Been done to death I know but... boots for the VERY chunky of leg?

(60 Posts)
CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 08:34:25

I'm 5ft, and I have what can politely be described as "rugby player" legs. They're not flabby, but they are large in proportion to my height. I also have cankles.

I've tried on boots in Clarks, M&S etc marked "wider fitting" and they don't even get near getting round my calf or my ankle, or depressingly, both! sad

In an attempt to elaborate (and publically humiliate myself!) I have measured my calf and my ankle (at the bony bit) is 9"/23cm and the widest bit of my calf is 15"/38cm shock

So tell me, where do I get nice knee-high leather boots (mid calf make me look really dumpy due to my height) without major studdage/fancy bits and a sensible heel, something like these.


dexter73 Tue 25-Sep-12 08:44:37

Have you looked at Duo?

I get mine from Simply Be, they do a range of fittings

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 08:52:29

Duo go up to 50cm so yours are very slender smile. I think its a case of trying lots on to get some that are are good fit on ankles, or ringing customer services for advice.

londonone Tue 25-Sep-12 09:11:16

To be honest if you are 5ft with very chunky legs, knee high boots will look awful no matter what size they are. Why not go for an ankle boot.

whyme2 Tue 25-Sep-12 09:14:29

Have you tried Evans?

My calves are 17" at the widest I bought a lovely pair from ebay last year which fit well. I would also recommend the Simply Be range, although I find the foot part sometimes a bit loose.

CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 09:25:46

All great suggestions.

I do wear ankle boots, but live in NE Scotland, so sometimes ankle boots don't cut the mustard with our weather and I want something longer for under dresses and skirts.

I may have already been onto DUO after the suggestions from dexter73 and dollydowser and ordered a pair as a treat for my birthday... blush

And to be fair, my last pair of boots (ankle) were bought about 5 years ago for £60 and are still going strong, so I'm looking at them as an investment grin

ByTheWay1 Tue 25-Sep-12 09:31:41

DUO are fab - I bought a pair (40cm!!) four years ago - have replaced the heel, and have had a non slip winter sole put on, but still wear them every day in winter - they last well, the zips are good and they polish up beautifully

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 09:32:12

If you have already been to Duo, then imo you already have seen the best. Wait until the sale if its more pairs you are after, I have built up a nice little collection that way. I love knee highs and skirts, very leg slimming smile

bagpuss Tue 25-Sep-12 09:35:07

None of you have legs as fat as mine! grin

I love my duo boots! They are lovely and warm in winter too.

Which ones did you order Carpe?

CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 10:09:20

I ordered the Aurelia boots and I covet several more pairs! wink

Just hope my cankles play ball!

CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 10:10:27

Oops, the link is right, but they are the Aralia boots. Ducking spell checker! grin

Pastabee Tue 25-Sep-12 10:20:04

You'll love your new boots. I've lost weight so can wear high street boots now but they are crap compared to Duo so I still order from there.

daisydoodoo Tue 25-Sep-12 11:41:42

me too pastabee. i've lost a tonne of weight (almost literally 8stone 10lb now) and still buy duo boots as the fit is good. some a little loose at the ankle but good as i hate that some shop boots are now too wide and a bit welly boot like.

Pastabee Tue 25-Sep-12 12:03:36

Oh my goodness daisy that's amazing. Well done! thanks

How have you managed that?

Mine was just baby weight so no where near that and surprisingly not too hard to shift.

DorisIsWaiting Tue 25-Sep-12 12:21:00

Try Viva la Diva as well, they do a variety of wide fits, calf and foot.

showtunesgirl Tue 25-Sep-12 12:27:27

What's your secret daisy? I would love to be 8 10 again!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 25-Sep-12 12:29:23

£160 for boots! <<faints>>

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 12:59:39

You get what you pay for. And us chunky calf girls don't get a choice unfortunately. But cost per wear and all that, works out cheap in the end.

CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 13:24:03

Yep. I have tried all cheap boots from high street stores, and nothing fits. I even struggle with ankle boots at times.

I'm not fat now I'm a size 14, but even when I was a size 8-10, I still couldn't find boots to fit me. I've been hunting for the last 15 years, so in the great scheme of things, £160 for knee length boots after 15 years when I will hopefully wear them for 3/4 years or longer if I care for them as I do with my current ankle boots, is small change per wear per year.

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 14:51:19

Body size often has no relation to calf size. My SIL who is a dress size 6 also has to buy her boots in Duo as high street boots won't do up.

