I can't zip up the zipper because of my calves... Boot shopping!!

United States
February 19, 2016 11:23pm CST
I have always wanted to own a pair of leather boots where I can put my skinny jeans in them too but my feet is either too wide as boots are generally narrow - or it's my calves! The struggle of buying boots. I tried on a bunch of boots this afternoon at Macy's - but none of them worked out for me. I found one that I sort of liked, but I didn't love it enough to purchase. I ended up purchasing two online and hopefully one of them will work out, or both even! If not, I shall give up on trying to find the perfect pair. And stick with faux fur boots that are easy to slide in/out only.
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@TheHorse (65805)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Feb 16
Were you once a soccer player or something? I have big calves, but I don't wear skinny jeans. Oh! I still have to take a butt selfie for @DaddyEvil.
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@mommaj (22770)
• United States
20 Feb 16
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Feb 16
I haven't started worrying over you taking so long to furnish the selfie, pony... I figured you must feel you needed extra time to do some extra leg lifts and kick backs to tighten a muscle or two before braving taking and posting your butt selfie online for the ladies to admire!
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• United States
20 Feb 16
No soccer. I just played badminton and tennis. Ha-ha.
• United States
20 Feb 16
I haven't shopped for boots that go up to the knee or slightly below in ages. I had one pair that was perfect, my jeans fit in them and they were just the right length. I wore them everywhere. Now I hardly wear boots at all.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I have furry boots not Uggs, but like those from Target that I love. I have 2 shorter length and one higher length. But I never really owned any boots that are leather. But then again, I know when I do find a pair - I'd be lazy to wear them especially taking on/off, hehe.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby I've never had any wiht the fur. Just the leather ones or cowboy boots. I had a few ankle type boots, one of which was suede. I hate suede.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum I'm jelly. I have yet to find leather ones I like/fit - lol. Mines some sort of suede with the fur.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
I had several pairs of boots in the 80s, I do not wear them anymore.
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I am willing to bet you could still rock them, Anna, should you wear them again!
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
@DaddyEvil I try to dress more serious, it's no more the time of mini-skirts and high boots. I still have a pair.
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I can easily understand that you might be a bit more serious minded than you were when you were 21, but since you just turned 23, are you sure you should be THAT much more serious, Anna? (teasing and grinning at you!)
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@Ladypeace (2056)
• Singapore
20 Feb 16
Perhaps you could consider going for ankle high boots, they're really pretty. Although long boots do keep you warmer though. LOL, you are adorable for posting this.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I don't really need warmth much but I like the look of the higher boots. They have wide calves but they weren't available lol. I bought two online so hopefully they will work out. I will probably go for ankle boots next time. He-he.
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@Mike197602 (13513)
• Worcester, England
20 Feb 16
A bit weird to me that this discussion would come up. Back around 1999 I had a GF that I lived with who wanted knee high leather boots. I bought her a pair and they were very expensive but she felt her legs were too skinny so we had to send them back. Those types of boots are hard to find for some women.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I don't want them too high or short - but they're so hard to find! They're either too narrow, too tight or they are ugly and I don't like them, Did she continue to bother you until she got the boots that fit her just right?
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@Mike197602 (13513)
• Worcester, England
20 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby no she didn't. She had thin legs but had calf muscles and boots didn't fit We just gave up...she was a tiny girl but had a lot of muscle and not much stuff fitted her
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• United States
20 Feb 16
@Mike197602 Aww! Well you saved some money there.
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@boiboing (12517)
• Northampton, England
20 Feb 16
Or look for ones with elasticated panels.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Good idea, thanks!
@boiboing (12517)
• Northampton, England
20 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby I don't know how tall you are, but I think that shorter ladies have a tougher time getting boots because the wider part of their calf is closer to their foot - if you see what I mean.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
@boiboing I'm 5'3 , not very tall.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
20 Feb 16
I found the same problem! I tried on boots for a month until I finally found a pair that worked. They're leather, but they look like slouch boots... the legs are a bit wider than the type you zip up, but they're still nice looking. Now I'm on the hunt for work pants that I can wear these boots with. They don't seem to make skinny business pants... only leggings and I cannot pull off leggings!
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Slouchy boots are nice - I haven't found one yet hopefully soon. Right now a ton of boots are on sale at Macys for 75%.
