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Style doc type boots(6 Posts)
I've fallen in love with some Doc Martin style boots, made by the old company that did them originally
Trouble is, I don't think I can carry the look off. I'm 5'4", size 10-12 and have big calves. I look best in heels to give me a little extra height and elongate my manly legs. I do have to walk a fair bit though and these would be delightful in the cold.
Can anyone suggest what I could wear with these boots? They cost too much not to wear every day in winter!
Oh and not that it's critical info but I'm 40 and work in a very casual male dominated environment where no-one would bat an eyelid at what I'm wearing. In fact, if I try and look down with the kids then I'll most likely look like a prat. My usual style is fat Face, white stuff, mint velvet etc. In my defence I do live at the coast.
I'm looking for that holy grail of warm, comfortable and stylish (not trendy!).
So I think heavy boots look cuter on petite women (I am 5’10) and worry about looking too masculine.
I would just forget/accept the calves, they are undoubtedly something that you see and notice more than anyone else, everyone else is too concerned with their own flaws. I myself have thick ankles so much prefer boots in winter but just have to get on with it in the summer.
What to wear
If wearing skinny jeans with those boots in winter I would have a sock over my jeans that is visible above the boot, I am a fan of a coloured thick marl sock.
Wear with most dresses and tights.
I haven’t worn heavy boots with crop wide leg or with barrel leg trousers yet as I have only started wearing those jeans this summer, apparently I need knee high socks.
I wear DM Church boots, which come up a bit lower - similar to the monkey boots on the Solovair website. I’m slightly taller at 5ft 6, and also a 10/12 with chunky calves. I actually think those lovely boots might just chop into my leg at its fattest point, but it is hard to tell not seeing them on a person.
I wear mine with all of the following:
Midi dresses and thick tights
Cropped wide leg trousers
Leather mini-ish skirts and thick tights
Barrel leg and balloon leg jeans
I don’t wear skinny jeans.
Per pp I wear knee-High socks under cropped things in winter - not chunky socks though. I either wear school socks from M&S kids’, stripy socks from Lucy and Yak, or crocheted/fishnet knee high things I got from Whistles.
I don't think a less slender calf is 'manly' OP, or that a masculine is pejorative as a descriptor for women.
The boots are pretty generic, biker boots and DM's etc have been 'in' for a couple of years now as an everyday type of boot rather than anything high fashion. It's what you see a lot of people wearing and nobody thinks anything of it so I would just get them and try them if you like them, try them on with things you own and see how versatile you find them. Or purchase a cheaper similar pair and see how it foes before forking out come winter. I don't think they're out there enough to worry about 'carrying them off' even if they're a departure from your normal style.
I wear my (similar) boots a lot in autumn and winter. With rolled up slim/straight fit jeans, with tights and skirts, tights and dresses, skinny jean's or leggings for dog walks etc.
The only downside is that lace up boots with no side zip are a real drag getting on and off easily or quickly, it gets surprisingly wearing.
Thanks for the encouragement. As PP said I worry that they will stop at the widest point of my relatively short legs and make me look smaller and boxier than I do. I can cheat and go try on the DM version to check.
I had a personal shopper call my legs manly! Very muscular, but as they belong to me a female person I might have to challenge that notion.
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