll Wed 24-Aug-11 14:37:03

Not fat legs....badly made boots!

callmemalcolm Wed 24-Aug-11 14:40:48

id get ankle boots

are all over the place this autumn

Callisto Wed 24-Aug-11 14:41:59

Next has these:

Pamplemoussse Wed 24-Aug-11 14:48:07

oooh I likey callisto

tethersend Wed 24-Aug-11 14:48:37

Don't send them back!

You need a really good cobbler who will do one of two things:

1. Stretch them for you

2. Stitch in a long v shaped piece of leather in the back seam as a 'dart'

The second option is costly, and sounds as if it will not be necessary if the boots are only a bit tight. You need to make sure you get a good cobbler. I know a couple in London if that helps.

I am a calf/boot ratio expert (fat legs)

tethersend Wed 24-Aug-11 14:50:14

Oh, and put them on whilst lying down with legs in the air then try and stretch them out a bit at home.

<grasps tethers in arms>

Do you think that would work? I do know a good cobbler (near the Barbican Waitrose - not the same one by any chance? Apparently they do harrods shoe repairs) and there is already a handy v-shaped bit of leather at the side. But they are 'spensive, what if it doesn't work? <wibble, wibble, wibble>

Not keen on the Joe Brown. And I did really want a pair that will last for ages, rather than another disposable pair like the next ones. The leather just isn't as nice.

Will try the lying down trick too

tethersend Wed 24-Aug-11 15:05:44

It will work, I have done it- the key is getting a good cobbler. I don't know the Barbican one, but it sounds like the kind of place. If they say no, I know a place in Highbury.

They will be able to look at the boots and say whether or not they think it will be possible- however, I think they will stretch them for a week or so and they will fit. Worth a try.

diamanteasbigastheritz Wed 24-Aug-11 18:38:51

YY to what tethers says.

I have had boots stretched around the calf - there's a special machine used. Not all cobblers have one, but a good/large one will have, and in my experience the ones that don't have it, know where to send you.

Cost about £15 in the sunny Midlands!

Got into many pairs this way, and then of course, the more you wear them, the easier it gets!

okay, I think we may be safe to keep them. Have come home and tried them on (using Tethersend's patented lying on the bed technique) and I think they will be okay. Will post photos in a minute. It's v hard to photograph your own legs though!

Little bit tight on the calf but they slouch quite nicely already and I think that will only get better with wear. I would like half an inch or so more space on the leg and I will never be able to wear with jeans but I am more of a dress girl anyway. I might go to cobblers anyway to see if they can work a bit of magic. Only issue is there is a second band of leather all the way round the top where the buckle is attached, so twice as much leather to stretch.

Bear with me, while I encounter some technical difficulties

noddyholder Wed 24-Aug-11 18:47:06

I would say the boots re too thin. Blame them. Then have a look for another pair

okay pics on profile. Be honest, do I look like I've got massive sausage legs?

mumtoted Wed 24-Aug-11 19:02:26

I'm sure I've read some top tips on here for stretching boots. Something about put them in the freezer with a bag of water inside, the water freezes & expands and hey presto, stretched boots!

callmemalcolm Wed 24-Aug-11 19:05:16

legs not fat

boots look bad though.

i need them
also they are bloody £££ for what they look like

belgo Wed 24-Aug-11 19:05:45

No you haven't got sausage legs at all; they look a very nice shape but those boots cut off at exactly the wrong place.

I think you should sent them back.

FrozenChocolate Wed 24-Aug-11 19:08:20

tbh they do look quite tight. i am very envy at your gorgeous legs though blush

LeBJOF Wed 24-Aug-11 19:12:27

Your legs are perfectly nice, but the boots look like Dick Whittington rejects- how can they cost SO much?

birdsofshoreandsea Wed 24-Aug-11 19:28:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dexter73 Wed 24-Aug-11 19:35:13

I think they look too tight. I think they are making your calves look bigger than they are due to the slight muffin top on the boots. I feel your pain as I too have sturdy calves due to cycling. Btw agree with comments about lush legs!

DrNortherner Wed 24-Aug-11 19:36:13

Agree with the others, your legs are lush, boots are gash. You need ankle biker boots imo.

Well, thanks for the compliments re legs! Wasn't expecting that! Okay, perhaps i need to resign the biker boot dreams. They are all the same length and will always hit me just at the point where my calf expands. <sigh> unless anyone knows a place selling boots for short and fat-legged people.

The photos really don't do the boots justice, the leather is lovely and they are v comfy so if any of you skiny legged women are in the market for a piar, do try them.

Will return and perhaps try the short version instead.

noddyholder Wed 24-Aug-11 20:03:02
HappyAsIAm Wed 24-Aug-11 20:20:02

I have calves on the big side compared to my feet (size 3 1/2). I am 5 foot 1 inch too. I have always bought boots in Hobbs and they have a fair variety if styles once all the winter stock comes in. They've lasted ages too - I bought two pairs of knee high heeled boots about 4 years ago, and they're still going strong. They were £200 each, and have been an investment.

I agree with the others on your boots though, sorry. They just loook too tight. its not your legs, its the length of the boot.

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 24-Aug-11 20:26:35

Agree those boots are not great - and at that price you need to love them and not put on something that makes you feel fat even when you are most definitely not.

How about these?

catswipe Wed 24-Aug-11 20:30:20

Love those oakland boots. Boots are too tight- def a poor cut. I've seen better too.....

tethersend Wed 24-Aug-11 20:31:14

How about these?

LeBJOF Wed 24-Aug-11 20:46:35

They look nice, Tethers. I quite like the Marks ones too, but I'd prefer leather to suede.

I have just sent my brown bikers into the cobblers to have the zip replaced, they've also been re-soled. I wear them to death grin.
They're like the Marks ones but in chocolate brown suede and leather mixed and from Clarks, of all places (rock on). If you can find something nice in Clarks, they do tend to come up wider on the calf measurement. They also come up to just under the knee - I do agree that yours stop at the wrong place, sorry.

noddyholder Wed 24-Aug-11 21:24:46

these would go with most things

callmemalcolm Thu 25-Aug-11 19:45:24

Mango best do far

I got delivery if clarks Mary portas suede ankle boots today. ? La rose? Lovely

mrsravelstein Thu 25-Aug-11 19:53:13

i LOVE your boots, i am now trying to justify buying myself a pair.

i think your issue is not to do with fat legs but to do with being a shortarse. i too am a shortarse, so knee boots end up flapping around above my knees, and mid calf boots such as your new biker boots often end up sitting too high on the leg, hence why they are hitting the widest part of your calf. whereas on a taller person even if they had exactly the same size calf as you, they'd sit below it. sigh.

they are by far the nicest bikers i've seen, so i would definitely consult wtih the cobbler...

Right, have just got the shorter ones and they are perfect! Further up the leg than I thought (so can easily wear socks with them). They stop just below the fat bit of my calf! Hooray! Plus I can get my hand into the gap at the top which means I might even get away with wearing them with jeggings/skinny jeans, which would be great. Not quite as nice as the longer moleskin versions as they are all leather but the leather is good quality - thick but supple. Nice buckle detail etc etc. So short of leg, I recommend them to you.

oldraver Tue 06-Sep-11 11:42:33

I had been searching for ages for some calf length boots but noe seemed to fit due to my chunky calfs, due to cycling and using an industrial machine for years. I eventually got some from Evans .

I want some new wellies and I think will have to go for the short version

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