Every year without fail, I get asked about one particular item in my wardrobe: my wide calf thigh high boots. I found them four years ago on a total whim when I was out shopping with my mom who ironically encouraged me to try them on. I wore them initially to a New Year's Eve party and I certainly wouldn't recommend breaking in a heel like this for the first time on a night like that. Let's just say, I spent a good chunk of my night scoping out available places to sit.
I've worn these wide calf thigh high boots on my blog every year and one of the images of me in these boots is now one of the top search results for the word "feminist." I am not mad about that at all (even though that same image has been used for countless hateful memes).
My ideal way to style thigh high wide calf boots has not changed since I first wore them. I usually opt to wear either short shorts or go sans pants completely. And this year was no different.
As people have loved to point out to me, these boots don't come that high up on my thighs. But considering that most boots barely go over my ankle and these do cover the top of my knee cap into my thigh, these are thigh high boots for me goddammit. And also, the term "over the knee wide calf boots" has been used to describe this style and that seems fitting as well for the fact that no one is really truly making thigh high boots for thick thighs YET.
My calves measure 19 inches but my thigh measurement right above my calf is closer to 24 inches. These don't have zippers but rather a stretch back so you can pull them on. The stretch to these over the knee wide calf boots makes ALL the difference when it comes to covering that additional five inches.
Extra Long Sweatshirt, Rebdolls
Gold Hoop Earrings, Ready to Stare
Black Wide Calf Thigh High Boots, Dots (SIMILAR OPTIONS BELOW!)
Unfortunately, the store where I found these wide calf thigh high boots has since closed and up until this year, it's always been a challenge to find any similar styles that I could direct folks to find a pair for themselves. Luckily, there's a few different options now for wide calf thigh high boots and I am happy to share them with you after years of being asked and not having a good answer.
My best recommendations when online shopping for thigh highs are similar to the those outlined in my wide calf boot shopping guide: know your measurements, look at fabric content and check the return policy. The only thing I will add for shopping for thigh high boots is to check height in addition to the calf circumference. I found a pair that I loved only to check the height measurement and realize they would come up to nearly my hip bone because I am so short (and that's IF they even fit). One other thing is to look for lace-up styles where the laces can be loosened for additional width.
My favorite wide calf thigh boots that I've found for this year are below!
Over The Knee Faux Suede Boots, Lane Bryant
Over the Knee Lace Up Boots, ELOQUII
Suede Knee High Boots, Ashley Stewart
Over The Knee Faux Suede Boot, ELOQUII
Daisy Over The Knee Faux Suede Boots, Fashion to Figure
High Heel Over-The-Knee Boots, Amazon
I know this last pair was a wild card but the burgundy is too cute and they are too good of a deal to pass up!
If you found a pair you love, don't forget to let me know in the comments below on on social media, @readytostare!
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