Pastabee Tue 25-Sep-12 14:57:30

I think foot size has a lot to do with it dolly. I've never been bigger than a 14 even at my largest but with size 3 feet and a 5,7 frame I couldn't do high street boots up. I once tried a size 6 for the sake of argument and they did up fine.

Has your SIL got small feet compared to her height?

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 15:21:43

Size 3 feet, not quite 5 foot in height, 35/6" calves.

CarpeJugulum Tue 25-Sep-12 15:47:02

Yup. Same here. 5ft, size 3.5/4 depending on cut of shoe and 38cm calves.

Also tried a size 6 and it was fine.

T'is petitism wink

Dollydowser Tue 25-Sep-12 15:52:38

My feet are size 4! So its not our calves that are too big, tis our feet that are too small smile

daisydoodoo Wed 26-Sep-12 13:12:49

pastabee, i started off with slimming world, but now use the gym and the trainer, ive lost 8stone 10lb i dont weigh that blush i weigh 9stone 7 now. id lost about a stone and half before joining slimming world but didnt keep a real rack and kept going off plan and eating too much chinese food.
I still have a real weakness for chinese food but know that I can;t eat it other than perhaps once a year as i will slip again. other junk food i can take it or leave it, but put a chinese banquet in front of me and i can't help myself.

Chewbecca Wed 26-Sep-12 13:20:53

Have you looked at the Gabor range? They have lots with adjustable fittings which fit my nearly 50cm (sad) calves. They do have some dodgy styles but nice ones mingled in and I always find gabor shoes /boots to be v comfy with lovely soft leather.
I rather like thesebut they don't have the heel you're looking for but I think others do. Easy to order and return to JL too....

showtunesgirl Wed 26-Sep-12 13:21:46

daisydoodoo, you can still have Chinese food, you just need to cook it more healthily. Most Cantonese cuisine is steamed and uses minimal oil even when it is fried.

showtunesgirl Wed 26-Sep-12 13:22:21

And I'd still love to be 9 stone 7! smile

daisydoodoo Wed 26-Sep-12 13:36:05

show- i know i can have chinese but it starts of cravings for me. And the healthier chinese food doesn't do it for me like the sweet and sour, peking etc does. I doubt i i could eat it in the quantities that i used to but still want to maintain a healthy weight for a bit longer before i let myself indugle a little. With a bit of luck it might be like chocolate and I can;t eat that now as has adverse effects shock

showtunesgirl Wed 26-Sep-12 14:06:42

Ah, well I never eat those things so I guess I'm ok. I'm waiting to stop BF before I really go to town on a proper diet.

filetheflightoffancy Wed 26-Sep-12 16:32:31

Oh gosh, I just measured my calves and they are 41cm, I am shock am a size 10-12, but am only 5ft2 so not actually all that slim.

I tend to try and get boots that are adjustable rather than zippy up. I had a pair from dorothy perkins that had an adjustable buckly thing at the back so could just have them quite wide, and last year I got a pair from next that have laces at the back at the top of the boots, you can wear them with the laces very loose.

I think I could be a size 4 and still have massive legs sad

CarpeJugulum Wed 26-Sep-12 19:20:25

Depressing isn't it sad

Trouble is, a lot of the adjustable boots are designed for the taller folk, so I end up with boots that hit my kneecap.

I've just had an email and the boots are dispatched - but up to 3 days delivery time, so (as they're being delivered to DH's work as I'm out and about with DS) I probably won't get them until Monday. sad

I'm being wildly irrational and pinning all my hopes on these fitting. It's never going to end well! hmm confused

cloutiedumpling Wed 26-Sep-12 19:34:44

The wide fit Kays boots that Clarks sell seem to be wider in the calf than their own brand. I buy Clarks wide fit boots on the internet as my local shops don't stock wide fit shoes and boots and have found more than once that the Kays boots are wider than Clarks own brand ones. Some of the styles are a little old ladyish but every so often they do have some nice plain ones.

CarpeJugulum Thu 27-Sep-12 16:00:20


They've been delivered to DH. They're in the boot of his car.

But he's not home for another 2 hours!

Dollydowser Thu 27-Sep-12 16:23:01

Hurray! Oh no! Best dig out nicest skirt/dress and tights ready for try on session. May this be the first pair of many... smile

Pastabee Thu 27-Sep-12 18:47:25

Is he back? <directs clear run through vibes to Carpe's DH>

CarpeJugulum Thu 27-Sep-12 19:52:45

<stomps grumpily onto thread>

Nope. Not even close. I've measured the boot and it doesn't even appear to match the measurement I asked for. 36cm round the boot, I ordered 38cm and (with a different tape measure!) I appear to need a 40cm.

