A Guide to Wide Calf Cowboy Boots: Who Needs to Wear Them & 5 Real Options

A Guide to Wide Calf Cowboy Boots
A Guide to Wide Calf Cowboy Boots

For women who need wide calf cowboy boots, it can be difficult finding the right pair. In fact, you might even feel like it’s downright impossible and have given up the search. That’s why we rounded up 5 great cowboy boot options for women with an extra wide calf size. But, first, here are some tips and tricks to get the best out of your boots.

Wide Calf Boot Guide

First of all, measure your calves. It’s important that you know the diameter of your calves so you know what boots are even worth trying on.

There’s a technical definition of an extra wide calf boot. To be a considered “wide,” the opening has to be 15.5” in diameter or greater. This is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, if you have calves that fit into this range, you know that you can go to any specialty shoe store and get a wide range of options that will work for you.

On the other hand, what happens if your calves are, say, 14” in diameter? Should you give up on standard sized boots?

The truth is there are options available in standard-sized, best-selling boots that will work for women with 14” calves, 17” calves, or more! That’s why when we were putting together this list of options we didn’t look for specialty extra wide calf boots. What we included are some of the best-selling designs from the best-known brands to show you that having wider calves doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the latest fashion trends. Whether these designs are just cut a little wider or have design details that make them a better fit, they’re made for women with calves that range from 14” in diameter and above. With that, let’s take a closer look at each of them.

1. Ariat Women's Round Up Wide Square Toe Western Cowboy Boot

Ariat Womens Round Up Wide Square Toe Western Cowboy Boot

These are genuine cowboy boots that were designed to ride, rodeo, and ranch. Ariat is a popular, established brand that’s been around for decades which is why they made it on our list twice. One of the things that’s so great about them is how comfortable they are right out of the box. This is due in large part to their Four Layer Rebound (4LR) technology. This makes the inner sole really cushiony. Under that, there’s a stabilizing shank for support. The heel is 1.375” high and the shaft comes up 11”. That’s pretty high if you’re worried about your calf. The opening is about 14”. Plus, they come in 5 different colors.

2. Ariat Women's Hybrid Rancher Western Cowboy Boot

Ariat Womens Hybrid Rancher Western Cowboy Boot

The Hybrid Rancher Western Cowboy Boots are also from Ariat and feature the same 4LR technology. Truly, Ariat boots live up to their reputation of being comfortable right out of the box. These are a great pair of boots that look particularly awesome, too. The 6-stitch design adds a lot of eye-catching detail which actually creates a different effect depending on the color combination. There are 2 color combinations. One is called Barnwood. It has a light pink upper. The stitching is done in ombre, blending from red to light pink. The other option is distressed brown, which has multicolored stitching that adds an unexpected pop of color.

These boots have an oil and slip resistant outsole so they’re flexible while remaining tough. They come up the calf 11” but don’t worry, they have plenty of room. The opening is about 15” around.

3. Laredo Women's Access

Laredo Womens Access

The next option is the Laredo Women’s Access boot. There’s a lot to love about these boots. The shaft is about 12” high so it’s a bit higher than the other boots that we recommended so far. They have a really classic cowboy look to them with a pointed, squared toe, and the perfect heel height. These boots are great for ladies who have a wide calf. What makes them such a great fit all comes down to styling. At the top of the shaft is a deep “V” in both the front and back. This gives you calf a lot of wiggle room and they can accommodate calves up to 19” in diameter.

4. Charles Albert Modern Western Cowboy Distressed Boot

Charles Albert Modern Western Cowboy Distressed Boot

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that are a bit shorter, check out these boots from Charles Albert. With an 8” shaft, they’re somewhere between regular cowboy boots and ankle boots. The come to a much lower point on the leg which makes them a great choice for anyone who had a wider calf. They’re also really comfortable thanks to the cushioned and supportive lining. The 2.5” stacked heel is the perfect height to help these boots easily take your look from day to night! Pull on tabs not only look stylish but help you get them on, too. They’re available in six different colors, too: black, brown, mocha, natural, cognac, and tan.

5. Dingo Women's Adobe Rose Leather Boots

Dingo Womens Adobe Rose Leather Boots

Here’s another option for a boot with an 8-inch shaft that has a totally different look from the other options we chose. Their 2” heel is a good height for day-to-day wear but these boots can also be dressed up for a night out. For women with wide calves, there are two reasons you’ll love the fit of these boots. The first is because they have a zipper closure on the inside of the boot that makes them really easy to get on. The second is that the calf opening is about 17 inches around, which is really generous. If you have particularly large calves and have all but given up on cowboy boots, these Rose Leather Boots from Dingo might be exactly when you’ve been waiting for. What’s more, they’re really cute, too. They come in four different colors: red, brown, taupe, and orange. Plus, they feature adorable cutouts of two cacti and two moons on each side of each boot.

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