I love boots. I live in San Francisco where we can wear boots year round, since we have foggy summers and the weather is moderate. The boots above (please ignore that the laces are different colors) are from Avenue, they are a 9.5 wide. We were in Palm Springs in October this year for my 46th high school reunion and I went to Avenue and they had all these boots on display. I was in love. They had two pair that fit. The first one that fit had elastic for the entire back of the shaft of the boot which I was not crazy about, but I kept out just in case. Then they brought out these combat boots, that lace up all the ways down into the instep, which is unusual, and my instep is high, but OMG they were COMBAT boots and I was born a pacifist, I do not even wear camouflage, even pink camouflage, I am such a pacifist. But they fit, and they were not heavy winter boots and I had to have them.
One of the things I liked a lot about these boots is that since they are not wide calf boots, but are wide enough because I can lace them, they are not too large in the ankle, and thus provide a little more support. I would buy another pair of boots from Avenue any time, they feel good and they are plenty wide enough. They look a little like the Torrid Studded Boots I bought a couple of weeks ago….but I still want knee high boots.
When I saw the Black Minka Studded Boot I knew I just had to have them. I have a deal with my husband that I will not buy boots on line, I think I have sent back 20 pairs over the last 10 years. We have a Torrid about 10 miles away, but I just could not seem to get there.
So last week I panicked and ordered them and YAY, they fit. In fact they are on the largish size. I wear a 9.5W and the size 10 more than fits. It is a size 10W and is a little large for me, a tiny bit in the toe and in the ankle, but not so long or loose that I am afraid I will trip over them or the ankle will not provide any support. I have a 18″ calf at the top part of the boot, and they are so big I have to lace them as tightly as possible, as you can see in the photo. I cannot really determine how much larger you could make them with longer laces, laced as loosely as possible, but I would think at least 21″ or 22″. They have a side zipper so I loosened the laces all the way down so I coule get my foot in, but now even laced all the way back up my foot fits right in when I use the zipper. I am just delighted. I could not have imagined wearing spiked boots 5 years ago because they always felt violent looking to my little pacifist self, but I get compliments everywhere I go.
For those of you, like me, that continue to be on the hunt for the perfect knee high wide calf boot here is my current favorite. It is a David Tate. I need a Size 9.5 WW US with a wide width and a wide calf. I do really well with a lace boot, because although my feet and calves are wide, my ankles are not. Sometimes I like less expensive boots because they are lighter. Today I found a new “on-line only” vendor. At Wide Widths, not only do they sell wide boots but they tell you how to choose among them.
Everywhere I go I see knee high boots, but I live in my mid-calf comfortable, cheap Avenue Boots (above), which I wore yesterday. I yearn for the elegance of knee high boots. But as I have told you before, because of this yearning, and many years of failure, I have a deal with my husband that I will not order boots by mail, I can only buy boots if I try them on in person. So I may wait for fall and check out the local Avenue and Torrid stores for knee boots (or I might just have to sneak in an order from Wide Widths, because I do love this David Tate, and so do my readers). I thought you might like to know about this on-line specialty boot shop. Ciao Bellas…affinity
November 13, 2012 Update: Great blog post by The Fat Girl’s Guide about Wide Calf Boots, HERE