Going back tomorrow/Saturday.

Not very impressed (although the boot is lovely!) and will be emailing their customer services accordingly. sad angry

piprabbit Thu 27-Sep-12 19:57:07

Honestly - try Evans.

Dollydowser Thu 27-Sep-12 20:03:50

Thats such a shame. I think all of my boots I have ordered the size below my actual calf measurement, but I did try them on in the shop first. Give their customer services a ring to see what their advice would be for that pair.
At least you liked the boot, hopefully the next pair will be a perfect fit smile

Shoshe Thu 27-Sep-12 20:22:59

I have a 17inch calf and these fitted perfectly

dexter73 Thu 27-Sep-12 20:48:45

Sorry to hear they didn't fit. It will be worth it when you get the right size!wine

I have a pair of duo boots I have been wearing for 7 years - 7 years! I tell ya, that will be ££££ well spent vs making a £60 pair last two years If you can get the cash together, they are sooo worth it!

CarpeJugulum Thu 04-Oct-12 13:35:52


I have returned the boots. I emailed Duo, gave them my measurements and got a lovely email back from them with options - so I've ordered a pair that they recommend.

Will update again when I find out if they fit!

Pastabee Thu 04-Oct-12 14:08:51

Ooo. Feet crossed for you. They are very good customer service wise. I do think you should expect them to be a tight fit when they arrive though as the leather is very soft and will give. I always wear mine around the house for a few days as the 'mould' to my leg shape.

mirry2 Thu 04-Oct-12 14:11:40


showtunesgirl Thu 04-Oct-12 14:56:52

Woo hoo! I just got in the post today an ebay purchase. Brand new Duo Boots for £20. Perfect fit. grin

Dollydowser Thu 04-Oct-12 15:23:36

Well done showtunesgirl, great find, and a bargain to boot!

CondoleezzaRiceKrispies Thu 04-Oct-12 15:30:11

38cm?! Pah, mine are 43! I defy anyone on MN to have bigger legs than me. Ankle boots make me look like I have trotters. grin

CaroleService Thu 04-Oct-12 15:51:08

Defy away. Mine are bigger.

CarpeJugulum Thu 04-Oct-12 16:13:36

Got a friend in to help me re-measure and mine are 42.5 (so have gone for a 42).

I blame my tape measure wink

CondoleezzaRiceKrispies Thu 04-Oct-12 16:14:57

<eyes Carole's calves suspiciously, Spaghetti Western style>

I find Evans boots are too broad in the ankle, so look a bit baggy.

50smellsofshite Thu 04-Oct-12 16:19:51

Mine are 480mm so there! I'm the winner...of a very sad competition grin
I'm 5'9" and size 18 and have massive calves - bloody maternal genes that my sister seems to have escaped - the bitch.

Is there a ginormous-legged lady first prize?

CarpeJugulum Thu 04-Oct-12 16:28:15

I console myself with the thought that I have the ability to kick harder than anyone I know. It's a kudos giving thing at local fairs when there is a "Beat the Goalie" stall - I always win grin

HotSlate Thu 04-Oct-12 16:41:59

Hope the new boots fit OP!

I am fat of calf - know what you mean about ankle boots looking like trotters Condoleezza grin

As an aside (in the hope that boot sellers may read this):

It would be bloody helpful if website retailers gave calf measurements - even approximate would be helpful - to save me lusting after styles which won't go near me.

Where boots are concerned, ankle and calf measurements are every bit as important as shoe size.

And it would save them having to process returns from all the disappointed fat-calved people.

CondoleezzaRiceKrispies Thu 04-Oct-12 16:48:46

Fat calved people will reasonably slim ankles, in particular.

Kormachameleon Thu 04-Oct-12 18:07:55

Mine are bigger too

I have freakishly large calf muscles

showtunesgirl Thu 04-Oct-12 18:10:56

I have "chicken drumstick" legs. Small calves - 18.5cm, big calves - 38cm!

CarpeJugulum Mon 08-Oct-12 18:06:22

They arrived.

They fit!!! (a bit baggy round the ankle, but nothing a thick pair of socks won't fix, which is a good thing anyway!)

I love DUO!!!! (and will be avidly browsing the sales!)

Dollydowser Mon 08-Oct-12 19:28:02

Thank goodness for that. I love a happy ending grin

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