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Can anyone who has short legs (or slim calves/ankles) recommend their knee high boots? My Aldo ones have finally died after 6 years of faithful service and I'm struggling to find any that aren't gappy round the calves and baggy round the ankles... Ideally like to try them on in a shop rather than buy from an online retailer...
Understand that, I have some rigid ones too. Bit pricey but they are fab quality- leather is hard enough to stand up on their own so they don't fall down (does mean you need socks on when you break them in though). They are still a wee bit big at the top, but nothing horrendous like in high street.
Their size chart tells you the calf circumference as well which is helpful. The calf size is smaller the smaller the size foot you have. With these boots you do tend to need to go down a size as well, so that helps with the calf wodth.
(Stretchy ones have lasted a year without losing their elastic though btw with no sign of it giving up at all)
I have a pair of Russell & Bromley boots from their Children's store after reading a tip that some of their teen styles are just mini versions of what's available in the Adult shops. You can't tell and they fit perfectly on my short, skinny excuses for legs! A third of the price too
I only wear stretchy boots because my legs are too skinny for normal leather boots (even Duo made to measure) - and I must say - none of them have lost their stretch, even the ones I've had for 10 years.
As normal leather stretches it doesn't ping back into shape. Whereas boots that are either stretch suede or stretch material, the lycra ensures they don't lose their shape.
I get my stretch suede boots from Peter Kaiser at John Lewis, LK Bennett and Robert Clergerie, and the great thing is you can have them taken in to fit properly, by a good cobbler.