• United States
21 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby I saw that.. was there last weekend. It was a bit chaotic though so I didn't look really hard. I got my boots at BonTon as the one in our mall was closing. They had 60% off everything so I got some nice winter boots marked $130 and only paid $50, then the slouch boots that were $70 I got for $30. I also got a nice coat for $20 and some clothes for the kids. Spent $150 total and got a ton of stuff!
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• United States
21 Feb 16
@katsmeow1213 Wow that is great deal! I don't have a BonTon here. I was at Macy's and in stores it was a mess with all the boots and random sizes. I tried on some but coupons do not apply so I went online and bought two pairs. I was able to get the boots for $20 (Ann klein) and $30 (boc brand) - they just shipped today so I should be receiving them in a few days! I can't wait, hopefully it'll work out..
@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Feb 16
I had a great pair of boots and couldn't get them on for the same reason. I never got to wear them. I was so excited to get them. THey were ones you could wear up as regular under the knee type boots or fold them down for more of a bootie. I loved them but I couldn't wear them.
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• United States
21 Feb 16
Aw bummer! When you bought them before did they fit you?
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby ...No! I thought these surely would because they folded down like they did. But nope they sure wouldn't.
@KristenH (24085)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
20 Feb 16
That sounds like a good back-up plan. I only wear snow boots in winter.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
No snow where I live but I like me some boots.
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@KristenH (24085)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
20 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby Lucky you. But the dreaded snow returns next weekend with normal winter weather.
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@brokenbee (7863)
• Philippines
20 Feb 16
Hmm the last time I wore boots was when I was in grade school. It was part of our attire for the school band.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
When I was younger, I had cow girl boots - some pink ones lol.
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@brokenbee (7863)
• Philippines
20 Feb 16
@infatuatedbby pink? That's cute! Hihi I had one black and one white before.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 16
I have one pair that is now a little too tight in the thighs, but I have another that works fine with my jeans. I got them at the Aerosole's outlet a few years ago on clearance.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Aerosoles is a great brand - they make comfortable shoes.
@Bella128 (2480)
• United States
20 Feb 16
I used to have the same problem. That's why I go with the boots that have laces in addition to the zipper. It's an issue for sure.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Thats a good idea. That way you can loosen them up or tighten as you want to fit all types of legs.
@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Feb 16
Well, that is too bad that all of the pairs you tried on already weren't make to fit both leg/foot plus jeans, too... I ran into that problem several years ago, but my problem was caused by part of the exercises I was doing with my body building workouts. My calves were simply too large to slide into the boots easily. I finally went and had several pair of boots made specifically to fit me. It turned out, that I actually saved money by having them made to fit my legs because the boot maker said my measurements were off the norm far enough that I never would have found any to fit me, no matter how far I drove looking for the perfect pair. He then discounted my price because of the number of pair I ordered from him. NICE!
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I have one last hope - my online purchase that should be here in 3-5 days That's awesome you were able to find a place/person to custom make your boots specifically for you! That's so cool like your own designer brand just for you he-he!
@iamshane487 (1163)
• Manila, Philippines
20 Feb 16
Women are not wearing boots in my country. We usually choose sneakers and high heels.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Is it because the weather is humid? And boots tend to be hot there in the Philippines?
@alberello75 (17528)
• Genova, Italy
20 Feb 16
I believe that if these boots were "impossible" to find them in stores, rightly you might try through an online purchase. Shoe sales websites (at least in Italy), there are many different.
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• United States
20 Feb 16
I bought two pairs online - will be getting them in a few days! Hopefully they will work out for me this time around.
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@TRBRocks420 (77596)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Feb 16
I hope you end up liking the ones you got from online
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• United States
20 Feb 16
Thank you! I hope at least one will work out. I shall be receiving them within 3-6 days! I'm excited to get packages in the mail.
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@sharon6345 (125806)
• United States
20 Feb 16
I don't like the sound of the help. So I will not buy them.
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• United States
21 Feb 16
Honestly, I think the fashion winter boots are simply made to fit Juniors sizing (aka teenagers) wich is why so many of us find it difficult to find a pair of boots that we can get our feet in let alone think our calves would fit. I know this pain as well but I have given up on finding anything because if I could fit them would they even be comfortable to walk in for more than a few moments. I'll stick with my sneakers.